Monday, January 9, 2012

Plight of travellers

The sharp increase in fares due to the increase in fuel prices is a phenomenon we’ve come to accept.
However, some people are using that as an excuse to ‘dupe’ and frustrate desperate travellers.
Yesterday, 8th January, I travelled from Accra to Sunyani with a GPRTU Yutong bus with registration number GC4801Z.
Before the vehicle arrived, passengers were in a queue. A man later came to announce the arrival of the bus and started selling tickets for GH¢21 instead of the actual fare of GH¢19. After some protest from passengers, another man came and began to sell the tickets for the normal fare. We were later informed the bus was full and the tickets finished – the rest of us in the queue were disappointed.

Surprisingly, a young man approached me and said he had a ticket for GH¢25 and that I should buy it. I was reluctant but seeing the four people in front of me being sold tickets for GH¢20 – and the need for me to get to Sunyani before nightfall – I obliged.
Now I had to pay for my luggage and was charged a hefty fee – as expected – no complain there. What actually got to me was the fact that after being charged for the luggage, I had to pay the one tagging the luggage GH¢1!
I really don’t know what is happening at the GPRTU station in Accra (Neoplan station at Circle), but I’d advice the leaders to check the frustration passengers go through and the way moneys are being extracted from them.

Monday, August 29, 2011

ICT-related Reality Show?

For the past 5 years and over, 'reality shows' have become a main feature on Ghanaian television stations -- and enjoy massive patronage from the general public.
These reality shows, which are aimed at unearthing talents are mostly directed towards one industry -- the music industry. A few of them have targeted the football, business, comedy, and recently, body building.
I really don't have a problem with these reality shows, I only wish there was one geared towards ICT. This would go a long way of unearthing potentials in individuals which would further aid in the development of the burgeoning computer software industry in the country.
Recently, Google had a doodling competition for children in Ghana. The winners had their doodles displayed on the Google Ghana search page! I was thrilled and prayed for a day a reality show related to ICT would be organised in Ghana -- maybe by me -- when I can afford to. :-)
A cue to be taken is from Estonia -- the home of Skype -- and Garage48, which is a two-day workshop for computer programmers, who organise themselves into groups, and come out with a product at the end of the workshop. A workshop of this sort was organised in Accra early this year, and some innovative products were created.
To really develop and believe in our ICT infrastructure, I believe we need to empower ourselves an especially the youth, not just in the arts, but also in the sciences.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The first time...

The first time I met you, I felt like knowing you,
The first time I chatted with you, I felt drawn to you,
The first time I visited you, I wanted to be there for you always,
The first time you visited me, our friendship was bonded,
The first time we went on a date, I felt like kissing you,
The first time we kissed, I wanted to saddle you,
The first time we saddled, I knew I wanted to saddle you for the rest of my life;
For the first time, I am in a forbidden, dangerous and Blessed relationship...

UPDATED: John Legend's "All of me" sums it up:
Also an info-graphic of the above poem using tagxedo.
@aoa4eva is the inspiration behind it.