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Football and Raising Kidz?

Posted by Mylove on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 09:01

Many a-times, growing up, all i could ever hear and feel were the loud criticisms and equally resounding spanking from my folks lips and hands. Thus i grew up feeling unappreciated and unloved.

Ghanaians are treating the blackstars the same way they treat their children ... with no regard for the psycological implications of their actions. lets learn to praise our kids even when they fail or do not meet our expectations.


Letta to Osagyefo - our business is coming of age

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 01/24/2008 - 13:53

Hey Osagyefo,

Football is such a beautiful sport, is it not? The excitement level at which my last letter came to you has stepped up a few notches. Football is so beautiful that it even drives political opponents to shut their beaks and support the same team. Only God knows what would be happening in Kenya if the Harambee Stars were at the African Cup of Nations in Ghana. Don't you think the youth would sit glued to their televisions instead of running around burning down churches and killing people? Football is uniting many people and African businesses are buying into this unity.

Imagine the excitement MTN is having at their offices across Africa. MTN is the title sponsor of the Cup of Nations and so everywhere you go, MTN is there. Check out their marketing slogans - There is no stopping you, GO!; GO be part of a bigger family; GO make that call; GO stand out; GO be famous. No wonder the unofficial rallying cry for your Black Stars is GO, Black Stars, GO! MTN has a football website dedicated to African football, they are the title sponsor of the African clubs Champions league, and they have African entertainment websites. Let's just say the believe in Africa. How can't you love them?


Yesu wo m'afa - ensuring that our prayers are answered

Posted by abocco on Mon, 01/21/2008 - 16:35 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

After seeing my favorite Black Stars agonisingly hit the goal post three times in the opening game of CAN 2008 and remain deadlocked with Guinea, I began wondering if this victory was to be. We finally scored and then the Syli Nationale replied almost immediately. Just when I was about to give up, Sulley Muntari produced a moment of magic two minutes to time and scored the winner. Ghana's biggest newspaper, the Daily Graphic, said sometimes one is tempted to believe that God is a Ghanaian. Apparently, God was on our side, and Esther Smith would agree with her song 'Yesu wo m'afa'. No matter how many heartbreaking missed chances we suffered, we would win in the end.


A Moment Of Truth For Africa..By P E Adotey Addo

Posted by osofoaddo on Sun, 01/20/2008 - 19:46

The violence that rocked the world
Reached horrific levels resulting everywhere
With loss of children, women, and men for days
Burned in a church as they were seeking sanctuary
And sanctuary was denied
In flames by mobs infuriated by votes.
The innocent victims faced their rage
Seeking help from locked doors and homes ending
As charred bodies and trash in the once silent streets
No water from kinfolks and no food from neighbors
With nothing gained to be sure.
Only we can save ourselves from this rage

Dedicated to those who lost their lives in the post Election Riots, Jan .2008


Letta to Osagyefo - Sharing passions in the centre of the earth

Posted by Nwia on Fri, 01/18/2008 - 18:33

Hey Osagyefo,

It is with much excitement that I dismiss dis missive to you. That's why I like you Kwame, even when my English is sketchy, you can sketch what I want to say in your medulla oblongata. :-) The 26th African Cup of Nations begins in your homeland on Sunday and is the source of my excitement. Allow me to be late to congratulate you on your shepherding Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations triumphs in 1963 and 1965. You are really great, all the tournaments that Ghana took part in your tenure as president resulted in glory and more glory.


Emotional Well-Being. By Rev Peter Addo

Posted by osofoaddo on Thu, 01/17/2008 - 21:40

Stress and anxiety
Depression
Add
Seasonal affective disorder
And
Bipolar disorder.
All brought on by Darkness
And disorder.
Thinking of the many hassles
In finding effective therapy
In a complex world.
The need for light is critical
To match the patient
With the right village
Providing an alternate approach,
For an emotional well-being


THE MADE-IN-CHINA AND LOCAL DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS ARE KILLING US SOFTLY.

Posted by gap on Tue, 01/15/2008 - 19:01

Whose responsibility is it to protect Ghanaians from counterfeit drugs, chemical- saturated defective goods and contaminated foods?

The made- in -China products are not the only ones which are making the Ghanaian consumers sick, but some products from our neighbors and those produced locally are no exceptions. Some of our chop -bars, restaurants, slaughter houses and poultry farms are also contributing to the problem.


Heavy, heavy - weight and obesity in Ghana

Posted by abocco on Tue, 01/15/2008 - 18:22 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

I am one of Obrafour's biggest fans. I travelled a number of miles away to buy his latest album, Heavy. The title track dominated the Ghanaian charts in 2006 and rightly so. I hadn't paid much attention to what he meant by 'heavy, heavy', until my little cousin passed a comment about her fears in becoming fat if she eats too much. Then it dawned on me. Obrafour uses 'heavy' to mean 'great, nice', etc. But in today's 'watch your weight world', who wants to be 'heavy'?


THE LAND OF DISCONTENT: ARE THINGS FALLING APART?

Posted by gap on Fri, 01/11/2008 - 16:41

HOW OPTIMISTIC OR PESSIMISTIC ARE YOU ABOUT LIFE IN GHANA?

ALL OUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS ARE STORES OF LIFE EXPERIENCES THAT WE GO THROUGH AT ONE TIME OR THE OTHER. THESE EXPERIENCES ARE REFLECTIONS OF THE VOLUME OF CONSCIOUSNESS THAT WE BUILD AS WE GROW ALONG LIFE. THAT CONSCIOUSNESS WAS AND IS THE PRODUCT OF WHAT EVER WE BELIEVE TO BE “REAL”.

If you were to interview people in Ghana chances are you would not find more than one in hundred who would tell you that he or she was happy with life as a citizen of a land that otherwise should have been of flourished life and hope. Each would describe his or her financial burdens, the spate of insecurity that has engulfed the country. Particularly, you will hear soaring unemployment rate, unprecedented magnitude of armed- robbery with modus operandi that is quite alien to the Ghanaian society, constant power interruptions--thank Onyakropon- Twedeampon, for sending down the rains to fill our dried barrels at Akosombo and Kpong---and the stories of rising prices, gross economic mismanagement and non- existence of official regret for ineptitude by elected men and women who have disappointed their electorates.


Letta to Osagyefo - Who are Ghana's servants and who are the people they are serving?

Posted by Nwia on Fri, 01/11/2008 - 14:56

Dear Osagyefo,

With most of the race tracks for Election 2008 filled and the absence of a defending champion, it's about time we talked about this important race. I am sure you are dying to know who is contesting and who the favorites are, but can we talk about the tatalalicious prize at stake? When you were running the race, were you focused on the fame or the fortune? Did you feel you were running the race for a group of people? What motivated you? As the race ensues, we shall find out more about our runners.

Osagyefo, how come you never ever really talk about your extended family? Who, what and where are your brothers and sisters? You know in this our country, we all claim many people as cousins, uncles and aunts and the system gives us support in times of need and a cheering squad in times of success. The only relatives we know of you are Fathia (may she rest in peace) and your children. Even them, we hear of them once in a blue moon and mostly, when you are in the news. Did you foresee that your family would be invisible in Ghana when you were gone? Would you marry an Egyptian again if you had the chance?


THE CULTURE OF POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE IN GHANA, THE WAY FORWARD

Posted by gap on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 13:23

“Customer- Service”. “What’s that? “I’m too busy texting on my new phone to serve you”

Except those who donate blood voluntarily, one is either selling a service or a product for a living. Politicians, bankers, clerks, messengers, bus conductors, mortuary attendant, ticket agents, market women and everyone who provides a trade or service has a customer. So how do your customers think about your service?

As customers, have you been amazed by a service provider who gave you an outstanding service beyond and above his or her call of duty? I don’t think so! If there was an Oscar or national Award for unfriendliness and customer dissatisfaction, it should go to the former Ghana airways, Ghana’s vehicle licensing authority and hotel employees and every other service provider in Ghana. You can not find real customer service from these people. It is not part of their psyche to serve—they find no joy in it. Most of our service providers in Ghana behave as if they are doing their customers favors instead of rendering a service which is promised and paid for. Customer service’ has lost its impetus, for it is no longer an index measuring success of service providers. Customer have been pushed to the wall to accept the fact that as far Ghana is concerned the customer has no choice or voice other than to survive at the mercy of halfhearted service providers. Poor customer service is gradually becoming an accepted norm in our society.


Human being - ensuring, maintaining and relocating to peace

Posted by abocco on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 13:07 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

Home is where I find the most peace but all is not peaceful. News broadcasts in Ghana are as common as every top of the hour. I have known Ghanaian news broadcasts to provide good news; hospital building commissionings, speech and prize giving days, and price increases. Call it boring if yu may please but once in a while we have news to 'tickle' you. My friends in Bawku have some 'tickling' news to report, some of their friends have taken to the streets and have left in their wake some dead bodies. "If my brother dey struggle for Kenya, I be Kenyan oh" - Wanlov sang about it, but if my brother is suffering in Kenya, I feel the ripples, I feel the pain. It could happen in my backyard, Bawku is not exactly my backyard, but it is.


Letter to Osagyefo - issues trafficking our development

Posted by Nwia on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 11:45

Hey Osagyefo,
I was sitting in a trotro heading towards Adenta after a long day in Adabraka. I headed out knowing that it would take me a while to complete my journey due to traffic. When the trotro got to the HIPIC junction, I found myself thinking and thinking really hard. I just wanted to get home soon but the journey was long, quiet and pensive. All four lanes were filled and moving at a go-slow pace. As we approached the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange, we were still moving so slow, I wondered how bad this situation would be if we still had the Tetteh Quarshie roundabout which had only one lane. No be small thing o.


In Ghana - selling the golden experience

Posted by abocco on Thu, 01/03/2008 - 20:22 GhanaThink Managing Executive

In Ghana - talking about issues, ideas and not people

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

I can't tell you how happy I feel to be in Ghana. Yes, it is home, but it is where I find the most peace. When there is a boring moment, I am thinking. When there is a sad moment, I am thinking. When there is a happy moment, I am not thanking anyone, because it is just routine when I am in Ghana. I must be selling Ghana to you and it's no secret why I may be doing so at this particular time, with the African Cup of Nations underway in Ghana in just over two weeks, every inch of Ghana is being sold. On the back of Ghana's golden jubilee, Ghana wants as many people to be in Ghana. Wanlov is no different.

Wanlov aka One love aka Odo Baako aka Sumo ekome is a Ghanaian musician. The son of Ghanaian father and Romanian mother, he wouldn't strike you as Ghanaian on first glance. You will find it difficult to place him under one genre - he's that good. Wanlov had been stationed in the US for awhile now and just returned to Ghana late last year. He had spent the most of his time abroad making singles, touring the US and performing. I vividly remember him doing a show in a college in Connecticut and then performing in California the next weekend. 'In Ghana' is one of the tracks on his debut release, Green card' which is out now. 'In Ghana' gained popularity in late 2006 after Ghana's debut at the World Cup, it was one of the songs promoting Ghana. Read the lyrics and it's easy to see why, the Ministry of Tourism must hear this one.


Thinking in English : In someone else's words...

Posted by paa.kwesi on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 21:37

I received a link a few hours ago and was very pleased with what I read when I followed the link. It is a link to an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson and I think everyone should read it for that the spirit in which I wish the conversations on this forum were conducted, ideas evaluated and actions undertaken.