I started a Social media campaign some few months ago to raise 1000 books for an orphanage. In the course of this campaign, I noticed some interesting developments and learnt a few vital lessons that are worth sharing.
From the very first post and tweet, I noticed a particular group of people. Their only aim was to get themselves noticed with the project. They sent me messages informing me of their support and wish to be recognized as such. I went further by asking what exactly they were bringing on board. All they could tell me was, they ( individuals and groups) have large followings and are well known. So if they shared my post, it will push the campaign. I agreed that was a tangible point. After a few questions, I realized they merely wanted to be associated with the project without actually bring in the books or working towards getting them. Some people only want to enjoy the applause but not ready to induce the sweat. Continue reading Lessons from the 1000 Books Project
As a student back in my primary school, there was one position that I so admired; the position of a bell boy. It was a dream come true when in class five I was made the bell boy. The dream was however short-lived. I was relieved of my position soon. I always rang the bell on time for break time but not for break over. How I so much enjoyed that short break period and wished it was extended further. Many students who are users of the various social media platforms exhibit this same behavior. We enjoy having much fun on these platforms. The question is have we maximized the benefits of social media to our academic advantage? Aside the fun, social media can aid us in our academics as well Continue reading THE OTHER SIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
I am not trying to take the path of that Kyeiwaa movie with its 13 parts or Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s Adam’s Apple. Maybe I might outpace them by bringing you thirty chapters of university lessons. This is just part two of it. Please do not miss the substance by jumping the part one. This is a continuation of my lessons. Enjoy every bit of it.
- WE LIVE IN A MAN’S WORLD RULED BY WOMEN. I read about ‘women and politics’ in my final year Political Science class. I did some works on male chauvinism in my Literature class. However I have come to realize that despite the fact that it is the men who hold the gun and press the trigger, it is the women who know and decide what kind of bullet is put in that gun. Most at times, you hear ladies complain that it is a man’s world. My cursory tour down memory lane shows otherwise. Most important and destiny changing decisions that are implemented have some kind of woman power influencing it. I recall certain decisions I had to take that affected the whole university indirectly and affected an all male hall. Little did those gallant men know that the decision was influenced by a fervent appeal of a sweet feminine voice. It however proved to be the best decision at the time. I remember a gentleman who used cute ladies as a campaign tool to become SRC president. He mistakenly allowed one beloved of his to also call the shots throughout his administration and the results were very disastrous. Women indeed rule the world of men. Continue reading LESSONS FROM THE UNIVERSITY – PART TWO
As I stepped out of the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, with my oversized academic gown and tasselled cap, I asked myself how the four years I spent over there benefitted me. Some self assessment helped me come out with few timeless and priceless lessons I picked from the University.
- LEARN, UNLEARN AND RELEARN. I remember vividly that very inspiring face and voice of Prof Ibok Oduro telling us that the word ‘University’ comes from the word ‘universal’. She therefore admonished us to learn about everything. Pressing that advice against my chest so tightly, I began the adventure of seeking universal knowledge. I learnt that to learn new things demands that you discard old things most of the time. Coming from a very conservative background, that was quite a task, but the benefits were immense. However, I got to know that to be the great person that I want to be, I have to learn knew things that will push me up that ladder of greatness; Unlearn old things that will impede my progress and relearn old things that can propel me into greatness. That useless thing you learnt today might save a multitude tomorrow. When I spent time reading about breast cancer and cervical cancer, little did I know that an article I produced on that will end up saving a friend’s mother from death. LEARN, UNLEARN AND RELEARN. Continue reading LESSONS FROM THE UNIVERSITY- PART ONE