September 2011


Ghana v Nigeria: 11th October 2011

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Event: Ghana vs Nigeria
Date: 11th October 2011
Venue: Watford FC Football Stadium
Address: Watfod Football Club, Vicarage Road Stadium, Vicrage Road, Watford, WD18 0ER
KO:  7:45 PM
Tickets: http://www.watfordfc.com/page/MatchbyMatch/0,,10400~2388448,00.html

Leave your score predictions below.

Bare in mind that Ghana have won the last few meetings, BUT Nigeria did beat Argentina 4-1 and yes Lionel Messi was playing (imagine)

Ghanaian Music: Dr Cryme Wins…

DR CRYME WINS GOLDEN HEART AWARD IN UK

Ghana being a part of commonwealth has given its citizen the opportunity to be part of the growing cultural exchange market. United Kingdom provides the avenue for young Ghanaian Entertainers the opportunity to exhibit their talent mostly during summer through multiple programmes to promote the whole commonwealth exchange agenda.

D_CrymeOne of the groups spearheading the above agenda is the UK based Akwaaba UK who over the years have been instrumental in organizing beauty pageants, Independence and republic shows, private parties, charity events and more. They have been able to train other competitors to live up to expectations  in the global arena to enable them easily bridge the gap between the Africa nationals living abroad and in Africa especially Ghana .

Dr Cryme is Ghana’s current most sought for celebrity and won same during the recently held High School Honours in Accra Ghana. The E-Jam Records artist had one of the highest RBT downloads via his “Kill Me Shy” single from his “Finally Finally” album to be launched in Ghana in November 4th as part of the album festival.

Ghanaian Nationals in the UK were most impressed with Akwaaba UK’s choice to invite Dr Cryme to this year’s Miss Ghana UK which was held at Troxy London in UK, though he should have been there for shows earlier that week. Dzifa Gray is the founder, Producer and director of the Titi Gray Talk Show on BEN TV, (Sky Channel 184), airing every Saturday at 7PM. The first pilot was in March 2009, Ghana’s 52nd Independence. The programme has been very instrumental in awarding entertainers around the world for innovation through bringing up new genres and also a general support to the society through adequate preservation of the African culture.

D_Cryme_Ghanaian_MusicOne of the main reasons that might have boosted up Dr Cryme’s win was his immense support to the society through socially active projects like donations to hospitals and general education of peers. His “Twipop” genre is currently global and has been very instrumental in creating a new music hub in Tema. Tema forms a conurbation with Accra and is a planned city in the center of the world. Dr Cryme a.k.a “Tema Eminem” a.k.a. “The General” couldn’t mince his words but had to show appreciated to everyone for making a dream come through.

He added that he’s received two plaques and two awards without losing out on any nominations due him prior to his album launch, which is an impressive start and indicates an immense support from fans. So far D’Banj, Shirley Frimpong Manso and Dr Cryme are the only Africans awarded as such.

Ghanaian Culture: Lets Get Gari Next To Curry…

Thanks to a certain someone and boredom I have really gotten into
watching TV! A couple of months ago I would only watch football and X Factor when its in season, but now I do marathon sessions of HollyoaksEastenders, T4OTB and all sorts and its getting pretty worrying. I had to mentally restrain myself from getting into the whole The Only Way Is Essex hype! I’m like a proper telly person now, it has very much become a big part of my daily routine.

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I consciously make time in the day to watch quite a number of programs these days, and I make full use of Catch Up TV on the weekends when I miss any of these programs during the week. One program I never miss is Come Dine With Me!. Love Dave Lamb‘s hilarious voice-over commentary – legendary!. I can do series of it all day and would not be bored and if I miss a few minutes of it, I will be flipping through from Channel 4 +1 through to E4, E4+1 and More 4 to catch up.

My love for this particular program however has nothing to do with my love for food. I am not very hard to impress when it comes to food. I would probably be scoring everyone a big fat 9 if I ever went on Come Dine With Me! But that is not to say I do not appreciate good food. I do but I do not take much delight in eating, if that makes sense. And thinking about it, I cannot figure out why I like this program so much. It must be Dave Lamb and just watching people getting pissed up whiles they cook.

Anyway, I have seen food from a wide variety of origin cooked on this program – Italian, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Greek, Thai and the list goes on and on. Dishes from every continent, well almost, and I’m yet to see any Ghanaian or even an African dish cooked on there. Well there is a £1000 at stake so I do not expect hosts to be experimenting with something they know nothing about.

So why has no Ghanaian or African dish made it into the class of well known cuisines around the world?


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Why and how has Indian, Italian and Chinese dishes become so popular. I do not have to go to India to order a good curry or go to Mexico to get some good nachos. I can go to any well meaning restaurant and order pizzas, curry, chicken chow mein, nachos and gyros.  But I cannot say the same for any Ghanaian/African dish. I struggle to find any Ghanaian/African cuisine that can rival any of these dishes I have mentioned in popularity. Gari, waakyejollof, injera, xalwo. Yeah all of these sound very very unfamiliar but these African cuisines have all it takes to make it into any western restaurant.

So why do these cuisines remain unknown everywhere else other that their places of origin? This I have put down to a couple of reasons. Many African cuisines may be a bit too spicy for foreign tongues. Again we do not serve our food in a three course meal standard, we do not do starters and desserts. We have just one big meal on a plate end of! Another thing is serving dishes with all the bones still on the meat and fish.

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On the first point, Levi Roots has clearly proven otherwise. His
Reggae Reggae sauce has been a hit and made it into unlikely places like JD Wetherspoon, Slug and Lettuce and Dominoes! But for all these problems there is a one word solution – ADAPTATION!

We do not have to change the way we cook our dishes in our homes but to make it to the world scene we definitely need to adapt it to the world taste. That is the secret of all of these foreign cuisines that have attained world wide popularity. These foods are tweaked to suit the local taste, wherever its been served. I have eaten curry from a typical Indian home and it tastes well different from the ones we buy from the restaurants. If only we can start tweaking our dishes here and there then our local cuisines can become attractive to many foreigners like all of the other popular cuisines.

So let the African chefs get to work. Lets get the gari next to the curry!

By Maclean Arthur

Proverbs Quote of the Day

‘If you run with the footmen, and they have tired you,
Then how can you contend with horses…?’

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Weekly Insight: Ola The Poet – Reality

A wise man once said to me “accept the reality that is because arguing with it is just wasting time“.

I pondered on it over a cup of cinnamon mocha with marshmallows in a hidden coffee shop at the back of Well St, whilst sipping on the taste of heaven I saw two school girls, at 9:35pm and they were walking the streets of Hackney with pride and ease. One had made a boob tube out of her school shirt, wearing pop socks and knee high skirt, the other wearing the uniform as its supposed to.

In my mind I wondered if their parents knew where they were, I also wondered why two opposite appearances could walk the street together and be so free.

In judging a book by its cover, with the cover looking so obvious to
what you perceive the truth to be, I for a second thought about the
girl confidently flaunting her temple. Could it be that she was
expressing herself or that she was intentionally luring male attention to herself whilst her friend deflected it
.

They both walked passed the window, with their piercing eyes
translating a different story. I continued to sip on heaven, the taste
of the cream resembled what I wanted life to be like, smooth, the
slight bitter taste of the coffee resembled my current equilibrium,
black, bitter yet strong, the marshmallows represented the sweet
things in my life, laughter and good food.

My eyes fixated on my reflection and my mind escaped me to a place I hadn’t been in a while. I remembered being judged on the way I looked. They used to say I was dark, but berries were my favourite fruits so I got sweeter every time the sun kissed me, for a while that was and still is my reality.

I swallowed my last swig of mocha then stepped out the shop and into a world outside of me, I strolled to my comfortable place only to see the two school girls standing at my door. They were a projection of my past. Allowing me to feed into stereotypes and inadequacy, thinking a particular way of life was easier and better because of attention gained. Yet the real thing I was seeking is in the daily bread.

By the time warmth caressed me in my box room they had disappeared into thin air. Loneliness greeted me once again and I pondered on what that wise man said to me. He said “accept the reality that is because arguing with it is just wasting time“. Like a chime it tuned my system long enough for sleep to take me. Nowadays I use that as a template to teach me, not to argue with reality but to change it and tailor it to my future. Realising to affect change you cannot change the now arguing by with it.

Our lives are filled with possibilities that we cannot imagine, but due to current mental state and experiences we become stagnant in that our visions. Reality is that our minds feed our soul, so becoming
fruitful won’t happen if we are stuck in a one dimensional mind state.

We have to keep it moving!!!

By Ola The Poet
Twitter: @olathepoet

Ghanaian Culture: Wo Te Twi?

The importance of Ghanaian parents teaching their British born children their mother tongue

Wo ho te sen? Wo te Twi ?

Wo ka Twi?

Are all popular Twi phrases used in everyday speech for the average Twi speaker. Translated into English, the above phrases mean the following: Wo ho te senHow are you? Wo te TwiDo you understand Twi? Wo ka Twi – Do you speak Twi?

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Speaking to fellow British born Ghanaians it has emerged that within many traditional Ghanaian households where Mum makes the sacred Jollof rice with chicken & salad as a traditional Sunday meal & Dad sits down to watch the football cheering on his team. They will strike up a conversation between themselves. Where they will speak in Twi. “Akua, aduane abene anaa? Ekom de me paa!” to which the wife will reply “Aane, aduane abene!” When the children ask mum the same question “Mum is the food ready? We’re hungry!” mum replies in English “Yes, the food is ready” The problem with this scenario is that our mother tongue does not seem to be spoken to the children.

Yet the parents will talk to each other in our native tongue. Being a Ghanaian encompasses many things, from knowing what your traditional name is based on the day of the week that you were born, to understanding the cultural rites that are performed during funerals, naming ceremonies and traditional weddings. Having an understanding of the language is equally as important. If Ghanaian parents are failing to teach their children Twi on the basis that they may get confused whilst trying to master English as well as Twi is wrong. After all, the children will learn to read, write & speak English throughout school, college & university so surely the ‘mother tongue’ should be practised at home. In the long run if the parents only speak the native language between themselves it:

1. Alienates the child from the parent when the parent is speaking Twi to their wife / husband

2. Leaves the child at a disadvantage (when interacting with peers who can actually speak their native language)

3. When entering into adulthood still not having fully grasped the Twi / Fante / Ga language successfully means they may not be able to pass the language & culture onto their children.

A group that has been successful in teaching their language to their young is the Asian community. I often see children as young as three talking to their mothers in their mother tongue. To have the capacity to speak another language is to have the confidence to speak to other Ghanaians without your parents having to speak for you on your behalf.

This also helps when visiting Ghana. It is a common occurrence that a taxi driver will know that you’re not a local and then charge you an extortionate amount of money to take you to your desired destination.

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If one has the confidence to negotiate a price when conversing in Twi / Fante or Ga it is likely that you will not be ripped off! Thankfully the opening of Twi/ Fante & Ga speaking schools certainly helps with teaching young British born Ghanaians their language. However, the need for these schools has arisen due to the fact that young Ghanaians are perhaps not speaking the language at home disabling them from interacting with their parents and other elders within the family unit.

“The demand for these schools indicates that there is a movement within the young Ghanaian community to want to gain a better understanding of their Ghanaian identity.”

When attempting to communicate with the beloved Grandparents in Ghana over the phone (who may not speak English) parents can quite easily talk to Grandma or Grandad but when the phone is handed to the Grandchild to “Say hello to Gran” the language barrier is such that they cannot communicate with each other. One speaks in English, the other in Twi, Fante or Ga with both parties misunderstanding what the other is saying. Ghana has such a rich culture and should be celebrated as much as possible.

The UK is a cultural melting pot of different ethnicities, creeds & religions. That being said it is fair to say that not all UK born young Ghanaians will choose another Ghanaian as their soul mate. Whether their partner is of Caribbean or European descent it is important that the children they bring into the world have an understanding of both parents’ cultural identities.

If English is the sole language spoken within the home where one parent is Ghanaian and the other is of another nationality this may contribute to the death of the Ghanaian culture. They say that charity begins at home well the same goes for the education of our children…

By Caroline N. Mensah

What’s YOUR opinion? Have YOUR say below…

Ghanaian Clothing: Why Me FiRi GHANA??

I remember the first time I saw the MeFiRi GHANA brand, I thought it was just another  youth based clothing line trying to make money!  I remember seeing so many vibrant colours beaming at me at Ghana Party in the Park yet I would only associate Me FiRi GHANA with the clothing and nothing else. I sadly did not know the meaning behind the clothing and the colours. So for those of you who may not know, let me ask you one question…
Do you know how Me FiRi GHANA came about?

“The brand was developed whilst studying at University in 2008. The founder wanted to express their proud Ghanaian identity but at the time, couldn’t find any clothing that allowed them to express this!

So one day a vision came to them to design a colourful, creative vibrant jumper and before we knew it, we realised we weren’t the only ones who had that same vision”:

“We realised that a generation shift was occurring – primarily amongst the Ghanaian youth living in countries outside of Ghana.

We found that Ghanaian youths living outside of Ghana were proud to claim to be Ghanaian, yet there were no modern day methods of expressing  our culture/identity/roots in a cool, vibrant, colourful funky fresh modern day way.”
“So, as British born patriotic Ghanaians, we decided to do our part to bring about unity within the Ghanaian community  through providing products that express the Ghanaian Culture.”

“Be the change you wish to see”

–  Mahatma Ghandi
So, it is more than a clothing line. It is a product which tells a story.
So what are YOU waiting for?  Experience Me FiRi GHANA” and share the story with the world

Tell The World what the Red Gold and GREEN on your Top Stands for

Tell The World What GYE NYAME means and

Tell The World that Me FiRi GHANA

Experience Me FiRi GHANA for YOUrself…
Womens Me FiRi GHANA Clothing:
http://mefirighana.com/index.php?p=shop&c=womens

Mens Me FiRi GHANA Clothing:
http://mefirighana.com/index.php?p=shop&c=mens

By Cloudia

Dr Kwame Nkrumah Birthday

How far have we come…

As we give thanks for the life of our first President, let us also reflect on where we are going as a unit

How are you helping to move Ghana Forward

What can you do to help the Ghanaian community where you are?

Change is a process not a moment so let’s try and be part of the process rather than allow the process to pass us by…

Leave a birthday message in respect of GHANA’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Is GHANA The New Napa…?

I was sat with my mates a couple of days ago planning how to spend the summer leave. We all agreed we had to go off on a really mad and crazy one somewhere. The kind your only recollection of is nowhere to be found in your head but on a memory card inside your camera, Hang Over 2 style! Well without the lady boy bit but definitely with the monkey and the monk! That we all agreed on but we could not quite agree on where to go.

Many suggestions have been thrown up: Magaluf, Tenerife, Ayia  Napa, Zante,Thailand and someone even suggested India and Egypt! Egypt?

Do you not listen to the news?

So I half-jokingly tossed Ghana into the mix, but everyone laughed it off.

That really got me thinking, how is it that Ghana is never viewed as a holiday destination?

To be honest I do not think India has much to offer in terms of holidaying as compared to Ghana. Ghana has it all- great natural attractions, great party people, great night life! So I have been chewing over this for sometime now and this is what I think.

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First thing is that Ghana has never been advertised as a holiday destination- neither by the surprisingly many travel & tour operators in Ghana nor the government. Contrary to the believe of many Ghanaians, our beloved country is not as well known, especially amongst ordinary party loving holiday makers around the world.

The only time Ghana comes up in conversation is when we talk about football – big up the Black Stars!, either than that Ghana is viewed as just another war-torn African nation with militia roaming the street with machetes, mud houses, no running water, no electricity, no internet and so no facebook! no proper roads and everyone drives old bangers, starving children with flies flying in and out of their mouths at will because they are too weak to beat them off- well basically they see Ghana as just another hellhole!

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The other time Ghana has been advertised as a sort of holiday destination, it has mainly been targeted at black Americans and conscious Caribbean’s wishing to trace their ancestry.

But Ghana is in a large part not like this. We have enough beautiful beaches, banging night clubs and indeed enough alcohol to match Magaluf, Tenerife or Napa! Our big problem in attracting holiday makers is an image one.

What will make people still want to go Egypt in spite of the recent political upheaval instead of Ghana which has always been absolutely peaceful?


Image! Mention Egypt and the first thing that comes to mind is the Pyramids! Egypt has through the years been associated with this splendid bit of edifice and everything great and beautiful so a couple of months worth of bad press about political instability does not do much to change the image ordinary people have of that country. Positive image branding is everything.

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Ghana may not be a developed country but we surely are developing and we definitely have enough selling points to get us a place amongst the rankings of holiday hotspots! Thailand is not much different from Ghana in terms of social and economic infrastructure but it still attracts thousands of holiday makers.

We may not have lady boys but we surely have our own strong points to use to our advantage. And Prague is another great example. It’s a really amazing party town, attracting people from all over the world, I even met a Kazakhstani in a club in Prague! It was not Borat by the way if you were wondering. That is how good it is but its not a massively great city! It’s got dodgy roads, road signs hanging off and terrible terrible chicken donner kebab! In spite of all of this, it’s a really good party town.

So that’s it. Get the image right and people will come along and they will pass the good message on to others and we will get a ripple effect thing going. Whiles working on the image thing we may want to take a look at the flight fares. The cost of flight fares to Ghana is just as much as the cost of a week long all inclusive holiday to most of the hotspots in Spain.

So yeah lets work on the image first and then when demand for tickets to Ghana rises prices should move in the opposite direction. Hmm I sound like my former Economics lecturer now. But yeah let’s all do our bit to recreate a positive image for our beloved Ghana. Let’s spread the good news about GH! Big up to Sway he reps GH all day any day.

By Maclean Arthur

Mr GHANA: What Happened???

Could there be a potential; ‘Mr GHANA UK‘?

Guys which of you think you can; PROUDLY REPRESENT our flag, GHANA?

OK I’ve realised male beauty pageants are not as popular as female pageants, but WHY!! According to the modern Ghana website, the last beauty male pageant based in GHANA, named (Mr Ghana) (2002) was purely focused on the Ghanaian young Men body builder’s, in which they exhibited their bodies, (e.g) triceps, biceps and so on.

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Currently both in the UK and Ghana we Ghanaians are not seeing any more of our young men having the opportunity to showcase to us that there are actually Handsome Ghanaians out there.
Lets talk UK now!, Miss Ghana UK (MGUK), has currently been a popular women pageant, as each year us Ghanaians receive a beautifully produced, young Lady, proudly flying our flag! Now in the event each contestant showcase to the judges and audience their beauty, not just on the outer but beauty within, these may include intelligence, talents, knowledge and so on to make  our MISS GHANA.

Now I think that young Ghanaian males have something to prove to us and show, I am sure there are young males out and about in the UK who hold GREAT beauty within and on the outside, whether it is having your own craze Azonto style dance as a talent, or even singing, or traditional dance, or even shining us with your beauty!

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Now I know there are infinity amounts of young Ghanaians, with beautiful different shades of black Ghanaian tone to shine off at a given opportunity of a, MR Ghana UK.

Well you guys might be thinking;
WHAT IS YOUR POINT EXACTLY?

My point is I am a Curious British born Ghanaian citizen in the UK, and I just wanted to make an enquiry, randomly out of ideology,
Has MR GHANA UK come to your attention at all?,

Don’t you think creating A MR GHANA UK would also give Black Ghanaian Handsome men the chance to prove to us Ghanaians that they’ve got good stuff to show off as well.

This could be a chance for young UK Ghanaian men to show us what their GHANIANISMS all about!

What do you think?

I mean Ghanaian human beings have created a lot of Ghanaian men who are down to earth, Handsome, know how to carry themselves well, smart, can articulate themselves, are intelligent, speak their language with pride, have talent and have the ability to REPRESENT Our flag; GHANA.

I mean its a FAB chance for all the models to shine,
for the Fine Ghanaian young male you saw at a party,
for the gentle young Ghanaian man who picked your purse up when it dropped…You know what I mean, there are so many types of young Handsome Ghanaians out there who need to be showcased.
Us Ghanaians are enriched with blessings, which need to be revealed and found!

Personally there should be opportunities where our young Ghanaian male youths can show us what they’ve got, not easy to stand on stage and nominate yourself, and display yourself in front of an audience,

WE NEED A MR GHANA UK SOON!!
Just an idea to put into consideration!
What do you guys think?
Leave your comments below please 🙂

Thank You!

By Trey’C