Last year, I was home and having my regular conversation with my old lady about marriage and all. You know, it's that time in a Ghanaian young man's life when the pressure is immense to get married. Yes, pressure to marry and get your mom a grandson or granddaughter is great on men as well.... Continue Reading →
This week, Pope Francis caused quite a stir when he warned hair dressers not to gossip. Many articles have been written about the Pontif's words, many in jest given he was not wading into another major socially wraught political issue like abortion, divorce or gay rights. I thought I'd offer a rather different perspective on... Continue Reading →
In doha, I was astounded to find women walking the beautiful and serene city streets at 1:00 midnight. I saw couples young and old holding hands walking the amazing Al Corniche street along the waterfront. I saw families with infants just leisurely enjoying a stroll at midnight. I saw women in full hijab exercising on the public exercise equipment littered on the beautiful street side. I saw women enjoying night out in the amazing Souq Waqif, some in hijab, others not, some smoking, others not. In essence, this was the most cosmopolitan city I have ever witnessed, especially at night.
I see a lot of people making fun of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo's boots to the coronation of the Yaa Naa in Yendi yesterday. They've been calling it “Wellington boots”. I know many of us don't know our history and especially the history of other ethnic groups other than ours. So the... Continue Reading →
The idea that Ghanaian Christians are Islamophobic is not entirely accurate. I say this with trepidation because of what it means for people from the various sides of this debate raging in Ghana right now regarding this subject. So I will take my time to carefully lay down my reasons. I want to start with... Continue Reading →
To have everything you spend your money on monitored and tracked by the government is getting into dangerous territory here. Already, the Chinese government deducts points from citizens who buy alcohol because most Chinese citizens now use Alipay to buy everything. In a way, allowing the government to know everything we buy is a rather scary scenario and has rather ominous Orwelian implications. Are we then to become wards or children of the state so that the state decides what we can and cannot purchase with our hard earned money?
When I was growing up in the 90s and early 2000s, very few people had TVs in Tamale. It allowed for a thriving private cinema in Tamale where someone with a good screen (usually anything 30 inches and above) with a VHS player set up shop in a house with a large enough compound and high walls to show—usually American action, Chinese, and Indian—movies at a cost.
The way graduate school is, most people are loners because we are inundated with work that require us to be hermetic. My friends were basically hi hi friends here and I started to lose my sense of purpose. Coupled with the incessant negative news in the US media (especially the wanton killing of black folk), I literally felt like there was no point in living.