“Why The Sun Is Good For Africans”- Dr. Kwame Osei

sunSunshine Africa is a natural paradise

I have been compelled to write this article as a result of articles and TV programmes that stated that if one wants healthy skin they must stay out of the sun and even more ridiculous that Ghanaians/Africans must wear sunscreen.

As someone who has studied genetics, European and African genetics to boot, the suggestion that too much sun is bad for African/Ghanaian people is simply ridiculous.

One thing that the western scientists in public anyway are refusing to talk about and through miseducation what Ghanaians and Africans as a whole are not aware of is MELANIN. MELANIN is the great chemical that makes Africans/Ghanaians more resistant to the sun. Every group of people has melanin – however this decreases the paler/whiter the skin is.

For example, Ghanaian/Afrikan people and their descendants were blessed by The Almighty with 12 layers of Melanin to protect them from the effects of the sun namely, the UV (Ultra Violet rays) – Indians, Chinese, and Arabs who have paler skin have 3 layers of melanin and Europeans/white people only have 1 layer of melanin. In the case of Albino whites – i.e. those with blonde hair or ginger/reddish hair the melanin content is negligible.

This lack of melanin cover explains why Europeans/White people especially the albino whites burn in the sun and in the worst circumstances turn pink and get skin cancer- hence why they need to wear sunscreen because their non-melanized skin has been damaged by the sun’s UV rays because their pineal gland, an organ between the eyes has been calcified. What this means in effect that they cannot generate energy from the sun’s UV rays due to their lack of melanin.

Indians and Chinese people though in possession of three layers of melanin also burn in the sun because their skin is not as related enough to endure the sun’s UV rays and therefore must use sunscreen when they expose themselves to the sun.

However, African/Ghanaian people DO NOT; I repeat DO NOT need sunscreen contrary to what they have been told. Many people who advocate that Afrikans/Ghanaians use sunscreen themselves do not know the extent of melanin and its benefits to Afrikan people because European science/medicine does not teach MELANIN.

As someone who has studied genetics, for us as African/Ghanaian people melanin is an important component of our body. This is because the pineal gland is the focal point of generating melanin.

This pineal gland secretes melanin from the sun rays and it is this melanin that makes Ghanaian/Afrikan people negate the effects of the sun’s rays and hence the reason WHY Ghanaian/African people DO NOT NEED sunscreen. In actual fact because of the melanin in Ghanaian/African people we are able to transmit energy from the sun’s rays and use it to good effect.

The benefits of melanin

The brain center with the deepest pigmentation is the Locus Coeruleus or Black Dot. The Locus Coeruleus supplies the pineal gland with norepinephrine.

The pineal gland controls the flow of melatonin during the night hours to activate R.E.M sleep which allows us to communicate with internal memory pools or other dimensions of life in nature.

It is this melanin that makes Africans naturally gifted in maths, physics, sports, science and other elements. It is because of melanin that makes African children on the whole more intelligent than their European/White, Indian, Chinese and Arab peers.

A study was conducted in Australia in the early 1990’s that tested the ability of Aboriginal, European, Chinese, Indian and Arab children in certain exercises.

The study concluded that after the series of tests, the aboriginal children who are Afrikan by blood and genetics were more intelligent than the Indian, Arab, Chinese and European children and this was due to their high melanin content and the ability of melanin to keep one more in tune with nature and vibration.

Melanin also causes serotonin to flow more effectively in the waking state so to “inexperience” more spirituality. This also helps to keep spiritual attunement at an apex. The less melanin in an individual, the more calcified the pineal gland and less access the individual has to the spiritual world.

This explains why Afrikan/Ghanaian people are a very spiritual people and have a high propensity for the creator/God.

Melanin exists also as bio pigment for vision in the eyes of humans and all vertebrates. Color vision is produced in the retina by melanin through photopigments. These allow deeper melanin concentrations, offer protection from the sun as well as a fuller vision of the color spectrum (this is why it is stupid for Afrikans/Ghanaians to wear sunglasses as they already via their melanin have built-in sunglasses).

The melanin content in the inner ear also is of great importance. Through this ear pigmentation, it was found that increased melanin increases hearing frequencies. Melanin is also used to make the Black Dot more in touch with the universe. This Black Dot (Third Eye) was seen by our Ancient Egyptian ancestors as the access point to inner wisdom and divinity. This was the invisible door to the pyramid which when activated would decipher the mysteries.

Melanin in its most concentrated form is black. It is black because its chemical structure will not allow any energy to escape once that energy has come in contact with it. This gives us an insight and shows that melanin dominant people do not require the same amount of minerals and nutrients in their diet as people with less melanin.

Melanin absorbs light rays and stores them so that they can be used as energy later on. This is why Melanin dominant people are able to use sunlight more effectively.

A perfect example of melanin’s use is related to Vitamin D. Vitamin D can be found in the skin of melanin dominant individuals after sun exposure, whereas less “melanated” people require the intake of dairy products to secrete vitamin D. – Again another reason why Africans/Ghanaians should avoid milk, cheese, eggs, meat and so on as by eating these foods you are destroying the body’s ability to produce melanin and hence be susceptible to numerous diseases.

God blessed the Afrikan/Ghanaian with melanin, therefore, we must do all we can to protect our melanin that is the key factor of life and it is up to people like me who have studied genetics to pass on this wonderful gift of melanin to our people.

GREAT NIGERIA IS NOW A BROKEN GLASS NO ONE CAN MEND

Lagos 4#Traffic congestion in Lagos is a common thing

Early February 1980, Babatunde left Accra, Ghana, for Lagos, the populated city in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was then an era when every young man wanted to go to this oil-rich country. It was like the Exodus, the mass departure of the Israelites from Egypt to the promise land. The oil boom had improved the economy, giving rise to employment in every field.

At one time, Nigeria is the largest exporter of groundnuts, cocoa, and palm oil. Petroleum plays a large role in Nigeria’s economy. It is the twelfth largest producer of petroleum in the world, accounting for 40 percent of Gross Domestic Product and 80 percent of government earnings.

Babatunde found himself a place to stay at Surulere, a suburb of Lagos, through the help of a relative living in Nigeria over four decades. Lagos is one of the most populated cities in the world. Looking for accommodation was just as hard and tedious as excavating te ground for gold. The city was very beautiful despite its filth. Lagos Island is surrounded by a vast body of water. It has the largest seaport, especially the Tin- Can port, then also Apapa.

The numerous overhead bridges connecting the whole city exposed the beauty of the country. For example, the Third Mainland Bridge right from Ebute-Metta to Obalende, both suburbs of Lagos, was a well-done job by the German firm, Julius Berger. In the city, wriggling through the crowded afternoon shoppers was what the pickpockets liked most.

The city was very beautiful at night; unfortunately, poor drainage system made life unbearable for its inhabitants when it rained. It was very common to see a single room occupied by seven or more people. Babatunde shared a room with four other men who had been in the country for a very long time. The four were working at the same place, the Apapa port.

Nigeria was a country with regard to foreigners, each one for himself and God for everyone. Don’t expect to be fed when luckily you have got someone to accommodate you, so most of the time Babatunde used to go out with them when they were not working. Thus, within a short period of his arrival, he had already become familiar with the neighbouring suburbs, such as Yaba, Orile, Ebute Metta, Eko, Ikeja, Edu-Motta, Palm Grove, and a host of other places.

Nigeria was at its peak and probably could be one of the richest countries in the world, with various jobs available in all fields. The economy was too good and the poor could afford everything like the rich with a bread worth 10 Kobo on the table. The exchange of the dollar was somewhere between 45 to 65 Kobo. A ticket of four hundred Naira could provide your round trip to Europe and back.

Around the music shops, the competition between musicians Sunny Ade and Ebenezer was heavy, as the fans of King Sunny Ade and Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey fight to establish supremacy.  I (Babatunde) got a job as a driver to a politician, which paved the way for me to drive the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo through the principal streets of Calabar when the Unity Party of Nigeria was having a campaign in Calabar.

I met great people including Chief Ebenezer Babatope, UPN Publicity Secretary. Meeting Chief Obefemi Awolowo, the leader of Unity Party of Nigeria was a great experience. With him and chief Essuene behind me, I wouldn’t like to listen to their conversation, so I increased the volume of my reggae music. But Awololo told me to bring down the volume and I did. I travelled extensively throughout the states of Nigeria. Just guess, if your boss has nine cars including Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota SuperSaloon etc.

Nobody ever thought such a great country could fall on its knees beyond recovery. Like a broken glass which can’t be mend, Nigeria at the moment is beyond recovery. Poor governance and corruption have crippled the economy of the  country to the extent that the common man lives with hopes and dreams. I don’t know any head of state who has a magic wand to pull this country which was once better than many European countries out of this economy storm.

Extract from the book Road Of Agony

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Ghana Needs Underground Drainage System To Boost Its Tourism Industry

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A car lies in a water trench that washed away after heavy rain near a gas station explosion in Accra, Ghana, Thursday, June 4, 2015. Flooding in Ghana’s capital swept stored fuel into a nearby fire, setting off a huge explosion at a gas station that killed scores of people and set alight neighboring buildings, authorities said Thursday. (AP Photo/Christian Thompson)

If the Ghanaian government really wants the country to be one of the best tourists destination countries in the world, then the country should consider embarking on building an underground drainage system, because the much-opened sewage in the country produce horrific odours which prevent tourists from visiting the country.

Almost six decades after Ghana attained independence, developments in the country are very slow and the drainage systems are poor giving rise to malaria and other diseases.

Anyone that visits Ghana has a wonderful story to tell about the friendly people and delicious meals, but the stench that emanates from opened gutters changes the taste of the story to bitterness.

Normally such ugly scenes shouldn’t be something to be seen in the city, but opened sewage are everywhere throughout the city of Accra. Just going round the famous Makola market will put you off to visit Ghana again as a tourist.

It’s very sad that for ages the Ghana government depends on the exportation of raw materials such as farm products and minerals to support the economy. But the revenues from Ghana’s import is not helping the country very much.

Firstly, unseen corruption is daily eating into Ghana’s coffers and the price of commodities given by foreign trade partners is very poor. Without any means to generate effective taxation, the Ghana Ports Authority taxation on commodities brought into the country from foreign countries is higher than the purchased price.

This is completely insane but since there are no means to generate tax apart from exports, the Ghanaian government continues to ignore the ‘Cry of the sufferers’ at the ports to tax foreign goods such as vehicles over two hundred percent high. Many are asking if it worth to bring a vehicle from overseas into the country.

Proper sanitation facilities and underground drainage system will not only increase Ghana’s revenue in tourism but also reduce the high rate of malaria infection.

Yet there are many African countries, including Ivory Coast, making great revenue from tourism because of its well-planned waste disposal and drainage systems. The city of Abidjan can be compared to a city in Europe, because of its underground drainage system. Ghana could have been a great tourist center but poor sanitation and drainage facilities prevent thousands of tourist yearly to visit the country.

On many occasions during heavy floods, people are carried away, but constructing underground drainage to save the lives of people or to increase revenue in tourism industry hasn’t been an issue of concern to the Ghanaian government, yet the government is among other five African head of States, a case study in Europe has discovered are in corruption deal involving trade mis-invoicing, costing Ghana billions of dollars in lost revenue. The link: https://goo.gl/EAHNKc .

Ghana’s Paa Joe: The Extraordinary Coffin Maker

Paa Joe's coffins

Lion-shaped coffin at Paa Joe’s coffin shop in Teshie, outside Accra, Ghana.

Paa Joe (with family the name Joseph Ashong) is a Ghanaian figurative palanquin and fantasy coffin artist born 1947 in the region Akwapim belonging to the Ga-Adangbe people, Greater Accra Region of Ghana. Paa Joe is considered one of the most important Ghanaian coffin artist of his generation.

He was involved since 1989 in major art exhibitions in Europe, Japan, and the USA. His fantasy coffins are in the collections of many art museums worldwide, including the British Museum in London.

If Ghana is one of the leading countries in the world for Cocoa production, then Paa Joe can make cocoa pod coffin.

At 15, Paa Joe started  his ten-year apprenticeship as a coffin artist in the workshop of one called Kane Kwei (1924–1992) in Teshie. Then in 1976, he started his own business at Nungua.

Paa Joe’s experience and mastery over his works attracted a number of people to be trained as fantasy coffin artists. In 2007, he moved his workshop from Nungua to Pobiman, in the  Greater Accra region, where he still works with his two sons Jacob and Isaac. His work is now internationally known, enabling him to visit Britain in 2013.

The sculptor and artist: Joseph Ashong (Paa Joe)

 

Paa Joe’s sculpted coffins blur the line between art and craft. Each work is carefully constructed to reflect the ambition or the trade of the person for whom it was made. They are not dead things but are instead a manifestation of and indeed an affirmation of life. The works are wholly African and are a contemporary embodiment of traditional tribal burial rituals and art practice. They link back to pre-colonial West African sculpture but also recall the pomp and extravagance of ancient Egyptian royal tombs. In contemporary Western art

The works are wholly African and are a contemporary embodiment of traditional tribal burial rituals and art practice. They link back to pre-colonial West African sculpture but also recall the pomp and extravagance of ancient Egyptian royal tombs. In contemporary Western art practice, the coffins recall Jeff Koons.

They too are kitsch – Paa Joe, like Koons, plays with scale and with a work like the Jet, with material and commercial ostentation. The foremost sculpted coffin maker of his generation, Paa Joe apprenticed with Kane Kwei – who is credited with beginning the 20th-century tradition of figurative coffins. Paa Joe’s work is held in museum collections around the world including the British Museum in London.

Thailand’s Maeklong: A Market That Serves Both Train And Customers?

Train 2Thailand’s Maeklong train market.

The backbone supporting the families in Third World Countries is trading because it helps people that couldn’t afford education or facing diverse financial problems.

Like a congested market in tropical Africa, there is a similar market in a place called Maeklong in Thailand. Busy customers and traders usually forget entirely that that they are standing on a dangerous ground, railway line.

The countenance of absent-minded sellers and customers change as an unseen train suddenly blows his horn. The horn of the coming train requires something urgent to be done.

Thaland Mae Klong 2010

The vendors quickly scrambling to roll-back or clear the rail track to make sure that the rail line is clear  for the train to pass. Within some few minutes, you will see the face of the emerging train from the densely populated market.

The scene is like an open sea, with waves of people on both sides. This is a common daily routine the market is used to, but frankly speaking, Maeklong market could be the most dangerous market in the world, as train often kills careless vendors or customers .

Also, on many occasions, a food stand or table is often swept away by the dangerous train which doesn’t stop for anyone to take his or her wares.

A video to satisfy your curiosity.

It’s Just Beautiful A Woman Holds Her Breast When Running, But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Going To Fall Off

 

Kente is now internationally known and often used by African-Americans

The slice of Ghanaian culture presented in Kente cloth by a pretty woman

The diversity of culture is very interesting and broad subject. I like to share interesting articles with readers eager to know about other people’s culture, custom and heritage. Africans used proverbs a lot in their daily conversation and admonition. 

In 1985, my first time in Freetown, Sierra Leone, I entered into a restaurant and ordered for a plate of rice. On top of my rice was a strange greenish stew, which wasn’t good for me after tasting it. I asked the woman what it was and she told me it was prepared by cassava leaves.

She said I can try potato leaves stew,  if I want. I said ‘No’ and I went away. Months after living in Freetown and knowing much about their culture and food, I found out how delicious cassava leaves stew was. From time to time, I requested for the food I once rejected, any I went to the restaurant. It’s interesting to know about someone’s culture and food.

“It’s just beautiful a woman holds her breast when running, but that doesn’t mean it’s  going to fall off,” is one of Ghana’s intriguing proverbs.

The sight of a woman creates first impression. There are many things that put men off, especially when a woman’s hair isn’t well styled or when shabbily dressed.

In Africa it’s very common to see women running. I don’t think any one will find a woman attractive as her breasts flap on her chest as she runs.

Holding her breast while running, is one of the ways revealing how conscious a woman is over her body and truly men find it nice in that way too.

My Friend Ajax Bukana

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Ajax Bukana and Louis Armstrong in Ghana, 1956.  

His name was Ajax Bukana, a great Nigerian comedian, who naturalized as Ghanaian during Kwame Nkrumah’s era. When I was young, my father, J.N.K Savage, who was then a journalist at Guinea Press, now The Ghanaian Times, told me much about some of his colleagues, including Ajax Bukana, Kofi Badu, and Willie Donkor.

I grew up to see Mr. Willie Donkor, as the editor of ‘Weekly Spectator,’ Mr. Kofi Badu, as the Managing Director of The Daily Graphic and Ajax Bukana, as my neighbour at Dansoman Estates, near Gbegbesee-Agege, when I was living with my mother. Ajax Bukana, whose real name was James Kehinde Ajayi, was appointed Ghana’s state comedian by Kwame Nkrumah. Ajax entertained much head of states and personalities from all walks of life, including the African-America musician, Louis Armstrong (Satchmo) at the State House.

Apart from his experience as a comedian, Mr. Bukana was a talented musician who played Octobass with famous musicians, including Bobby Benson in Nigeria, before settling in Ghana. In the early eighties, I had the opportunity to visit Ajax’ family in Lagos, Nigeria, with his elder son Kwamena Ajayi Ajax. Mr. Bukana married a Sierra Leonean from the Scott family, who eventually also became a Ghanaian citizen.

In 1985, while working in Freetown, I took the opportunity to visit Ajax wife’s brother, Mr. Scott, who was then the Principal-Director of Immigration in Freetown. I remember among all the head of states after Kwame Nkrumah, Mr. Bukana was very close to Ex-president John Jerry Rawlings. On many occasion, his friend (Rawlings) advised him to retire, but Ajax’ strength, despite his ripe age wouldn’t allow him to retire.

Finally, Mr. Bukana retired and Rawlings presented to him a beautiful stool. The proud Mr.Bukana quickly called me to his house to see his gift from Rawlings. Many times we easily forget people that put happiness in our lives, but that shouldn’t be. I was very glad to watch a program recently in Ghana about Bob Cole, also a comedian and musician.

After a short illness on February 28, 2006, Mr. Bukana died at his residence at Agege, a suburb of Accra at the age of 89. His wife also deceased a couple of years ago.