Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
"Whatever you will do to enjoy THIS marriage, DO it!" This reminds me of one of my favourite songs by Ne-Yo, Make it Work.
Men, know this: "Women are like eggs. Handle them with care!"
Marriage runs on two compulsory pillars: Prayer and the Word of God. "A true man is a man of prayer."
"The scripture is like medicine, until you take it, u won't know it's efficacy."
"God won't start anything He can't complete, unless we don't cooperate."Then a friend also shared this, " When your wife (or husband) gets on your nerves, do not over react. Think twice and remember all the people who made time and spent money to witness your union. If you think you can disrespect those faces, then go ahead and misbehave...
... and eerrrmmm, as a man always make sure there's adult music in the background. That's all!
Some Bible quotations for reflections
1st Corinthians 13
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
|Church bells at the Bolgatanga Cathedral|
|Monument marking the 100th anniversary of the diocese|
|The Bolgatanga Catholic Cathedral from a distance|
|Ramsey Sports stadium|
|Some Pajeros parked outside a church|
|EPL fixtures at the Black Star hotel|
|Party time, no?|
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
If you patronise public transportation in Ghana (especially MMT), you understand the frustrations one can go through.
Buses poorly maintained. Passengers being taken for granted. Blah blah blah.
Yesterday, I had to travel from Kumasi to Sunyani and decided to pick a MMT bus. The queue I met can only be described as $$##_++@?@&@%@+*!!!
After being in the queue for a long while, a bus arrived. Then I heard my name being shouted after a while. It was a friend who had bought an extra ticket for me! Hmmm, how bad I felt (because I detest folks jumping the queue).
Well I boarded the bus only to realise 'my' ticket had not been bought. Oh charley!
The smart move wasn't so smart after all.
I just got off the bus, and had to move to Kejetia to pick a cosmo jet.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities, and have had the pleasure of meeting angels on earth. My sweetest taboo is one of such earth angels.
You see, most folks don't have it 'as easy' as I do. An example is the mother of eight I just met in Adum, Kumasi. She's been walking through town since morning, begging for alms. Her last two kids are with her -- under the scorching sun.
I asked where her husband is and she says the father of her first four children is dead. The father of the 2nd set of four has refused to look after the children.
I then asked why she is not farming, and if there was a piece of land she could farm on. Apparently, her uncle has sold the land she could have farmed on!
I know there's more I could do to help her, but I couldn't.
One thing for sure though is that, the image of her and her kids would pay in my mind for some weeks to come.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The guys were not very happy about how the exams went. The course was one that they would have loved more, had the lecturer used a 'concept-understanding' approach.
They decided to get over their disappointment and hang out -- joy in brotherhood. They went to a spot by their hostel and communicated with some bottles.
Not satisfied, they decided to go all out and hangout for the remainder of the day, after all, "yɛ bɛ wo nti, yɛ nda?"
All plans to study for the Electronics & Microprocessors paper (due the following day) were cancelled.
Their next stop was another spot. The guys shared stories and discussed issues that were important to them. After about 3 hours, the guys were on the move again.
Their final spot was one that was considered 'family'. The guys did not only drink, but had grasscutter soup as well. They stayed till about 10:30 pm -- just chatting and sharing future aspirations.
Instead of going home, they passed by a girls' hostel to 'make noise'. They sang most of their favourite 'jama' songs.
Finally, they went home.
The following morning, most of the guys had hangovers. 'sia!
The paper was at 2pm and so they went to campus, and began to revise their notes. They used approximately 2 hiurs to do that -- 10am to 12: 20pm.
What really is amazing about these guys is that they ALL passed the paper, inspite of their hangover.
Today, they are all working towards their dreams, and are succesful at what they currently do.
The brothers are there for one another, and this extends to all their acquaintances. This brotherhood is for life!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Kofi has always loved lifelong learning -- education that has no end. After his first degree, he was fortunate to be retained at his alma mater as a faculty intern.
The love for teaching increased and he realised that to really fit this 'penguin' environment, he needed to further his education.
Thus began his frustrations and disappointments.
Just a year into his internship, he had a half scholarship to study at the AIT in Greece. That didn't work out because he didn't have sufficient funds -- someone also commented that he hadn't served for 2 years to qualify for a study leave. Yeah.
The following year, he stumbled upon WrUT by chance -- and got admitted. The requirements for the visa processing saw him go through the offices of the accrediatation board, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Intrgration, and the West Afrca Examinations Council. These were all to legalise his documents!
Then came the pendulum-like convos and movements to the Polish Embassy in Abuja. (This saga would be in a different post).
After his unfortunate encounters with the embassy, Kofi re-examined his 'obssession' with abrokyire education.
Why is it that such 'good' chances come his way and do not materialise in the end?
He also felt abandoned by his employers who wanted him to upgrade himself; yet watched on as he 'struggled'.
This year is walaahi year for Kofi. He had wanted -- and still wants -- to leave his current job for a while. Perhaps his kismet is elsewhere, no?
Not putting all your eggs in one basket came in handy too, this year. Kofi is currently at the KNUST, 'upgrading' himself. There's no telling what the future holds, but he's optimistic. He's resorted to live his life as a peacock in the midst of penguins.
I am Kofi. This is my story.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Dzidzɔ yɔ ye ƒe nkeke wo le wo gbɔ. Tɔdi nyewo kpli tasi nyewo fiam lɔlɔ vavã.
Me yi de agble hã - me ƒo dzakpa koraa.
Gake esi me kpɔ agbe si sɔhɛ wo nɔ fafiam la, nye dzi gba.
Sɔhɛ gede wo le edɔ srɔm le egeŋ, vɔ ega vi si kpɔm wo le la, wo va aƒe eye wo'ŋi de ekpemɛ. Tadodzinu deke me le wo si o. Edefu ŋtɔ.
Mlɔeba la, ehia be wo ava ƒo dzakpa afi akpɔ ega akɔyi egeŋ.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
This year, another barcamp beckons. As an agricultural hub of Ghana, there is the need to find out the resources available to us, to improve the sector.
- What information is available to farmers and those in agriculture?
- What role does (or can) ICT play in agriculture?
- What organisations are doing a lot to better the agricultural sector in Ghana as a whole?
- What can I do as an individual to help in the development of my community?
Friday, November 1, 2013
Last week, after trying to bundle 400MB worth of data -- unsuccessfully (sigh), I realised that my call credit (¢10) had 'disappeared'!
Surprised, I phoned the call center and was assured by the (male) attendant that a report would be made on the incident.
It. Never. Was.
The following day, I phoned again and a female attendant helped me. She also assured me of making a report on the incident -- and she did.
The report was to have my call credit refunded, but it wasn't. I therefore sent a follow-up e-mail.
That worked, because I checked my credit balance later and voila -- full refund had been made!
This rekindles my appreciation of Vodafone's customer service; I pray they continue.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
With a population with more pple not being able to read, y wld u want to intro txt-based mobile apps. How abt pictures?— Boni okotoshi (@tetekai) October 14, 2013
The tweet above got my attention. Most folks in Ghana still enjoy SMS and those with smartphones enjoy text-based apps like Whatsapp. (Do note that Whatsapp now has voice-enabled input functionality).
From the convo on twitter, one realises that my friend is concerned about folks who cannot read English. I am however of the view that, a great majority of such folks can read in their local tongues.
@tetekai | talking of reading English, abi? B'cos a gr8 no. of GHians read in their local langs o. Imagine txt-based apps in the local langs— Kafui (@Qaphui) October 14, 2013
@Qaphui i was talking abt english, yes, but i doubt dat a lot of dos can read in a local language— Boni okotoshi (@tetekai) October 15, 2013
A suggestion for developers who wish to design text-based apps for non-English speakers can be to use an API from Kasahorow. This would afford them the flexibility of using local languages.
However, another cool approach for developers looking forward to implement text-based apps, would be to use voice in place of text.
When it comes to using visuals, a lot of work has to be done to come out with better metaphors. This is because I've been contemplating how User Interface designers (in Ghana -- and Africa) could come up with icons that are 'local' enough to be understood and appreciated by their users.
Is this necessary, though?
What would the icons be like? A basket instead of a shopping cart? An earthenware bowl in place of fork and knife?
Well, as I've stated, more research needs to be done to really get a hang of this. An argument will be that the world is a global village, no? But what of the 'local' folks?
Forgive me if my thoughts are not 'falling in place' now.
I'm an enigma to myself.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Mr. X steps into his sitting room and finds his son watching porn.
Without distracting him, he sits by his son in silence -- fir a while.
"K, do you know about heaven and hell?"
"What about them?"
"Good people who love God, and do his will, will inherit heaven. The bad will go to hell."
"What are some of the actions that can lead one to hell?"
"Fornication, killing, stealing, masturbation, pornography, e-er-r-mm-m..."
Mr. X gets out of the room.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
I am no different.
|My current HTW bead (with 2 REWARDS!)|
But underlying this fashion piece is a world-related metaphor some of you (my readers – and fellow youth) might have missed. No juju (voodoo) issues here o!
The ornament is made up of black beads and a gold bead. The black beads represent the trials, disappointments, failures, and all the ‘negative’ challenges one goes through in life. Then comes the gold bead to remind you not to give up – your REWARD is in sight! It’s just as the Bible puts it in Hebrews 10:35 – 36.
|My sketch of the metaphor|
So whenever you put on the HTW Empowerment bead, be encouraged and cheerful, because your reward after all the b******t you encounter, is in sight.
Some of you may have personal metaphors you identify with, when you wear the HTW empowerment bead. Kindly share them via comments on this post. Thanks
Be fashionable in your own simple way.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
When my best friend, Afrakoma, actually bundled my first-ever mobile internet bundle on the Vodafone Ghana service, I was glad. Being a netizen, it was cost-effective for me. It still is (even though I understand Glo offers better value for money, in that regard).
If you use the Vodafone Ghana mobile internet service, you agree that the service isn't always perfect. There've been times when I've tried for over a week to bundle on the service, without success. Connectivity has also been unreliable at most times.
My latest difficulty with the service was a couple of days ago when I couldn't bundle even though I had the required credit.I wanted to bundle 750MB worth of data, which costs GHS15. I therefore called the help center, and was given a number of reasons and methods to use to subscribe:
- I was asked to cancel my old subscription, which I had already done.
- I was told to restart my phone, because my account (with Vodafone Ghana) was to be restarted too.
- I was told to use *125*5# instead of the usual #700#, for subscription.
All that didn't work as I kept on getting the same response. So I decided to add some extra credit, and was finally subscribed to the data bundle I had requested! So, what was the problem?
Here is a Slideshare of some screenshots of the experience.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
My current phone ran on version 4.1x, until I got a notification earlier this evening to update it!
Here are some visuals:
|the update notification|
|the installation of the update|
|the upgrade process of the OS|
|the success message|
|the new home screen|
|the old home screen|
Friday, October 4, 2013
|Dr. Trebi-Ollennu introducing the students to the surprise rule|
|The ladies from St. Louis SHS watch their robot's progress, anxiously|
|The Grain-sorter robot from Prempeh College|
|The young chaps from the IST in Agogo|
|Konongo-Odumase SHS programming their robot|
Thursday, October 3, 2013
I actually 'discovered' the village with a couple of friends when we decided to take a stroll some days ago.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
|The empty auditorium|
I refuse to support the 'excuse' that this is Ghana, and so such actions should be tolerated. If they are, then where comes the change we are working for?
Sunday, September 22, 2013
On the eve of 25th of September, 2013, the Vatican plans to release an app that would enhance access to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. For now, the only language available is Italian.
I am yet to see how different the app is from Laudate (an android app that teaches the Catholic faith), which is available in over 10 languages, has an offline Bible and some prayers and devotionals.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Saturday, August 3, 2013
"This country is really going to face harder times ahead, if care is not taken. Hmm". So says a cosmo jet (tro-tro) driver I encountered earlier today.
He made this comment with respect to the recent increase in fuel prices. He then recountered how he had travelled abroad for greener pastures, but returned with virtually nothing.
He is a Lybia returnee.
I was fascinated and engaged him in a discussion, so he shared his experience with me.
He told me of how they had to pay 'connection' men along the route taken from Ghana, through Niger and Chad, and finally entering Lybia. These 'connection' men helped them withbtransport by finding drivers/vehicles for them. These vehicles were a lot more comfortable than the ones they had to travel on when they got to Chad.
From Chad, they are packed in a Nissan/Toyota patrol (pickup) -- thirty-five people! This gave tgem swollen feet when they reached theur next transit point.
"If you get a good driver, he fills his petrol gallon with water for you to drink. You don't drink much o, just the equivalent of the gallon's cover. You feel a sharp burning sensation in your chest. Massa, it is not easy o", he says.
I asked how come most people die on the way. I was shocked when he said some (bad) drivers can leave their passengers in the desert. (No comment)
I was so intrigued by the conversation, I passed my stop -- almost did. Hehe
But I am thankful for the opportunity to learn first-hand what our brothers and sisters go through to seek comfort for themselves and their families back home.
I pray I run into a returnee from 'Panya' (Spain). I understand they travel on balloons at sea (from Morocco?).
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Following my receipt of an invitation letter, I am in Accra to join other social media reporters cover the event. A pre-requisite (of sorts) is for us to undergo a 2-day bootcamp on how to cover this particular event. Today is the first day. The facilitator is an energetic, enthusiastic fellow (who likes to be called Grandpa).
|Peter (Grandpa) coaching his enthusiastic team!|
We first looked at what Social media is and some of the characteristics it has:
- It is on-line
- It allows sharing and participation
- It is free and easy to use
- It is instantaneous (immediate)
- It promotes networking and personal interactions
- It allows anybody to publish just about anything
We then looked at the plethora of social media tools available. Peter put them into groups in his 'legendary' bucket:
- Picture: Flickr, instagram, picasa
- Video: YouTube, vine, keek, vimeo, blip
- Slides: Slideshare
- File sharing: Google Drive, Dropbox, issuu, scribd, youSENDit(which is now hightail)
- Social networking: Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, renren, weibo
- Microblogs: Twitter, status, yammer, netlog
- Blogs: Tumblr, Wordpress, Blogger, Overblog, Vox (which is now typepad)
- Audio(Podcast): Podomatic
- Social bookmarking: Delicious, pinterest, scoop.it, paper.li, storify, diigo, reddit, StumbleUpon, digg
- Webcast: livestream, ustream, Google Hangout on Air
- Collaborative sites: Google sites, Wikis, kstoolkit, teambox, basecamp
- Miscellaneous: survey monkey, feedly, zite, flipboard, dlvr.it, xing, ning
As an individual/organisation, you need to have a strategy to get your message across to your target audience:
|Illustrated 'seduction' strategy|
|Live/Vapour media vs. Permanent media|
You can read more about defining a social media strategy here.
One cool thing I learnt was how to identify whether a celebrity sent a tweet by themselves or their PROs. This also works for an account that is being coordinated by a number of individuals. The trick is to check for a signature at the end of a tweet. An example is shown below. It has the signature, ^JG:
Staying cool with a DD Iced Coffee! :) RT @DunkinDonuts: It's going to be a hot one today! What's your tip for beating the heat? ^JGIt's been a very insightful and exciting day. The week promises to be great.
— Mary Matthews (@mary_matthews59) June 24, 2013
You can follow the event's blog for updates, as well as check the organiser's blog.
Don't forget to look out for the #AASW6 hashtag on twitter.