Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Electricity for all!!

Now THAT would be nice.
Electricity for all communities in Ghana.
Electricity, meaning 24/7 Electricity right? Because there would be no sense in proclaiming "drinks are on me" at the bar and then I proceeding to serve 2 drops per patron.

Well, I wasn't in Keta but I read that Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa, Deputy Minister of Information is promising electricity for all in a few months. AND we will all be connected to the national grid.

Pssst! Psssst! Come here Samuel.
Did you really say that? All of us connected to THE national grid?
Slap yourself!
Now slap yourself again!
Go take some SSS physics lessons and stop insulting us.

Does anyone have a clue where the electricity Okudzeto-Ablakwa is talking about will be generated from? Has Gh Atomic Energy finally come up with something we are yet to hear about? I'd love to hear more good news.

Monday, December 20, 2010

We did our best under the circumstances

If the leaked cables (thanks to Wikileaks) is what has prompted Ghana's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to withdraw some Diplomatic passports, then Thank You very much Mr Assange!

Drug smugglers don't always have a sign on their foreheads identifying them as such so our former ministers should hush up. They created & maintained loopholes for illegal activities to continue.
When these loopholes are being discussed, they should quit claiming "we did our best under the circumstances".
Those circumstances were under your control until you started making calls for your buddies to use the VVIP lounge.
The circumstances are always supposed to be under your control when you have a job to do.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ghanaians & our proverbs

We love our proverbs!
I know I do.

It saddens me that we as a people do not live them as much as we say them.
Especially the one that talks about teaching a person to fish instead of giving him fish.
He will be fed for life when you teach him to fish.

We already have our brilliant fishermen.
We have our farmers with tons of knowledge.
Yet every other day, we are at the doorsteps of institutions & countries asking for aid.

I await the days coming when we will have selfless leaders more interested in enabling our farmers, our fishermen.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I finally did it!

I read G.I.'s post and bowed my head in shame.
Considering what I know & what my family went through, I couldn't believe I was not a bone marrow donor.
I made it a priority and registered here.
If you live in the U.S., I urge you to take a few minutes to read about the National Bone Marrow program and join the registry.
After you register online, they will send you a kit, you swab the insides of your mouth, send back to them (postage paid).

Blacks & Mixed-race people have 1 in over 100,000 chance of finding a bone marrow match. Not cool at all. Please join the registry and ask others to do so too.

A registry was started in Ghana years ago but it is currently inactive. I understand bone marrow transplants aren't done in Ghana right now BUT... we'll get there.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

bird's eye view

There is always a bigger picture.
Sometimes, it is important to mind that "bigger picture". There are also times when a "quick and dirty analysis" for an answer right now is the best move. Either way, you need a calm head to figure out which direction to take.

I have to say this; It bothers me that our State Attorneys (thanks Makola Law) lose cases that the public feels should be won.
I'm bothered that our journalists rave & rant about issues affecting the masses BUT do not lay down facts and figures to support their points.
Passion is good but Passion doesn't win legal debates.
Passion PLUS facts does.

So, about the Ghana MP's & them getting laptops.
Kajsa has a post & good commentary going on at her spot.

The arguments I've heard so far, in my opinion, have been on the personal/ passionate side. A few of them are:
1. The MPs are getting free personal laptops paid for by the tax payer.
2. These laptops will not be used by the MPs. They will end up with their girlfriends/concubines/ kids.
3. Personal interaction is needed between MPs and their constituents. Not contact/interaction by email.
4. The citizens of Ghana are in dire need of clean water, reliable electricity, better facilities for secondary & tertiary schools. Laptops for MPs should not be the priority today.

Yes. Based on history, we can expect some MPs to keep these laptops for themselves.
Heck, civil servants have been known to unlawfully occupy state-owned homes beyond their terms of service, unlawfully claim state-owned vehicles they used during their term of service, etc etc.

However, we can't jump in on this case where we choose to.

The MPs getting these laptops is part of a larger program.
The eGhana Project, funded by a loan from the World Bank.
I'm not sold on loans from World Bank, IMF or other countries. But that's another topic altogether.

My beef with "journalists" writing about laptops for MPs is that none of the articles I've read mentions the eGhana Project.
That is the big picture. Let's discuss that!
Are we making good use of those funds?
Are we meeting the Millennium Development Goals as scheduled?
Are The People going to benefit from this investment in our MPs?
Thousands of jobs are expected to be created. Is that real?

I'm giving each MP a lot of credit, doubting that they are dishonest (and I cringe as I say this). There will be some dishonest ones. the ones that will not use the laptops for official duties and will keep them for themselves.
Smoke the incompetent MPs out at some point, but lets look at the big picture and work towards meeting the goals that called for MPs getting laptops.

Here is a starting point: Go to page 14 (World Bank SOPE Ghana FY 2010)
Now dig deeper and decide for yourself where to focus your attention.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It hurts only when I'm awake

So many intelligent Ghanaians blogging.
Lots of outstanding ideas to make Ghana a better place for Ghanaians.
Passion over-flowing.
All around me, I see each of them doing extraordinary things.
They recognize the ills and all that must change, and some are working towards that change.

This small community gives me hope, but change is needed now on a large scale.
If there was a way, I'd move all these brains into environments where they can be effective at a national level.

I'm awake again.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Head Coach

I would love to see a Ghanaian as Head Coach of the Black Stars.
However, the screening, interviewing and evaluation of candidates from all over the world for this position must be fair.
I hope the ones assigned to select the new coach take this task seriously and do it right. It is not supposed to be an easy one.
I'll be very proud of them when they show love for country and are selfless in this quest to get the best Head Coach for our team.

We saw how positively the country and the continent rallied behind us during SA2010. It isn't just about the players. The coaches are part of the team too.

If a Ghanaian coach is selected, he or she better not let me down.
It would be good to have that paycheck stay in our country and circulate our local banks.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Riddle Riddle

I read this on Ghanaweb.

"As the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and Attorney General close in on the circumstances under which forged invoices, fraudulent misrepresentation and other acts bordering on criminality came to characterize the dealings between the E.O. Group-Kosmos Energy in their operations in Ghana, a key suspect in the plot appears to have shown a clean pair of heels."

I need to go back to school or something because I had no idea that to show a clean pair of heels means to run away or disappear.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

RIP Mac Tontoh

Mac Tontoh & Osibisa
Legends of Ghanaian/ African/ Black music

I just found my Osibisa CD 3 weeks ago and jammed to "Kokro koo"
My favorite part:
"Jack Toronto!"
"Hi mehn!"

RIP Star! Proud of you and your team and all you did to make our Black Star shine.


Friday, August 20, 2010

This train we are boarding

Listening to commentary on the use of the "N" word this morning, it dawned on me that it is now being used a lot in hiplife music.

I wish they wouldn't.

Conscious people (especially in the US) know how harmful it is to freely use that word and some have been doing their best to teach more people to exclude it from their vocabs.

I wish we wouldn't blindly get on this train.
Some see where its headed and are getting off.
Lets not get on it.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Our Journalists

They are killing me!

I'd expect a driver to know how to drive.
A chef must know how to cook.
Boxers should be capable of boxing.
An attorney must be be capable of presenting a case well (or the innocent gets fried)

I can neither write like them nor do their job but I wish our journalists had a good command of whatever language in which they choose to write.
A few extra minutes to review their work plus spell-check can do them a lot of good.

Some english teachers must be rolling in their graves. Mine probably is too!
I like teasing people but this isn't amusing anymore.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

President of Ghana for a day

One day would not be enough for me to make an impact. I'd need 3 months.
1. I'll review & publicize job descriptions for all the ministerial positions. (if we vote them in, we need to know what they are supposed to be doing)
2. I'd demand that all ministers, MPs, mayors & DCEs submit 5-year goals and their departments' plans to achieve them.
3. Set substantial monthly milestones of these plans, to be publicly reviewed.
4. I'd do something with the IRS but I still haven't figured that out yet. A way to keep state money for the state and not in individuals' bank accounts.

Based on the above, each GH citizen would have someone in charge of their welfare.
Before setting this rolling, I'd sit down with a few opposition leaders, notable GH scholars (non politicians like Kofi Annan), and have them share their thoughts on the roadmaps submitted.

"President" wouldn't really be a fitting title so I'd go with "Facilitator".

What would you do if you were President for a day?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Since we are on the subject

Ghana really is a soccer powerhouse!
Black Stars have appeared in the African Cup of Nations 18 times and won 5 times. Egypt is the only one ahead of us and out of 22 appearances, they have 7 wins.
We tie Egypt with the most finals appearances - 8.

My point?
Soccer is one of the many things we do very well.
We've been dancing on the continent's floor for decades.
We've danced circles around the popular teams on the world's stage to our own amazement.
There is no better time than now, to support the talent we have and encourage them to get better.
We can own FIFA's World Cup tournament and make Ghana synonymous with soccer!

Next time I see a bunch of kids playing soccer without a real soccer ball, I'll get them one. One of them might be the next Robert Mensah, Aggrey Fynn, Razak, Kingson or Asamoah Gyan (with a different victory dance of course).

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Cup_of_Nations#Most_championships_won

Friday, July 2, 2010


This squad came together as a team, worked very well together, trusted each other and made Africa proud.
Their high level of discipline was noted and that makes me proud of them.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present MY winners!!!

1 Daniel AGYEI
16 Stephen AHORLU
22 Richard KINGSON
7 Samuel INKOOM
8 Jonathan MENSAH
15 Isaac VORSAH
17 Ibrahim AYEW
19 Lee ADDY
6 Anthony ANNAN
10 Stephen APPIAH
11 Sulley MUNTARI
13 Andre AYEW
21 Kwadwo ASAMOAH
3 Asamoah GYAN
12 Prince TAGOE
14 Matthew AMOAH
18 Dominic ADIYIAH
23 Kevin Prince BOATENG

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Work isn't "work" when you enjoy what you do.
It isn't "work" when you are highly productive without external force.

We should encourage each other to get into fields we are passionate about, doing things we enjoy doing.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Our near future

Our neighbours' past could be our future.
If their past was bad, it will do us a lot of good to understand how it got that bad.

I recently read about Ken Saro-Wira & his fight for the rights of the Ogoni people as well as preserving the environment.

If he were alive, he certainly would be blogging.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ghana's Open skies

When you want to be greedy & keep everything to yourself, you could lose all that you have plus what you are chasing too.

Management at Ghana Tourist Board since 2000 should be ashamed of themselves.
How come Delta is the only airline with a direct route to the US from Gh?
Is it because of a shady monopoly planned for Ghana International Airlines?

If I asked, would they tell me no investors were interested in this highly lucrative route?
Would they say not even one charter flight operator qualified to fly this route?
All these 10 years?

As you read this, imagine that you worked at Ghana Tourist Board of Ghana Civil Aviation Authority 10 years ago.
Imagine that you did honest work, promoted tourism, enticed Ghanaians abroad to invest at home in the airline industry.
BTW, success in your department would mean promotions & boosts in your salary.

Wouldnt it feel good today if you could stand back and look at a flourishing airline industry you worked on?
I know I would.

Monday, May 3, 2010

My Heart will always be in Ghana

I love Ghana & I love my fellow Ghanaians.

When you love something, you work to make it better. That is exactly what I started this blog to do - Help make Ghana better by working on improving customer service from my little corner.
This blog exists because I love my motherland.

I missed the memo on "Bash Africans & their Countries" day.

It's been amusing the past few days reading blog posts by people who couldn't cut it in their developed countries, jetted to West Africa & are now totally pissing in the calabash they are drinking from.

We Africans have honest reasons for being in your developed countries. What are your honest reasons for being in our under-developed countries?

We can all get along but dont take our friendliness for-granted.

Fellow Ghanaians, we are going through phases that developing countries must go through. Love your country, continue to contribute towards our development.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

G.E.S & Petro-Chemical Processing

I am adding this to my to-do list:
Check with Mr Tettey-Enyo if Ghana Education Service plans on introducing Petro-Chemical Processing certifications & programs in the technical schools.
Since there are all these plans for oil production in Ghana, we should adequately prepare the workforce for the jobs intended to be created.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Vaya con Dios! Chile.
Praying for all to be well
So I can come chill in Chile
With ma family
All the way from Konongo
to Santiago!

Fast Forward! 20th Century

We still hear of binding contracts
signed on behalf of the country
by our kinfolk
practically giving away our lands, our souls and their kinfolk.

An educated & respectable Osafo Marfo admitted he signed a contract he had not read and didn't understand, on behalf of the country. (Just when you think you have them figured out, they come back, take your stuff & enslave you)
There is filla about shady contracts between Gh & companies in the west (RE: Craig Murray).

If you care, what would you suggest We The People do?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Marit Bjoergen!

If you are in the US or any country with a TV network sponsoring the Winter Olympics, you certainly must have seen Marit Bjoergen.
Ok, you heard her name on the TV but you were not watching.
That is because, which ever station you are watching (highly likely US or UK connected, doesnt care about the games. They care about their athletes.
They tell it is all about the games.... but pay close attention and you realize it is all about them and their athletes.
Marit Bjoergen is Norwegian and scored the most medals during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
What was NBC's excuse for not highlighting this feat? Americans don't really understand cross-country skiing and they aren't interested in it.

Whoaa?? Slow down a likkle!!
It's like that?

Hmmm Slavery days.
They came
They saw
They liked
Then they told us they had bigger plans for us

We fell for it then just as we fall for it now.

We need to be ALERT!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Booo-ing Ghana Education Service

Shame on Ghana Education service for not including books by or books on Marcus Mosiah Garvey & Toussaint Bréda in the curriculum when I was in school.

Monday, January 18, 2010

It's not just us

I had to help a friend move, and got assigned the task of picking up the UHAUL truck. He told me I'd need extra patience with the UHAUL staff because they are known for being rude.
I stepped in there with an attitude but the lady at the counter was the sweetest and nicest so I chucked my attitude.

Some of the uhaul customers' horror stories were scary.
Our customer service is bad in Ghana BUT not this bad.