Social media has become an integral part of our world now. Millions of people and organisations are making use of the opportunities the various social media platforms offer. Among such organisations are educational institutions all over the world. Some universities are now using the power of social media to reach out to and engage their communities and prospective students directly. Continue Reading
My love and interest for Kente made me plan months ago to be at the 20th anniversary of the Agotime Agbamevorza also known as Kente Festival.This is a festival of the people of Agotime-Kpetoe in the Volta Region of Ghana. As the history was narrated, Nene Nuer Keteku III, Konor (Chief) of Agotime traditional area and Custodian of the Ewe Kente and his people , revived a domestic ritual – the purification of the weaving loom and accesories – into a traditional festival known Agbamevorza over 20 years ago. Continue Reading
I sneaked into Rattray park last Saturday evening. I was not the only bearded man who ‘sneaked’ in. The bearded mayor was also there, perhaps to ‘steal’ some few ideas. I will not be surprised if Efua Sutherland Children’s park is soon covered with roofing sheets. Continue Reading
John Mahama, president of Ghana tweets with his PERSONAL account and gets an ‘unfavourabe’ reply from the US embassy’s twitter account. The aftermath is like the bursting of a giant boil. As a social media manager and student of social media, I humbly share my thoughts on what I think happened and what should be done to perhaps prevent or at least limit such occurrences. Continue Reading
Fauster Atta Mensah made a grand appearance on Ghana’s most trusted and authentic voice, formerly, the pulse (pause) of the nation. After that triumphant entry and appearance on our national television, the letter D has been properly inserted into the gentleman’s name ( F-R-A-U-D-S-T-E-R) to befit the illusion adventure he has indulged in all this while. There was a general uproar especially on social media as to why Fauster will engage in that level of self-deceit and public deceit and how GTV allowed themselves to be fooled by his photoshop antics. Continue Reading
One day a young deer went to its mum with a mind-boggling question. It asked, “mum, why is the animal kingdom like this? Why is there such high level of impunity? Why is no one accountable in this kingdom? Why is there so much lawlessness? Why are we attacked and killed almost every day and no one speaks for us or protects us? Mother deer heaved deeply, pulled her son close and said, “Son, it is a sad situation. Let me tell you a long story. I am sure it will give you a clearer picture of why we are where we are. Continue Reading
I saw this young boy who was having a time of his life on his makeshift seesaw amidst loud singing. I fell in love with the sight immediately so I pulled out my camera and took a shot of him. As I looked at the picture again, I had an admiration for the boy for his creativity. He places a wooden slab on a stretch of block between those iron rods to make a perfect seesaw for himself. A second thought however tickled me. Why would this boy go to that length to have fun? It is very easy for him to get injured . But does he have a choice? Maybe he had to resort to that because that is the only means of fun for him.
We have a dangerous situation arising in Ghana and we seem to downplay its effects. A child who is denied his childhood which is full of fun is likely to grow into an adult yearning for his childhood. Most schools when I was young had nice playgrounds for kids. Even this limited opportunity is vanishing quickly from the system. Kids now have no other choice than to create their own playgrounds and create their own playthings as well.
Kweku, as I choose to call the kid in the picture, represents millions of kids in Ghana and around the world who are being denied the spaces and materials they need to have fun and enjoy their childhood to the fullest. For Kweku, his community elders are more concerned about selling lands ,building hostels and other high-rising buildings. Kweku and his colleagues have been totally ignored. The big men in Kweku’s community I am sure have forgotten that all work and no play makes Kweku not only a dull boy but will make him a dangerous or damaged adult .
It is time extensive awareness is created on the near extinction of playgrounds and fun parks for kids and the need for the revival and provision of these facilities especially in our schools. Kweku and his colleagues should not be made to put their lives in peril in their quest for fun.