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58 YEARS OF ___ ?

6 Mar

Nkrumah would be turning in his grave. Why did he return to Ghana after his university education to lead the fight for Africa’s liberation? Osagyefo, was is worth it?

Maybe, if the Ghanaians complaining about harsh economic conditions boycotted the 6th March celebrations it would send a strong message to the leaders. But no… they’ll be partying high in darkness. We’ve grown up with so much mediocrity, we’re used to it, it’s become a culture. Our bar for excellence have been lowered so much, we applause the slightest deviation from nothingness.

If Ghana was a human being, he would be a man nearing retirement with a huge debt to his bank balance, constantly borrowing money from colleagues at work to feed his wife and children at home, his most brilliant children scattered abroad living low lives and constantly priding himself in how great his was when he was teenager.

We’ve been celebrating and saying it shall be well for the last 58 years. What at all are we celebrating? The over $78 billion public debts? Are we just happy with celebrating our mere existence every 12 months without any real achievement to it? There is light at the tunnel of the tunnel … but it’s won’t be powered by ECG.

God Bless Our Homeland Ghana … and make our nation face her wrongs.

Someone please give me the address to where the independence celebrations are? Let’s party away to some ‘lowlife’ music — “Dabi dabi ebeye yie ama atanfo afere ooo.” 🎶 No serious slack on Amakye Dede though.

No true independence is merely political. Let’s the hope, pray and work hard towards the socio-economic independence of our Homeland Ghana. Enjoy your day.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY y’all.

Shams of Tabriz’s 40 Rules of Love

16 Jan

The Vision

Rule 1

How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.

Rule 2

The path to the Truth is a labour of the heart, not of the head. Make your heart your primary guide! Not your mind. Meet, challenge and ultimately prevail over your nafs with your heart. Knowing your ego will lead you to the knowledge of God.

Rule 3

You can study God through everything and everyone in the universe, because God is not confined in a mosque, synagogue or church. But if you are still in need of knowing where exactly His abode is, there is only one place to look for him: in the heart of a true…

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Science Shows Men Like Women With Less Makeup

15 May

TIME

Women should probably cool it with the eyeliner.

New research published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology found that people’s perceptions of what men and women find attractive are off. And even though many women decide to wear makeup to make themselves “more” attractive, they may be overdoing it.

Researchers at Bangor University and Aberdeen University gave 44 women different types of foundation, lipstick, blush and mascara and then told them to put on makeup like they were going on a night out. The women were photographed before and after they put on any makeup. The researchers then altered the photographs so they had a range of 21 images of the women wearing various amounts of makeup.

The images were then shown to 44 Bangor University students, who were told to pick the photo that they thought was the most attractive, the photo they thought women would prefer and…

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The key to being successful? Act as if you already are and don’t be scared to ASK

13 May

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“Success breeds success.” It is a commonly used phrase, but it is very true. We have all experienced it at one time or another – whether it is in our professional or personal lives, sometimes it just feels like we’re on a roll and everything clicks into place much more easily than normal.

So why is it that we get on these “lucky” rolls in life? Well, the fact is our body language and attitude says a lot before we have even opened our mouths, and when things are going well it is easy to have a positive attitude. Whether you are trying to make a sale to a customer or talk to an attractive person in a bar, they have probably formed an opinion before they have heard what you have to say, so if you’re not confident and positive you might already be fighting a losing battle. Why…

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I want to make it…

4 Apr

My name is Don. Well, that’s the short form of my name — Donusem. In case you’re wondering which language is that and what it mean. Donusem means ‘Strengthen me’ in the Ewe language. I guess my father wanted me to be his strength, the strength of the family, a tower of strength for the community. Mmm, well, I’m on it — living up to my name. It’s a huge expectation. Strengthen me Oh God.

 

I am 29 years old, a few months away from 30. Three decades in this life isn’t a joke. Just a few years ago, seven years to be exact. Freshly out of the university, I had high expectations of my life. Yes, I had big dreams. I dreamed of running my own business before my 30th birthday. And driving in a brand new Mercedes Benz. That was in there too.

 

Sometimes, I sit down and think about life. It’s more often these days. I ask myself: ‘Why am I here?,’ ‘What is all this life about?,’ ‘What do I want to do with my life?’ All I know is that I want to make it BIG like ____ . I’ve got a few business ideas. I’m working on a business plan. But first I need seed funding. I’ve began by taking my finances more seriously. I’m going  to stay debt-free, save up some cash and delve into my first business idea. I don’t know what it is, but I know I got to start something. I’m also trying to save up and go to school, get another bachelor’s degree, so I can get a better job with better salary. I’m tired of being an unskilled worker.

 

Heard someone say: ‘You only start making money, once you stop worrying about the bills.’ And also: ‘ You only start making money once you stop worrying about the basics.’ The pressure to pay keep up with the mortgage payments/ rents, utility bills, school fees, travel cost etc. are what keeps people’s dreams buried. I won’t be part of those people. My dreams cannot be stop by any harsh economic conditions.

 

I have a beautiful girlfriend. A very lovely woman. I always thank God for granting her to me. I’d willing pay her dowry in a heartbeat. I guess the right time would come. She gives me, so much peace. Her love and kindness, and smile thrills my soul. I am contented in her love. I’d leave my love story in the hands of Jehovah. He’s the perfect matchmaker.

 

I am frustrated about Africa. I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that in 2014, electricity and water supply are luxuries. I come from Ghana, where it’s very rare to go a week without uninterrupted water and power. Power remains a challenge especially for business. Finland have made access to internet as basic legal right, whilst our kids go to schools under trees.

 

Our politicians are vampires. They seem so clueless as what to do to turn situations around. None of them has ever resigned from their posts for non-performance. They choose to hung in there till they are booted out through elections or by force. They are not honourable at all, yet we accord them ‘Honourable’ and ‘Excellency’ titles. What at all do they excel in? It must be mediocrity.

 

We thirst in the midst of water and stay in darkness in the midst of light. We have no excuse to lack anything. The sun shines brightly for half of the day, and yet we live in total blackout during the night, and factories are shut because of power cuts. I older I get, the more frustrated and impatient I become about the plight of my motherland and continent. I thought the dark ages were over. We are lost in antiquity.

 

The older generation (the generation of our fathers and mothers) have failed us. They enjoyed the ‘milk and honey’ by the colonial masters. They booted them out and killed the cattle and the beehives. Now, we’re eating gari and beans for breakfast. Indomie for lunch. Gari soakings for supper. We are starving. Living with the colonialists, gave them the colonial mentality. They keep talking about the good old days. Those days never lasted. It didn’t meet us. What we need is generational thinkers. I want to be a part of that group of thinkers and doers.

 

Most of us the youth have left the African continent to join the imperialists our parents fought against. We’re here in search of better life and better opportunities at life. Yet we need to remember that, however better life is in the diaspora, home is home. Home is where the heart is. We shall return with ideas, experience and education. We shall return with just more than paper money. I wish for the day, when the African travels to Europe or America or any part of the world for that matter it would be for holiday or business purposes. We would be tourists and investors. We would not travel anywhere for education because we would be having the best schools in the world.

 

I want to bring change in people’s lives. I want to cause people to smile. I want to provide solutions and solve problems. I want to brighten the corner wherever I am. I want to make it.

Like Mother, Like Daughter. Like Father, Like Son.

31 Mar

There’s this saying that: ‘Like mother, like daughter‘ and also ‘Like father, like son.’ I guess this assertion is very true. If you want to know how your future wife would be like, look at her mother. If you like her mother, you’d most likely love her daughter. Same goes to men. This is a general rule; there may be exceptions.

 

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The Habits of the Father and the Mother. — As a rule, every intemperate man who rears children, transmits his inclinations and evil tendencies to his offspring. — Review and Heard, Nov.21, 1882.

 

The child will be affected for good or evil by the habits of the mother. She must herself be controlled by principle, and must practice temperance and self-denial, if she would seek the welfare of her child. — Counsels on Diet and Foods, page 218.

 

The Birthright of Evil Tendencies. — The thoughts and feelings of the mother will be powerful influence upon the legacy she gives her child. If she allows her mind to dwell upon her own feelings, if she indulges in selfishness, if she is peevish and exacting, the disposition of her child will testify to the fact. Thus many have received as a birthright almost unconquerable tendencies to evil. The enemy of souls understands this mater much better than do many parents. He will bring his temptations to bear upon the mother, knowing that if she does not resist him, he can through her affect her child. The mother’s only hope is in God. She may flee to Him for strength and grace; and she will seek in vain. — Signs of the Times, Sept. 13, 1910.

 

Children inherit not just the biological, that is the genetic make-up, the physical build and stature of their parents. They do more than that. ‘Both parents transmit their own characteristics, mental and physical, their dispositions and appetites, to their children.’ Indeed, the thoughts and feelings, and morals and character of father and mother are reflected in the lives of children. Parents should therefore be thoughtful of the kind of lives that they live. Their lives would have a generational impact. The blessings and iniquities of parents, most often, are transferred to the third and fourth generations. The devil knows this more most parents do.

 

Ask yourself: What are the traits (physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, social etc) my parents gave me? What impact have they had on my life? What kind of life am  living? And what kind of influence and character would I pass on to my children? Think about that!

 

Komla Dumor’s Blood Pressure and an uncelebrated Intellectual

28 Mar

Komla Afeke Dumor may have suffered from Jonathan Hubert Addy’s Homozygous Recessive Ghanaian Essential Hypertension (JHAHRGEH) but there might have been other triggers like stress, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and rest, workload etc.

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So according to Professor Felix I.D Konotey-Ahulu, the late Komla Afeke Dumor had suffered from Jonathan Hubert Addy’s Homozygous Recessive Ghanaian Essential Hypertension (JHAHRGEH).

He came to this clinical assessment after reading media accounts which gave insights into Komla’s medical history. An account quoted Komla Dumor as saying  “My BP (Blood Pressure) nearly gave me a stroke…”

Some one will say what on earth is JHAHRGEH?

In some epidemiological studies on families in Accra who had not just high blood pressure but very severe high blood pressure going back several generations, J.H Addy discovered that if by age 37 a Ghanaian had severe hypertension and there were none of the known causes of high BP, then the person would have had  BP contributions from  both father and mother who themselves didn’t have any BP problems at all.

This phenomenon with the cut off age of 37 years had…

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