Mr Obama did a great job explaining America's ills and pointing to a pragmatic way to move beyond it (see speech here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=zrp-v2tHaDo . Read transcript here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/18/us/politics/18text-obama.html). I've been in a few 'black' churches in the US and have been shocked by some of the controversial statements made from pulpits. But then again I've also witnessed some downright disrespectful behavior towards American 'blacks' which makes those statements understandable.
I hope you are doing great. I am in my last week in Sikakrom and I am wanting some more days to spend with my family. The thought of when I will see them again after I have returned to Yankee troubles me. A friend told me awhile ago that I have stayed in Ghana far too long so I should leave. The stuff I had in my polythene bag when I returned to Ogyakrom on Christmas Eve is finished. I didn't even pay taxes but the cost of living in Ghana is becoming unbearable for even the returnees. Imagine if I had to pay taxes!
Good day Osagyefo,
I told you I'll report back on this year's independence day. I managed to do most of the things I wanted to do. The other highlight was going to the Trade Fair Centre at LA (Labadi). They were having the 12th Ghana Trade fair and there were a lot of good deals. I bought a tourist map with info because I wanted to learn a little more about Ghana's tourism. I happened to chance upon the MKOGH store as well and couldn't resist buying something cuz the sales lady was too nice. I bought a T-shirt that had a quote of yours for half the price. It was a great deal. I bought it in the spirit of independence, whose hard-fought battle was led by you. But Kwame, I shudder to think, did you really win independence for us? Was it not the mosquito?
â€œNobody can stop reggae because itâ€™s strongâ€
Lucky Dube left a permanent change in my life with his song â€œGoing back to my rootâ€ few years ago. Itâ€™s a shame I never had the chance to buy him a cold â€˜star beerâ€™ or attend one of his high-octane concert performances. One may ask why am I now paying my tribute. Folks, I do so now because it is quite hard to accept as true that this fine gentleman is gone with all his attributes and golden voice.
Another score for the visionary minds: The â€˜Ghanawebâ€™ is something we can write home about.
And, where were the vote-hungry politicians and self-anointed crusade leaders when we needed them?
Money is the root of â€œall evils.â€ Those who believe in this unprogressive thought only use it as a tool to win more â€œmobrowaâ€ souls.
We sometimes fall prey to some common beliefs such as; money is evil, rich people are wicked, it is somehow noble or spiritually safe to be poor and many more self-defeating mores.
...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins
After a long night partying in Accra, I arrived home in the wee hours of the morning. I decided to skip church in order to get some sleep in. Sounds like the wrong thing to do, I know. Later in the day, my cousin came from church to find me playing some great gospel music and made a mention of how it is not the easiest thing to 'do bad things' and then switch into worship and praise mode. I agreed and we proceeded to talk about how hypocritical some of us Christians are. Do we use God's word like we should? How serious do we take it? Cee says Awurade Asem(God's matter/word) is very good to her. What can we do to see the same in our lives?
Happy Independence day Osagyefo,
I haven't celebrated this huge day in Ghana for a long while. I don't even know how I am going to celebrate it. As you guessed, it's a holiday so most of us are staying at home. Not me. What will I do if I stay at home? Watch the 8th and final independence parade under Mr. Sexy Eyes' watch? Not enough. The man would not find the faces of the hundreds of children who'll have to stand under the scorching sun for hours at the Independence Square sexy. I hope the children see this opportunity as an honour and not a burden. March 6th is a day to honour Sikakrom (or Ogyakrom) and is a more than an opportunity to stay at home and sleep in.
It's been 2 weeks since the African Cup of Nations came to an end. Trust your people to be still talking about what went wrong, what could have been done better and which heads should roll for the failure to annex the trophy for the fifth time. Not many people are calling for the head of Prophet Hakeem though which is okay. What I find most interesting is the disappearance of the goodwill Ghana enjoyed amongst Ghanaians during the tournament. Kwame, we are not wearing the red, gold, green colours anymore. You could argue that our true colours are coming out. We are wearing AIG clad Manchester United jerseys and England national team 'shadas'. "Now I see your true colours shining". You know that Phil COllins' masterpiece is a treasured song in Ghana, or don't you?
Lovely day Osagyefo,
Oya, love is in the air, can you feel it? Every Jesus will answer store is selling Valentine's Day teddy bears, chocolates, hampers, gifts, card, setc. I think that Kasapa, One Touch, Tigo, and MTN should give out free mobile phone units because of the barrage of lovely text messages flying around. Some people even think that this year's Valentine season would not be very successful since the recent Ghana 2008 African Cup of Nations stole some of its glitter. Besides, for the few ladies that came out to wear red, you could easily mistake them for donning a national colour.
How will you spending Valentine's Day Kwame? Buying gifts or dashing out money? As for me, I'm smiling. Like Agya Appiah said, 'shyness is not love'. I am doing away with shyness today.I have decided to be bold. If that girl's red outfit is sexy, I will tell her. If that guy is wearing Otto Pfister, I will let him know. If my sister is getting on my nerves, I will let her know too. I will do all of this because I love them. Shyness is not love, boldness is. If my mother, ..... nah, I wasn't brought up to do that. How will our elders celebrate this special day?
Good morning Osagyefo,
I am in mourning. The dream is over. The host and win cause took a wrong turn yesterday, ably navigated by the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun. The boys went on to the field and labored in vain, they didn't get a single opportunity to do the kangaroo dance. The Black Stars could not shine on this (Black) Thursday and the country's wait for a 5th continental trophy will have to wait a couple more years. Kwame, I have wondering why we had to lose in the semi-finals. Kai, I am getting a little bit superstitious.
I am sure you have thoroughly enjoyed the clash between the Black Stars and Nigeria's Super Eagles. It was an astounding game and the boys showed a lot of resilience and character to emerge victorious even though they had the numerical disadvantage. Maybe we had 10 men, but we really had the home crowd factor which has been marvellous throughout the tournament. We haven't had the other matches enjoy full capacity crowds for the most part though, but whose fault is it? Is the passion of the nation football or our national team? Are Ghanaians too poor to throng the stadia? Osagyefo, we should not be happy with the near-empty stadia we are showcasing to 4.5 billion people around the world.
...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins
When the African Cup quarter-final clash between Ghana-Nigeria game went on recess (half-time) as a drawn game, I was tense. Really tense. Both teams seemed up to the task and it was going to take something special to separate them. I even suggested that President Kuffour should go to the Black Stars' dressing room to motivate and inspire the 'boys'. After all, he postponed his favorite pastime -travelling - to stay in Ghana to inspire them and watch this dreaded duel with the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Eventually, Ago-goal struck and Ghana carried the day in the presence of their 'Number one fan', John Agyekum Kuffour. JAK, we join 5Five to give you kudos.
ARE YOU AWARE THAT THE BLIND POLICE OFFICERS HAVE UNIQUE GIFTS TO FIGHT CRIMES?
For surveillance and forensic purposes, Ghana Police Service needs blind police officers in its rank and file to enable it to fight crimes effectively.
...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins
Many government projects in Ghana are not done according to schedule due to the absence of funds. It's sad to read about infrastructural projects being launched and then the beneficiaries have to wait extra long to benefit. Is there really no money in the system? We pay lots of taxes but we don't see the taxes at work. We see them buying the four-wheel drives, building the nice homes and financing the trips abroad. This is our money, Africa's money and some people are spending it in ways that do not benefit Africa at large. But who will say it? You bet it would be Barima, formerly known as Sidney. The most controversial hiplife artiste is out again and out to criticize the Ogas and bosses chopping Africa money.
Thank you for your intercession the last time. 3 points is 3 points you know. The Black Stars do battle again today and they need our support. We are all expecting Ghanaians to troop the Ohene Djan Stadium (yea, Osagyefo, it's named after him) and sing some serious jama songs (minus the insults) to charge our charges on. Most workplaces would be closing earlier to allow fans to watch the game. I was going to close early but with Accra traffic, I will close earlier. I need to support too. :-)