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On being quoted out of context...

Posted by paa.kwesi on Wed, 06/29/2005 - 01:40

So I got crucified for writing this:

Although this response was written to an earlier article (here: the original posting on Ghanaweb did not indicate that. So taken out of context, a barrage of irate emails came in just a few moments after the article had been posted. I woke up and saw quite a number of emails in my inbox. First thought was that folks were volunteering for a GT project I was part of. Whoa! I was excited!

Then I read this among others:

the best of both worlds

Posted by paa.kwesi on Sun, 06/19/2005 - 03:30

i just had a long discussion with a good ol' friend about the politics of life, ghana, debt relief and all that good stuff.

conclusions: we came to this abrokyire because of the economic bottom-line. of course most of us pretend otherwise. in achieving the raising of this bottom line we often sacrifice quality of life. you'd think that this is simple enough to understand when told to your homegirls and homeboys. but of course, they think that you're trying to prevent them from coming to live the good life. but that's them...

for me though the saddest outcome is becoming a stranger to both worlds--neither completely at home in abrokyire, nor completely at home at "home". you become this janus-like character. of course, the joy of life that can be extracted from such an outcome is to be here till you're bored, and then go to ghana and stay till you're bored, and then come here... ad infinitum. but it's all about the money--and time off too from your day-job...grrr...


Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 06/17/2005 - 03:59

Namibia take internet propagation serious. make u see what dem do for here:

Wey dem put together some nice comics too: Hai Ti! A cultural infusion from de diaspora! Don't test!

check this out...

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 06/17/2005 - 03:57

people dey ghanathink ampa! from de foto article at

the question again be say, how i go fit order my personal own? if anybody have info on this aa, make them post for the comments inside...A modified version of Saddick's Mini Baja.

"The car buses a Daewoo Tico 64HP @ 5400RPM engine with an automatic transmission. This is an improvement on the Mini Baja car and it is a two seater all terrain vehicle with a bucket and pulls a trailer of 2 tonnes of load. We used hollow steel square pipes to design the chassis and the upper body and the frame was built from steel sheets and circular steel tubes. Some parts of the body are made from aluminum and the top cover is of canvas.


Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 06/17/2005 - 03:52

So dis week i come find out 3 things wey e shake my filosofi bad.
1. Dere be no such thing as de "Akans". De Portuguese wey ebe like dem name de peoples dem crush for dema travels inside "Acanes", thence Akan.
2. Wanna older Diasporan ancestors lost dema languages by force, not by mere forgetfulness...
3. The "tribal" distinction Hutu/Tutsi just be class distinctions (Upper/Lower) fossilized by colonialism into "tribe".

Make I just quote the three paragraphs wey e give me this impression.

1The historian Eva Meyerowitz (1993) documents a steady migration of Twi-speaking people from the Niger bend south to the Ghanaian coast beginning around 1000 AD with the Gbon people whose original kingdom, Dyala, was destroyed by Islamized Saharan Berbers. Gbon refugees made their way south, eventually reaching the Upper Volta region, where they founded the Bono kingdom and later the surrounding kingdoms of Bona, Djomo, Bonda, and Kpon (later center of the Kumbu kingdom.) By the mid-1300s small Twi-speaking states appeared on the coast. The Portuguese first arrived in 1471 and later built a trading post at Elmina in 1486. Drawn by the trading activity on the coast, descendants of the defunct Bonda and Kumbu kingdoms settled along the north-south trade routes connecting the coast to the Niger bend region. The Queen mother of the Bonda founded the Akyerekyere kingdom along one trade route, which became a clearinghouse for goods from the coast. A prince of the former Kumbu royal house founded the Akumu-Akoto kingdom on another trade route. The Portuguese referred to this latter kingdom as the 'Acanes,' hence the name Akan. Emigrants from Akumu-Akoto founded a second city-state to the east, called Akwamu. Emigrants from Akwamu in turn founded the Asantemanso kingdom in the Kumasi region. Mande-speaking immigrants conquered the Akyerekyere kingdom and later the Asantemanso kingdom to become the dominant power in the region, the Denkyira. In 1701, the Asantemanso under the leadership of Osei Tutu (d. 1717) rebelled and defeated the Denkyira. Source:

Living a sham...

Posted by paa.kwesi on Mon, 04/18/2005 - 02:33

Brethren and Sistren,
The more I dey find out about Africa, the more I dey become disappointed. The nonsense be too much for the system inside. We(the powerful, the leaders) dey do things wey eno dey make sense. At all, eno dey make sense!

The problem no be lack of education. We all we know say at least for Ghana dier, wanna leaders go school plenty. Them all have PhD or MBA or MD or LLB or some other letter combination after dema name. Some of them sef have Esquire attache. Wanna last presidential election, then Kufuor dey represent Oxford, wey Atta-Mills dey represent Yale Law School. More of wanna judges and lawyers go Yale or Harvard Law School or Oxford or Cambridge. The degrees dier, we all know say people have am plenty. Naah, eno be lack of education wey ebe wanna problem. More educated people no go solve wanna problems. In fact, ebe like educated people po wey dem dey promote the most nonsense forms of wanna troubles.

This Fanon paddy...

Posted by paa.kwesi on Sun, 04/17/2005 - 02:35

Before I start I go pose you question? You dey object say I dey write in pidgin? Make I know for the comments inside...

I no shedaa know if you hear of Frantz Fanon before anaa? But the paddy be power-man! He talk many sensible tings wey estrike me say I go fit to share some of dem ideas.

Me constant say I dey aa, I dey have this nagging feeling say despite all wanna chaw talk, we no dey go anywhere. We no dey make any original steps koraa. Emake like we dey fear sef. Ghana for example: ebe like we just dey wan turn am into another america. Nobody dey see say America, den all dem so-called Western bloc no be good examples give we? For America to be rich, somebody for be poor... Do this quiz then see:

I-man takes I-man serious

Posted by paa.kwesi on Tue, 04/12/2005 - 02:37

Emake like I-man dey hia some reminders about life...
I-man constantly dey think say he for do more give the Ghana cause, but so many things dey cross I-man... job/school/progress in life matters. Just today, ehit I-man say the reason I-man no dey fit do more give the Ghana cause be say I-man no shedaa dey see say the Ghana cause also be progress. Emake like I-man dey think of the Ghana cause like ebe some hobby. How I-man come to this conclusion be like say if somebody ask me say, I-man, what you dey do for your spare-time a, I-man likely go talk say among other things GhanaThink, or some other Ghana cause. That be what dey explain give I-man the high participation rate for hobby-like things like ClubGH (17 000) members, whereas for GhanaThink, 200 members. Even for this 200 inside, only like 5% make eyered say them go do anything.

The Language Dialog : Expecting apple trees to bear cola nuts

Posted by paa.kwesi on Tue, 03/29/2005 - 02:50

The reaction of the Lomwe people to the Chichewa language of their
neighbors in Malawi is akin to the reaction of the African to colonial
languages. The Lomwe are accused of rapidly losing their tribal and
social characteristics by assimilation into the Chichewa language[i].
The Malawian Yao are similarly accused of having lost their pride of
race... so that most of them will be Yao in name but linguistically

African infatuation with ex-colonial languages is hard to reconcile
with progressive language planning models elsewhere. In Japan for
example, access to the benefits of western civilization has been
successfully created in the popular medium of the Japanese language. By
dogged persistence in holding on to the colonial state, thinking has
become skewed in favor of not deviating significantly from colonial
expectations. In Mozambique for example, the language of
oppression,Portuguese, was expected to assume a new dimensionthe
preservation of the national integrity of the erstwhile colonial
territory, Mozambique![iii] How ironic.

When I return

Posted by paa.kwesi on Mon, 03/21/2005 - 02:49

home, to that unfamiliar place
where I felt always the stranger,
the temporary sojourner
accustomed to the family ways
I wonder how it will be like

When I return
to that bed I shared with books;
undisturbed in my otherworldliness
crying silent desperate prayers
whose every answer was gossip's juice
I wonder who you'll think me like

When I return
finally from here
where you thought, and made me believe,
I belonged, and have found to have its own grief
so that still I long for home; even your suspicious fear
I wonder how you'll treat me like

When I return
to home-that-must-be-home

Our Common Interest

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 03/18/2005 - 02:55

I dey come review the Commission for Africa's report. I think say in general them force say them go pay we some more attention. Simultaneously, ebe opportunity give we as much as ebe opportunity give them. If them offer a helping hand aa, make we no talk say them dey do for dema own interest. In fact, that is very true, but we go fit take advantage, and take advantage we shall.

Getting Systems right

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 03/18/2005 - 02:54

My general attitude to the report be skepticism. I dey admire the way the report dey sidestep why Africa has "two areas of weakness"--capacity den accountability. Over the last 50 years, Africa dey recover from colonialism, which essentially created these two areas of weakness. Make we no forget that.

Any attempt to address these two weaknesses no for miss this crucial point--say na Africa have capacity and accountability. What colonialism come do be say e destroy this accountability by passing the illegal state structure into the hands of posses wey them no dey derive their legitimacy from the wider populace. This very phenomenon be what destroy accountability. As a result, capacity too go down since accountability drives capacity. Think about am--if I be chief of Anyaa wey I wan keep my people from destooling me I go prove to them say I be capable of being dema chief. The only reason I go fit wallow in mediocrity be when I know say my people no go fit destool me. That be wanna African situation. From Ghana to Zimbabwe over the last 50 years...

The Debt Question

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 03/18/2005 - 02:53

Ah, the more I dey read the report the more I dey see say ebe comprehensive. My previous argument about traditional structures being destabilized koraa has been mentioned.

Another point in favor of the traditional structures argument be say, these bodies no dey owe anybody except their citizens. Clean slate give them... whereas governments? Them dey owe big time moneys to IMF wey I no dey fit count all the zeros if converted to cedis.

So make we dismantle the illegal African states. Make we reconstitute them around more rational people groupings. These new groupings no go owe anybody. Them fit to easily negotiate say them no fit be held accountable for the debts of the prior states.

terrible logic

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 03/18/2005 - 02:52

"the tragic story of a woman in Nairobi who explained that it would take her five years to succumb to AIDS, but only months for her baby to die of starvation; thus having unprotected sex for money was the rational thing to do, as it was the only way of keeping her baby alive. Such is the terrible logic of poverty." p42-43, Our Common Interest

What actually dey work? And what no dey work?

Posted by paa.kwesi on Fri, 03/18/2005 - 02:45

Working: Somaliland (the traditional approach), S.A. (the state approach), Botswana (both)

Not working: DRC(state approach), Lesotho (traditional approach)

Maybe: Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, the new democracies, etc

Lesson to be learnt?
To succeed, you dey hia a strong push in a decided direction. That be what the "Maybe" states haven't quite got right (the push and the direction) but are working on...