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golden anniversary

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.


Letter to Osagyefo - the leader we need: who, what, how, and why

Posted by Nwia on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 11:37

Yo Osagyefo,
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.


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.


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?


Africa unite - economic solidarity, Diasporean relations and Bob Nesta Marley

Posted by abocco on Mon, 02/26/2007 - 09:40 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

It's getting closer and closer to Ghana's 50th birthday and I am getting excited and excited. This kind of excitement makes me dedicate extra time to African events and one of those was a recent African open mic event on campus. I did a couple of spoken word pieces, and appreciated the talent of other students on campus. Two friends (not from the continent) performed Bob Marley's Africa Unite. In the midst of the hype and excitement about Ghana's golden anniversary, should we address the notion of African unity more seriously? And why is the most popular song about the topic by a non-African?


Yen ara asase ni - national anthems, music icons and Bob Nesta Marley

Posted by abocco on Thu, 02/08/2007 - 10:07 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

Tuesday was Bob Nesta Marley's birthday. It was also the day the 'friendly' game between Ghana and Nigeria produced a shocking result. This blog is coming a bit late because I had an exam to study for. I have decided to attend more Diasporean events this year so I attended a celebration of Bob Marley organized by some Carribean students on campus. During the event, I watched how these people sang Nesta's songs with so much passion and seemed united. Then I thought to myself, "Does Ghana have a Bob Marley?" Is there any musician in Ghana whose music, message and personality is cherished by the majority of Ghanaians? I thought about Ephraim Amu almost at once. Shortly after, I remembered the issues surrounding the most recent time that had Dr. Amu in the public eye.


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.


I want to see you my father - family and national priorities

Posted by abocco on Mon, 11/20/2006 - 12:11 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

King Ayisoba's I want to see you my father is probably most talked about song in Ghana at the moment. I am not sure why this is the case, but Ayisoba's sound is different and quite traditional. Maybe it is because the song's in English? Talking about English, our teachers mounted a two month strike that brought secondary education to a standstill. The issue of strikes is probably the biggest news out of Ghana and right after the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) decided to call it off, the health workers are threathening positive action as well. Ayisoba's major hit is not a silly song with strange instrumentals, it is quite deep when you pay attention to the lyrics.


Honeymoon is over - time to love Ghana again

Posted by abocco on Thu, 09/07/2006 - 07:25 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

A lot of people have attributed the relative lack of success of Kojo Antwi's latest album, "Tattoo' to its slow-paced songs. Listening to the album, even though it is short of club bangers, the songs would grow on you the more you listen to them. Kojo was queried about these concerns by a Peace FM DJ and he pointed out that he wanted to make music more for the ears (and heart) and not the feet. They discussed one of his new tracks, 'Honeymoon is over'. After listening to this song a couple of times, I agree perfectly with Quajo-Quajo.