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**Rough notes of what I shared during breakout session at #iHAV2017 Conference on 27 July 2017**
iHAV Conference: Breakout session on Small Actions, Big Difference
What do Teshie Nungua & Ikorodu roads in Accra & Lagos have in common? Answer: Traffic. And what causes traffic on these routes? One major cause is the practice of people crossing the roads indiscriminately, at many points. Cars stopping for a couple of seconds for pedestrians to cross compound over many cars and leads to traffic. Small actions compounding to make big differences.

“Small actions, big difference” – Unilever slogan. We say little drops of water make a mighty ocean. Same with actions.

Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast 

I came away from my visit to Dr Wereko-Brobby aka Tarzan with one main lesson: Engineers do, they are doers. They are solution providers. After the talk must always come the options and then prioritise to implement.

The Radio Eye example. Just start.

How to start? You can only start by starting. The first time anyone did anything, he did it as an amateur. 

Start simple, get fancy later.

iHAV poster and the focus on implementation. 

We tend to talk too much and do little.

We tend to focus on analysis to paralysis.

Today’s post on church fund-raising and community service

Facebook & DGG & Apagya- 22k ghs 

Community projects – Nsawam, Wa, Volta school

Reading clinics 

Economic growth – all around us

Solution leads to income
The educated African seems only to be conditioned for steady state conditions, to feel comfortable only when conditions are certain and all risks have been fully analysed and covered.
The educated African is the most afraid to take risks on his dreams.
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Reading from an earlier Nsempiisms
Earlier this year, my friend Abena Krobea shared a video about a young Malawian inventor called William Kamkwamba. In the video, the young man recounted how famine was ravaging his country in the early 2000s and how he had to drop out of secondary school. Determined to still educate himself, he decided to frequently visit the library of his former school and to read books, especially science books. From one of those books, he learnt about windmills, and decided to build one himself. Not having the requisite materials, he visited scrap yards around his house and salvaged bits and bits including bicycle parts, and PVC pipes, and built his first wind mills that powdered his house with electricity and also pumped water for irrigation. Awesome stuff! Inspirational!
In this TED talk by William, he made a profound statement: “I tried it. And I made it.” He made a move with his ideas, he took a risk on his dreams.
When I watched the video and as I personally tango with the many ideas I have that I haven’t tried, knowing what I to do and yet not doing it, procrastinating, thinking of how to do it perfectly, yet holding back and worrying about the passage of time, giving me a headache, I looked at William and I am provoked to take the pill of action and welcome my relief.
But it is not that easy and that is when I decided to write to you and share my reflections.
At a book reading at Rennie’s Garden, Dr Ruby Goka told us that one of the worse things about being a doctor or a medical student is that when one got ill, he or she only imagines the worst of possible illnesses. 
Same with the educated African. The educated African seems only to be conditioned for steady state conditions, to feel comfortable only when conditions are certain and all risks have been fully analysed and covered.
The educated African is the most afraid to take risks on his dreams.
Not so with many entrepreneurs who need to take a plunge into uncertain waters. Not so with William, who tried it and made it.

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Going through archives and came around this piece I had shared in October 2008. Hope you enjoy it.
 
Sharing on ‘My favorite character of the Bible – David’
Joyful Way Incorporated, Godlive House, Accra, Ghana
18 October, 2006
 
Dannie Adapoe (Prayer and Counselling Director), who I called Efo Erasmus, has done two things to me since I returned to Ghana from school. My first JWI meeting at Godlive since my return from the UK was last week 11 October. I had gotten to Godlive house early, since I didn’t want to go through a lot of traffic coming here. As I was preparing to settle in the office and relax before the meeting started, and was chatting deliciously (!) with those around, Laura Nmai-Dsane came to give me her phone to talk to Erasmus. “Damoah,” he said “welcome back. Ministry still goes on! Come right now to Busy Internet and pick me. We are going to pick Rev. Awotwe (our preacher for the night) from his house!” Who am I to refuse my Director?! And the rains decided to pour that evening too! After the wonderful period of testimonies and Rev. Awotwe’s sharing, and just as we were about to go into the announcement time, Dannie flexed his directorial biceps again. “You koraa, who is your favourite character of the Bible?” “I don’t have one!” I replied. No luck for me. I was asked to share about my non-existing favourite character anyway!
 
It is such a good feeling to be back. To be back to fellowship, to friendship, to laughter in Godlive, to the cracking of toffees and the sharing of fanta! To teasing in the house of the Lord, to solid Christian doctrine and teaching and practice. To ministry, to evangelism, to sharing our lives. I missed Joyful so much, which means you all.
 
Allow me to start with a story I received from my friend Dr. Moses Ademola, who is within a cycle of friends who share about African renaissance and how Africans living abroad can either return home to Africa or give back what the continent has helped us with.
 
Twelve hundred years ago, in the city of Baghdad, lived a genius named Al-Khwarizmi, who was one of the fathers of algebra. In fact, the word algebra comes from the title of his book Al-jabr, which for centuries was the standard mathematics textbook. Al-Khwarizmi taught in an institution of learning called the House of Wisdom, which was the center of new ideas during Islam’s golden age of science. To this day we computer scientists honor Al-Khwarizmi when we use the word algorithm, which is our attempt to pronounce his name.
 
One day, Al-Khwarizmi was riding a camel laden down with algebraic manuscripts to the holy city of Mecca. He saw three young men crying at an oasis.
 
“My children, why are you crying?” he enquired.
 
“Our father, upon his death, instructed us to divide his 17 camels as follows: ‘To my oldest son I leave half of my camels, my second son shall have one-third of my camels, and my youngest son is to have one-ninth of my camels.'”
 
“What, then, is your problem?” Al-Khwarizmi asked.
 
“We have been to school and learned that 17 is a prime number that is, divisible only by one and itself and cannot be divided by two or three or nine. Since we love our camels, we cannot divide them exactly,” they answered.
 
Al-Khwarizmi thought for a while and asked, “Will it help if I offer my camel and make the total 18?” “No, no, no,” they cried. “You are on your way to Mecca, and you need your camel.”
 
“Go ahead, have my camel, and divide the 18 camels amongst yourselves,” he said, smiling.
 
So the eldest took one-half of 18 – or nine camels. The second took one-third of 18 – or six camels. The youngest took one-ninth of 18 – or two camels. After the division, one camel was left: Al-Khwarizmi’s camel, as the total number of camels divided among the sons (nine plus six plus two) equalled 17.
 
Then Al-Khwarizmi asked, “Now, can I have my camel back?”
 
These young men had information about prime numbers, but they lacked the wisdom to use the information effectively. It is the manipulation of information to accomplish seemingly impossible purposes that defines true wisdom.
 
The Bible is replete with tonnes of wisdom for our consumption and usage/application. In our application, we need to think out of the box and extend the domain of our application beyond just what we will call our Christian lives. And we will see the massive impact that will bring to our lives.
 
David the King has fascinated me a lot through my study of the Bible. The lessons from David for me cover day-to-day activities, leadership, emotional expressions and human relations, among others.
 
1. The first mention of David in the Bible is in 1 Samuel 16 when the Lord decided to cut off the Kingship of Saul and choose another King for His people. When Eliab the first son of Jesse had passed and hadn’t been chosen, the Lord gave Samuel an incline into what His (the Lord’s) criteria was: Not appearance, not height, not the things man looks at, the outward appearance. Hail the heart. God looks at the heart. Remember that Jesse himself hadn’t tipped David for anything that day. “There is still the youngest, but he is tending the sheep.” In the fields, the Lord was preparing him for great things. A few lessons from this passage. Don’t let anyone look down upon you because you are young (1 Timothy 4:12). That has been one of my driving Scriptures in my Christian life. But set an example. David used his field experience to learn a lot of things about God and about life in general. In his testimony to King Saul before fighting Goliath, David asserted that he learnt to trust in God and to fight in the fields (1 Samuel 17:34 – 36). No calling in the Lord’s house is a low calling. Whilst you wait for the so-called higher post, or calling, what are you learning now? In your job, at that entry level job, are you learning? Are you working with all your heart, and setting a good example? Because when the time for promotion comes, it will not be based only on your future potential (it will be assessed) but mostly on your demonstrated potential, on what you have been able to do so far.
 
2. David’s ability to serve was displayed again in the house of King Saul. David entered Saul’s service as a harp player, but in a short time, “Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armour-bearers.” Do you know the amount of trust you need to became an armour-bearer of the King? In battle you have to be closest to him, and you could betray him easily. Remember, Saul asked his armour-bearer to kill him. David was a servant. And in time, when he became King, he had faithful servants too. Most of us want to be bosses without being subordinates. We want to jump from A – Z, without even stopping at Y! I also believe that faithfulness begets faithfulness. If you are not faithful to serve and to your leaders, I won’t promise you faithfulness when you get into a position of leadership.
 
3. With service came humility. The humility of David even shone when he sinned and was rebuked by Nathan the prophet. With humility came the ability to listen to reason. David listened to the pleading of Abigail. I wanted to write an article titled “The Arrogance and shallowness of the modern day charismatic Christian”. We have become very proud Christians today. May the Lord heal us of our pride!
 
4. One of the fascinating characters of David for me was his ability to wait for his due time, and not to rush the hand of God. David was anointed to be future King at a young age. In the period between that and when he actually ascended the throne, David killed Goliath, became army commander, ate at the King’s table, befriended the King’s son (and became his friend rather than a rival), escaped assassination by the King, became the ladies’ favourite character in their songs, obtained the support of key priests (men of God), forged alliances and friendships with Kings of surrounding tribes (like Moab), was pursued relentlessly by an increasingly unpopular King, who had fallen out of favour with both Samuel and the Lord. In short, David had all the ingredients for a popular coup d’etat! (1 Chronicles 11: 2 – read this). But David waited for his due time. Do we not sometimes rush the prophecies and promises of God for our lives? God needs no help! However, when you wait, use the time to build on what God has given you. God prepares us with our daily experiences. We learn by tuition, experience and observation.
 
5. Intricately linked with the fourth point was an unflinching policy of David not to touch the Lord’s anointed and to honour the leadership of Saul. I talked about faithfulness begetting faithfulness. David exhibited it and by this gave an example to his men that you don’t kill the person God has appointed over you. As my friend Geoff Anno likes to say, “Don’t election people and turn around to punish them [with your lack of support]”. I am crazy about this policy. When God elects a leader over me, I give 150% support and respect to that person. I don’t care whether that person is young, old, male or female. At one of our Quality assurance team meetings when I was in Unilever, we did a pick and act session and our oldest employee then, Ataa Sowah, picked a question: “Does it matter if your boss is younger that you are?!” His answer has stayed with me and it will forever. Ataa said: “It doesn’t matter. Just respect the chair.” In other words, whoever sat on that chair becomes sacred. Two examples. Following the threat issued by two Asante groups lately, one of the leaders of those groups was interviewed on Joy FM, and he reiterated that the Asantehene is not to be discussed at all. When the interviewer pressed that this was untenable under the constitution, and in this era of freedom of speech, the man retorted that as far as the Asantehene was concerned, there was no freedom of speech. He ended by saying: “Let me put it this way: He is our God! As soon as he ascended the throne, he ceased to be an ordinary person.” In the film Johnny English, Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) was the top agent in the British spy agency. When he managed to foil the attempt of a French impostor to become King of England (after getting the Queen to abdicate), Mr. Bean by mistake found himself sitting on the throne of England, with the crown on his head! At that very moment, when he issued an instruction to arrest the impostor, it was obeyed with dispatch. Let’s follow David’s example in this regard.
 
6. I believe this next lesson from the life of David follows from the respect David had for authority. He elicited massive loyalty from his men. 1 Chronicles 11:10 – 47 describes some of these men. Read the account of Three who broke through Philistine lines to draw water for David, because he had said that he longed for water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem. And you know, David didn’t drink that water at all, offering it to God. He even had defectors joining his ranks. I believe apart from reaping the fruits of the respect and honour he had sowed into Saul, this loyalty also came to David because of his human relations and management, and his ability to identify with his men. He was able to weep with his men when the Amalekites raided Negev and Ziklag (1 Samuel 30). He wasn’t afraid to let his people see him broken and weak. Why is it that as leaders and managers, we are so afraid to do this? For me, not drinking that water from Bethlehem, obtained as such great cost, was a great symbol to his men. David honoured his men, as depicted when Abner was murdered, when the King himself walked behind the bier and wept for Abner. As King, David enjoyed massive loyalty as well. 2 Samuel 3:36 summed it well: “…indeed, everything the king did pleased them (the people of Israel).”
 
7. I like David’s ability to love and to forge friendships. His friendship with Jonathan is deep, and I have a complete article on this that I will make available on the notice board. 1 Samuel 18 recounts this friendship. In the article, I noted the following attributes of this friendship: love, trust, sharing, identity, togetherness, affirmation (bringing out the best in your friend).
 
8. I admire David’s ability to laugh, to dance, to weep, to mourn. As men, we have a lot to learn from David about that. As a leader, I found weeping before the Lord to be great therapy. David did it and he found strength in the Lord his God. He wept for Abner, he wept when his first child with Bathsheba died, he knew when to weep. But he also knew how to take comfort in his God and to move on in life. He knew when to leave things in the hands of God and to acknowledge that God knew best.
 
9. David was a family man. He loved his children, even when they rebelled. Enter Absalom. Even in the heat of his son’s conspiracy, he was able to say that the army should be gentle with his son. For his sake. And he cried that he would have died instead of Absalom. What love from a father. This lesson comes stronger to me now, for my son Nana Kwame. David ended on a good note. Check how others ended (I Chronicles 29: 26-28, II Timothy 4:7).
 
10. I will end with this final attibute: David kept his promises. He kept his promise to Jonathan to look after his descendants, bringing Mephibosheth to the palace to live with him. He kept his promise to Abner and was distressed when Joab murdered him. Actually, in his handing over notes to Solomon, David asked that Solomon dealt with Joab. He was a man of his word.
 
I could go on and on, but I have to end somewhere! I haven’t touched on the lessons from David’s fight with Goliath; I haven’t touched on the fact that he was human, like us, sinning and yet having the heart to confess and to come stronger to his God; I haven’t touched on his desire to have his bed kept warm, and so marrying Abishag at a tender age. The Bible is careful to note that David didn’t have intimate relations with her, just heat exchange! Ei, David!
 
David was a man, just like us, but he walked with God so well, that God declared him a man after his own heart. He became a mighty man, a great King, and a wise ruler. His humble roots remained with him and he always remembered where God had brought him from. May the lessons from the life of this great man teach us also to trust in our God and to serve Him with all our heart.
 
God bless you richly.
Nana Damoah
Accra, Ghana
October 2006

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Frontpage of The Daily Graphic, 1 January 2014. Promise of the Year.

Frontpage of The Daily Graphic, 1 January 2014. Promise of the Year.

  1. Sikamanian of the Year: Posthumous award to Komla Dumor. Even in death, you made us proud. You inspired us all. Rest in peace.
  2. Most Popular Job: Social media footsoldier, also known as Internet Warrior. They are like the email spammers and 419-ners: they are perpetually present and changing their methods but their bad grammar always gives them away.
  3. The most anti-climax moment of the Year: The announcement by Ayittey Powers that he wasn’t going to fight Bukom Banku again, after all the hype.
  4. Setay Waa Moment of the Year: The rolling out of the 200 new senior secondary schools by end of Quarter 1, 2014.
  5. Moving target of the Year: The start of operation at the Atuobo Gas Procesing Plant.
  6. Elusive deadline of the Year: The end of dumsor. So elusive that it led to the split between Energy and Power, allowing the element of time to complete the equation. In physics, power is the rate of doing work. It is equivalent to an amount of energy consumed per unit time. This same elusive deadline led to the sacking of the Electricity Comes and Goes Managing Director, a feat even Headmaster Koku couldn’t accomplish.
  7. Tragedies of the Year: The deaths of Komla Dumor and PV Obeng. Komla’s death left us all numb and PV’s death even affected the release of the Senchi Report. May they rest in perfect peace.
  8. The most debated word: Crisis. Other close synonyms were challenge and difficulties. Kwaku Baako summarises it all when he says ‘a collection of challenges constitutes a crisis’! Case closed, anaa?
  9. The most popular words: Tweaa and Occupy.
  10. The most popular phrase: “Are you my co-equal?”, “Kwasia bi nti”, “Never mind” and “Yentie Obiaa” are the contenders. The winner is Yentie Obiaa.
  11. Sound bite of the Year: It is all adidigya, as played on Citi FM.
  12. Physical assault of the Year: Muntari greeting Mr. Parker’s face with the full ferocious force of his Italian-polished konongo palms.
  13. Health campaigner of the Year: Kobby Blay, with his ‪#‎Ebolawatch
  14. campaign.

  15. Chief Mischief Officer [CMO] of the Year (FB): Evron Hughes. We hail you sah!
  16. Miracle of the Year: Gold (dust?) turning into Cocaine
  17. Beard of the Year: No challenger. And no one should accuse me of nepotism. This goes to Uncle Dr ABS Oko Rick R Vanderpuije. Selikem Geni’s beard is just an Ehalakasaic imitation of Uncle ABS’ and Atseo Kofi didn’t sustain his to the end of the year.
  18. Most Popular Politician: Tweea DCE, Gabriel Barima
  19. Sacking of the Year: We have joint winner. The first one is the dismissal of the Tweea DCE after, being he was first pardoned and, bouyed by the President’s usage of the word ‘tweea’ in Parliament, granting an interview to Joy FM in which he said he was proud of what he said since it had made him popular. He even said he had become a tourist commodity. This circus had a happy ending, and the Akans call it ‘san bɛ ware me’ (come back and marry me). The second one is not purely as sacking as it can also be classified as a Seetay Waa moment in a way, but this was the re-assignment of Joseph Yamin and Elvis Afriyie Ankrah. I like the new way of re-shuffling in Ghana. In June, we had one man shuffled between three jobs within a month. This month, we have had a sacked person un-sacked and re-sacked within two days. Ah, life is tasty. In Sikaman.
  20. Publicist of the Year: We have a clear winner, the one and only Awareness-General Francis Kennedy Ocloo, for raising awareness on every topic under the sun. He also trended during the year under review with the hashtag ‪#‎PostLikeFoOcloo
  21. Emerging Economists of the Year: Anita De Sooso and Abraham Amaliba for using cutting-edge research to diagnose the causes of the depreciation of the Ghana cedi against the major currencies. The theorems have been captured in the award-winning article: “Of High-Rise Buildings and Low-Rise Dwarfs: Africanomics and the Falling Cedi”.
  22. Most illusive/ hyped fight  of the year: Ayittey Powers vrs Bukom Banku.
  23. The most “popular” Bible verse: Acts 16:33, (APV) – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
  24. Discovery of the Year: Demons inside Ayittey Powers’ hair. Followed by discovery, after months of searching, of one commodity whose price is going down: our purchasing power.
  25. Tweet of the Year: We have a tie here, both tweets by Ghana’s foreign minister in respect of the Occupy Flagstaff House demonstration on 1 July. She tweeted: “Occupy Flagstaff House Crowd. The numbers were…well never mind” and “Their social media campaign was much more effective than the actual turnout”. The counter-tweets were equally memorable. The two top responses were: “ur campaign was better than ur governance” and “if govt acted with same swiftness with which you tweeted about ‪#‎OccupyFlagStaffHouse turn out, Gh wud have been a beta place”. Ghana dey be!
  26. Twitter Exchange of the Year: The twitspat between the @JDMahama and @USEmbassyGhana, as follows:

@JDMahama: As a people, we have had to make sacrifices. I wish to assure you that the results of the sacrifices would begin to show very soon.

@USEmbassyGhana: @JDMahama and what sacrifices are you making? Don’t tell me that pay cut.

End of story. Okay, there was an apology. And a further twitspat.

  1. Quote of the Year: “I bring adama and shaving stick to ring. after I beat Ayitey, i use adama make him hair black, then I shave am. Nonsense hair cut. Just do sakora. because of he hair I want beat am waa. He head make me remember kokonte and groundnut soup. I don’t like kokonte.” ~ Bukom Banku
  2. Hair Cut of the Year: Dr. JK Kwakye’s island capo style!
  3. Retreat of the Year: Senchi Economic Forum. It was so comprehensively attended that at least one participant invited herself.
  4. New company of the Year: Street Naming Ghana Limited (SNGL), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies.
  5. Electronic item of the Quarter: Tweeting devices. You want to know the reason? Well, never mind. At least you could afford to buy one.
  6. Money transfer of the Quarter: $3.5 million dollars airlifted to Brazil to pay the Black Stars.
  7. Comforter of the Year: Teddy bear. Especially of the Ministerial type.
  8. Grammatical Arrangement of the Year: Trees under schools, School of
  9. Indigenous app of the Quarter: Dumsor. Available for download via Google Play. Most effective against ECG. Oware3D is a close second.
  10. Trees, eeeerrr ceteraaaaa.
  11. Alumnus of the Year: Hon Ameen Salifu of LSE (Attempted category).
  12. Migrants of the Year: Black Stars supporters who sought asylum in Brazil. According to Brother Nimay, most of them were soldiers who used their feet.
  13. Blog/Website of the Year: YesiYesi – www.yesiyesighana.com. Remember how their story on Yvonne Nelson and cocoa butter went viral? They have given us some amazing stories this year!
  14. Most scarce product: Electricity. The closest contender is swivel chairs; we have to import honorable brands from China. It is very closely followed by money. Especially in Ghana cedi. Fuel gets an honorable mention.
  15. Most Promising Prophet: The prophet who prophesied that Ghana will make it out of the group stage at the World cup. When the prophecy didn’t come through, he said the confusion in the camp of the Black Stars affected the fulfilment of the prophecy.
  16. Alleged Transformation of the Year: Ama Boahemaa. Changing complexion, allegedly through drinking milk.
  17. Song of the Quarter: Daddy Lumba’s Yentie Obiaa.
  18. Most Refreshing drink of the Year: Coconut juice ala Brazil.
  19. Most Difficult Item to Price: Corn balls in tweed jacket. Aka Kenkey de la Brazila.
  20. Bluetooth Earpiece Model of the Year: Vaticana Lordy Hama.
  21. Kissing Couple of the Year: John Boye and his $100,000 in Brazil.
  22. Mathematical equation of the year: Quoefficent of 7.
  23. Research Finding of the Year: Too much fufu, banku and kokonte can lead to cancer (Justice Joe Appiah, MP for Ablekuma North).
  24. Prison Graduate of the Year: Bossman Osei–Hyiamang Jnr (District Chief Executive Officer of Twifo Atti-Morkwa) for spending 14 days at Ankaful Prison.
  25. Boys Abrɛ Coach of the Year (Foreign Category): Arsene Wenger of Arsenal
  26. Boys Abrɛ Coach of the Year (Local Category): David Moyes of Hearts of Oak. Ei, sorry, I meant Polo.
  27. Ghost seer of the year: Koku Anyidoho for consulting with the late President Mills’ ghost about his political ambitions.
  28. Hashtag of the Year: #‎BringBackOurGirls . ‪#‎OccupyGhana gets an honourable mention.
  29. Poster of the Year: “Bright Future”, displayed by an MP after the reading of the 2015 budget statement in Parliament. Poster was upside down. True state of the future.
  30. NGO of the Year: Nana Konadu’s Party – NDP. It is on leave, right?
  31. The most difficult item to maintain: The Tema motorway. Road, streetlights, bridges…the only aspect going well on the Tema motorway is the collection of tolls.
  32. News Portal with Most Errors: Peacefmonline.com. Even the headlines have mistakes.
  33. Blowman of the Year: Uncle Gbv-Lo. Aka Demolition Man. Uncle ABS ala Trotro driver on Sanitation Day is worthy of mention.
  34. Chess Player of the Year: Prof Ernest Aryeetey, VC of University of Ghana.
  35. Traffic Planner of the Year: Prof Ernest Aryeetey, VC of University of Ghana.
  36. Campaign of the Year: The anti-bribery campaign launched by the IGP with the police supposed to wear armbands with the inscription “I do not receive bribes”. What about T&T? The campaign of against corruption led by ‪#OoccupyGhana is a close second.
  37. Synonym of the Year: T&T, for Bribe.
  38. The Most Ironical Synonyms: SADA and Sadder.
  39. Headline of the Year: “MPs Collect Bribes”.
  40. Navigator of the Year: Hon Alban S Bagbin. The number of times he changed his position on the MP bribe allegations in a day was enough to utilise all the routes around the Tetteh-Quarshie Interchange.
  41. Educational Institution of the Year: Dayspring Christian University. Motto: Gye Doctorate Pa Hyew!
  42.  Promise of the Year: A serious tie between the promise by Deputy Education Minister Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa, that by end of March 2014, the government will roll out 100 new Senior Secondary schools, meaning work will start on 100 sites, and the emphatic promise by President Mahama at the beginning of the new year, reported on the frontpage of The Daily Graphic of Tuesday 1 January 2014 that there were “Better Times Ahead”. The promise by the new ECOWAS Chairman, President J D Mahama, to dismantle Boko Haram is worthy of mention.
  43. Most Popular Corporate Entity of the Year: ECG. No size, De-Lighting Their Customers.
  44. Most Popular Twitterer (person who tweets) of the Year: Hanna Tetteh
  45. Flight of the Year: BS 2014 – made to carry the $3m (or more) to the Black Stars. Made global headlines and may well give our ministers and Stars cameo appearances in Hollywood. Oseeey Ghana!
  46. Tourist of the Year: Kofi Dubai. He even found time to visit Ghana! He is closely followed by Kwasi Ahwoi and Elvis Afriyie Ankrah. They made eating banku and drinking coconut look quite sexy in Brasila.
  47. Recognition of the Year: The global acclamation of Uncle ABS Rossey as the Mayor of Mayors. That’s my man!
  48. Political Loss of the Year: Jointly won by Alan Cashless (when he was alleged to have lots of cash, he didn’t promise a lot; when he promised a lot, he was alleged to have no cash), Dr Apraku (I still kenet believe that it happened) and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey (his loss in the NPP Chairmanship race to Paul Afoko. He garnered a paltry 66 votes. Mr Afoko polled 2,031 votes to beat Mr Stephen Ntim, his closest rival who polled 1,503. The fourth contestant, Mr Fred Oware polled 1,135 votes. Jake got 0.13% of total votes cast).
  49. Address of the Year: No 67 Otanka Close
  50. Most Silent Public Institution of the Year: CHRAJ. Kudos for winning this back to back. More vim!
  51. Prefect of the Year: Oko Vanderpuije, for his Friday inspections. What happened to those inspections koraa?
  52. Instant Judge of the Year: Sulley Muntari
  53. Social intervention project of the Year: Free ‘Pads’ for all school girls. No, not iPADs.
  54. Movie of the Year: Cry, My Beloved Ankree. It was produced by the same company that brought us Ghost Tears.
  55. Most Dollarised Local Commodity: Kenkey, as used in Brazil.
  56. Planned Future Non-Traditional Export of the Year: $30,000 local food allocation for Black Stars for Brazil 2014.
  57. The most efficient sportsman: Kevin-Prince Boateng – he played less than 90 minutes in Ghana’s qualification to the Brazil World cup, he played less than 90 minutes in Brazil and still made his cool $100,000. He is hotly followed by John Boye, who scored an own goal for $100,000; he is said to have spent the night before kissing and counting said dough.
  58. Agency of the Year: Ghana Meteorological Department, for getting a mention in the President’s speech on Independence Day for not giving enough notice that it would rain on the day. The ceremony happened under a heavy downpour.
  59. Speech of the Year: A tie between Nana Akuffo Addo’s declaration to contest for the NPP’s Presidential Primaries and Kwansima Dumor’s tribute to her late husband Komla Dumor.
  60. State Secret of the Year: The GFA Budget for Brazil 2014.
  61. Unsettled Minister of the Year: Mahama Ayariga for his comments that the Finance Minister’s honesty makes government uncomfortable and his unpreparedness for interviews.
  62. Nickname of the Year: This is a very tight category. Contenders are Nana Borrow, John the Promiser, Bɔhyɛba, Promise M and Kofi Dubai. Undecided verdict, too close to call.
  63. Future House Builder of the Year: General Mosquito, with his plan to build the Kwasia Bi Nti edifice. Did the GH¢256,000 land from Daily Guide?
  64. Mysteries of the Year: The location of the Malaysian Airline Boeing 777 with 238 passengers and crew, the whereabouts of the hiplife artiste Castro the Destroyer and Suweiba’s baby , and the identity of who said Tweeaaa.
  65. Parachuting item of the Quarter: The Ghana cedi. Its slide downwards has even been ahead of the rate defined by gravity.
  66. Export Commodity of the Year: Tweaa.
  67. BaldHeads of the Year: Nii Ayi Tagoe, Kwami Sefa-Kayi and Anny Osabutey
  68. Most Consistent Company: ECG. You can always trust them to de-light their customers.
  69. Brand of the Year: ECG – No challenger.
  70. Most stubborn public servant: The CHRAJ boss. She is still in her hotel after all the hullabaloo surrounding her accommodation.
  71. Advertising Campaign of the Year: ‘Share A Coke’
  72. Most Popular Repairs of the Year: Steel plate used to repair broken portion of bridge on Tema Motorway
  73. Most Popular Local Dish of the Year: Fufu. It was mentioned in Parliament to be a cancer-causing agent.
  74. Picture of the Quarter: Brigitte Dzogbenuku in the ‪#‎occupyflagstaffhouse demonstration on 1 July 2014.
  75. Most Silent Politician: Nana Konadu. Michael Teye Nyaunu is a close contender.
  76. Comedian of the Year: Kalybos BoysKasa, the only boss with 1 ‘s’.
  77. Prayer of the Year: “Dear Lord, with the current increase in the price of everything, we are grateful to you, Lord, that you have not increased the tithe to 15%.” May the saints say Amen!
  78. Talkative of the Year: Franklin Cudjoe. He fearlessly spoke his mind on most issues, online and on air.
  79. Most Forgotten Headmaster: Koku Anyidoho. He tried to resurrect his political career but he is still waiting to hear from late President Mills.
  80. Most popular events: Demonstrations
  81. Most Controversial Issue of the Year: University of Ghana charging road tolls.
  82. Most Loyal Football Supporters of the Year: Manchester Unilted and Arsenal Supporters. Of special mention is Anny Osabutey.
  83. Ghanaian Astronaut (specially known as Coconaut) of the Year: Fauster Atta-Mensah
  84. Religious leader of the Year: Pastor Mensah Otabil. Starr FM even established a desk at his chapel to turn his sermons into news items.
  85. Internet Celebrity of the Year: Kalybos
  86. Advert of the Year: MTN radio ad featuring Master Richard. Makye wo sɛ catarrh…hɛɛɛntin!
  87. Footballer of the Year: No award. Protesting against the shambolic nature ouf our Brazil outing.
  88. Regime Critic of the Year: Dr Tony Aidoo, until his appointment as the Ambassador to Netherlands.
  89. Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Tonyi Senayah of Horseman Shoes. He is now known as “The President’s Shoemaker”.
  90. Most Promising Brand of the Year: WearGhanaTV station of the Quarter
  91. Wittiest Facebooker of the Year: Hon Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng, MP for Facebook South, International MP Baako Pɛ, et cetera, et cetera. Husband of three international stool wives, including one PhD, not from Dayspring.
  92. Facebook change agent of the Year: Efo Dela, for the advocacy he championed for the Apam boy who was later offered a scholarship by Ashesi University.
  1. Most Popular Facebooker (Female): e. Olga Vladimir-Boshovoi Phd
  2. Most Popular Facebookers (Male): Francis Kennedy Ocloo and Samuel Fahren Otoo.
  3. Facebook Journalist of the Year: Manasseh Azure Awuni and Mabel Aku Banasseh
  4. Most Listened-to Politician: Hotly contested! Nominees included Dr Bawumia, John Boadu, Asiedu Nketia (General Mosquito), Sir John and Akua Donkoh. As at the time of going to press, there was no clear winner!

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Three years ago, we formed a group on Facebook, some friends I knew offline and many I got to know first online. From last year, we decided we will use our being together to affect our society in the little way we can. So far, we have done outreaches (as we call them) to Apagya JSS where we donated textbooks and stationery and to Anfoega & Vakpo SHSs where we donated syllabus literature textbooks to both schools.

Today, this same group went to the Nsawam Prison to donate stationery and textbooks (list attached) to assist inmates who are studying while serving their terms in prison.

Being an online group, members are spread all over the globe, and donations came from all corners. For the trip today, we had one member from Holland, for instance, surprising us with her appearance. She happened to be in town.

What did it take? Our collective widow’s mite infused with care and feeling for fellow man. And woman. And a belief that if we did something little for our nation that we can be proud of, each day, that will incrementally add up to a drive for continuous improvement in our national journey. Small actions each day.

Well done, DGG.

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I have been blogging since 2006 and this post represents the 401st published post!BlogCamp_Logo-300x300

This year, my blog has been nominated for the award of BEST BLOG by the BloggingGhana team.

If you have been enjoying this blog over the past eight years, do take some time to vote for nanaaweredamoah.wordpress.com.

To vote, visit:

http://www.blogcampghana.com/voting/

and just follow the instructions to vote.

Thanks for all your support.

 

Nana

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Talking of Books

Just doing a quick random list of books with me in Eko (excluding textbooks):

1. The Scramble for Africa – Thomas Pakenham
2. Goldfinger – Ian Fleming
3. Bor)fo Kasa Ns3mfua Nkyer3ase3 Nwoma – Adwoa Apraku
4. The State of Africa – Martin Meredith
5. The Story of My Experiments with Truth – M K Gandhi
6. Wizard of the Crow – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
7. Rainbox Six – Tom Clancy
8. Tales from Different Tails – Nana A Damoah
9. Excursions in My Mind – Nana A Damoah
10. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
11. The Trouble With Nigeria – Chinua Achebe
12. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
13. Bu Me B3: Proverbs of the Akans – Peggy Appiah, Kwame Appiah, Ivor Agyeman-Duah
14. Through the Gates of Thought – Nana A Damoah
15. There Was A Country – Chinua Achebe
16. Interventions – Kofi Annan
17. Weep Not Child – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
18. Lincoln – David Herbert Donald
19. Ancient Ashanti Chieftancy – Ernest E Obeng
20. The Adventures of Tom Sawyerr – Mark Twain
21. Twi Kasa Mmara: A Twi Grammar – C A Akrofi
22. The Purpose Driven Life – Rick Warren
23. The No.1 Ladies’ Defective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith
24. Mine Boy – Peter Abrahams
25. Africa Come Back – Leroy E Mitchell Jnr.
26. The Cardinal of the Kremlin – Tom Clancy
27. Book of Quotations – Geddes & Grosset
28. Speeches That Changed the World – Quercus Publishing
29. Chambers Biographical Dictionary – Una McGovern (editor)
30. Akan Mm3bus3m Bi – Agyewodin Adu Gyamfi Ampem
31. Dictionary of Quotations – Oxford University Press
32. Fine Boys – Eghosa Imasuen
33. 1001 Great Quotes from Great Minds – Thomas J Vilord
34. Churchill – Roy Jerkins
35. Burning Grass – Cyrian Ekwensi
36. Mandela – Anthony Sampson
37. The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama
38. From Third World to First: The Singapore Story – Lee Kuan Yew
39. The Law of Success – Napolean Hill
40. The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
41. Business Stripped Bare – Richard Branson
42. The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
43. The Little Brown Book of Ancecdotes – Clifton Fadiman (General Editor)
44. No Longer at Ease – Chinua Achebe
45. Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe
46. The Holy Bible (various versions)
47. Winning – Jack Welch (with Suzy Welch)
48. The Rules of Work – Richard Templar
49. Practical Christianity – Guideposts (Edited by LaVonne Neff et al.)

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I have been blogging since 2006/2007 when the concept was suggested to me by Uncle Samuel Akpan Ekong. Hitherto blogging my writings, I used to send them out via a mailing list on yahoogroups (which started in 2004 and still continues) to friends. Uncle Sam got my writings through his nephew and my friend Nii Amankrah Tetteh and became one of my ardent readers and mentor, supporter and sounding board, albeit online and remote, from the States.

I had no idea of blogging until Uncle Sam mentioned it.

I started blogging from http://www.excursionsinmymind.blogspot.com and ran that site for about 3 years. This was mainly for my reflective essays, most of which were published in my first book, Excursions In My Mind. Alongside, I had two other blogs for poetry and short stories and one for only one-liners and quotations.

In May 2010, I decided to consolidate all my writing into one blog and also change platforms. A new site was born: http://www.nanaaweredamoah.wordpress.com. I imported all my scripts, including book reviews from others, to this one-stop shop. That year, Excursions In My Mind was launched, to be followed in 2011 by Through The Gates Of Thought, and in 2012 by Tales From Different Tails. I stopped posting to blogspot in 2010.

During the journey from 2010 till now, my friend Nana Otu Turkson thought strongly that I needed to have my own domain and even if I was not ready, I should register the domains. To show how serious he was, he went ahead and paid for the domains, both .com and .org for two years.

With the kindness of my writer friend and fellow blogger, owner of the leading news portal site http://www.samuelobour.com, Sam Obour, who has helped with hosting and on-going designing, a new site is now unveiled – http://www.nanadamoah.com

From now till December 2012, I will be doing the transition and keeping both sites active. Already, all the articles and comments on http://www.nananaweredamoah.wordpress.com have been copied to http://www.nanadamoah.com. From January 2013, I will post only to http://www.nanadamoah.com

I will humbly request the 85 followers of http://www.nanaaweredamoah.wordpress.com, who receive posts directly into their inboxes to port to http://www.nanadamoah.com. New subscribers are warmly welcome!

Thanks to all of you who continue to read my works on the blogs, Facebook and other outlets such as Ghana Web, Myjoyonline, Citifmonline and my Friday column in Business & Financial Times newspaper, Excursions In My Mind. You are the reason why I have vim! (apologies to Ato Ulzen- Appiah) to keep writing.

Akpe, Ose, Naagode, Merci, Thank you, Gracias, Shidaa son, Medaase!

Come, port to http://www.nanadamoah.com!

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