...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins
I have been thinking about the run-up to next year's election. Atta Mills already won the NDC candidacy. People are already saying buy Mills, get Rawlings free. Hmmm. What about their nemesis the NPP? If radio airplay is anything to go by, you have to go with Alan Cash, the man who has promised Ghanaians cash. Guess who is believed to have anointed him 'class prefect'? Yes, John Agyekum Kuffour. Up till today, Ghana politics is still about J A Kuffour and J J Rawlings. Don't let the lack of Boom speeches and Waa waa press conferences deceive you, advises the Ghanaian music monk aka Shasha Marley.
I know it's been a while since you heard from me. It's not me o, I have been busier than the busiest Chinese fast food joint in Osu. The times have not been good, I haven't been inspired to write to you and it's something I can't even explain. You know what else I can't explain, the fact that we have 17 candidates all vying for the opportunity to run for the president of Ghana through the New Patriotic Party. Osagyefo, you need a couple more hands to count 17, only one person shall win the slot, and 16 people would have gotten nought from a 250 million cedi investment. I know you'll be wondering how 17 different people in Ogyakrom could get 250 mill, but massa, these are the times.
You may also be wondering what happened to your brain child, the Convention People's Party. Kwame, why was Convention such a popular word in those days? What does it mean? Because these days when the regular golden boy or girl hears convention, the first thought that comes to mind is a Christian gathering with thousands of people receiving miracles from above. You could ask Efo Mawugbe and he'll tell you too, if the CPP of today wins the next Ghanaian election, that will be a miracle from above. Osagyefo, send down a miracle if you would.
...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins
It's been a while since I blogged here and I am ashamed. Anyway, I am back. :-) What's driven me back? The upcoming African Cup of Nations Football tournament in Ghana - yes, I am excited. It is expected to draw 1 million tourists to Ghana, which is more than we got all through 2007 probably and it is bound to infuse a lot into our economy. Ghana has rehabilitated two stadiums and built two new ones for the tournament and there have been some infrastructural developments as well. You can ask around, even though people are excited about these developments, a lot of people feel the government could and should have done more. Why can't we do something great while we are at it? Who is asking? Amandzeba Nat Brew does in his Pioto song, his most recent hit.
Mapping services like mapquest, yahoo maps, google maps and map-based gps units do not work in most African countries. This is because there is no GIS data for these places. This is a problem that needs a tropically tolerant solution and I am glad to say that Google might have the answer.
Many research have found the Ghanaian worker to be of an extremely low productivity level: I read a UN study, published on Ghanaweb, which found, using wages of Ghanaian workers that a Ghanaian worker is too unproductive to cause any meaningful contribution to economic growth. This finding, as well as many other similar ones, has been readily accepted by Ghanaians because itâ€™s in tune with the conventional wisdom that African workers are unproductive and also because it was done by UN (For some reason, most people regard the sayings of the UN to be the indubitable Gospel).
This is a few months late but here it is...
Talking To The Doctor
(When the Patient Is An elderly relative)
Uncle George was over eighty-years old World War II veteran
Intelligent, fluent in several languages and urbane
While he entertained patrons at his bar with his humor and wit.
In spite of age, still independent to a fault and loving it.
Concerns as to his health and medications
Prescribed by his beloved doctor were shared
By concerned relatives as tradition dictated.
Providing comfort for body, mind and soul
So yestee, me den one of me ol' skuul paddies have some conversation that evolve like so:
paddy: ha ha....you go gather british accent?
me: more like a mixture i sure
can I say lost soul?
i keed i keed
me: tehehe... hopefully not. i just tend to speak like ppl around me
same as bad co destroys good manners type of thing
paddy: ha ha...i hear
me: more intent on preserving the mind
paddy: hmmm...ayt ayt
If the following story be true dier a, make I cry or make I laugh?
A deal to resolve a border dispute has been signed by the leaders of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Signed during President Joseph Kabila's visit to Angola, it will return the boundaries to their colonial borders.
Angola's President Eduardo Dos Santos said the deal also tackles illegal immigration from DR Congo, which he says is a matter of national security.
This topic is a well-beaten chicken-and-egg problem but I do find it harrowing that to this day, many young women needlessly lose their lives or their reproductive organs from the reckless (I can find no better adjective) actions of our doctors.
Ours is a get-married, give-birth-next-year society. The first chips-eating occasion must necessarily be followed by the next: the out-dooring. But unfortunately, for all these years, our doctors don't seem to have a handle on this process. In the meantime, they have laughed the best birth-mothers into shame and professional disrepute.
How do you do? I do fine too massa. Adwoa Mansa is much happier with me now after I got her the latest Louis Vuitton bag from France. Of course, I didn't get that "bag". I searched for hours for my 'Nigeria must go bag', sewed Louis Vuitton onto it, brainwashed her with countless videos and news stories and gave her birthday present. Sometimes, we have to use our brains to get what we want, whether it is 419 or the newest phone in town. Ghana is going to start using the new Ghana Cedi today. I am not sure if a lot of people are excited about this development but you should be one of most excited out there. How couldn't you be excited about this when you are virtually on every single new Ghana Cedi note? Kwame, when I grow up I want to be you. I want to buy things for people. When people see you, they see money. The level of their happiness is equal to the numbers that the notes carry but so far as they see you, they see legal tender. That's got to be a great feeling.
If you have time, read up on Mr Kamkwamba (http://williamkamkwamba.typepad.com/williamkamkwamba/). I met the dude and he's not one given to much words (or maybe it's because my chiChewa is not usable). And even more importantly, glory found him--he didn't go seeking it. He is the modern African I want to be like--inspired to solve immediate problems with immediate materials.
Not too long ago, The Ghanaian Observer, a paper to which I enjoyed a brief
but rewarding association as a columnist, started publishing the profiles
and achievements of some important Ghanaian women under the caption
â€˜Women of Distinction.â€™ The column, which was written by a lady
journalist, did lively exposÃ©s on some popular national characters,
such as former GJA boss and presently member of the council of state,
Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie, as well as other relatively â€˜unpopularâ€™ but
hardworking women in the regions. There was the revealing and most impressive
From the Archives, and before I got to thinking that the name "Africa" ought to be gotten rid of :) This is a fictional piece imagining the sort of continent one would return home to after several years of roaming the world...
The African Uprising, Jan 31 2005
In this century Africans have had enough of having their identity being defined by other
peoples. I speak as a member of the Fante peoples of West Africa. This has probably already raised some hackles. Relax.