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Human being - ensuring, maintaining and relocating to peace

Posted by abocco on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 13:07 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

Home is where I find the most peace but all is not peaceful. News broadcasts in Ghana are as common as every top of the hour. I have known Ghanaian news broadcasts to provide good news; hospital building commissionings, speech and prize giving days, and price increases. Call it boring if yu may please but once in a while we have news to 'tickle' you. My friends in Bawku have some 'tickling' news to report, some of their friends have taken to the streets and have left in their wake some dead bodies. "If my brother dey struggle for Kenya, I be Kenyan oh" - Wanlov sang about it, but if my brother is suffering in Kenya, I feel the ripples, I feel the pain. It could happen in my backyard, Bawku is not exactly my backyard, but it is.

Letter to Osagyefo - issues trafficking our development

Posted by Nwia on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 11:45

Hey Osagyefo,
I was sitting in a trotro heading towards Adenta after a long day in Adabraka. I headed out knowing that it would take me a while to complete my journey due to traffic. When the trotro got to the HIPIC junction, I found myself thinking and thinking really hard. I just wanted to get home soon but the journey was long, quiet and pensive. All four lanes were filled and moving at a go-slow pace. As we approached the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange, we were still moving so slow, I wondered how bad this situation would be if we still had the Tetteh Quarshie roundabout which had only one lane. No be small thing o.

In Ghana - selling the golden experience

Posted by abocco on Thu, 01/03/2008 - 20:22 GhanaThink Managing Executive

In Ghana - talking about issues, ideas and not people

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

I can't tell you how happy I feel to be in Ghana. Yes, it is home, but it is where I find the most peace. When there is a boring moment, I am thinking. When there is a sad moment, I am thinking. When there is a happy moment, I am not thanking anyone, because it is just routine when I am in Ghana. I must be selling Ghana to you and it's no secret why I may be doing so at this particular time, with the African Cup of Nations underway in Ghana in just over two weeks, every inch of Ghana is being sold. On the back of Ghana's golden jubilee, Ghana wants as many people to be in Ghana. Wanlov is no different.

Wanlov aka One love aka Odo Baako aka Sumo ekome is a Ghanaian musician. The son of Ghanaian father and Romanian mother, he wouldn't strike you as Ghanaian on first glance. You will find it difficult to place him under one genre - he's that good. Wanlov had been stationed in the US for awhile now and just returned to Ghana late last year. He had spent the most of his time abroad making singles, touring the US and performing. I vividly remember him doing a show in a college in Connecticut and then performing in California the next weekend. 'In Ghana' is one of the tracks on his debut release, Green card' which is out now. 'In Ghana' gained popularity in late 2006 after Ghana's debut at the World Cup, it was one of the songs promoting Ghana. Read the lyrics and it's easy to see why, the Ministry of Tourism must hear this one.

Pioto - challenging and setting up ourselves to do better

Posted by abocco on Fri, 12/07/2007 - 10:45 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

It's been a while since I blogged here and I am ashamed. Anyway, I am back. :-) What's driven me back? The upcoming African Cup of Nations Football tournament in Ghana - yes, I am excited. It is expected to draw 1 million tourists to Ghana, which is more than we got all through 2007 probably and it is bound to infuse a lot into our economy. Ghana has rehabilitated two stadiums and built two new ones for the tournament and there have been some infrastructural developments as well. You can ask around, even though people are excited about these developments, a lot of people feel the government could and should have done more. Why can't we do something great while we are at it? Who is asking? Amandzeba Nat Brew does in his Pioto song, his most recent hit.

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.

Thinking in English : Hometown Identification Project (HIP, HIP, HIP?)

Posted by paa.kwesi on Sun, 10/22/2006 - 20:59


I don't know about you, but I do get frustrated each time I'm filling in some web form and I'm asked for ZIP or Postal Code. Now, being from Ghana, everyone knows there are no such things as zip codes. Some web forms are designed properly enough to not require zip codes when you select Ghana as your location, but most others are not.

So when I stumbled across a public domain database of longitude and latitude pairs for most towns and cities in Ghana (and in fact Africa) it occurred to me that zip codes could be generated quite easily from these unique numbers. After using them for several months, now let me share the love--Accra's zip code is 43F 8E3. And for kicks, the state is the country code GH.

TuabOdOm and Kumasi on the same page

Posted by abocco on Sun, 09/11/2005 - 06:51 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and see-ins on the scenes
One Ghanaian song that has received a lot of airplay and publicity this summer is
'Yɛfri Tuabɔdɔm'
. This song, released by Nkasei narrates a true story where a teacher and his students, from a school in Tuabɔdɔm, a town in da Brong Ahafo Region, trek to Kumasi to attend a students' congress. Yɛfri Tuabɔdɔm is da song they sing, as jama, or their cheer, threatening to show Kumasi kids 'who is who'.