How many roads must one cross in order to be called a man? If it is the case of a Continent called Africa, then in the words of Barack Obama there are four major highways. Many were expecting handshakes and handouts but he hit the nail right on the head and threw the ball straight into our court with the admonishing that how we take it and work with it will be the determining factor in our future development and how we are perceived on the global spectrum.
THE ISSUE OF DEMOCRACY
This is the work of research,i have already written the history of MORE that is the SEA.MORE is the word of mamprusi language means SEA as i have already exlained NA MORE to you in my oldest articles.i have just discovered this research too, you can read it and go back and read my articles and make comparism.
I haven't followed Barack Obama much since he became the US president but ever since news broke of his impending visit to Ghana July 10-11, I've become a little more attentive. I hear he will be giving a speech at the Independence Square for which Ghanaians from all walks of lie could go see him speak. Obama is noted for great speeches and I believe we have another one coming up, after his stirring speech at the American University of Cairo earlier this year.
Recently, he sat down with journalists from AllAfrica.com to talk about his visit to Ghana. Ghana is seen as one of the shining stars on the continent and it's easy to see why it would be chosen. It is also a leader in the Pan-African movement, with events like Panafest. President Kuffour also built great ties with Bush's America and the ties will continue with Obama-Mills. Barack Obama is believed to be visiting the Central Region during his short stay in Ghana, probably touring the slave castles there and learning about some more Black history.
The Ancestors Have Much To teach Us.
By P E Adotey Addo, Dec 27 2008
We are often haunted by the unknowns
If the ancestors inhabit the living or the dead.
So we try to appease their souls as a way of life
Keeping them in everyday activities and places
To become part of the living community,
For they do have much to say to us
As they judge between the living and the dead.
Traditions never forget the ancestors
In both societal life , history and beliefs.
Frightening and exciting us at the same time.
Indeed the ancestors have a lot to teach us
At the beginning of the world, M DUGMA NAA WUNI,do not want men and women to mix, arranged for the men to live in one town and the women in another. To assure that there would be no intercourse between them, he scattered masses of dry leaves all around the towns, so that if someone went out at night he would hear the rustling of the leaves and would be able to prevent his reaching the other town. Because the women did not approve of M DUGMA NAA WUNI's idea, they collected pots of water and poured it on the leaves each night, making it possible for them to go to the men without M DUGMA NAA WUNI's knowledge. This plan was satisfactory to the men. But one day all the women menstruated and they did not, therefore, arrange for the extra supply of water.
I was very busy with my cleaning job as you know our life is depending on our jobs,i was not able to aproach my computer.We need to work hard and make our living suitable.You and your family life depend on your job,development of Ghana depends on your job,development of Africa depends on your job and development of the world depends on your job.so think high and refresh your brain.You have got a big room to live in,you can see the journey very long, but within a couple of days you shall control all like your own living room. SUGRU has promised you nothing will be hided from you. Let us look at the meaning of (M DUGMA)the word M DUGMA is the word which has exist since the beginning of the world, is conveys the meaning of the whole correlative chain.
Sometime last year, news broke of Obour, a Ghanaian rap artiste, wanting to run for president. It turned out he wasn’t serious about it, but he wondered why ‘young people’ couldn’t run for the highest office in the land. He wanted the minimum age for seeking for the presidency to be reduced from 40. He started a Youth for Presidency campaign saying the constitution was not fair to the youth. Kufuor was more than 60 when he became president and Atta Mills is 64 at the moment. Is the presidency of Ghana for retirees? Maybe it is. We are seeing a youth movement in the present NDC government though, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, an Odadee, is the present deputy minister of information and he is under 30. His age mate, Obour tells us what he would do if he were president in his ‘President Obour’ song. How will the youth handle such responsibility? Do we need more young leaders like Samuel? If we have to pay our dues before we get that type of responsibily, what are those dues?
Bice Osei Kuffour, popularly known as Obour, is one of Ghana’s foremost musicians. He emerged onto the scene with interesting lyrics in his ‘Atenteben’ hit and has continued to remain one of Ghana’s top rappers. He is one of the few hiplife artistes who has a university degree, from the University of Ghana no less. He started his own sports’ bar in the heart of Accra and has other enterprises. He organized one of the best tours ever seen in Ghana, taking his Project Obour.com/Atumpan concert tour to over 35 towns in Ghana. He is also known for his various public campaigns; Road Safety campaign (Okoaba), Peace in Ghana campaign (For Election 2008) and the ABC Ghana Reads campaign. He understands the influence he has as a celebrity and entertainer and is using his fame for socio-economic development and for socially conscious programs.
On December 22, 2008, over a hundred young Ghanaians met in Accra for BarCamp Ghana '08 to exchanged ideas on entrepreneurship, innovation and development for a rising Ghana. This summer, the conversations move to Washington, DC to bring together the African Diaspora to exchange ideas on doing business in Africa.
There’s a reason why we are counted amongst THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. These are the countries whose growth are stunted by one reason or the other or those who move slowly towards progressive attitudes and trail behind other countries in the advancement of all things that make life easier and better for its people. Developing Country because we don’t ever seem to move from the same spot, let alone play catch up. Whiles you can forgive and understand some countries for not having the wherewithal to act as launch pads to fly sky high, in other instances it is simply unforgivable and a testament to how one can have it all and yet whittle it away somewhat or have it all and mismanage it till it becomes a noose round the neck and a shame to observe.
For a long time now, I have concentrated on writing articles that focus on Ghana's development as a whole, without looking too critically at the various factors and elements that contribute to Ghana's inability to accelerate development. Following my independent study research this past year on Ghana and Malaysia's economic development, I realized that specifics are just as important as generalities, and in the case of Ghana, the lack of development in Northern Ghana is one particular factor that greatly hinders Ghana's development efforts. I am Dagomba, hence from Northern Ghana, so I might be a bit biased when it comes to this topic. However, I'll attempt as much as I can to be objective in this article, and although I will talk about how the disregard for Northerners feeds under development, I'll also take it from a case-study point of view, looking at Malaysia, in order to explain why it is imperative that the Ghanaian government quit paying homage to words, and put actual action into motion.
The above subject matter is one that i will never get closure to in my time, and if you were anything like me when I was a youngster then you did go through the baffling experience of trying to find out the FIRST and SECOND World Countries on your World Atlas, badgered your Geography teacher with umpteen questions till he stuck you at the back of the class, whiles your dad lit a cigarette and poured himself a gin as soon as he saw you approaching with a pencil and exercise book eager to drive him nuts with your findings that got you nowhere of course. If like me you are still searching, then you know how frustrating, uncalled for and insulting the World has turned out in the way it brands itself.
The news that Barack and Mrs Obama will be visiting us in Ghana was greeted with a lot of joy and it’s a great honour and the people of Ghana can’t wait to say ‘AKWAABA’ to their ‘AMERICA FO KYIA MO’ and as this wont be the first time we have hosted an American President there’s probably a lot to be said for our hospitality…right?
I wouldn’t go as far as politicising it as this was by no means the work of any President past or present and any moves by any faction to score some political marks or erode the pleasantries of this State visit will be in bad taste. They are visiting the people of Ghana and no single Individual so please put the political placards away for a moment and the tribal ‘Ogbonu’ drums in storage and show some solidarity, peace and friendship.
"In Africa, Microsoft faces strong competition from open-source software, in particular the Linux operating system. Many use Linux and run free counterparts to the Microsoft Office suite."
The BBC has more details about the showdown of open source versus proprietary software in Africa. When discussing the issue of cost, the piece quotes Microsoft's chairman for Africa, Dr. Cheikh Modibo Diarra, however he feels that the question of affordability can be overcome by simply changing the business model.
When my friend sent me an email asking if I wanted to attend a lunch with Patrick Awuah, I was ecstatic. I had met Patrick before, at the Harvard Business School African Business Conference in 2005 but being able to get this face-to-face time over a free meal was too good to pass up. Patrick Awuah is my hero. I tried to tell him when I saw him but I don't know if he understood the gravity of my statement. Patrick is the kind of person most of us must aspire to; an individual whose heart is set on Africa's development, has taken, continues to take steps to realise the African dream. What has Patrick done to deserve my awe? He started the Ashesi University, a model university in Accra which is setting the pace for educating the next generation of African leaders, entrepreneurs, etc.