I have spent the last couple of months in a perpetual state of wait All my energy, focus, and actions have been tuned to your realisation Yet, day in day out, minutes by minutes, seconds by seconds, I wait For that text, that stamp, that pass, that endorses this ambition Without which my life hangs in limbo, knowing not what’s my fate “…delayed but never denied”, the phrase i hang on With nothing else left to do, I pray and wait  

Each year, 15 million girls marry before the age of 18 around the world. Breaking this down – everyday 41,000 girls get married; every minute 28 girls get married; every 2 seconds a girl gets married. In Sub-Saharan Africa, it is projected that the number of child brides could double by 2050. On average, 1 out of 4 girls in Ghana is married before their 18th birthday. These statistics from UNICEF and Ghana’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) show the worrying trends of child marriage across the world which has necessitated the global call for action… Read Article →

I was going through an old journal the other day and found some notes i took at Dr. Samuel Koranteng-Pipim and Dr. Joyce Aryee‘s lecture on excellence which was delivered at the national theatre. The lecture was to launch their book “The Transformed Mind” which the two authored. Although i have not read the book yet, it is definitely on my “to read list”. I decided to share the notes i took from that lecture here because first it struck a chord for me, i believe i discerned more from it now than before. Second,… Read Article →

Another one from the archives. This was originally posted on Medium.   One fine Saturday in 2011, I was at a GTUG-Legon (now GDG-Legon) event led by Divine Puplampu. That was the first time I met Ato Ulzen-Appiah and my second time seeing him, we’ll go on to become good friends and do so much together. Before then I had heard so much about him — how he worked with Google and had degrees from MIT and Stanford University. There was something about him then that make him easy to relate and aspire to. He was a… Read Article →

This is a post i wrote on March 6, 2015 (Ghana’s Independence Day) after attending the Pan African Congress. It was published on africon.wordpress.com …republishing it here so i can have all my writings in one place.    I was invited to participate in the 8th Pan African Congress being held in Accra from the 4-7th of March. One thing the congress succeeded in, was filling my head with so many ideas that I had no choice other than to share. The date for the congress was chosen to coincide with Ghana’s 58th independence anniversary… Read Article →

I got to read this over the weekend and did not really get it. But after reading it again just now, i find it profound. Chinua Achebe is undoubted one of Africa’s greatest (if not the greatest) literary forces. That’s why i cannot bring myself to accept how few of his works i have read – things fall apart and arrow of God, just those two! (smh). Realising last year, i had resolved to deliberately cover all his works – novels, essays, poetry. So this is his first poem i have read…thanks Naa for sharing… Read Article →

Music helps us make sense of the world. I can’t imagine a world where we had no music. My taste in music is vast, i am not a believer in sticking with only one form of genre. My ears get wowed when they discover a new genre of music.  This playlist contains my latest favourite musics from across the continent, with a lot of Ghana bias (what do you expect, that’s what i hear  a lot of the time). I will keep adding to it. If there’s a song that you feel should make the… Read Article →

Last Saturday, I took a trotro to go meet-up with a friend around the Airport city. Trotros are my main form of transport around Accra. Half-way through the ride, the trotro got pulled over by the Police. The driver did not have his license. These situations usually get ‘settled’ with the exchange of some few cedis. Only on this occasion, the police seemed to not want anything to do with that. He directed the driver to follow him to the police station. This was met with a lot of pleading and agitations directed at the… Read Article →

Every morning, I wake up and see people busily going about their business of the day.  What I find lacking, however, is the ends to which all these efforts are directed. On the whole, Africa faces a myriad of developmental issues, yet  very few countries have defined a common vision or inspired a sense of urgency to which all citizens should work towards. What we often see and hear about are complex development plans that are not properly interpreted nor easily accessible by citizens. Shrouded in secrecy, civil servants who are supposed to work to realise them… Read Article →

It’s an early Sunday morning and I have been awoken by my grandfather’s knock on the door. Having found the couch a most comfortable place to sleep, I am almost always the first to open the door and know of his presence. This also comes with being the first to get the sweets which his pockets never seemed to be empty of. Those rare Sunday mornings formed the early memories I had of my grandfather. And those rare Sundays were how he spent his last years, he tried visiting the families of each of his… Read Article →

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