December 2013

Ghana Get Tough World Cup Draw

 Black Stars to face Germany, Portugal and the USA in Brazil

Ghana were drawn in the perennial “Group of death” in the draw for the 2014 World Cup. They will face the USA and a talented Germany side both of whom they faced in South Africa three years ago. Completing the group are Portugal who arguably have the best player in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo on current form.

It will be a tough ask to qualify, but the Black Stars have done it before in 2006 when they were drawn with Italy and Czech Republic who at the time were amongst the top 10 best teams in the world. They qualified from that group and there is no reason why they cannot do the same next year.


Ghana’s first game is against the USA on 16 June in Natal, and you sense that will be a vital game where the Black stars will need to win if they are to qualify. They then play Germany on 21 in Fortaleza concluding with Portugal in Brasilia on 26 June.

The Ghana FA sent a delegation to Brazil which included Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah to observe the draw. I’m sure even with a tough draw like the one we got they will be feeling optimistic on our progress to the second round of the competition.

In the Black Stars we trust!

The full draw is as follows:

Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

Group B: Spain, Holland, Chile, Australia

Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan

Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy 

Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras

Group F: Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria

Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, United States

Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea


Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Nelson Mandela Tribute: The Man Who Built a Rainbow

The Giant of the Continent Rests

God chooses the hardest battles for the strongest soldiers…’

Me Firi Ghana is proud of its Ghanaian heritage. We do our best to profile the best of what we feel is the greatest country in the greatest continent on Earth, Ghana. However, late on the evening of December 5th 2013, a giant of our continent fell, and the resulting shockwaves have run through all four corners of the Earth. We acknowledge greatness. We must recognise the passage to glory of the Grandfather of Africa – President Nelson Mandela.

‘Mandela served his nation & Africa well. We have lost an icon in the liberation struggle & an illustrious son of our continent.’President John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana

I personally grew up amongst the backdrop of the fading embers of the Apartheid battle – a Rainbow Nation rising from the rubble of apartheid. And yet, amidst all the wondrous goings-on in this land far far away, there was one man at the centre of it all. The image of a former prisoner of the state, being crowned the first black President of a nation where white & black had clashed for so long, was amongst the first evoking images of my life. My love affair with South Africa led me to soak in the travails of this great man. In a city where young black boys tended to take less deserving people as role models, I sought to drench myself in the dew of the works of a truly great man.

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Over my formative years, I learned about a young, handsome man who had struggled from his tribal village to set up his own Law Firm. A man who fought against poverty, and also fought daily against the injustices of a broken & corrupt racial system. I learnt about a man whose heart began to burn with fierce purpose to bring down a sorry regime which held his people bound. A man who became a leader of men. A man who was, in his own words, ‘prepared to die’ for a noble cause – a dream of harmony; a vision of a rainbow nation.

Don’t allow his battles to be romanticised. Mandela’s time in Robben Island was one of truly horrifying mental and physical torture. Sentenced to never touch his wife again, to never be able to hold his children again; sentenced to never be free again – the figurative shackles of Apartheid becoming tangible and real.

Nelson Mandela is a bona-fide legend, and I purposely use present-tense. Always smiling, yet speaking with an authority and conviction which could capture the coldest hearts, he has been a living, breathing monument of greatness for my whole life. His story & his life has resonated deeply with me. He has been a man I have looked up to immensely for as long as I can remember. I have taken pride in the fact that he is a Son of Africa, a Father to the Nations.

As President Obama said in his address to the world following Mandela’s death, Madiba’s long walk to freedom showed many of us ‘what human beings can do when they are guided by their hopes, rather than their fears.’ We thank God that He gave Madiba the grace to live a life longer than most, to be able to enjoy freedom & a mostly united South Africa for more years than anyone could ever have anticipated.


I wonder who the hero of our generation will be? That superhero in humble everyday clothing? Whoever God has chosen, whatever God has planned, one thing we know for sure is that we have lost a courageous, noble, and good man – it has been a true blessing to have been able to share our world with him. But now, he belongs to the ages.

Today, as Ghanaians, we say ‘Mandela. Demirifa Due’. As Africans, we say ‘Farewell, Tata Madiba’.

The Giant of the Continent Rests.

Jermaine Bamfo @Dr_Jabz27

Social Networks…..

A​re They a Blessing or a Curse?


Social networks like facebook, twitter, whatsapp and others have provided a platform where people communicate, make friends, meet old friends, share ideas, share photos and so on. Social Media is all around us and it has come to encompass every aspect of our lives. Social networks has been very useful to almost everyone across the Globe especially the Youth.

These social sites has created the platform for both the young and old to do so many things which would have been impossible without the presence of these sites. Many making new friends, others finding old friends and reconnecting. Some have found boyfriends and girlfriends and even life partners thus to talk of a few.

Business men and women are using these sites to advertise and market their products and services with ease. Social media has contributed
immensely to the development of Arts especially musicians. Musicians are using social media sites to interact with their fans and also
putting up download links for people to download their music. Aside Musicians, prominent Pastors also use these sites to win souls for Christ. In the recently held general elections, facebook and twitter were particularly the dominant social sites where various aspiring candidates in both Presidential and Parliamentary elections campaigned massively via these platforms and I must say, it was worth
it. Right now it’s like almost everyone is on either one or more of these social networks, so you can imagine!

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Generally, a whole lot of interesting stuff takes place on these social sites each second, minute, hour and day. Among all these advantages lies the bad side of social networks. Yeah social media have been of very good use to society since its invention but there have been some abuses or disadvantages in relation to these sites. Talk of impersonation, the common abuse of the social media has been the ease at which people misrepresent themselves to others especially celebrities to perpetrate fraud on others.

Also social vices such as prostitution, fraud among others have always existed but it seems these vices have sprawled especially in Ghana. Social networks have made things so easier to the extent that, anything good or bad could be done through this medium. In addition, relationship breakups have become very rampant notwithstanding the fact that such things have always existed.

Everyone faces challenges in their personal intimate relationship but social media have become one major challenge for most couples. Imagine
your partner always liking or commenting on one particular opposite sex photos or one particular person always trying to get your partners
attention with titles like; babe ,honey and so on. As humans as many questions will run through your mind.
When used correctly, some think the benefits of social networks can far outweigh some of its downfall but weighing both sides, what do you

Afia English (@AfiaEnglish)

Introducing… Patrick Awuah

The epitome of giving back!

I love finding out about the living legends of Ghana who have made tremendous moves in the world, and this gentleman is no exception. Mr Patrick Awuah grew up in Accra, and left Ghana in 1985 as a teenager to pursue greatness in the United States. Graduating from Swarthmore College (USA) with an engineering degree in 1990, Mr. Awuah managed to gain a spot working for Microsoft in software design, and shot with speed to the heights of the company, becoming a millionaire before the age of 30! That would be a story which would satisfy many of us. But Mr. Awuah didn’t stop there. He had a dream. He saw an issue back home in Ghana, and it itched him that something had yet to be done to resolve it…



He was a Black Star, flourishing in the land of the Stars and Stripes, living the American Dream. And yet when his eyes wistfully cast upon the situation back in Ghana, he was troubled. He once remarked that “While I was at Microsoft, the annual revenues grew larger than the GDP of the Republic of Ghana.” Incredible! So he begun to ask himself what was the source of this problem? How could it be remedied? The answer, he believed, was education.

He believed that too many educational establishments in Ghana were force-feeding their students information, causing them to merely try to remember things by heart, rather than build up and develop the critical thinking necessary to be innovative. He said in an interview with CNN early in 2013 that “The world needs to change in this way and I strongly believe that people like me who have had the privilege of a great education need to be part of the solution; that I need to be really actively involved in helping to drive this change in Africa so that 30, 50 years from now, the world will be a different place for all people of African descent in the world.” This observation led to Mr. Awuah creating the Ashesi University in Accra in 2001.


Patrick Awuah quit a multi-million dollar job with tech powerhouses Microsoft in order to put all his energies into this gargantuan pursuit. That’s faith and courage right there! When people ask whether that could have potentially been a very stupid move, Mr. Awuah reminds them of a quote by Goethe – “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it — begin it now!” And Mr. Awuah has weaved his magic, utilising his own money, donations and tuition-fees to make his project blossom from a small rented building, into a live-and-breathing multi-building complex which promises an excellent learning environment to help bring the best out of some of Ghana’s brightest minds.

Ashesi means ‘beginnings’ in Akan. Mr. Awuah is doing a great job in giving a new generation of young Ghanaians the best beginning on their journeys to becoming future history-makers.

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)