Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Monday, 14 November 2016
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Monday, 6 June 2016
Today I will bring to your enjoyment pleasure the music of two soothing tunes from the young men who I tip to be a huge sensation soon on the continent.
Now if you have your passports and flight tickets ready, join me as I take you on a trip to Tanzania to enjoy the tune from Mayunga.
Mayunga Nalimi born, May 15th 1991, is a Tanzanian musician, actor and singer-song writer. He was discovered in 2010 when he reigned supreme in the national broadcast of Airtel TRACE Music Star taking home the first place trophy as winner of the competition. Now this is the tune I outdoor to your enjoyment.
1. MAYUNGA feat AKON - PLEASE DON'T GO AWAY
A beautiful song by all standards and I think he will do well if he keeps his head on the ground and become a favourite artist on the continent.
Now lets take a quick turn back to West Africa and land in Nigeria as I introduce you to the man revered as the ladies man. He is signed to Banky W's Empire Mates Entertainment holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and as well holds the ideals of family very seriously. Well he is no mystery now I guess, call him Shaydee, a fast rising artist who believes will be one of Nigeria's big music exports very soon. Enjoy his tune which is a song I am digging right now.
2. SHAYDEE - SMILE
Trust me, if you don't enjoy this soothing tune then, you'll have more to deal with me.....hahahaha...just kidding.
Tell me what you think out these two features for today in the comments section. Again thanks for checking out my blog as I continue to look out for the best tunes on the continent to celebrate and share with you.
Want to get interactive with the features acts?
1. MAYUNGA ARTIST CORNER
2. SHAYDEE ARTIST CORNER
Thursday, 28 April 2016
I met him at one of Blogging Ghana's premium event, #Blogcamp Ghana after a few interactions online. I had always closely followed his works and admired it. With my little passion for arts and photography, he came in handy and very resourceful after the few minutes chat were had after his break-out session during the event.
I even went ahead to tell him about a plan I had in mind, and he was thrilled and encouraged me to pursue it if I wanted to do that. Within minutes he had suggested a few things that i should look at and then assured me of his doors being open anytime I needed his input. One thing he said under that session for which I remember a lot till this day : "If you want me to shoot your wedding then be ready to pay me a $1000 for each photograph". This was to confirm his decision not to do wedding shoots.
The years went by and I realised most of his works were drifted towards Development Photography. With his poetry background, the grammar that went with the photographs that he posted ( and still does) on all his platforms, were worth reading and taking a look at the photos. I remember being a part of a twitter chat initiated by The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) where himself and other talented photographers moderated on Development Photography (#DEVPIX) and the messages photos posted sold. Such great insight and valuable information shared by him till this day, I documented.
I am sure for those of you that know him, are very familiar to his works and accolades so i won't bug you much. This post is to actually celebrate him. And what are we celebrating?
Last week he was honoured to become the first recipient of the World Press Photo and Tim Hetherington Fellowship Award. This is no doubt a big feat in his chosen career and as a Ghanaian, I feel so proud. Congratulations no doubt are in order and a big salute from me to this wonderful personality is being sent to him via this blog post.
In his response to the honour, this is what he had to say ;
"I hope that my work can help create the Africa that Tim worked so hard and died for, and the World Press Photo envisions.
my short life, I have been helped and favoured by so many people over
the years and all over the world; and I cannot say Thank You enough".
Prior to this honour, he had had one of his photos featured in a book chronicling 10 historic moments showed to the Pope.
Do you know, Nana Kofi is also a self-declared male feminist and he has stated that he is driven to change the narrative around African women where they are sometimes portrayed as vulnerable and subdued.He has been featured on BBC and Reuters in his capacity as an African Male Feminist and on CNN’s African Voices for attempting to redefine the perceptions on Africa through his photographs and writings.
Why won't I celebrate such a person.
Get to know him more and his works;
NANA KOFI ACQUAH'S BLOG
NANA KOFI ACQUAH'S INSTAGRAM
Thursday, 21 April 2016
There are no education or experience requirements for the Grameen Foundation Fellowship. However, strong candidates often have professional experience in strategy or management consulting, financial services, health, or agriculture and/or have worked in global business or in startup-like environments.
Fellowship placements will likely be in Africa (particularly Uganda and Ghana), Latin America (particularly Colombia and Nicaragua), Asia (particularly India and the Philippines), and the Middle East.
The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
Thursday, 31 March 2016
More than 300 cans of fresh air from south China’s Hainan Province have been sold at the 2016 Hainan International Tourism Trade Expo.
Selling for 29 yuan (US$4.50), the cans of clean air have generated significant interest from businesses and tourists from smog-effected cities in the north and northeast China.
It was bottled in the seaside tourism resort of Bawangling, Changjiang County in southwest Hainan, where the forest coverage is up to 98 per cent.
Bawangling’s average negative oxygen ions per cubic centimetre are as high as 6,000, which is six times the standard of clean air stated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Liu Jin, deputy county chief of Changjiang at the Expo, said: “The first batch of 300 cans were all sold out, and it will start selling to the public in two months.”
Chinese firms are already in negotiation to research and develop larger sizes and different applications, according to Liu.
Source: Climate Action News
Monday, 22 February 2016
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep". - An Indian Memorial Poem
Friday, 8 January 2016
Invitations to a lot of social events came through for which I chose quite a number to attend.
So the very first social event for 2016 was the wedding ceremony of a working colleague. It was out of town so had to travel the distance to make it there. Somewhere in the Eastern region is where it took place.
Right on time, I made it to the service and everything as planned began. Time went by and the service went on and on and on. The groom came in and it was time for the bride to show her presence for the solemnization to begin. Minutes went by, then it turned into an hour of waiting. Various singing groups were called upon to minister different songs from worship, to reggae, to praises all in anticipation for the arrival of the bride but still it was a no show from the bride. It was an hour and a half gone and the bride had not showed up. People started to express some level of anxiety and anger as it was getting annoying to a few myself inclusive. I asked a friend who also knew the groom and had come to support, why it was always the case with brides delaying to show up. Well guess what she showed up two hours after the groom had taken his seat.
Fast forward to the plot of my post, I will try to get that bit of why brides, if I will say take delight in keeping everyone waiting for such long periods during their wedding days.
Soon they were pronounced man and wife after their vows exchange and it was time for merry making. Photographs were taken and we all headed to the reception grounds. Guests and family got seated awaiting the newly weds to come take their seats so the other half of the day could continue.
Then the MC showed up! He started with some jokes and introduced himself to the gathering. All through his presentation and MC duties, coordination of what follows what on the outlines program was duly delivered with dexterity. He did well in mixing both the English and Twi languages to the admiration of everyone. Still that doesn't pitch in my plot for this post.....lol!
Here it is......recently the form of worship with reference to Christianity has come under a lot of scrutiny. Several reasons have been assigned to the modern ways of worship in recent times.
Throughout his MCing, one thing that run through was how the various forms of worship in the christian faith was used as jokes and used them as jokes formats. One of the very repeated ones was the speaking of tongues. The sight and movements that ensued around immediately warranted a form of prayer and ended in the tongue speaking craze which drew laughter and giggles from most people around.
Personally I wasn't enthused by those gimmicks and thought I was the only one. Right behind me, I overheard some grown up women expressing their displeasure of that particular aspect of his mcing. One of the women expressed in twi "Enti ebi nom ensuro Nyame anaa?" meaning "so don't some people fear God?"
That wasn't the only time I had heard of such jokes. On a lot of platforms, I have heard such lines being jokingly expressed. In not trying to compare to other religions, will they - comedians, MCs etc try that other forms of worship of other religions?
Aside the tongues bit, kindly share any experience you've had where certain forms of worship of other religions has been jokingly expressed even though will prefer more of the christian religion.
Cheers and have the best of 2016 and welcome to another run of cool posts from me.