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Ghanaian role models - GC Banner

Posted by GhanaThink on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 04:19

The idea behind the GhanaConscious banner is to represent Ghanaian role models in various disciplines and careers that the youth of Ghana can look up to.
They are as follows

Ken Ofori Atta
Ken Ofori AttaKen Ofori Atta is one of the most respected CEO's in Ghana. He was born in 1959 and grew up in the small town of Kibi, later moving to Accra where he went to Achimota School. He earned a BA in economics from Columbia University (1984) and an MBA from the Yale School of Management (1988).

Ken is the executive chairman and co-founder of Databank Financial Services Limited (Ghana), a full service non-bank financial institution established in 1990, in Ghana. Prior to founding Databank, Ken had worked at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers in New York.


Supa chompia - in search of African (super) heroes

Posted by abocco on Tue, 09/09/2008 - 07:08 GhanaThink Managing Executive

kwame planeteer super hero captain planet supa chompia ghana africa earth environment

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

The other day some friends (Ghanaian and Nigerian) and I were having a regular conversation that followed after watching a regular Nollywood movie. The conversation turned to discussing other things; African music, high school boarding house experiences, education systems, studying for PhDs and hurrying up Masters degrees, gold diggers, wastemen, etc. Eventually, we ended up talking about African leaders, politics and what we needed to do as Africans to develop. The latter issues have been on my mind a lot lately. The emergence of Obama has caused me to think even more about the issue of leadership. It has me dreaming of Kwame Nkrumah. At this point in Africa's lives, it needs visionary leaders, inspirational figures, uniting heads, iron men, super men, super heroes. Who will save us? Wanlov da Kuborlor thinks a 'Supa Chompia' will, and even describes his super powers in his song of the same title.


Letta to Osagyefo - Working for Ghana

Posted by Nwia on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 06:01

Hello Osagyefo,

A lot has happened since I last wrote to you. Chief among them, the Beijing Olympics just ended over the weekend. I share in your disappointment; our beloved country failed to win a single medal. Either our athletes are not good enough to earn our national anthem some airtime on the world stage or we are not investing enough in various sports disciplines so that we can be counted amongst countries with medals. We went there to make up the numbers. But we didn't even have the numbers - our contingent was less than a score (Ha, always wanted to use this expression). In the meantime, our current president handed out a ton of medals recently to about 200 people who have served our nation in various ways. Each 18 carat gold medal cost 33,000 pounds. Here's a good debate Kwame: should we have spent this gold medallion money on our athletes instead to save face at the Olympics? Are the Olympics that important or we should rather cherish celebrating our national heroes?


Ghana needs to win something at the Olympics

Posted by abocco on Fri, 08/22/2008 - 02:33 GhanaThink Managing Executive

ghana olympics vida anim beijing 2008 sportsHere comes my first non-museke/music related blog post, say yay! Post is from my blog (that I just started) - Why so serious - blogs of a MighTy African

The Olympics is totally the biggest sporting event. Some may argue for the World Cup, but even though the Mundial is grand and is centered around the passion of the nation (aka football), all other sports have some different fans who pay attention to the Olympics. For instance, I have a couple of friends who could care less about football but will stop work to watch Michael Phelps and the 100 metre sprint.

I didn't catch the opening ceremony, it's always the greatest spectacle of celebration. Ghana's contingent was very small and they were clad in kente. I've heard people complaining about the choice of attire, about how kente has been accepted by the greater Black community and we can't claim it anymore. Nonsense! People should know we are the originators! :-) The Ghanaian contingent held their own, you can't miss us, we are colourful and we stand out.


Kwame Ghana - the personification of our nation

Posted by abocco on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 08:03 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

There has been a lot of controversy in Ghana lately about the recent National Honours Awards and who deserves awards and who should be giving them out. Naturally, we would want 'Ghana' to give out these awards and not the president of the nation or a bunch of people with various interests. So what if Ghana was a person? What would Ghana have to say to its people? If Ghana was a monarchy, the king would be Ghana. We don't have that. My buddy, Okyeame Kwame personifies Ghana in his Kwame Ghana song and tells us what Ghana has to say to its people. 6th march 1957 was a Wednesday while July 1st, 1960 was a Friday. Maybe Kwame Ghana's message sums up the thoughts of Okyeame Kwame, who after all is a Ghanaian as well.


Letta to Osagyefo - Power corrupts and power can overcome corruption as well

Posted by Nwia on Fri, 06/20/2008 - 07:02

Hey Osagyefo,

Please don't put me into your bad books due to this long silence. I have been thinking about you but I was preoccupied with thinking about my classes rather than dedicating time to preparing a letter to you. After all, no one is paying me to do this, but my classes are supposed to get me paid in the future. Eventually. So appreciate my efforts, Kwame, I am not being corrupted. I surely don't need any brown envelopes to share my thoughts on our beloved nation. Now think of those who are actually supposed to serve our nation. It's their job to do it. They are the ones whose jobs have been clouded in the controversy called corruption. It's a canker, but what can we do about it?


Tropical Solution for the Tropical Land: Curbing the Counterfeit Drugs Problem in Ghana

Posted by gkdapaa on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 01:45

We all do know that unique problems call for unique solutions. Africa, being unique, could only be saved if Africans could think outside the box when solving the problems of the land (Text book knowledge only provides complementary guidance!). In their quest to relieve the continent of fake and substandard drugs, Ashifi Gogo et al. (AKA Mpedigree) have provided an African-viable mechanism to help the sick ascertain the genuineness of their prescribed medicine. Ashifi et al. realized the popularity of cellular phones in Africa and thus came up with a simple mobile technology that would enable almost every Ghanaian (rich or poor, rural or urban) verify whether or not a medical product is fake. Their approach is indeed a TROPICAL SOLUTION FOR A TROPICAL LAND!


Ghana - past our history, presenting our situation, and dreaming the future

Posted by abocco on Tue, 04/22/2008 - 07:31 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

Countless people have asked me about my three month stay in Ghana. Everytime the question is asked, I give a slightly different answer. The default thing to say is - it was great. I normally prefer pointed questions - my indecisiveness cripples my answers to such general questions. My stay in Ghana inspired and taught me a lot, it made me understand how various things work in Ghana (especially in industry) and how comfortable or uncomfortable I could find myself in my own land. Most people seek out my opinion on going back, and my answer is always the same - eventually I will go back and soon. Why would I? My friend Becca would help out here with her song called Ghana.


Letta to Osagyefo - Knowledge of what's going on at home

Posted by Nwia on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 23:50

Hey Osagyefo,

I've been back in Yankee for about two weeks now. I am sorry for not notifying you earlier, I wanted to settle in first. I am happier about being back now, a new quarter has started, I've spoken to a number of friends and loved ones, enjoyed fast internet for a while now, you know. I don't think I know much about what's going on in Ghana, even though there are countless media outlets to keep me informed. It just doesn't look the same you know. A discerning Ghanaian abroad may hear people making a big deal about one political party threatening fire and brimstone if an election goes a certain way on radio, but to the Ghanaian at home, there is nothing burning and no signs of smoke. but I never paid much attention to these popular news outlets online when I was home but I am stuck with them now. Where did the other sources of news and information go?


Green card - pursuing America for Ghanaian development

Posted by abocco on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 16:45 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

I just got back to Uncle Sam's Abode last weekend. It was a long flight. As usual, I had wanted to extend my stay. In fact, I had overstayed my welcome. I met a Facebook friend and made a new friend as well. I had this burning desire to talk to this friend I made because I overheard him say he went to IPS (the one near Legon). Hey, maybe I just wanted to speak Pidgin with somebody. After talking to him for awhile, I realised Asumasi was on the Green Card path and heading towards the land of milk and honey. His IPS education was on hold. Almost seconds later, Wanlov da Kuborlor's Green Card song came to mind.


Letta to Osagyefo - Using our hard earned tax payers' money

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 11:05

Hello Osagyefo,

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!


Letta to Osagyefo - Tribute to the Mosquito

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 03/13/2008 - 14:15

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?


Awurade Asem - using what the Good Book has to say for national development

Posted by abocco on Mon, 03/10/2008 - 12:06 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...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?


Letta to Osagyefo - Happy Valentine's and Chocolate Day

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 02/14/2008 - 16:41

Happy Valentine's Day Chocolate Day Ghana February 14Lovely 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?


Letta to Osagyefo - organizing a great tournament

Posted by Nwia on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 13:20

Hello Osagyefo,

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.