FOREIGN SOAPS KILLING LOCAL CONTENT

Mum C writes

The fascination of Ghanaians in watching the Mexican, South Korean, and Indian soaps has gone from ridiculous to worry. It is laughable to see a country once colonised, in the process of development, and still bemoaning the loss of most of our cultural values sink so low, aided and abetted by the media which has decided to break instead of make up for our cultural loss. The movie industry is a very powerful tool in every country. It is the tool used to showcase a country’s culture, which include values, morals, language, fashion, beliefs, beauty, to mention but few. Ghanaians however, have chosen other country’s culture over ours, stifling the Ghana Movie Industry. The Hong Kong Movie industry stands at a whooping US $1.65 billion, Nollywood Film Industry is worth US $ 3.5 billion. With Hollywood grossing over 10 billion dollars annually, and South Korea’s movie industry drawing many tourists…

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Taboo 04: Yellow

so on point ..we need to be consciously sensitive.

Kenikodjo

Yellow.

I hate that colour.

No, I don’t have anything against mangoes, roasted plantain or Ghanaian taxis.

The thing is for as long as I can remember, I have been the girl with the yellow eyes.

‘Ei her eyes are yellow papa!’, a 27 year old guy would loudly whisper to his friend as they passed by me at the Political Science department.

‘Tɔ plantain chips. Ɛyɛ ma wo nni’, the plantain chips seller would offer as I used the GHC 2 note to gesture towards the cocoyam chips in her basin . She would proceed to give me a 30 second lecture on the properties of plantain and how it is good for the eyes, right before the trotro sped off. She meant well, in the typical Ghanaian ‘it’s none of my business but I care’ kind of way. You know, that kind of concern that makes a complete…

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​Waakyenometric Observations

I’m salivating NAAADDDDDDD

Nana A Damoah

with inputs from Naa Oyo Kumodzi and Elsie Dickson

You know it’s a Fanti woman behind the waakye when she has no meat but rather chicken
You know it’s a Fanti woman behind the waakye when she has no boiled egg but rather spanish omelette
You know it’s a Fanti woman behind the waakye when she has no wele but rather sausage
You know it’s a Wasa woman behind the waakye when the stew is splashed onto the waakye, like thick palmnut soup, instead of being spread
You know it’s a Ga woman behind the waakye when the gari is as exotic as kpokpoi
You know it’s a Fanti woman behind the waakye when baked beans is added to the ‘salad’
You know it’s a Ga woman behind the waakye when the waakye is sticky and can be eaten like Ga Kenkey
You know it’s a Bono woman behind the…

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Liberia Meets Ghana Cultural Exchange 

Nana A Damoah

BOOK READING IN MONROVIA

In 2015, two Ghanaian writers Kofi Akpabli and Nana Awere Damoah gave themselves two targets: to do quarterly public book readings and to extend the activity beyond Accra. The aim is to promote reading and writing especially, among the youth of Africa. They dubbed it DAkpabli Readathon.
To date, not only have the duo done several readings in Accra, they have extended their literary event to Tema, Kumasi, Ho and Takoradi. Actually, they have also pushed the frontiers beyond the country’s shores. In April this year, Nana and Kofi read to a delighted group of Ghanaian professionals in Lagos.
The DAkpabli Readathon team has been invited by Forte Publishing, which organises MONROVIA READS, for a mini-fest of reading, literary workshop and culture in Monrovia on 18 and 19 August 2017. They are also going to hold a mentor’s session for young Liberian writers.

Our visit is…

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The Gang of Boys

Chronicles of a Savannah Boy

Dear Nii Kpakpo,

I remember when I first came to town and I was very lonely not having any social connections and not really knowing anybody in town. Every day meant that I was at home if your sister went to work, it meant that I had to find ways of making myself excited and that was when I started writing the Tamale Chronicles of the events that I encountered and my daily interaction with the local people and residents of Tamale. This kept me busy and it was exciting to read the comments off social media especially since it was giving people a whole new perspective about the north not being a backwater.

Kpakpo it was this same social media that first got me into the group of volunteers who later formed the Swag Volunteers my first social group apart from church here in the savanna. But then I…

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Barcamp 2017, Tamale

Mum C writes

Barcamp Tamale 2017 is a free networking forum bringing people together for a day of learning, sharing, networking and dialogue on Tamale, Ghana and beyond. It will take place on July 29, 2017 at the Tamale Sports Stadium. The theme for this year is “Empowering the Youth through Innovation and Professionalism”. About the theme, the lead coordinator for Barcamp Tamale, Nashiru Muntasir, said “This year’s theme seeks to foster innovation and professionalism among the youth.”.

The GhanaThink Foundation has successfully organized 72 Barcamps in Ghana as part of its Barcamp Ghana program since 2008. BarCamp Tamale 2017 will be a showcase of leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators in the Northern Region. Discussions will center on empowering the youth for better development across all sectors. It will be an event for many people who live and are interested in Tamale to learn, share and network. Ato Ulzen-Appiah, the director of GhanaThink Foundation…

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​5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULDN’T WATCH KOBINA ANSAH’S TRIBELESS!

10/10

Mum C writes


From the days of his seasonal stage play, This Family Is Not For Sale, playwright and producer, Kobina Ansah, has flaunted his brilliance when it comes to having good, quality fun on stage. His unique style of writing has carved a niche for him in the theatre industry. No two ways about that.

However, his new brainchild, Tribeless, showing this September at the Efua Sutherland Drama Studio on University of Ghana campus may not be one stage play you may really want to see. You may have been wowed by his I Want To Sue God! but trust me, this may not be one of his usual side-splitting pieces.

Call me a hater but I would not mince words especially when I would have to call a spade what it is. You really want to know why you shouldn’t watch Tribeless? This is it!

FIREWORKS!

One word to describe Tribeless?…

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