Aboard a world of Bliss, 9.9.99 T.I.P to ACC….A family meeting

Deciding to visit London, England in December 2009 was met with raised eyebrows from parents and friends. My parents at the time thought it was mostly a cold time to visit the United “Queendom”.  And when I later discussed my choice of flight with a friend, he had lots of reservations.

Genuine as their reservations were, I thought visiting the UK in December was a good time. I had never encountered the minuses of temperature and seen snow…hitherto I was a summer traveler. I also thought by flying Afriqiyah, I was getting a “too good to be true” deal on a travel ticket and use up the excess money for some other stuff. I had my mind made up and turned up at Kotoka, went through the routine departure procedures and boarded into the Afriqiyah Airbus A330 as scheduled.

Same as I do on most flights after boarding and every one seated with the gates shut, I play up the assumed conversation between the control tower and the pilot…I have spent years playing Microsoft Flight Simulator and I think of  myself as a pilot – only on PC . Continue reading

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Dr Victor Osei on QUITTING BAD HABITs

Any regular reader of this blog will know who the Doc is…he is a minister of the gospel whose ministry is having a good deal of positive influence on the people who “sit under his feet”

He always dresses sharp. He is in a class of his own.

Yesterday, he preached a message about BAD HABITs and quitting and in a summary i discuss them

ADMIT TO the Habits – Confess it to someone else

AcKOWLEDGE there can be FREEDOM

SEPARATE From the weight that besets you

REPLACE the BAD Habits with good ones

 

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28th July 1999

One of my favorite books of academia is Dambisa Moyo’s Dead Aid. It addresses the rather complex aid model and goes on conclude the woes of the African people have been as a result of the infinite Aid dollars that have flown to the continent from  Western countries.

Dambisa dedicated the book to 2 gentlemen; I had no prior knowledge of them, but the subsequent commentary got me googling their names. 2 fine gentlemen –   Yaguine Koïta and Fode Tounkara

Yaguine Koïta (born September 25, 1984) and Fodé Tounkara (born April 6, 1985) were stowaways who froze to death on a Sabena Airlines Airbus A330 (Flight 520) flying from Conakry, Guinea, to Brussels, Belgium, on July 28, 1999. Their bodies were discovered on 2nd August in the airplane’s rear right-hand wheel bay at Brussels International Airport, after having made at least three return trips between Conakry and Brussels. The boys were carrying plastic bags with birth certificates, school report cards, family photographs and a letter. This letter, written in imperfect French, was widely published in the world media.

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GUEST BLOGGER: DR. VICTOR OSEI

I am blessed to have lots of people around me; good ones as such. One such person is a minister of the gospel I have deep admiration for. He is a man of integrity, rightly dividing the word of truth, and helping in the fulfillment of both physical and spiritual needs of his congregants. I was in his church today; I am a charismatic Christian with affiliation to several churches…I’m not tied down to any though, aside my mother church and take the opportunity to “test many waters”. Once the center stage of the pulpit is JESUS; I’m comfortable.

But I am also enjoined first as a human being and second as a Christian to understand and respect the views of others who don’t share my faith and beliefs. I am comfortable with most people and look up to what unites us as humanity and not what divides us as individuals.

Dr. Victor Osei’s sermon centered on a theme I have been blogging about recently and I decided to share with my wonderful readers the bullet points of his sermon. He began by giving a brief summary of what success is and what it isn’t.

  • Success is not automatic
  • Success is an attitude
  • Success is ordered, planned and executed
  • Success is not magic
  • Success needs maintenance Continue reading
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START; My new vocabulary

There are some really funny phrases about “life” out there…one such phrase is “life is a bitch depending on how you treat her, you might get rich”. This one is  certainly vulgar and leaves much to be desired. On the flip-side, I wish it weren’t that vulgar and could carry that same meaning across with a completely different and acceptable set of words; for it’s the truth, absolute truth!

In a way, life is what you make of it. It rewards for good deeds and punishes with grave consequences- ‘sometimes’ if faltered.

A good friend of mine; a very jovial one, who by nature, I think, doesn’t take life any seriously went for a job interview and was asked the usual “Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years” question. Realizing he had been put on the spot, smiled and with all honesty replied “I don’t even know”. The interviewers burst into uncontrollable laughter and he was subsequently handed the job. His boss later told him that it was his frankness and jovial attitude that paved way for him to get the job. Continue reading

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Memo from a GRADUATION

I had the opportunity of gracing a commencement ceremony with my presence. My brother from another mother, Vince was graduating from the Business School of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a BSc. Hon. in Accounting. The university has over the years stood as a beacon for tertiary education and for decades, the source of Ghana’s technological advancement. I sat through two commencement sessions. The first was the congregation of students from the Faculty of Arts, College of Arts and Social Sciences. Contrary to popular perception, the valedictorian was female; an international student from Nigeria, a sister country to Ghana. She blazed the trail and achieved a Cumulative Weighted Average of 82 in Economics. I was baffled, knowing how hard it is to excel in the dreaded economics discipline and also for the fact that she was a female international student. Her valedictory address proved she was an exceptional student and deserved to be the valedictorian. She kept it brief, to the point and left us with no option but to offer a standing ovation at the end of her speech. She deserved it. Continue reading

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Sex, Power and Men of honor behaving badly

DSK in shackles

Over the past few weeks, we’ve all been served with the unpleasant dish of breakfast, lunch, supper news of the sudden fall of a strong man in world finance. The Boss in the realm of the very International Monetary Fund; that multi-trillion dollar fund headquartered in the USA that governments, including mine borrow money from…DSK; Dominique Strauss Kahn has resigned to enable him contest charges of rape of an immigrant maid in the New York hotel he footed $5000 a night to lodge in . Sure, we are human beings and can’t help getting a jolt of tabloidy satisfaction; After all, we love nothing better than seeing the powerful and formerly smug dragged across the front pages in ignominy.

But DSK was tipped to be the successor to the French President Nicholas Sarkozy by electoral pundits. Many people are amazed by this alleged act by a man held in so much esteem. Conspiracy theories have cropped up from all over the place, especially in his native France to his defense. Whether he is guilty or not, we leave that to the law do decide.

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