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I ask for more Patrick Awuahs and more Ashesis in this life

Posted by abocco on Fri, 11/13/2009 - 10:42 GhanaThink Managing Executive

Earlier tonight, I met Patrick Awuah. Again. Up close. This is the second time I am dedicating a blog entry to him. Why not? He's awesome. He gives me goosebumps when I meet him. Yes. Sounds weird. I told my roommates I had a crush on him. Oui. Of course, I am straight and straight up drumming home the point that we need more Patrick Awuahs in this world. If you didn't know already. But the focus of this entry is really about what he talked about tonight. What brought him to this area so I could be in the same room as him is not important. His words, actions, character are. Let's dig into what he said.

As some of you may know, Patrick and Ashesi University just won the Aspen Institute's McNulty Prize for 2009. Doesn't matter to me how relevant or prestiguous the prize is, but the fact that Patrick has yet another honour. Judges choosing the McNulty Prize included Madeleine Albright, Bill Gates, and Olara Otunnu; go figure. He won $100,000, a nice sum of money that will go a long way. It felt quite good to congratulate him in person, just a week after I had heard of his award from an Ashesi mailing list. The prize was in the conscience of most of the 30 or so students who gathered earlier tonight to have an evening with Patrick and Patrick started the night off with a short film prepared about Ashesi University which won him the prize. The film told a few stories Patrick had mentioned when I met him earlier this year and this is a time to share.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.