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Black Stars

Letta to Osagyefo - questions surrounding our true colours

Posted by Nwia on Mon, 02/25/2008 - 12:46

Hello Osagyefo,

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?

Letta to Osagyefo - superstition surrounding the 'host and win' agenda

Posted by Nwia on Fri, 02/08/2008 - 14:22

Prophet Hakeem Black Stars CAN 2008 Ghana superstitionGood 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.

Number one fan - belief, motivation and support from our leadership

Posted by abocco on Mon, 02/04/2008 - 13:14 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...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.

Letta to Osagyefo - supporting our workers

Posted by Nwia on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 12:32

Hello Osagyefo,

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. :-)

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.

God bless our homeland Ghana - victory brings unity

Posted by abocco on Wed, 07/26/2006 - 20:18 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

It's been almost three weeks since the World Cup in Germany came to an end. The Black Stars' dream ended earlier, as 'the boys' bowed out to defending champions, Brazil. The other team that managed to emerge victors over Ghana's golden footballers, Italy, won the tournament (for the fourth time). Watching ESPN, Univision and ABC's telecasts of the mundial, I couldn't hear the Ghanaian contingent's cheers. I managed to watch Ghana's games again on Africast and I especially loved the way Black Star cheer songs were played when Ghana scored goals. Unfortunately, I have none of the Black Star cheer songs, but I have and know one particular song that was played everytime Ghana played - the famous national anthem. It's time to pay some respect to its lyrics my people.

Jama - Osee, osee, Black Stars ei, forward ever!

Posted by abocco on Sat, 06/24/2006 - 06:09 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

I have been wanting to blog about Ghana's World Cup participation ever since October 8, 2005, when Ghana qualified. Now that we've been to the tournament and are still riding strong, the time is right. The Black Stars have shown some gallant displays, especially after a terrible African Nations' Cup campaign. They fought against the Italians and fell short, completely gave the Czechs (and the rest of the world) a reality check and outlasted the USA. Appropriately, Ghana has thrown its weight behind its Black Stars and have been celebrating this piece of history. Ghana hasn't just been celebrating, it has done its part in motivating the 'boys' to be successful. The government has contributed its quota, private industry has sponsored the preparations, the citizenry has offered support and prayers and the musicians have helped us all cheer them on. Just like the good old days when we cheered on our secondary school teams with resounding 'jama', Ghanaians now have songs to sing at the World Cup too. 4x4's 'Jama' is just one of them.