Drop that Yam- The Problems of being a Ghanaian

Many things make Ghana stand out of the many countries in this world. Japan, for instance, has earthquakes. Malaysia has missing flights. Ghana has dumsor!

How we mention our independence with such pride! Yet… we all know how we are very much dependent today even more than the days we were under colonial rule. Dependence in independence!

Have we ever learnt to live an independent life after close to six decades? Can the black man indeed manage his own affairs? I’ll say “yes” and “no”!

Independence Day is such a pride to us. Yes, why not? But… fact is, what are we celebrating? Dependence? It stares us in the face each morning and here we are living under the delusion we are independent. Such deception!

Ghana at fifty-eight (58). A Ghanaian at (58). If a Ghanaian today is fifty-eight (58) years old and is living their life as Ghana is doing today, obviously such a Ghanaian won’t be enough a model for the young to learn from. He would be a cast away.

He would own nothing on his own though he has every resource at his disposal to make it in life. He would be as poor as ever courtesy waste and mismanagement! It would be such a mystery why such a Ghanaian is poor despite all the abundance they’re surrounded with. Ghana’s poverty similarly amazes me!

If the maxim “life begins at 40” was anything to go by, Ghana’s life should have begun a long while ago. Unfortunately, it seems not to have yet. We still are trotting when the world is galloping. When the world is talking about solutions to problems, we keep on living in the problems despite their solutions!

We pay our leaders to occupy positions and not to solve problems. We pay citizens for titles they’ve acquired for themselves and not for the problems they can solve. Our priorities are titles and big certificates not solutions… at fifty-eight (58)!

It’s about time attention was focused on how we could solve what we have plagued ourselves into if we indeed don’t want Kwame Nkrumah to keep on turning in his grave.

We have to drop that yam of mediocrity; yam of ill-confidence. We trade in foreign currencies right here in Ghana. Anything Ghanaian, in our estimation, is worse than their foreign counterpart (even our currency). We import everything except human beings. What a country! And… we are all comfortable. Drop that yam!

‘Dumsor’ is now a national disaster. No one knows exactly why we can barely have lights for ‘only’ 24 hours. Businesses are collapsing. Families are getting broken. Armed robbers and thieves are having a field day. Our leaders don’t give a hoot after all they can afford plants and generators. All of these are happening in a fifty-eight (58) old Ghana. Chai!

I don’t celebrate the length of the years of people; countries same. I instead celebrate the worth of their years! It’s not enough to be fifty-eight (58). Show me the worth of those years!

Most of the ills we have brought upon ourselves were very avoidable. The little things we took for granted yesterday have become giants of problems today. Our nation is not growing any younger.

The matter is not about comparing ourselves with other nations like Malaysia. No. It’s about comparing our today to our yesterday. If there’s not much difference between our today and yesterday, then obviously we are as stagnant as anything we can’t imagine. We are in competition today with our yesterday. Forward ever, backward never! However, we have chosen to stay still.

Our nation (not our politicians) is all we have. It’s either we make that conscious effort to build it to be the world’s destination or we perish with it. ‘Dumsor’ will affect you as long as you’re in this nation. Bad roads will affect all of us.

Whatever ill that comes to mind when you think of Ghana would eventually affect you and me… so the earlier we solved them, the better it would be for us.

We have only one legacy to hand over to posterity; a better Ghana (not the politically-driven one). A Ghana that won’t be battling challenges their ancestors should have solved. A Ghana that would be thriving on a problem-based education so solutions could be provided, not a Ghana which is almost always divided by politics!

Ghana at fifty-eight (58)? I only shake my head. I want to celebrate Ghana at maybe a worthwhile sixty (60) or beyond. It might only be another dream if we all won’t drop our yams… a yam of no patriotism; a yam of corruption; a yam of mismanagement; a yam of you; a yam of me!

 

Don’t Worry, Heaven Didn’t Just Lose an Angel.

Relax, people on social media. That image of the winged old lady in white is not an actual fallen angel, banished from heaven. We repeat, not an angel, or even an actual person whosoever.

It is actually an art installation from 2008 (that’s ancient times in social media years) by Beijing artists Sun Yuan & Peng Yu for their work titled ‘Angel’. The artists have used cadavers, among other materials, to create the hyper-realistic sculpture. This installation was an attempt to introduce imaginary and mythological subjects into regular, everyday life.

“The angel, an old woman in a white gown and with featherless wings, is lying face-down on the ground; maybe sleeping, maybe dead, but certainly immobile and frozen into an all too realistic image,” it says on their website.

The images only recently went viral all over social media, with many worrying that it signals the end of the world. Some also compared this “news” to NASA’s recent discovery of a similar Earth some 1,400 light years away, also orbiting a sun-like star and concluded that doomsday is approaching fast.

But surprise! It’s just art and no less an internet hoax than the woman with three breasts, or that python that ate a drunk man, or even the revelation that one could actually charge an iPhone with an onion. Like, seriously.

Even so, you have to hand it to the artists for their brilliant work which fooled almost everyone on the Internet. Almost. See their work below:

 

‘Killing Mahama will save Ghanaians from Dumsor’ – Gunman

The gunman who attempted to assassinate the President last Sunday has said he wanted to do so in the best interest of the nation.

According Charles Antwi, he wanted to save Ghana from the bad governance under the Mahama-led administration.

The suspect, Charles Antwi told the court that killing the President was his way of fighting for the nation.

According to him, the recurrent energy crisis coupled with economic hardships informed his decision to attempt to kill President John Mahama.

He also told the Court that after the death of President Atta Mills in 2012, he, Antwi should have been sworn in as President.

Antwi was last Sunday arrested at the Ringway Assemblies of God Church in Accra; the church where the President, his family and the Chief Justice, Georgina Woode worship.

The President and his family were not in church last Sunday, but security operatives escorted the “fidgety” and “suspicious” looking Antwi out before they found the gun on him.

He has since been sentenced to 10 years in jail.

 

The Top 50 Secondary Schools in Ghana Based on WASSCE-2015

The results for WASSCE is finally out and obviously some schools will always emerge top whiles the rest will be sinking deep down there. If you should ask me whether my school is among the top 50, it will be answer which will keep me stammering because Tema Secondary School is nowhere close to the top 50.

Ghana Secondary Technical school (GSTS) topped the 2015 west Africa senior school Certificate Examination.
2015 WASSCE RANKINGS  followed by OWASS.

1.GSTS
2.Ghana National College
3.Opoku ware snr high
4.Archbishop Porters
5.Islamic snr high sch
6.Tarkwa Snr High
7.Kumasi high
8.St. Louis snr high school
9.S.D.A snr high Agona
10.Kumasi girls snr high sch

 

President Kenyatta Slaps Obama in the Face

President Barack Obama and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sparred over support for gay rights here Saturday, with Obama urging fast changes and Kenyatta saying it was not something Kenyan culture or society would “accept.”

Linking LGBT discrimination in Africa to the history of Jim Crow laws in America, Obama said ensuring gay rights must be a priority on a continent — and in a country — where bias against gays is accepted, and violence against gays is common.

Standing by Obama’s side at a joint press conference here in front of the Kenyan state house, Kenyatta repeated what he has said before about gay rights: it’s “a non-issue.”

Kenyatta’s remarks were the ones that drew applause among the Kenyan audience.

Obama, though, delivered a firm message: People may have their own personal biases, he said, but the government has a responsibility to make sure those are not part of the law.

“As an African-American in the United States, I am painfully aware of the history of what happens when people are treated differently under the law,” Obama said. “There were all sorts of rationalizations that were provided by the power structure for decades in the United States for segregation and Jim Crow and slavery, and they were wrong.”

Kenyatta went on to offer that kind of rationalization, arguing that he and his people are more concerned with economic growth, among other things.

“For Kenyans today, the issue of gay rights is really a non-issue. We want to focus on other issues that really are day-to-day issues for our people,” Kenyatta said.

Throughout Obama’s supportive response, Kenyatta’s body language was clearly uncomfortable, fidgeting at the podium. When pressed by a reporter if he’d answer after he initially seemed as if he’d duck the question posed to both leaders about gay rights, Kenyatta sighed, “yeah, I’ll address them.”

In a common refrain among African leaders, Kenyatta rattled off what he’d put on his agenda ahead of gay rights: public health, inclusivity of women, infrastructure, education and entrepreneurship, implying that he felt patronized by Americans who want him to care about an issue they only themselves began grappling with recently.

 

The Best and Worse Ways to Propose to a Girl

If you’re thinking about finally proposing to the girl of your dreams, here’s a guide on how you should and shouldn’t do it.

So you’ve finally found what you believe to be that perfect partner: someone so awesome, you want to devote the rest of your life to her – if she’ll have you, of course. You’ve got the ring, you’ve got your speech, and now all you need is the perfect place.

Before you go rushing off to your romantic hotspot, keep in mind that the setting is one of the things she’ll remember forever, the tiny details she’ll be sharing with all of her friends and family as she tells the story over and over again – so consider it wisely! Will there be tourists taking selfies in the background of your marriage proposal? Will it rain? Will she be thrilled, or embarrassed?

Here’s some things to keep in mind when you’re thinking about your setting for popping the question.

Good places to pop the rock

Of course, along with the worst places, we simply must include a list of great places to ask her to marry you.

#1 The same place you went on your first date. Unless your first date was in a haunted hay ride, this is a safe bet for your proposal. This could easily be substituted for some other sentimental location shared between the two of you.

#2 On top of a tower. This is one of the most fail-safe places to propose. While you may not be big on the idea of proposing in public, there is something notoriously romantic about popping the question on top of a tower.

#3 In an air balloon. Again with the heights! An air balloon is cute, sweet, romantic, and fun. All aspects of a proposal that will have her saying. “Yes, yes, yes!” What could be better than the two of you, a bottle of champagne, a sparkling ring, and a fantastic view?

#4 On a treasure hunt. Using games to pop your question is a surefire way to make an unforgettable proposal. A man online uploaded his proposal to his girlfriend by hiring a camera crew, pretending she’d won admission to be on the Amazing Race television show, and creating various challenges, which she completed, leading her to fly to see the Northern Lights. Once under the aurora borealis, her boyfriend proposed and she said yes!

While we may not all be able to afford a camera crew just to make a proposal special, you can easily make a treasure or scavenger hunt as an outing for your girlfriend before you pop the big question.

#5 Think outside the box. Some guys have taken the ultimate plunge, literally, for their proposals that have made them truly unforgettable, such as while scuba diving, sky diving, using glow in the dark stars to write it on the bedroom ceiling, writing their proposal in the sand and more.

Trending: A Fallen Angel spotted somewhere in England

What is now trending on the giant social media Facebook is a photo an angel like creature believed to be thrown down from heaven or may be believed to have lost his rightful place in heaven.

I don’t know what might have been his crime but one thing which is certain is the fact that there is a fallen angel from above.

Have a look at the photos:

The Top 80 Richest Men in Ghana with the Youngest been 39

The Ghana Wealth Report for 2015 was released by Goodman AMC. The report is based on a comprehensive study of more than 100 successful entrepreneurs and investors in Ghana as well as how and what they invest in. This report makes known of fascinating insights about the profiles and net worth of the 80 richest people in Ghana and also provides a compendious review of the wealth sector in Ghana.

Findings from the report shows that tremendous amounts of wealth has been accumulated by Ghanaians during the past 20 years. The report has discovered some intriguing data about the wealthy in Ghana and how they impact on Ghana’s economy and policies.

Ghana’s 80 Richest People control $2.5 billion which represents 6.4% of Ghana’s GDP, they have a combined wealth of $29.3 billion total and employ over 150,000 Ghanaians directly.
Goodman AMC predicts that the wealth held by the wealthiest people in Ghana will rise 8.7% during Ghana’s election year in 2016 next year and decline by 2.1% in 2017.

It has also been quite clear from this report that 92% of the wealthy entrepreneurs and investors in Ghana do not have more capital invested in the Ghana Stock Exchange. The report notes that majority of them do not have equity allocations on the Ghana Stock Exchange and haven’t gone public with their businesses, though most increased their equity holdings in Dubai, Switzerland, South Africa and Frankfurt, Germany.

Another major observation by the Ghana Wealth Report by Goodman AMC ascertains the import reliability of Ghana’s economy; 83% of wealthy entrepreneurs in this report are engaged in the business of importing commodities into Ghana.

Goodman AMC’s Ghana Wealth Report discovered 3 billionaires and 77 multimillionaires who all form part of a group of individuals called the Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals (UHNWI). Goodman AMC placed the UHNWI cap at $100 million; meaning that only Ghanaian entrepreneurs and investors with a net worth of $100 million and above were considered for this report.

The Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals in Ghana are holding so much cash due and not investing in Ghana due to the current market volatility in the country and for lifestyle needs. This suggests that the current financial crisis in Ghana lingers on.

On the 80 Richest People in Ghana list, 5 are women; making Patricia Poku-Diaby the richest woman in Ghana with a net worth of $720 million followed by Theresa Oppong-Beeko, Kate Quartey-Papafio andGifty Lamptey and Grace Amey-Obeng in that order.

According to this wealth report, Charles Ampofo is the richest person in Ghana and he made his fortune through Kampac Oil; an oil and gas firm based in the business hub of Dubai. He has a net worth of $1.46 billion.

The second on the rich list with an estimated net worth of $1.3 billion is Ernesto Taricone.The vast majority of Taricone’s wealth comes from real estate and his business interest in the aluminium, agriculture, construction and forestry.

The youngest multimillionaire currently in Ghana with a net worth of $125 million is Mike Nyinaku; he is 39 years and the founder of The BEIGE Group, with his primary source of wealth being The BEIGE Capital, a financial institution in Ghana.

The Ghana Wealth Report has also tracked the richest families in Ghana who inherited their wealth and continue to grow their family fortune. The wealthiest family in Ghana according to this Wealth Report is the Irani Family, whose wealth originated when 2 brothers Anthony Irani and Edward Irani both of Lebanese descent came into Ghana in 1967 and set up a flour mill. The Irani Brothers and Others Limited went on to become the largest producer of flour in Ghana.

Please Help: ‘My Boyfriend pees in my mouth and Beats me if I Refuse’– Juliet

How do I stop him from this act? I’m Juliet 24, I stay with my boyfriend of campus, every morning my boyfriend likes to takes his morning pee in my mouth.
This started way back in my year 1 when we just decided to get freaky,he then suggested that he pee in my mouth which I agreed and since then he will wake me up and tell me he has to pee so i will get on my knees open my mouth real wide and

wait for him to fill my mouth with his hot morning pee and after his done peeing in my mouth i suck his dick until he comes this is how i start my morning.

He has gotten use to it that whenever I refuse doing it,he will beat me up so bad, I

really love him so much I don’t want to get him hurt,now am scared of drinking his pee because people say it contains harmful substance please is it true,and if yes how do I stop my boyfriend from this act without him beating me up,he enjoys it,is it that he’s abusing me indirectly am just confused, please help!

The 17 Highest Paid Actors of 2015

Hollywood actors are increasingly making more and more money. Forbes annual Celebrity 100 is out. This year’s list featured actors from other countries. Iron Man actor Robert Downey, Jr. topped the list with $80 million which he earned over the past 12 months.

As per Forbes’ estimates, these are the top 17 highest paid actors of 2015.

17) Kevin Hart (Earnings: $28.5 million)

Los Angeles-based 36-year-old actor, comedian, writer and producer Kevin Hart has been earning more than an average comedian for the past few years. His earnings skyrocketed after starring in hit movies like Think Like a Man Too.