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Letter to Osagyefo - the value is not just the same, it is higher than the dollar

Posted by Nwia on Tue, 07/03/2007 - 11:27

Yo Osagyefo,

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.

Look who is moulding Mills for president: it better be Betty

Posted by btawiah on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 21:44

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
‘Women of Distinction.’ The column, which was written by a lady
journalist, did lively exposés 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 ‘unpopular’ but
hardworking women in the regions. There was the revealing and most impressive

Letter to Osagyefo - the make-up of an African

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 06/07/2007 - 10:39

Yo Osagyefo,
I hope your summer has began a new season in your life and you are revising all the resolutions you made after the Bronya. Makes me wonder though. When you were a student in Yonkee, what did you do during your summers? Did you work at McDonalds or at Chase Manhattan? I am thinking that you were part and parcel of minority America and due to your brilliance you always found something profitable to do with your vacations. But could you really work at McDonalds? I don't know what you make of this - but the 'cool' food to buy these days in Ogyakrom, are burgers and pizza. How the mighty have fallen! Heck, I can't tell who is 'African' anymore! Why blame me? Can you?

Kwame, take for instance your name Kwame. Right off the bat, when I see the name Kwame, booyaka, I say he's Ghanaian. Until, I sacrificed academic work and hanging out with Akua Ataa to follow Kwame Jackson through countless episodes of the first season of Apprentice to find out he was not Ghanaian after all. Mind you, I know countless Ghanaians who have never left Ogyakrom that are called Jackson too, not because they like the guy who sang a song about black and white and cannot be put in either racial category but because that's their surname. Apparently, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Kwame "I can't catch a ball to save my life" Brown have no relation to Ghana except that their parents liked the name Kwame. So next time you see an email from Ike Smith or Afia Bartels, don't think African, just don't think. Obviously, if I saw the name, Ikechukwu Okonkwo, I would know he is Nigerian. However, I have attended countless African student meetings and several African student gatherings, and never met Ikechukwu. Did his father read about some Okonkwo hero in one of Chinua Achebe's books? If Ikechukwu does not want to associate with his people, why hasn't he changed his name? Is Ms. Dike a Dee-kay or a dyke? Oops. I think she should have stayed in Nigeria.

Wafom - promises, politics, information and accountability

Posted by abocco on Tue, 05/29/2007 - 09:20 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

You know I love Bernard Avle's CITI FM breakfast show. Guess what? It just won an award as the best talk show in the whole of Africa. So you've got to listen as often as I do, ;-) Anyway, Daasebre Dwamena was recently freed from prison and declared innocent in his London cocaine trial. A lot of people have welcomed this news and Daasebre arrived in Ghana to a hero's welcome. His latest hit, Wafom (you have wronged), has been played on CITI FM regularly and recently, Bernard passed a comment saying that the Electricity corporation of Ghana has wronged the Ghanaian populace for reneging on their promises to provide electricity to certain parts of the population as part of their load shedding exercise. They are not only ones failing to do deliver on their promises, politicians are equally at fault. Is there anything we can do as a populace to ensure better accountability? Are we too naive to get hooked onto promises?

Letter to Osagyefo - secrets, rumours, knowledge

Posted by Nwia on Wed, 05/23/2007 - 09:27

Yo Osagyefo,
The colours of the rainbow give me great pleasure to write to you this missive. Please don't think about the rainbow 'people' who are still walking around Ogyakrom in the name of human rights, if anything think about the rainbow nation, also known as South Africa, that allows Uncle Sam's people to enter their nation without visas while citizens of Ogyakrom have to get visas to enter a country its forefathers helped fight for. I want to think your latest reply has been held up by the postman for further scanning because you left a few new Ghana cedis in there. I will find ways and means to secure the new notes, so I will be expecting your next reply for shaizzay.


Posted by btawiah on Sun, 05/20/2007 - 23:21

Perhaps, what makes the forthcoming American presidential elections eventful is the ‘audacity of hope’ firing through the United States from the camps of Barack Obama, the black Illinois senator, who is tipped to turn the political stakes. But the presidential race is also remarkable for one thing: it is the first time since the 1820’s that neither a sitting president nor his vice, is seeking to occupy the Oval office at the White House. Whoever is lucky enough to win the race is for America to decide.

Kookoo aduro - traditional, herbal medicine and curing AIDS

Posted by abocco on Tue, 05/15/2007 - 10:58 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

My first reaction was to laugh it off. Ghanaweb is at it again, sensationalising another headline. But as I continued to read, it sounded more 'authentic'. Besides, I have strong beliefs in traditional medicine and KNUST was ever present in this scenario. We have heard all the facts about HIV-AIDS but with the recent pronouncement from Gambia about a cure/treatment and now with this revelation from Kumasi (Ghana), should we paying some more attention and giving more credit to traditional medicine? 4x4's Kookoo Aduro is a tribute to our herbalists and medicine men.


Posted by btawiah on Sun, 05/13/2007 - 12:17

Whenever men of science and men of faith meet, they often contradict each other. Sometimes they manage to arrive at the same conclusion, but that seldom happens. This is one of the sub themes explored in The King and I, an Oscar winning musical by Rogers and Hammerstein. Men in politics; the breed we have most appropriately called politicians, do not take delight in contradicting each other; rather they persistently contradict themselves, and often with careless abandon. That is why a politician will promise bread only when he knows the flour is not coming from his wife’s kitchen.

Where I'm from - knowing and developing our hometowns

Posted by abocco on Fri, 05/04/2007 - 11:42 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins
One of the first things I learnt in my Kiswahili class was how to say where I come from (kutoka). My American colleagues mentioned the cities and towns they live in as their hometowns but my situation is different. Like many Ghanaians, our hometowns are the towns where our families trace their roots, heritage, culture or language. Well, maybe some Ghanaians would disagree with me and say they come from Accra because that is all they can associate with. Heck, some may even say they are from the Bronx. Amidst this confusion, maybe the Oseikrom president, Reggie Rockstone could help us answer the hometown question with his "Where I'm from" song.

Letter to Osagyefo – Per capita income and buying power

Posted by Nwia on Wed, 05/02/2007 - 09:33

Yo Osagyefo,
I hope the energy crisis is not taking the light of your day (and night) and you are in high spirits as usual. Thank you for last reply and the quotes you left in the post-scripts. They have really inspired me. You know what else is inspiring me these days? Hearing many professionals in Ghana talk highly about Ghana’s economic performance and how the financial sector is inviting to investors, etc is good news to any educated young person with a vested interest in Sikakrom. I guess it’s about time I made use of the Ghana Stock Exchange.

A letter to parliament - Reflecting on Ghana@50, government and the nation

Posted by abocco on Wed, 04/18/2007 - 06:05 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

A lot of people have discussed Ghana's golden jubilee celebrations with the discussion centering on the cost and amount of money being spent, the present state of the nation, how our age-mates are more industrialized than we are, etc. I doubt our voices were heard by the people in power but I know one person whose voice has been heard loud and clear. When the said person receives "death threats", you know that is some serious business. Kwame Asare Obeng aka A-Plus is serious about his song as well and he calls it A Letter to Parliament. A-Plus has been singing and rapping about politics in Ghana for a number of years now, but what is different about this song?

Letter to Osagyefo - long time no seen

Posted by Nwia on Sat, 04/14/2007 - 04:13

Eyo Osagyefo,

Nkrumah, Kuffour, Ghana@50
It's been a long while since you heard from me. I miss writing to you though, I got busy with other things but I still thought of you a lot. With our beloved nation celebrating its 50th anniversary now, I have been inspired to write to you regularly again.
So many times, I wished I had replaced Mr. Sexy Eyes aka Traveller John in this picture because I am not sure if he talks or listens to you that often.
It seems you missed me as well, as this and this would confirm.

Anyen (devil) - positive wizardry, championing excellence and unity

Posted by abocco on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 17:42 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

This week, I have been listening a lot to Ghanaian radio (my Africast link has been failing me) and I have used it to stay up to speed on the celebrations of Ghana's golden jubilee back home. I caught Bernard Avle's CITI FM Breakfast show on Wednesday and he played an excerpt of his discussion with Kwaku Sintim-Misa (from Monday) which generated some controversy, with some people agreeing and disagreeing with Ghana's most foremost stand-up comedian. Basically, KSM had said that black people have not been using their brains like white people have, that's why black people are "lagging behind" all over the world. Instantly, I linked this discussion to one of my favourite songs this year, Anyen (devil) by Obour and A.B. Crentsil. Hey, the two musicians call it the anthem for Ghana's golden jubilee.

Akosombo kanea - reliable electricity and energy at Ghana@50

Posted by abocco on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 22:12 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

I've talked to a lot of Ghanaians back home about the excitement regarding the celebration of Ghana's golden jubilee. A lot of them have complained about the amount of money being spent to celebrate Ghana's golden anniversary of independence when they do not have reliable power (electricity) and constantly have 'lights off'. Ghana has outgrown the Akosombo dam and it cannot produce enough energy for its population. When I heard Obibini Takyi's Akosombo Kanea on radio a week ago, I had found the perfect song for a blog entry about Ghana's energy crisis, a topic I haven't touched yet. What a perfect time to do that in the midst of the Ghana government's promise to give its resident citizens uninterrupted power supply for almost two weeks to commemorate Ghana's 50th anniversary of independence?

Okoaba - Road safety, driver discipline and transport in Ghana

Posted by abocco on Tue, 01/23/2007 - 08:24 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

In the summer of 2004, Obour embarked on a road safety campaign as part of promoting his album and havng a nationwide concert tour all over Ghana to about 35 towns. It was unprecedented, very successful and well publicized. I happened to catch the Cape Coast show. The lead single was Menwu biom meaning 'I will not die again' talking about how he had escaped death on many occasions. I was not surprised to see him continue his road safety campaign to this day, presently partnering with the government, and having a music video/ad preaching road safety. Okoaba is not just a song, it is a socially conscious project as well.