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Kwame Ghana - the personification of our nation

Posted by abocco on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 08:03 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

There has been a lot of controversy in Ghana lately about the recent National Honours Awards and who deserves awards and who should be giving them out. Naturally, we would want 'Ghana' to give out these awards and not the president of the nation or a bunch of people with various interests. So what if Ghana was a person? What would Ghana have to say to its people? If Ghana was a monarchy, the king would be Ghana. We don't have that. My buddy, Okyeame Kwame personifies Ghana in his Kwame Ghana song and tells us what Ghana has to say to its people. 6th march 1957 was a Wednesday while July 1st, 1960 was a Friday. Maybe Kwame Ghana's message sums up the thoughts of Okyeame Kwame, who after all is a Ghanaian as well.

Unix/Linux Users in Ghana

Posted by bizomx on Fri, 06/20/2008 - 10:36

Do you think the advent of Linux/Open Source will help Africa caught up with technological advancements in the "West"? Let me know your reasons?

Letta to Osagyefo - Power corrupts and power can overcome corruption as well

Posted by Nwia on Fri, 06/20/2008 - 07:02

Hey Osagyefo,

Please don't put me into your bad books due to this long silence. I have been thinking about you but I was preoccupied with thinking about my classes rather than dedicating time to preparing a letter to you. After all, no one is paying me to do this, but my classes are supposed to get me paid in the future. Eventually. So appreciate my efforts, Kwame, I am not being corrupted. I surely don't need any brown envelopes to share my thoughts on our beloved nation. Now think of those who are actually supposed to serve our nation. It's their job to do it. They are the ones whose jobs have been clouded in the controversy called corruption. It's a canker, but what can we do about it?

Tropical Solution for the Tropical Land: Curbing the Counterfeit Drugs Problem in Ghana

Posted by gkdapaa on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 01:45

We all do know that unique problems call for unique solutions. Africa, being unique, could only be saved if Africans could think outside the box when solving the problems of the land (Text book knowledge only provides complementary guidance!). In their quest to relieve the continent of fake and substandard drugs, Ashifi Gogo et al. (AKA Mpedigree) have provided an African-viable mechanism to help the sick ascertain the genuineness of their prescribed medicine. Ashifi et al. realized the popularity of cellular phones in Africa and thus came up with a simple mobile technology that would enable almost every Ghanaian (rich or poor, rural or urban) verify whether or not a medical product is fake. Their approach is indeed a TROPICAL SOLUTION FOR A TROPICAL LAND!

Thinking in English: The dangers of talking too much

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 10:12

The GhanaThink call to action is "Less talk, more action" and over the years I've been personally motivated by this call. It has forced me to re-evaluate what it means to do more and talk less. In fact, it is a lot harder to take action than to talk about taking action. And I have found that until you take action, you do not really know what you are talking about.

Talking is good, to some extent. It exercises your mind and forces you to articulate your ideas. But to what end? I believe, talking should only serve the purpose of convincing others to join you in taking action. i.e. talking is a recruiting tool. Any other use is probably a waste of time for both the speaker and the audience.

Open Source in Ghana

Posted by fredyeboah on Fri, 05/16/2008 - 12:38

Do you really think that open source will make an impact in Ghana? I will lke anyone interested to get back to me so we can start discussion on it. Thanks.

young and undiscovered actors and actresses

Posted by sassy_angel5526 on Sat, 04/26/2008 - 02:52

i have something rare to offer, a natural and raw talent. i ve always loved to act. writing scripts come to me naturally. the movie industry needs me. i dont want to be one of the many disappionted people who never had the oppoutunity to discover their dreams. i want to be helped. i know i have got what it takes. the ghanaian movie industry needs a face lift. we are trying hard but not hard enough. there are so many talented people out there and those who can help us are not making the efforts to. my contact is +233244875678, my email,

Ghana - past our history, presenting our situation, and dreaming the future

Posted by abocco on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 07:31 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

Countless people have asked me about my three month stay in Ghana. Everytime the question is asked, I give a slightly different answer. The default thing to say is - it was great. I normally prefer pointed questions - my indecisiveness cripples my answers to such general questions. My stay in Ghana inspired and taught me a lot, it made me understand how various things work in Ghana (especially in industry) and how comfortable or uncomfortable I could find myself in my own land. Most people seek out my opinion on going back, and my answer is always the same - eventually I will go back and soon. Why would I? My friend Becca would help out here with her song called Ghana.

Where is the Ghanaian Pride?

Posted by gkdapaa on Sat, 04/12/2008 - 04:20

Warning: Objects in this article may appear farther than they really are!

Letta to Osagyefo - Knowledge of what's going on at home

Posted by Nwia on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 23:50

Hey Osagyefo,

I've been back in Yankee for about two weeks now. I am sorry for not notifying you earlier, I wanted to settle in first. I am happier about being back now, a new quarter has started, I've spoken to a number of friends and loved ones, enjoyed fast internet for a while now, you know. I don't think I know much about what's going on in Ghana, even though there are countless media outlets to keep me informed. It just doesn't look the same you know. A discerning Ghanaian abroad may hear people making a big deal about one political party threatening fire and brimstone if an election goes a certain way on radio, but to the Ghanaian at home, there is nothing burning and no signs of smoke. but I never paid much attention to these popular news outlets online when I was home but I am stuck with them now. Where did the other sources of news and information go?


Posted by winongti on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 14:33

‘Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid’. John 14: 27

One thing every individual wants to obtain in this life is a sense of security and happiness. This is where peace is very essential. Without peace we can never feel secured and happy. But finding ourselves in a peaceful environment does not guarantee us this inner peace that gives true joy.

Is Africa a Breadbasket or a Basket Case? Why You Should Invest and Do Business in Africa

Posted by mandock on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 13:12

The media by its nature is a hostage of time. Africa has its 15 seconds. And that 15 seconds is Mugabe, a dictator.

-African billionaire, Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Forbes Magazine.

Happy Tales from the ‘Dark Continent’

A few techie notes for the IT hobbyist

Posted by r on Wed, 04/02/2008 - 09:26

My usual web browser of choice is opera; anyway I used firefox again recently and was pleasantly surprised when I encountered an extension called flagfox. This identifies the country of origin of web sites that are visited. So, for example, this web site is based in america (where of course it should be in ghana, but we know why that is not the case ,yet ;) ). For some reason this extension prompted me to think I'd share briefly the types of software I like to use, so here goes...

jedit (text editor)
xxe (xml editor)

Are there any correlations between religiosity and economic status of a country?

Posted by gap on Thu, 03/27/2008 - 16:25

The poorer a nation the more religious it becomes. The more religious one becomes the poorer one is. By the way, how true is this assertion?
Much is known about our plight and socio-economic situation. Note, I didn’t say anything about spirituality, because one can be spiritual without necessarily being religious.

According to a global survey conducted by Pew Organization, “there’s a strong relationship between a country’s religiosity and its economic status.” That means “the poorer a country, the more central religion remains in the lives of individuals while secular perspectives are more common in rich countries.” There are some exceptions though. These include oil-rich Islamic states like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Stated differently: The wealthier one is the less religious he or she becomes. This probably explains why our religiosity is so high. You can draw your own conclusion. But, doesn’t logic dictates that religious people should be prosperous, especially, since they don’t dupe people and supposedly live a very pious life? What went wrong in our part of the world?

Green card - pursuing America for Ghanaian development

Posted by abocco on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 16:45 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

I just got back to Uncle Sam's Abode last weekend. It was a long flight. As usual, I had wanted to extend my stay. In fact, I had overstayed my welcome. I met a Facebook friend and made a new friend as well. I had this burning desire to talk to this friend I made because I overheard him say he went to IPS (the one near Legon). Hey, maybe I just wanted to speak Pidgin with somebody. After talking to him for awhile, I realised Asumasi was on the Green Card path and heading towards the land of milk and honey. His IPS education was on hold. Almost seconds later, Wanlov da Kuborlor's Green Card song came to mind.