Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Jayso & Sarkodie "Let'em Know Now" [Official Music Video]

Saturday, 16 February 2013

The future of Osu Castle.

The Presidency recently moved into the new building albeit it 4 years after it was declared ready - that's politics for you. Below is a discussion Joy News had on the matter.

I agree with the Ga Youth that they should be given the opportunity to lead on Osu Castle's reincarnation. We have for so long used institutions and methods that are clearly not working, (I mean have any of you been to the Komfo Anokye museum?!) what harm could there be in trying something new. I reckon the youth in Ghana are more in touch with Ghana's image and brand than the older citizens who are used to an image and don't know how to change that image.

It is important for me though, that the story of Osu is told fairly. That the edifice does not become yet another  slave castle with the narrative that plays out at such venues and that is well catered for in Cape Coast.

Alternatively, forget the history and make Osu Castle a commercially viable entity for reasons other than the past. We know our past and sometimes confuse it as our heritage but what are we creating today to look to the future. Osu could be made into a venue for arts, or entertainment, why must it maintain a political characteristic? These are questions I believe Ghanaian youth are more likely to think about than their preceding generation.

Whatever the plan, I hope to stroll the grounds soon and tell you what it's like. 

Monday, 4 February 2013

Tutu's Children

This show by AlJazeera which follows the fellows of the African Leadership Institute is really inspiring and at the same time eye-opening. We, the social critics, like sometimes to think we have the answers, but when we get the opportunity how different are we from the people we criticise. Here below are the 4 episodes:

Friday, 1 February 2013

The Unappreciated Diaspora

The role of the diaspora in Africa is sparking much debate and giving me a lot of material for my dissertation.

As many people would have seen this week there was an article in the Guardian Africa Network about the African diaspora returning to their home countries expecting and seizing the top of the pile lifestyle. There were a few things I agreed with, I can see the frustration and then their were a few things that upset me. It's very unfair, the way the diaspora communities are being characterised.

After that @EricaSesay wrote this post in response to or inspired by the first. I shared both articles with my sister who stands on the other side from me on this issue. I ranted long into the night and then I let her sleep.

I just want to know your opinion about the diaspora's relationship with the continent. What are your reservations? Are you an African in the diaspora or an African at home? How does that shape your opinion?  RANT AT ME GUYS! Gimme your views, please, people or link me to other posts. I think we really need to talk about all this. And of course your views help my disso - yeh I've got no shame like that!