The Pride Of Our Generation As Obedient Children

Hap 3A happy Ghanaian woman and child: Art work by Peter Asare

We are in a generation of disobedient children comparing to our time. We, the people born between 1940-1970 in Ghana, are the most blessed ones. We are awesome people and our life is a living proof.

While playing and riding rented bicycle, we never bothered to wear helmets. We played Oware, Ampe,  Kwaakwaa (Hide and seek) asosor, tumatu (Ghanaian games) and skipping rope etc, without thinking about television, video or computer games.

After school (those days, we went to school two times a day) we played until dusk but never watched the world (Television) by locking up ourselves in a room. We played only with our real friends, not with friends.

If we ever felt thirsty, we drank tap water or stream water, bottled water didn’t exist but there wasn’t any Ebola or pneumococcal meningitis  We never got ill even after sharing the same juice or sweet with four friends

We were happy after our fufu, kokonte, etsew, ampesi. (Ghanaian dishes.) There weren’t any fried rice or ‘foes chicken.’ We ate rice and chicken only on special days. (Christmas, New Year, Easter etc.) Even then , we will go anywhere with our fresh chicken legs and wings in our hands, for everyone to know that we’ve eaten rice.

Nothing happened to our feet after roaming and kicking balls made of rags bare footed. We never used any health supplements to keep ourselves healthy. We used to create our own toys. Our parents were not rich but they never chased after money.

They just searched for and gave only love.They were proud to see us around them. These days parents are chasing after money and riches that they ignore the presence of their kids. We never used to share our emotions by using emoticons, DVDs, Play Stations, X-Boxes, video games, personal computers, internet, web chatting, but we had many good friends and communication was face to face.

We used to go to our friends’ home unannounced and enjoyed food with them. We never had to call them and ask for their parents’ permission to visit their home. Loving people were near to us, so our hearts and souls were happy. Hence, we never required insurance policy or fake spiritual support.

We might have been in Black and White photos but you find colourful memories in them. The ultimate is that we are unique and the most understanding generation because we are the last generation who listened to our parents and also the first that have to listen to our children.

I am proud to belong to that noble Generation.

Why Do Some People Risk It All To Cheat To Be Famous?

Johnson 5Cyclist Lance Armstrong, athlete Ben Johnson and author E.J. Ellory, deceived the world to the top, before their cups were full.

Do you feel restless and uneasy at times, because you want to achieve something but you feel lacking behind? Do you feel scared of failure in whatever you want to achieve in life sometimes, because things are not moving in your favour? Do you feel stagnant without progress in whatever project you are handling? It is part of life since people are passionate about things and as human beings we are likely to feel this way sometimes.

The question is: When engulfed in such times of uncertainty and fear, how do we handle it? People are dying to be famous. In pursuit of fame and success many take certain short routes which put them into shameful situations they have to live with it for the rest of their lives. No easy way to success. Success usually comes through hard work and sacrifice but why do some people prefer to cheat?

Ben Johnson

In 1988, Ben ‘The Bullet’ Johnson recorded one of the fastest times in athletic history in Seoul Olympic Games, after winning 100m gold medal.   The Canadian was stripped of his 100m gold medal after testing positive for drugs. Johnson claimed that herbal drink he consumed before the race caused his downfall, but the Olympic Committee didn’t accept this.

Samples of Johnson’s urine were tested for drugs immediately the third day after the 100m final which he won in a world record time of 9.79 seconds. Olympic officials confirmed that traces of the anabolic steroid, Stanozol, were found in his system. “A tragedy for Johnson and a great sadness for all Canadians,” said Canada’s Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Ben Johnson’s drug scandal was neither the first nor the last. Many athletes failed drug tests, including Marion Jones, who used banned substances.

Lance Armstrong has hundreds of fans worldwide, because great people inspire others. At the peak of his successful career, he placed eleventh in the World Championship Road Race with the best time of any American since 1976. From 1999 to 2005, Lance Armstrong consecutively won seven Tour de France titles, giving hope to other cancer patients as a cancer survivor. After a successful career, the US Anti-Doping Agency stripped him of his seven tour titles he had won and banned him from competing in cycling for life.

According to the Anti-Doping Agency, Lance Armstrong had used banned performance enhancing substances during the years of his career. Armstrong prior has vehemently denied the claims until January 2013, admitted to doping throughout his entire cycling career., leaving his fans miserably disappointed, as he steps down as chairman of the Livestrong cancer-awareness charity he founded. What a sad situation Armstrong and family have to live with entire lives?

E.J. Ellory admitted using fake identities to write about his work on Amazon. He writes glowing reviews for his own books, giving himself five-star ratings and slamming his competitors’ books. Why an author in the caliber of Ellory chose to live like that without any guilty conscience, while simultaneously criticising his rivals? “The earth provides much to satisfy every man’s need but not to satisfy every man’s greed,” great quote from Mahatma Gandhi.

While cheating is fundamental and part of human behavior many will do it. However, wickedness, evil, cheating and every negative activities men apply to enhance careers, would prevail but only for a little while. When the cup is full they shall be exposed.  Whoever thought R J Ellory, one of British leading authors will fake reviews?  The Birmingham based author, whose novels have sold more than a million copies admitted to cheating.

I don’t blame any of these men, for deceive the public. We are in a society many competing against others, so people are desperate to do anything which could take them to the top. We are in a world if one doesn’t come on television or radio; you are seen as nobody. Many feel comfortable with that but others can’t stand it, that’s where the cheating starts.

If people would take some few minutes to think of some wise proverbs and quotes, they would have saved themselves from disgrace. Yes! “God’s time is the best,” wait patiently and work hard for that success. Again, whatever one sows in life, the same he will reap and so whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. Finally, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln.

Ghana Manufactures Bamboo Bicycles

“It’s so sad and so serious that a common toothpick in my country has to be imported from other countries,” said Winifred Selby.

Bamboo 1

Bamboo bicycle helps both the urban and rural people in Ghana.

Africa is a great continent blessed with vast natural resources, unfortunately in the abundance of water; Africans are still thirsty, due to lack of ability to make good use of their resources technically, economically, industrially and technologically. It isn’t surprised that at an African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2014, a young Ghanaian girl, just 15 years of age, reveals the reason she was inspired to manufacture bicycle with bamboo.

The question is what motivated Miss Selby as young as she is to have such an ambitious dream? At school, I discovered a number of things about Ghana and Africa in general, which deeply made her sad, she explained. Today her dream to manufacture bicycles with bamboo has captured the attention of organizations globally, giving her award as a ‘Company making bicycle out of Bamboo.’

“I always say Africans are the rich, we have many things which can add value to make a change. But Africans always seem to think they cannot do something extraordinary, but rather only people from foreign countries can,” said Miss Selby.

“It’s so sad and so serious that a common toothpick in my country has to be imported from other countries. We don’t do it ourselves because we look down on ourselves. We think foreigners are the people to make changes. It’s something that pains me because we have been blessed with so many things.”

Bamboo 3

Miss Winifred Selby works on a new bicycle.

Transport fares are not easy affordable and school children and student, especially in rural areas, have to walk miles to go to school. By the time they reach the classroom, they are already tired. “What can a tired mind study? Asked Miss Selby?

Again, Miss Selby lamented on the rate of high unemployment levels and the reality that Ghana needs many more growing businesses and entrepreneurs to provide much needed jobs. These problems became such worrying issues to her that she was motivated to create something extraordinary in the Ghanaian community and Africa generally.

Saying earlier that Africa has a lot of mineral resources, the abundance of Bamboo trees in Ghana, facilitated and enhanced her desire to embark on her journey to produce bicycle out of Bamboo. In collaboration with other students, Bernice Dapaah and Kwame Kyei, the dream of Bamboo manufacturing bicycle has become a reality.

The Ghanaian entrepreneur and owner of Afrocentric Bamboo, hasn’t only help to solve transportation problems for students in rural areas but also promoting good health.


Why It Is Very Easy For Many To Follow Wrong People

As a young boy at school, as stupid and naive most of our school teachers were, we were thought to believe that the White man is nearer to God, the reason they have manufactured planes, ships, guns, rockets and all sophisticated modern comforts to serve the needs of man. I was even forced to believe that the White man is sincere than an African.

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

Till now in Africa, Africans don’t trust and many times speak ill against themselves: “Black man, Black sense, A White man would always help you, but a jealous African will always try to pull you down,” statements that have no ample of truth in Europe. God only knows the problems, hate, jealousy and bitter experience I’ve passed through in Belgium, as I struggle to build my career and future as a writer. However, I will always respect and thank all those genuine White people who have helped me build my career in Europe as an author in diverse ways.

I would have been a very famous author with a record of theft, if I had gone to the supermarket to steal bread to eat as a hungry man, because that’s what the media waits to happen but that’s not going to happen until my death. During the Apartheid era in South Africa, “The White man always like to keep the Black man standing at the touchline to watch the game they were playing, because they think they can do everything by themselves,” said the Late Steve Biko, the father of Black Consciousness Movement.

Ellory 7

R J Ellory

If I hadn’t been to Europe, I wouldn’t have known that the White man lies. Everyone has talent and ambition, the question is, if you want the world to know what you have got, how do you go about it? The first White man to do this, the first White man to do that, are all that we often read about. It’s rare to read the first Black man who did this and that. The challenge and burning ambition for many to achieve something positive in the society have led them to cheat, deviating completely from the path of truth.

Today I am going to write about two greatest ‘White Cheats’ in the world. In his professional career as a cyclist Lance Armstrong is now known as the world’s biggest liar. After denying cheating for more than a decade, Armstrong finally gave up his fight against cheating and lies, totally disappointing his fans and followers. Why do people always follow liars and cheats but a truthful person has no follower?

It is always easy for people to follow wrong people, because the followers have no vision. If one has vision, it would be easy to find out or discover a genuine achievement or a false person. I am a writer gradually making my presence felt in the publishing industry, I would therefore like to take another liar from the publishing industry for an example. If you are a writer or author you may know RJ Ellory. He still lives, so I will call him a fantastic liar.

Cheating ‘Bestselling, award-winning’ crime author R.J. Ellory was caught faking Amazon reviews for both his own books and the books of his competitors. Ellory was caught writing fake Amazon reviews by fellow author Jeremy Duns, according to ABC News. Such an act is dubbed “sock-puppeting,” or writing anonymous online reviews praising one’s own work. RJ Ellory sold millions of books under false reviews, while readers without vision acknowledged him as one of the world’s greatest writers.

There are many genuine writers with good stories, because they aren’t cheating, no one knows them or classifies them as good writers or authors. They don’t even have enough followers on Twitter or Facebook, because we are in a world liars and cheats are easily accepted in the society, because they often appear on the television,

“To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. Daniel 1:17. If you lack wisdom, knowledge and vision to identify a cheat ask God for one, if you don’t believe in God, cultivate the talent to identify a genuine person from a false one, before following them, because the disgrace that falls on them, falls on you as well.