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All Ghana LOVES soccer!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Africa rocks!
 
 
 
 
 
 

RIP Brenda!
I know that I've jammed many a time to this song!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Just a sampling of some of the super funnier ones that had me bursting out laughing (even though I've read them 100 times). 


Afro Moses: Shoes made from car tyes; Very Cheap
Battle Commander: Bulky Mobile/Cell phone
Broni waawu: Second Hand clothing. (literal translation: The whiteman is dead)
Chaliwotay: Rubber slippers. "Wote" in the Ga language means "let's go." Challey is a slang term for pal or buddy. The name "chali wotay" may thus suggest the ease with which one wears the slippers and goes about his or her business, without the hassles of tying shoe laces.
Don't Touch Me
: Cheap soap (my daddy used to call them "If you go touch me, i go touch you")
Ghana Must Go: Checkered nylon bags mostly used by traders when travelling. name originated in Nigeria
I Swear God: Shoes with the tips pointing upwards(as in facing God
Lungulungu: Hidden, scary place
Megyina-abontin-na-me-kassa Mobile phone


For more check out the following!

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/dictionary/dict_a.php

 
 
 
 
 
 
Schoolchildren wave Ghanaian flags in Accra
Accra is now one big sea of Ghana's Black Star flags
Tens of thousands of people have thronged to Ghana's Independence Square in the capital, Accra, to celebrate 50 years of independence from Britain.

President John Kufuor has lit the independence flame to the cheering of the crowds decked in national colours.

More than 20 heads of state are attending the events, alongside popular figures including the footballer Pele.

Ghana was the first sub-Saharan country to break with colonialists, prompting many others to cut their ties.

Ghanaian authorities have spent $20m (£10.4m; 15.2m euros) on the commemorations, which are due to continue for the next 12 months.

The celebrations kicked off at midnight when, in the centre of Accra, there was a re-enactment of the day in 1957 when the British flag was lowered and the Ghanaian flag raised.

Revellers

The BBC's Will Ross in Accra says Ghanaians are clearly enthusiastic about marking this 50th year of independence.

Kwame Nkrumah waves

He says some revellers are wearing nothing but underwear and have painted themselves top to toe in the colours of Ghana - red, gold and green.

President Kufuor has inspected a massive guard of honour and hundreds and hundreds of school children all parading around the square, he says.

Many in the crowd - who are waving miniature Ghanaian flags - have been there all night.

"We've been here since 0100," Nii Armah, who is at the celebrations with his eight-year-old son, told AFP news agency.

"My wife is angry because we didn't sleep at home. She said it would be shown on TV but I wanted to see with my own eyes."

Some Ghanaians, including Abusi, have returned home from abroad especially for the anniversary.

"Everybody is happy, there is a big sense of unity, ecstasy, enthusiasm, national sense of pride," he told the BBC.

"People are really, really happy, full reconciliation across the party lines. Everybody is just welcoming the 50th anniversary."

Pride

On 5 March 1957, Britain formally transferred power to independence leader Kwame Nkrumah.

When you look at how our friends have suffered, by God's grace we are here, we have reason to be proud
Nora Kattah

The Duke of Kent is the British representative at events to remember the occasion, which triggered a chain reaction as other African nations moved towards independence.

African leaders, including South Africa's Thabo Mbeki, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Olusegun Obasanjo from Nigeria, are attending the ceremonies.

Singer Stevie Wonder is expected to perform a version of his track Happy Birthday dedicated to Ghana.

In the capital and beyond, the country's Black Star flag is fluttering from electricity poles, car windows and palm trees.

On the streets of the city, many are celebrating. "When you look at how our friends have suffered, by God's grace we are here, we have reason to be proud," Nora Kattah told Reuters.

Dissent

Our correspondent says many of the years following independence were like a rollercoaster, with coups and economic meltdown, but recent stability has offered hope.

Guinea Bissau President Bernado Vierra arrives in Ghana for the celebrations
Numerous African heads of state will be attending the celebrations

The country is often cited as an example of stability, steady growth, and low inflation, with increases in its output of major exports including cocoa and gold.

But others have questioned the wisdom of holding lavish celebrations while many in the country remain without basic services.

President Jerry Rawlings, who ruled for almost two decades, has criticised the events and is boycotting them.

In a statement, he said he would not share a stage with "the same people who have taken every opportunity to denigrate us".

"Politically our leaders have failed us," Accra resident Emmanuel Danso said.

"Only politicians or people who know people live well in this country," he added.

For more INFORMATION: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/networkafrica/news/cluster/2007/03/070224_ghana50.shtml

 
 
 
 
 
 
Looking for Stuff to Do This Week?  I culled these from the web so if they're a little off looking, it's okay--I can only spend but so much time creating uniformity of content...


Tue 6th March
Emory University, School of Public Health
Banquet room

7pm -9 30pm
Independence anniversay banquet
Donations at the door requested featuring a speech, performances, great ghanaian food and music!

Ghana Independence Day Celebration/Mr. Gee Mixtape Realease
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutherean Church
7:00pm - Wednesday 2AM
1984 Crotona Ave

Bronx, 10457, NY


$10 in advance...
484.365.5202
Abrantie@gmail.com

Film and Lecture Series on Ghana (Dallas-Ft Worth)
University of Dallas - Lynch Auditorium - 1845 Northgate Drive, Irving TX 75062
(6:30 pm – 9:30 pm)

Lectures, panel discussions and commentary on Ghana’s contribution to the freedoms and the emancipation of the African Diaspora: Ghana Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow



Wed 7th of March

Howard University Celebrates Ghana's 50th Anniversary of Independence  with the following:

Ghana's 50th Anniversary of Independence Plenary Address: Pan-Africanism Revisited (Seminar/Conference)
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Blackburn Center, Auditorium
Free
Contact Ms. Brenda Joyner
E-Mail: bjoyner@howard.edu
(202) 238-2324

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Gaines, Director, Center for Afro-American and African Studies, University of Michigan
See http://www.coas.howard.edu/events




Fri 9th March, 2007

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS PRESENTS
GOD BLESS OUR HOMELAND GHANA
50TH INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION


1660 E 55TH ST
BETWEEN S HYDE PARK BLVD AND S CORNELL AVE.
CHICAGO, IL 60615
DOORS OPEN @8 PM
10 $ Admission
(EARLY ARRIVAL IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED)

MUSIC BY DJ BONSU, DJ REGGIE, DJ ABRANTIE

MIKE 773 547 4995
KOFI 773 718 0418
DJ BONSU 708 612 2750
DILLAMAN 312 446 3952

Lecture Series: (Texas Southern University)
Time: 6:30 pm
@3100 Cleburne St
Sponsors:
Mickey Leland Center for World Hunger & Peace
TSU College of Liberal Arts
Houston Area African Studies Group

1: Ghana's Independence and Africa: 10:00am - 12:00 noon
2: Ghana - Post Independence Politics and Development

Panel of Ghanaian speakers (Chicago)
6.00 p.m-8 p.m.
McCormick Theological Seminary,
5460 S. University Avenue in Chicago.
This event is also free.


2nd Generation Celebration dance (Chicago)
Orly Café (1660 E. 55th Street)
Doors open at 8 P.M.
Tickets are only available at the door for $10.




Sat 10 March

GHANA'S 50TH. INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY DINNER DANCE (Maryland)


Time: 9:00pm to 2:00am
Donation: $60.00 per Guest
Venue: Martin's CROSSWINDS
7400 Greenway Ctr. Dr. Grenbelt, Maryland 20770
Come celebrate, listen and dance to Classic Original Hi-Life and Hip-Hop-Life ,music Courtesy of a premier Live Band and Top DC Metro-AREA D.J

Contact:::
Mary Damuah 410-426-6312
Rowina moses 301 808 6422
Eric F 517 276 0568
Henry Adu 703 480 3182

The Ghanaian community in Lexington, Kentucky, the Horse Capital of the World, is celebrating Ghana’s Golden Jubilee as follows:
Date: March 10, 2007
Time: 8:00 pm till …
Venue: Hartland Club, 4910 Hartland Parkway, Lexington, KY 40515
Activities include:
1. Slide presentation of the history of Ghana
2. Dance/cultural performances
3. Lots of drinks and Ghanaian food
4. Raffle draws, etc.


Independence Banquet Dance in (Houston, TX)
@ 7:00 pm
Featuring
El-Mina International
formerly
Dansika
A nine man ensemble with a four piece horn
section specializing in various musical styles
including Highlife, Hip-life, Borger Hi-life, Soukus,
Soca, Reggae, and
others.
Edwin Hornberger
Conference Center
2151 W. Holcombe Blvd


Grand Finale dinner-dance (Chicago, IL
Formal event at the
Hyatt Regency Crystal Ballroom
(151 E. Wacker Drive) starts at
7 P.M. with dinner served at 8 P.M
$100
773.620.5173

Dinner Dance Gala at the Las Colinas (Dallas-Ft Worth, TX)
Marriot Hotel, 233 West Las Colinas, Irving TX 75039 (8:00 pm – 2:00 am)
A birthday cake will be cut, and a toast proposed for the health and prosperity of Ghana.
A representative from the Embassy of Ghana, Washington DC will be in attendance.

Contact: Rex Poku: 214-718-8393 *
Nana Oye: 972-934-1984 *
David Owusu Hemeng,alias "mahoney" 214-707-1614


Golden Jubilee (New York)
National Council of Ghanaian Associations (NCOGA)
GAUCHOS

478 GERARD AVE
BRONX NY 10451
DOORS OPEN @ 9PM, SHOW START @ 10:30PM-1AM, AFTER PARTY 1AM-5AM
6464017228
WWW.BDNVISION.ORG


Supporting REGGIE ROCKSTONE "THE GOD FATHER OF HIPLIFE" are; BRIGHT "BUKBAK" , WANLOV THE KUBOLOR, RASCALIMU (GHANAIAN REGGAE STAR FROM NY), B-CLAY, GIBRIL DA AFRICAN, AKWADAA NYAME, NANA, AHENFIE NKWADAA AND MANY MORE



Ghanaian Association of Minnesota-GhanAM (Minnesota)
John Murzyn Hall in Columbia Heights under the theme “The Ghanaian in Minnesota: Championing the excellence of Ghana”.


Ghana's 50th Independence Day Celebration (Cincinnati OH)
Ghanaian Association of Greater Cincinnati
8:30 PM - 1:20 AM
The Kolping Center
10235 Mill Rd. Cincinnati, OH.

Formal attire (Kente/African or Non-African).

Tickets are $30 (includes food and drink). Since there is no ticket sale at the door, purchase the tickets at any of the African (Ghanaian) stores or call 513-259-3631 or 513-521-9573


Sun 11th March
Thanksgiving Service (Dallas Ft Worth, TX)
Church of Pentecost,
858 Candlestick Drive,
Grand Prairie TX 75051 (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

Contact: Rex Poku: 214-718-8393 *
Nana Oye:972-934-1984 *
David Owusu Hemeng,alias "mahoney"214-707-1614



Fri 16th March
“The New GHANA and the AFRICAN DIASPORA” (Wisconsin)
Ghana Association of Madison, Inc (GHAMA)  collaboration with the University of Wisconsin -Madison African Studies Program
On Wisconsin Room
Red Gy,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
7:00 pm. to 9:00 pm.



Sat 17th March

2nd Annual Ghanafest  (the one that yours truly will be attending)
The Ghanaian Association of South Florida (GASF)
 IGFA Museum
Dania Beach, Florida
6:00 PM to 12:00 AM
$40 per adult/$20 per child
954-888-7154 Victor Owusu
954-261-5341 John Akiti

Breakfast meeting with the Ambassador followed by Dinner Dance (Connecticut)
Mount Carmel (Coca- Cola)
30 Olde Roberts Street
East Hartford, Connecticut

Ghanaian Arts, Craft and Cultural exposé (Wisconsin)
Dinner Dance
6:00 pm till Midnight
Eagle Heights Community Center
611 Eagle Heights Dr
University of Wisconsin-Madison

http://www.ghanaflorida.org/
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/diaspora/artikel.php?ID=114746
http://www.ghanafriendshipne.org/1.html
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/diaspora/artikel.php?ID=116576
http://www.gascal.org/
http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/diaspora/artikel.php?ID=118783
http://groups.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=groups.groupProfile&groupID=101335547&Mytoken=DD571CBC-514B-4BF7-9BB9EA9392C4E69F78891876
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://www.ghana50.gov.gh/events/index.php?op=eventInfo&id=143

http://www.ghana-embassy.org/News_Details_ghana.cfm?EmpID=910

Man, I wish I could this year!!!  If God grants me life to 85, I will go for the 100th Anniversary in 2057!  I can't imaging what it's like in Ghana right now!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ghana must have been A-FIRE this past summer!
 
 
 
 
 
 
I'm going to be posting various videos--music, life, food etc.  Just a little something to break the monotony...