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Is Pan-Africanism affecting my Ghanaianness?

Posted by abocco on Tue, 10/21/2008 - 12:35 GhanaThink Managing Executive

It's been two weeks since my last post. I didn't see this silence coming when I started blogging. But what you should know is, I got stories, lots of stories. Last Thursday, I attended a meeting regarding a new NGO set-up to raise funds for students in one district in Kenya. One of the founders has been my Swahili tutor for two quarters. To show that I belonged, I started speaking the little Swahili I knew to whoever would listen. "Why are you studying Kiswahili?" This is the question other people at the meeting asked me. I responded "Marafiki zangu 'plenty' wanatoka Afrika Mashariki" which means 'a lot of my friends are from East Africa'. My Swahili tutor went on to say 'This guy is a Pan-Africanist'. That is a cool thing to hear given my love for Kwame Nkrumah, but is it really a cool description? How are Pan-Africanists seen today? People blamed Nkrumah for concentrating too much on other African countries and he eventually began to alienate his own people. Will being a Pan-Africanist thread me on the same path?

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?

Thinking in English : Fathia Nkrumah, icon of an era

Posted by paa.kwesi on Thu, 05/31/2007 - 21:37

Fathia Nkrumah is dead. 8:07pm GMT, the message arrived in my email inbox.

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.

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.

Letter to Ghana - looking from the outside in - Diaspora

Posted by abocco on Fri, 12/15/2006 - 10:41 GhanaThink Managing Executive

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

One song I cannot get enough of lately is Nana Kwabena's Letter to Ghana. It reminds me of this particular opinion piece in the Daily Graphic that I really love, Letter to Jomo and its brother online, Letter to Osagyefo written by one Maximus Ojah. It's been awhile since I wrote a letter, email (and Facebook) have taken over as the mediums of communication but nothing beats the thought and preparation that goes into a letter. Nana Kwabena's letter is full of deep thought and when it is made into music, it's just that more attractive.