COUGARS IN PERSPECTIVE: What Do Older Women Want In Younger Men? + Nana Yaw’s Contradictory Ordeals

COUGARS
Cougars
I have a gripping tale of a boy who once got entangled with two older women at different times, and in his own words, “it wasn’t that funny.”

His story has inspired this article and by virtue of that I have tried to unravel the air of mystery that surrounds such relationships and have deeper understanding as to why men are attracted to older woman commonly referred to as cougars.

Is the love genuinely base on mutual love or it transcends that boundary?

In an earlier article I wrote entitled, “Does Age Matter in a Relationship?” I said among other things that age is just a number and that maturity and age are two different components altogether.

The stereotype has always been a constant reminder that men prefer younger partners. However over the last couple of years, backed by advancement and deliberate attempt to show equitability, women are rushing for younger me like never before. Modern women emphasis this power to demonstrate that they can have what they want at any time just like their male counterparts.

An age-gap romance is something conservative society struggle to come to terms with. The relationship at a point becomes fragile when there is avalanche of seers and ridicule from the public. The public disapproval of this kind of relationship has been reinforced because of the existing system that makes men insusceptible to some of its ironies.

Read more

PHOTOS + Teshie Climaxes Homowo With Street Carnival And Party Jams

Homowo Festival in Ghana
Homowo Festival in Ghana

The people of Teshie, a fishing community along the coast of Accra, have rounded off their annual Homowo festival with a street carnival and party jam. The event, which attracted a gargantuan crowd, made up of indigenes and foreigners displayed the rich cultural heritage of the Teshie to the rest of the world.

The street carnival which is referred to as Kpaa Shimo is celebrated with war like songs composed by the local people. The song is laced with satire and obscenities aimed at exposing some of the ills of the community and the country at large.

This year, the chieftaincy dispute and the power crises were the major themes of the songs. Various groups such as Mind You, Ananse, Jah Labour, Ghana, Tafo Y3 Fe3o and Port were the main bearers of the theme songs. They wielded huge flags and artifacts and relics relevant to the culture and traditions of the people.

Read more

Six Most Skillful African Football Players of All Time

African players have been the antecedent of soccer artistry before Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo, who personify modern day paranormal football, were born. I have compiled a list of great African players who took spectators’ breath away with their immense qualities on the green turf. The list strictly catalogs players who were skillful, leaving out … Read more

10 Vintage TV Programs All Ghanaians LOVED | Oshin, Osofo Daazie, Journey to The West, Inspector Bediako, Things We Do For Love & Others

Journey to the West
Journey to the West

Before the proliferation of television stations in Ghana, GBC-TV (the sole TV provider) treated consumers with lots of interesting programs that we still relish today.

As opposed to today’s epoch of television where TV stations try to outshine and outpace each other with explicit foreign telenovelas, GBC-TV which was later christened GTV, televised pure organic local and foreign contents that still remain unparalleled.

I have painstakingly selected some of these programs that will make you feel nostalgic.

1. Oshin- Oshin was a Japanese serialized television program which began airing on our TV sets in the early 90’s. My statistics indicate that Oshin and Acapulco Bay (TV3) remain the most watched serials of all time in our broadcasting history.

The plot revolved around the main protagonists, seven year old Oshin who was abused and manhandled when she was sent off by her father to work as a babysitter to support her poor family. Despite the barrage of abuses, Oshin still endured the turbulences for the sake of her parents.

Her misfortune trailed her throughout adulthood but eventually there were moments of respite for Oshin when she overcame all obstacles and heaved a sigh of big relief.

Such was the popularity of Oshin that minutes after the show, adults and teenagers gathered in small groups to discuss the plot from the their biased perspective. People openly shed tears for Oshin forgetting that she was only a fictitious character.

2. Osofo Daazie

Osofo Daazie became a huge success with the local and elite people in the 80’s. Lots of the cast of this popular drama are dead while few survivors are either old or ailing. Bea Kissi, Frimpong Manso, Super O.D, and S.K. Oppong and others are just some of few names that make up one of the most sought after local drama in the country.

Every household stayed glued to their black and white TV sets every Sunday while these actors dazzled viewers with their dexterity. The main objective of every episode is to transmit a message, which borders around themes that mirrors everyday life in our Ghanaian set up to viewers.

The late Nana Bosompra later assembled some of the cast of Osofo Daazie to form the integral components of another hilarious and hit TV show called Cantata.

Read more

Do Names Really Affect Us?…I Really Don’t Think So

Baby Names

I find it intriguing when people, especially those of black origin attach so much importance to the names they give to their babies. Choosing a name for baby is such a big deal amongst all tribes in Ghana since many believe the names has a major impact in the child’s life.

Some names are given in honour of a grandparent while majority of Christians, with recourse to the bible find the appropriate name that reflects the “holiness” of the original bearers.

Last year, I went to a naming ceremony at the invitation of a neighbour in a popular church in my vicinity. After the customary routine with Christians’ way of ‘outdorring’ a baby, the pastor requested the name of the child which has been boldly written on a piece of paper.

The pastor looked at the name and chuckled. He thereafter declared that unless the first name is changed, he may not go ahead with ceremony. In fact we were all dumbfounded.

‘Modern parents’ search the net for ‘classic’ names whilst others derive names from their favourite celebrities and stars of telenovelas. To them choosing a baby name is a matter of choice rather than tradition.

Other parents consciously give unique names accompanied with odd spellings, which to broader spectrum reveal the ‘level’ of the choosers.  In order to unravel the mystique behind names and its associated influence-good or bad, I have explored how this subject is universally projected.

Read more

Indiscipline And Kevin Prince Boateng…The Inseparable Bedmates?

Kevin Prince Boateng
Kevin Prince Boateng

Kevin Prince Boateng was once the iconic player Ghanaians heralded into their fold with their customary hospitality. This was after he dumped Germany in favour of Ghana in the build up to the World Cup held in South Africa.

He settled in the Black Stars quickly and with his explosiveness and flamboyance, he soon became influential in the Black Stars.

His contribution which eventually made Ghana historically reached the quarter finals for the first time in South Africa 2010.

However, the former AC Milan and Portsmouth star is now a pale shadow of himself partly because of indiscipline. Presently he is without a club. His former club, Schalke 04 has shown him the exit for non performance and disciplinary reasons.

Read more

SCIENCE Vrs THE BIBLE II: Reasons Why the Bible is Truly From God

Bible
Bible

Scientists have made groundbreaking discoveries that have helped humankind adapt to this wild world. From sophisticated mobile phones to improved healthcare, science has been able to provide heart-warming comfort and pleasure to mankind.

Science by definition is the knowledge gotten from observation and experimentation.  Religion (for the purpose of this article I will use religion and faith interchangeably) is profoundly described, in the language of atheist, as believing something without evidence; which to them is tantamount to abject stupidity.

Lots of atheists hide behind the shadow of science to wield, often irrefutable synthesis emanating from people of strong religious background and since lots of learned religious leaders and their associates cannot substantiate their theories with facts, atheists always have the last laugh, as it were.

The Bible, a sacred book professed to be the inspired word of God has come under lots of skepticism and even criticism from non Christians, especially atheists. Lots of the laws stipulated in the Old Testament reflect oppression (to women) and aggression (numerous wars and killings perpetuated by God).

Many scholars, often of atheistic background have labelled the Bible as a literature book but I am wondering what kind of literature has a strong influence as the Bible; a book that has be translated in more than 2,300 languages (meaning it’s accessible to over 85 percent of the world’s population).

Though Scientists have made lots of progress in their field, their works merely scratch the surface. Physicist and Nobel laureate-Steven Weinberg famously declared, “We will never get to the bottom of things.” Another renowned scientist, Professor Martin Rees, wrote; “There may be things that humans will never understand. The truth is that much of nature, from the tiny cell to the vast universe, still remains beyond the grasp of modern science.

Read more

Wizkid, Bisa Kdei, Dieudonne Willa, Serge Baynand & Others WOW Fans At Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor (SEA) Youth Festival in Togo

WizKid at Emmanuel-Sheyi-Adebayor-SEA-Youth-Festival-in-Togo1
WizKid at Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor-SEA-Youth-Festival-in-Togo

Togo iconic footballer, Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor pulled off a successful concert over the weekend which was headlined by Nigeria music sensation-Wizkid.

The concert attracted thousands of people who defied a heavy downpour that preceded the charity concert dubbed ‘SEA Youth Festival’ at the national stadium in Lome, the capital of Togo.

Togolese artistes such as Dieudonne Willa and Serge Baynand pumped the required adrenaline into the crowd as they screamed for more.

Ghana’s Bisa Kdei received a rousing welcome when he took his turn to literally shake the crowd. The audience, albeit their lack of fluency in the lyrics of the song still sung out loudly in the most passionate way. Ghanaian comedians Funny Face and Great Salinco joined Bisa on stage to support the ‘Metanfo’ hit maker.

Lola Rae, a British born Ghanaian singer made a cameo appearance on stage when she performed a beautiful track with Bisa Kdei.

The audience went gaga when the MC introduced Wizkid. The 24 year Nigerian,real name-Ayode Balogun lived up to the hype and gave a stellar performance to delight of his fans. He performed a wide range of music from his repertoire, backed by a well-coordinated band.

Read more

‘Leave John Dumelo Alone’ Writes GC Contributor Gabby Nash

John Dumelo
John Dumelo

I’m quite appalled by the way some commentators on the various news threads on social media and blogging platforms continue to demonstrate gross deficiency in their line of reasoning and the fact that their thinking faculty is fraught with prejudices.

Even in animal’s kingdom where vandalism and stupidity reflects animals’ mode of operations, some animals are ‘tolerant’ and liberal (figuratively). So why can’t some humans, who maraud as intellect exhibit broad-mindedness and rather resort to crude methods of addressing issues typical of barbarians?

John Dumelo, a renowned Ghanaian actor whose fame has outstretched beyond Ghana’s boundary called on Ghanaians to exercise restraints and rather support the incumbent government to solve the power crises christened as dumsor.

He made this comment devoid of any insult aimed at anyone. Yet, people have descended heavily on him, attacking his personality and brand. A person brandishing his/her comments is a right and furtherance to our young democracy yet verbal diarrhoea has characterize some people’s attitude without offering any clear initiative to remedy any problem.

Read more

Does Age Matter to You in Relationships? | Of Course Not…

Black woman
Black woman

There is no universal law that suggests specific age gap between partners before they finally join in a blissful relationship. This subject, though often discussed has not yielded any conclusive theory that will tie the loose ends.

Traditionally a man is supposed to be older than a woman. In most cases, both sexes in the relationship have the same age. In rare instances, the woman is slightly older than the man. This phenomenon is wholly agreeable with the conventions of the society. It only becomes weird when one of the partners is far older than the other; say ten or fifteen years.

Age in relationships tend to be a great priority for many who are seeking to spend the rest of their lives with someone they truly love. Frustrations and regret sets in when the age difference is wide. This disparity may conflict with the individual goals and societal view of the relationship. 

Read more

Atheists On Warpath: God Does Not Exist? | You Are A JOKER to Think So!

The God story
The God story

I have always been astounded by the beauty nature abounds with. I have always been awe-stricken how beautiful the universe and the intelligence human possess that has spurred technological advancements. Who made all these things? “God!” comes the reply. Hence when I grew up and got to know there are a bunch of people out there who do not believe in the existence of God, I was puzzled.

I thought they might be outrageously stupid. But I did not reject their stance completely. I made friends with some of them to deepen my understanding about what influence their outlook and perhaps come to appreciate them, notwithstanding the seemingly parallel perception we both have. With all sincerity, atheists are highly profoundly intellectuals and this underlies their superiority in the atheist- Christians banter all the time.

Atheists believe that God and anything that represents Him is a mere fallacy, though none of them have been able to prove it. Their hypothesis reveals that it is highly improbable that a certain God exists.

I counted my self lucky when I met Chris Vincent Agyapong Febiri, the staunchest atheist I have ever met. His utterances and posture was quite demeaning but I grew fond of him. The dude is quite intelligent and he knows how to substantiate his doctrines with much confidence and sheer profligacy. I thus confronted him via his whatsApp mode and as liberal as he is, defied me to produce an article which is heavily laden with hard proven facts to show the existence of God and why we need Him (click here for that article)

I took up the challenge and few days later I came out with the article, “A case for God. Does God exist? Yes” The atheists’ quickly reinforced and unleashed the inevitable question that makes even astute Christians fumble- “who created God, prove that God exists?” It is in light of this that I have dedicated this write-up to expose and perforate the obnoxious perception that permeates the thinking faculty of all atheists. I have demarcated the write-up into five key areas that represents atheists’ punch line. I just hope this will elicit strong consideration from my pals for them to cross examine their faith.

1. There is no evidence for God’s existence

This is the most popular weapon atheist wield against their opponents. In my first article I wasn’t able to provide any proof to indicate that God really exists and I am not in any position to do so right away. Even Christians of high educational repute have no idea as to the origin of God. Readers of that article, including Chris-Vincent were not convinced, chorusing unanimously for me  to provide one else the premise of my argument becomes fraught with weak analyses.

What evidence exactly did they want? I might be bereft of the law but I want my points to revolve the faculty of law and I guess Chris-Vincent and his cohorts will perhaps buy my idea this time. What is sufficient evidence for one person is grossly inadequate for another. In a law court, two parties can utterly incur different interpretations for an identical data. This means the data can be the same but both parties, with the same logic and same line of thinking may have a different interpretation for it. An old adage corroborates my assertion: facts do not determine the argument, the argument determines the facts.

God’s handiwork like trees, birds and humans proved woefully insufficient to convince my friends who presuppose that only what can be apprehended by the senses rightly qualifies as evidence. In January 1997, Discover magazine reported that astronomers detected what they concluded were about a dozen planets orbiting distant stars. Ultimately these astronomers concluded that related evidence, not direct observation made them believe that there are lots of unseen heavily bodies.

Read more

Time to LEGALIZE ABORTION in Ghana? | Of Course There is the Need for It…

Abortion
Abortion

Available statistics relative to abortion in Africa especially Ghana is staggering. The laws of Ghana, just like many other countries, forbids abortion. Ghana’s law permits abortion in cases of rape, incest or the “defilement of a female idiot;” and also if the life or health of the woman is in danger; or if there is risk of fetal abnormality.

Abortion is the cessation of pregnancy or fetal development. Though illegal, abortion is still on the increase partly owing to the fact that lots of women deem it as personal requirement. This prompts them to perpetuate this act in secrecy. The result?  The precious lives of these women are endangered, giving room for abortion and mortality to have something in common. Abortion can occur spontaneously. In this regard it is referred to as miscarriage. When it is induced then it gains it proper recognition as abortion.

Many countries, especially those in West have legalized abortion. However anti abortion groups which are refracted through religious bodies and the society are working assiduously to have the laws repealed.

Many people employ simple to crude way of terminating their fetus, including the administration of concoctions, strong alcoholic beverages (brandy), fasting, weightlifting, diving, the use of irritant leaves, etc in countries like Ghana where abortion remains illegal. These methods were adopted and practised in primitive communities but are still prevalent today.

Read more

The Moral Maze: Is It Better To Be Honest And Poor Or Dishonest And Rich?

Confused Black Woman
Confused

 

 

Injustices and dishonesty have pervaded the earth. Many people put in the helm of affairs grossly exhibit dishonesty to the extent people have come to accept it as a norm. Dishonesty and corruption are used interchangeably so for the purpose this article I will resort to both usage in a variable context.

The 2013 global corruption barometer, published by the Transparency International, reported that people worldwide have the perception that the five most corrupt institutions are political parities, the police, public officials, the legislature and the judiciary.

Dishonesty is flaunted conspicuously and is found every facet of life-in school, the church, market and virtually everywhere. And when such contaminated environments are created, honest or upright people tend to suffer.

Years ago a military ruler, ex President Jerry John Rawlings practically wiped market women in a brutal fashion because they duped unsuspecting public in purchasing substandard commodities. Others also hoard their merchandise only to sell it at incredible exorbitant prices when there was scarcity beyond the reach of the ordinary citizen.

That was when the popular Ghanaian phrase, ‘kalabule’ was coined. Market women, mix red palm oil with other materials to boost its quantity and bolster profits, among other debasing acts.  This deceit is not only perpetuated by market women. City officials are chronically addicted to this act. Approximately two years ago, Melcom, a very famous shopping mall collapsed and killed about four people whilst others sustain various degrees.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the builders used inferior materials to erect the edifice, while city authorities looked unconcerned. The conclusion was that evidently some of the officials have been bribed. In 1995 in Seoul, South Korea, 502 people died in department-store. Investigators found out that officials had been bribed to allow contractors to use substandard concrete and to violate safety rules.

Read more

Exclusive Africa Cup of Nations Trivial/the Other Side of the Game…

AFCON
AFCON

The first phase of the ongoing AFCON tournament has come to a successful end and as expected, the traditional maxim “the boys have been separated from the boys” has once again been consolidated.

I am however completely appalled by the hypocritical attitude of Ghanaians. After a poor outing in the first game in which the Black Stars lost 2-1, Ghanaians maligned the team and the highly reputable coach. They foretold doom for the Black Stars.

However the competence of the coach and his tactical approach to subsequent matches has proved that his repertoire is of high standard. Then this same insane people have started hailing him, bestowing all the nicest accolades you can ever imagine on him.

Let me divert my attention to the reason for this article. After the epic group stage encounters, here are some interesting fact recorded so far that highlights the beauty of the game that you haven’t been conscious of.

Gervinho was the first player to be red carded after needless tantrums with a Malian player.

Read more

THE BIG QUESTION: Which Is More Important In A Contemporary Relationship- MONEY OR LOVE?

Love you

 

Thanks to film producers and fictional story writers, we have repetitively been bombarded with the notion that love always triumph in the battle between love and money vis-a vis relationship and marriage.

The visual plotline is just like this-a pretty but poor damsel will outrageously reject a mouth-watering offer from a potential rich suitor in favour of a pauper, who is quite handsome in most cases. In the end they will defy all odds and be together, and in the language of these creative writers, the pair “live happily ever after” aptly made possible by the pulsating love they share for each other.

This propaganda has had a gripping effect on many for years now and rather sadly people have not jolted from the fluid imaginary ingenuity of these writers to a practical world where there is staggering contrast between the two worlds.

Love is one word that is difficult to define and it goes beyond the realm of rationalism. Some say is an emotional pleasure we gain from the virtue we perceive in others. In my own words it is such a stunning feeling that embodies the most pleasurable abstract entity on earth.

People are living in a denial that the 21st century world is a ‘kpa kpa kpa movement’. In a world that has evolved and human beings tend to adapt to meet the requirements of abrasive challenges every single day presents, it has become essential to view this age long falsifiable mantra that love is better than money.

Read more

Asamoah Gyan is The Best Ghanaian Player Ever…Do You Agree?

Asamoah Gyan-Captain of Black Star
Asamoah Gyan-Captain of Black Star

The above caption will surely generate a huge furore among soccer fans. There is nothing that captivates the interest of fans more than intense debate over who is the finest of the greatest players. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue to dominate world football, leaving soccer pundits and laymen marginalized in their thought as to who the current world best player truly is…

Let us narrow our scope  to Ghana. One player who over the years has proven and endeared himself to Ghanaians is Asamoah Gyan. At just 29 years, the Al-Ain forward is Ghana’s all time leading goal scorer, a very great feat indeed.

After making his début for the senior national team on 19th November, 2003 where he scored his first ever goal for the Black Stars against Somalia, the man affectionately called Baby Jet has demonstrated his lethal prowess and currently regarded one of the continent’s finest.

Growing up, I had the rare opportunity of watching some of Ghana’s greats like the legendary Abedi Pele. He was brash, skilful and dexterous to the extent that Edson Arantes do Nascimento popularly known as Pele threw the name “Pele” to him.  Pele went further to enlist Abedi Pele’s name in his list of FIFA 100 Greatest players.

Then, in the early 90’s emerged another Ghanaian prodigy called Nii Odartey Lamptey. Again the world best player of all time was so impressed with the Ghanaian that he predicted the young chap will be the player to succeed him.  Of course legends like Mohammed Polo, Wilberforce Nfum, Osei Kofi, Tony Yeboah (who is regarded by many as one of the best players to have played in the English Premier League) and the great stars who graced the football pitch with sheer brilliance are worthy of recognition.

But the question is do they have what it takes to be regarded as the best player ever in the history of Ghana football?

Read more

Best Hiplife Collaborations of All Time….

Reggie Rockstone
Reggie Rockstone

The Akans have a proverb which when translated means a single person is not the sole repository of wisdom. Over the years musicians have employed the mastery of collaboration to maximize productivity and augment their fan base.

Regardless of the collaborators status in the game, music collaboration helps the participants tap immense knowledge from each other and ultimately it becomes an enjoyable activity altogether.

Below is a list of hiplife songs that I strongly believe represent some of the best collaborations of all time. It is not the mere fact these songs were great hits but the immeasurable talents and creativity exhibited on the work that qualifies the under listed songs into “my hall of fame.”

Reggie Rockstone Ft KK Fosu (song-Ah)

Reggie had prior to this song done a lot of collaboration with mainstream artiste like Lord Lust, Mensa and Sydney just to mention a few,  but none of those songs catapulted him to widespread acceptance of his brand and a thorough endorsement as a true hiplife originator like this particular song did.

KK Fosu whom he featured rendered his input seamlessly, amidst thought provoking lines in conformity with the theme of the song. He verified why he was a toast of music lovers during that era.

Reggie also proved his brilliance with careful punch lines that sat well with his reputation. The duo capped the song with a good video directed by Abraham Ohene Dzan. The song won Ghana’s first Kora award.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPGKRm1ZTHc

King David Ft Batman (song-Aye Fe Nost3)

King David wasn’t a household name in the music industry until this song burst out and broke music protocol. Majority of Ghanaian songs are sung in Twi, the widely spoken language in Ghana.

However his gamble paid off when he decided to sing strictly in Ga, a language of a minority group along the coast of Accra. The song mirrored everyday happenings in life and instantly people, Ga and non Ga speakers easily related to the song. His lyrics were carefully selected to help convey his message with precision.

Read more

What A Man Can Do, A Woman Can Definitely Not Do a Quarter of It | We Are in A Man’s World…

woman with camera

 

“What a man can do a woman also do.” For some time now women have armed themselves with this slogan, aimed at affecting a radical revolution in a bid to empower them to gain significant recognition in the society and in every facet of their lives.

Somewhat, you wouldn’t be indignant about their overzealous pursuit. The following facts about violence and oppression women are subjected to consolidate their stance.

Gender Discrimination: In Asia, most parents prefer boys to girls. A 2011 report estimates that in some of the world, nearly 134 million girls are missing from the population as a result of abortion, infanticide and neglect.

Education: Worldwide, women and girls make up two thirds of those who had less than four years of schooling.

Sexual harassment: Over 2.6 billion women live in countries where marital rape is not considered a crime.

Health: In developing countries, a woman dies from pregnancy as result of basic medical care.

Property rights. Although women cultivate more than half the world’s crops, in many countries they do not have the legal right to own certain properties or inherit land.

The above statistics represent a gloomy picture for women. In primitive minds, women are deemed s*x objects, washing and cleaning agents whose place should only be in the kitchen.

This has exponentially spurred their action and they simply want a reversal of their predicament. Women pressure groups are trumpeting this notion with the belief that there would be a rectification as regard the uneven and inconsistent approach to implementation of gender equality issues that has resulted in missed opportunities and in under-resourcing of many efforts to enhance gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment within mainstream institutional structures.

And this is where my beef is. Women who are advocating for equality are grossly exaggerating and seem to be oblivious of a palpable truth that there is a vast difference between men and women. Hence it is absolutely false that what a woman can do a woman can do and even do it better.

Read more

5 Hyped & Talented Ghanaian Rappers Who Failed to Glitter…

Mensa
Mensa

Let’s look at 5 distinguished emcees who got ‘extinguished.’ These rappers had huge potential to make it big in the Ghana music industry and some of their creative songs suggested so. They were consequently hyped and labelled the next big thing, only to whimper and take a bow before one could actually say, “Jack Robinson.”

Below are these artistes…

Mensa 

Mensa is still in the game but he has not seen the huge attention that was accorded him when he first made his entry into the Ghanaian music industry. Mensa was born in Accra but was raised in USA (Los Angeles-California) and UK (North London).

He was a member of the defunct Lifeline family that bragged of members like T-Blaze and Yoggy Doggy…

Presently, Mensa has formed a musical alliance with Wanlov Da Kuborlor. Together they released a musical film dubbed “COZ OF MONI”. Mensa has become popular in recent times, not with his music but his engagement in unwarranted controversies..

Scizo 

This man took Ga rap to a different dimension, something that created a perceived rivalry between himself and Tinny. His ‘throw one stone’ song became a street anthem and earned him a good name. In ‘sound of our time’, his ‘ke shikale ne egbo’ was the most played song on radio in Ghana, after Bollie’s song.

Somehow, Scizo disappeared and has not reappeared.

Read more

Ghana League Is Dying | Ghana Football Association Should Wake Up

Ghana league

 

The once upon time enviable Ghanaian league is on the brink of collapse as result of a protracted lawsuit instigated by the bank roller of King Faisal Babies Alhaji Karim Grusah. The 2014-2015 season is yet to commence and it seems people have even forgotten a Ghanaian league exists.

Supersport has threatened to withdraw their services and sever any form marriage they have with Ghana football association if the “symptoms persist.”

In the early 90’s right through the early part of the new millennium, the Ghanaian league was a toast of many soccer fanatics. People trooped to the various stadia to catch a glimpse of their favourite football players.

The two most glamorous clubs in Ghana; Accra Hearts Of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko gave spectators the real brand of soccer artistry typical of Ghanaians. Charles Tailor, then with Accra Great Olympics and later transferred to Hearts was our own version of Brazilian legend Romario. Talented footballers like Ishmael Addo, Emmanuel Osei Kuffour, Stephen Oduro and the endles stars whose names cannot fill my limited space here ensured Ghana league was rated one of the best on the continent.

It was during that era that our various national teams blossomed and annexed several trophies in various tournaments.

As it stands now, the league is nothing to write home about. It is neither lucrative nor appealing. Every player wants go and play outside. As disgusting as it may sound, there are many Ghanaian players in ‘impoverished’ countries like Vietnam and Thailand wasting their talent because to them it’s better than what they had in Ghana.

Read more

Will Politicians Go to Heaven? | The Answer Better Be NO

Politicians
Politicians

A hilarious joke I once read in a newspaper when I was in High School exposes the barometer with which people measure politicians. The joke says a farmer was going about his normal duties when he suddenly heard a loud bang.

He ran to find out what the noise was all about. Only to be met with a bizarre spectacle, a mini bus has somersaulted and its occupants numbering about fifteen were lying lifeless on the ground. He was soon to learn that the men were politicians.

Days after, the mayor and some cops visited the farmer to interrogate him. He gave a vivid account of what happened and even showed them the graves where he buried the men.  The mayor wasn’t enthused and asked the farmer if he was sure all the men were actually dead before he proceeded with the burial. The farmer retorted, “Well some of them said they were alive, but you know politicians and their lies. I did not believe them so I went ahead and buried them all.”

This joke underlines the benchmark of public mentality about politicians. Politicians all over have attained notoriety for corruption and various degrees of heinous crime.

In Africa, many consider politics as the shortest and quickest way to make money. One cluster of belief says being a pastor is the most lucrative venture than politics but that will be the topic for another day. Africa is the poorest continent on earth, largely blamable on corruptible practices perpetuated by people put in the helms of affairs.

Read more

Old and New HIPLIFE, Which One Rocks?

Reggie Rockstone
Reggie Rockstone

When Reginald Osei, popularly called Reggie Rockstone masterminded the Hiplife movement, little did he know he was creating an avenue of limitless possibilities. Decades down the line, the genre (an amalgamation of Hiphop and Highlife) has been sustained through diverse ways, aptly through the creativity and dexterity by its crusaders.

Chicago and Ex-doe arguably raised the bar a bit higher and spurred the youth. Nananom, a group comprising of Barima Sydney, Omahane Pozo and Jotti joined the bandwagon. The boisterous Nima based group called VIP and Lord Kenya took over with their sharp lyrics. Then came in the man often regarded as the best Hiplife artiste of all time; Obrafuo. These artistes churn out hit songs that were highly appreciated and assimilated comprehensively by all.

Pundits and ‘Highlife custodians’ predicted the fall of Hiplife years ago. On the contrary, Hiplife keeps on growing and breaking frontiers. Almost all international awards chalked by Ghanaian musicians are Hiplife musicians or their works influenced by Hiplife.

Read more

A Case for GOD | Does God Exist? YES…

God

 

Lots of people have asked this question, and finding an answer to it can have a deep impact on our lives. We came into this world knowing nothing. Knowledge acquisition was through agents like the family, schools, and largely the society.

Our hollow heads were filled with lots of things pertaining to this world, one of which is religion. We have been taught that God created this world and everything in it. Though we may occasionally ask paradoxical questions like, “who created God, how does He look like and who are His parents?”, not even the wisest men and scholars of high repute have provided answers to these questions.

Even Jesus Christ, His only begotten son, as recorded by the Bible, said he has never seen God before. That is why many find it puzzling that people still go ahead and worship God with their heart, soul and mind as mandated by His guide book, the Bible.

Many scientist and evolutionist have argued that there is no God. The likes of Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud and Friedrich have all shrouded their philosophies in science and have consequently dismissed the existence of a supreme God.

Others also see little practical value in religious teachings, or at any rate, fail to practice what churches preach. This is partly blameable on the perceived disconnection between Christians and their way of life. Pastors and their extortion in the church coupled with their opulence have further deepened the belief that even if God was alive, he is now dead.

Many who claim to believe in God make decisions as though he did not exist. Suffering and unprecedented calamity have befallen mankind. “If God really exists and he is all powerful”, the sceptics argue, “why does he permit suffering and doesn’t do anything to get rid of it?”

Some also equate faith or on a broader scope, believing in God with gullibility. They say that people who resort to faith do not want to think for themselves or allow hard evidence to influence their beliefs. Such infidels imply that those with strong religious faith ignore reality, making the subject of God and its related theories a mere myth. The foregoing scepticism surrounding God and religion is by no means new.

In order to provide answers that will change our perception and embrace the idea of God and his existence, let’s consider some hard probing facts.

Read more

Why Most Africans Are Just Like the Monkeys in the Supposed 5 Monkeys & Banana Experiment

Monkey Experiement
Monkey Experiement

It is obvious that today’s people have become the product of weird dogmatic practices without pausing for a moment to scrutinize why things are the way they are. We strictly follow and adhere to principles pertaining to traditions, religion, politics and other systems blindly because “that is the norm.”

Although somewhat contested, it is believed that Stephenson, G. R. in 1967 contacted an experiment to point out the flaw of this human’s disposition.

Five monkeys were put in a room and in the middle of the room was a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling.

Each time a monkey tried to climb the ladder; all the monkeys were sprayed with iced water, which made them miserable.

Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempted to climb the ladder, all of the monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon and beat him up. Soon, none of the five monkeys ever attempted to climb the ladder.

One of the original monkeys was removed, and a new monkey was put in the room. Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wondered why none of the other monkeys were doing the obvious. But undaunted, he immediately began to climb the ladder.

All the other monkeys jumped on him and beat the hell out of him. He had no idea why he was being beaten. However, he no longer attempted to climb the ladder.

Read more

Is Majid Michel Really the Best Actor in Africa? | Stella Damasus Says YES

Nadia Buari And Majid Michel
Nadia Buari And Majid Michel

Majid Michel celebrated his birthday few weeks ago. Well, he his 34 years old now. His friends organized a surprise birthday for him in far away U.S.A and It was during this moment that Nollywood screen goddess Stella Damasus declared unequivocally that Majid Michel is the best actor on the continent.

This is might be a harmless compliment meant to boost Majid’s already bloated ego, but I know perfectly well this would ruffle the composure of lots of the actors in the industry especially against the background that Africa has a huge array of stars who are considered far better than Majid Michel.

Majid rose to prominence in the series, ‘Things We Do for Love’ in 2000. The series was very popular with the youth and became a huge success. He played the role of a womanizer who wrecked girls’ heart into shreds. ‘Things We Do for Love’ also launched the career of Adjetey Annang, popularly called Pusher, Vincent Maccauley and the adorable Jackie Appiah.

Majid’s major breakthrough came when he featured alongside Van Vicker in ‘Divine Love’ a film written by Abdul Salam Mumuni. He has gone on to feature in a lot of films—both in his native land Ghana and Nigeria.

Read more

What Really Happened to Hiplife Duo-Nkasie? | I Hope a Tuabodom Curse Did Not End Their Musical Career…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k7JZ7tLx-U

The hiplife duo, nkasie shot to fame in 2006 with arguably, the most controversial song of all time in the history of Ghanaian music. The song, tuabodom, catapulted them to a pedestal of success.

Ironically that song has proved to be their undoing, as they have taken a hiatus ever since. The group, made up of Kwame Godlove Yeboah (Shy) and Isaac Mensah (Naa K) happened to be the first group to collaborate with Reggie Rockstone, the pioneer of hiplife genre. Their hit song, Ekomamu released on the album Bisa in 2000, still resonates in my mind and is a favourite of many revellers.

The song was a like a tsunami. It shook the foundation of the musical landscape. The people of tuabodom, a country side in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana who were the subject of the derogatory remarks of the song, felt outraged and vowed to deal with the artiste through any means. It caused a great uproar, prompting a legislator who hails from the region to call for it outright banned. Some even tried desperately to hide their identity to avoid any further ridiculing.

The song itself is a folktale. It portrayed the dwellers of the town as lacking civilizing influences.

As the story goes, many years ago a school in tuabodom was invited to participate in a sports competition in Kumasi. Prior to their departure, one of the teachers of the school decided to teach the students a very unique song that will make the people of Kumasi acclaim them as “the brutal of the brutest.”.

Read more