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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.


Letta to Osagyefo - questions surrounding our true colours

Posted by Nwia on Mon, 02/25/2008 - 12:46

Hello Osagyefo,

It's been 2 weeks since the African Cup of Nations came to an end. Trust your people to be still talking about what went wrong, what could have been done better and which heads should roll for the failure to annex the trophy for the fifth time. Not many people are calling for the head of Prophet Hakeem though which is okay. What I find most interesting is the disappearance of the goodwill Ghana enjoyed amongst Ghanaians during the tournament. Kwame, we are not wearing the red, gold, green colours anymore. You could argue that our true colours are coming out. We are wearing AIG clad Manchester United jerseys and England national team 'shadas'. "Now I see your true colours shining". You know that Phil COllins' masterpiece is a treasured song in Ghana, or don't you?


Letta to Osagyefo - superstition surrounding the 'host and win' agenda

Posted by Nwia on Fri, 02/08/2008 - 14:22

Prophet Hakeem Black Stars CAN 2008 Ghana superstitionGood morning Osagyefo,

I am in mourning. The dream is over. The host and win cause took a wrong turn yesterday, ably navigated by the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun. The boys went on to the field and labored in vain, they didn't get a single opportunity to do the kangaroo dance. The Black Stars could not shine on this (Black) Thursday and the country's wait for a 5th continental trophy will have to wait a couple more years. Kwame, I have wondering why we had to lose in the semi-finals. Kai, I am getting a little bit superstitious.


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.


Number one fan - belief, motivation and support from our leadership

Posted by abocco on Mon, 02/04/2008 - 13:14 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

When the African Cup quarter-final clash between Ghana-Nigeria game went on recess (half-time) as a drawn game, I was tense. Really tense. Both teams seemed up to the task and it was going to take something special to separate them. I even suggested that President Kuffour should go to the Black Stars' dressing room to motivate and inspire the 'boys'. After all, he postponed his favorite pastime -travelling - to stay in Ghana to inspire them and watch this dreaded duel with the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Eventually, Ago-goal struck and Ghana carried the day in the presence of their 'Number one fan', John Agyekum Kuffour. JAK, we join 5Five to give you kudos.


Letta to Osagyefo - supporting our workers

Posted by Nwia on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 12:32

Hello Osagyefo,

Thank you for your intercession the last time. 3 points is 3 points you know. The Black Stars do battle again today and they need our support. We are all expecting Ghanaians to troop the Ohene Djan Stadium (yea, Osagyefo, it's named after him) and sing some serious jama songs (minus the insults) to charge our charges on. Most workplaces would be closing earlier to allow fans to watch the game. I was going to close early but with Accra traffic, I will close earlier. I need to support too. :-)


Letta to Osagyefo - our business is coming of age

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 01/24/2008 - 13:53

Hey Osagyefo,

Football is such a beautiful sport, is it not? The excitement level at which my last letter came to you has stepped up a few notches. Football is so beautiful that it even drives political opponents to shut their beaks and support the same team. Only God knows what would be happening in Kenya if the Harambee Stars were at the African Cup of Nations in Ghana. Don't you think the youth would sit glued to their televisions instead of running around burning down churches and killing people? Football is uniting many people and African businesses are buying into this unity.

Imagine the excitement MTN is having at their offices across Africa. MTN is the title sponsor of the Cup of Nations and so everywhere you go, MTN is there. Check out their marketing slogans - There is no stopping you, GO!; GO be part of a bigger family; GO make that call; GO stand out; GO be famous. No wonder the unofficial rallying cry for your Black Stars is GO, Black Stars, GO! MTN has a football website dedicated to African football, they are the title sponsor of the African clubs Champions league, and they have African entertainment websites. Let's just say the believe in Africa. How can't you love them?


Yesu wo m'afa - ensuring that our prayers are answered

Posted by abocco on Mon, 01/21/2008 - 16:35 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

After seeing my favorite Black Stars agonisingly hit the goal post three times in the opening game of CAN 2008 and remain deadlocked with Guinea, I began wondering if this victory was to be. We finally scored and then the Syli Nationale replied almost immediately. Just when I was about to give up, Sulley Muntari produced a moment of magic two minutes to time and scored the winner. Ghana's biggest newspaper, the Daily Graphic, said sometimes one is tempted to believe that God is a Ghanaian. Apparently, God was on our side, and Esther Smith would agree with her song 'Yesu wo m'afa'. No matter how many heartbreaking missed chances we suffered, we would win in the end.


Letta to Osagyefo - Sharing passions in the centre of the earth

Posted by Nwia on Fri, 01/18/2008 - 18:33

Hey Osagyefo,

It is with much excitement that I dismiss dis missive to you. That's why I like you Kwame, even when my English is sketchy, you can sketch what I want to say in your medulla oblongata. :-) The 26th African Cup of Nations begins in your homeland on Sunday and is the source of my excitement. Allow me to be late to congratulate you on your shepherding Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations triumphs in 1963 and 1965. You are really great, all the tournaments that Ghana took part in your tenure as president resulted in glory and more glory.