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.

Who Says Michelle Obama Can’t Rap?

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As if we didn’t already think Michelle Obama was the chillest FLOTUS yet, her new rap video will make you love her even more (and want to go to college).

The first lady teamed up with “Saturday Night Live” comedian Jay Pharoah to drop a beat about the benefits of higher education.

“If you wanna fight crime, you should go to college/If you wanna write rhymes fill your head with knowledge/If you wanna stare at grass don’t go to college, but for everything else you should go to college,” Obama expertly raps alongside Pharoah, from a recording studio that appears to be inside the White House.

The video, fittingly produced by College Humor, is for Obama’s “Better Make Room” campaign that aims to inspire teens aged 14 to 19 to go to college. Only question is, what do Sasha and Malia think about this one?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michelle-obama-jay-pharoah-college-rap-video_5669983ce4b0f290e5222487?ir=Daily%2BBrief%253Fncid%253Dnewsltushpmg00000003

Rolf Harris And Bill Cosby: The Shocking Scenarios Behind Television Entertainment

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Television personalities Rolf Harris and Bill Cosby: They have something in common.

I was just a little boy when I started watching the entertainment program of Rolf Harris, on Ghana Broadcasting Corporation television in Accra. He was a genius and had all the charismatic  powers to make entertainment worthy to watch. The fact that he could produce sound and rhythm out of any object that gets into his hands, made Rolf Harris one the best entertainers in the world.

What about Bill Cosby? Believe me, he was one of my favourite entertainers too.  The African-American comedian, actor, and producer, born on July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, played a major role in the development of a more positive portrayal of African-Americans on television.

Television builds career and fame, thus; many people use it as a bait to execute their devilish plans. Just as the axiom goes “Not everything glitters is gold,” these two great television personalities used their positions to abused some of the people they invited to participate in the programs they ran.

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Rolf Harris was jailed for five years and nine months for indecently assaulting young women and girls after the trial judge told the 84-year-old entertainer he had taken advantage of the trust provided by his fame.

“You have shown no remorse for your crimes at all,” Mr. Justice Sweeney told an expressionless Harris, who sat in the glass-walled dock at Southwark crown court. “Your reputation now lies in ruins, you have been stripped of your honours, but you have no one to blame but yourself.”

In the case of three of the four victims, Sweeney told Harris, he “took advantage of the trust placed in you because of your celebrity status” to carry out the attacks. With the final victim, the childhood friend of Harris’s daughter Bindi Nicholls, who Harris began grooming aged 13, the star abused a different type of trust; the trust placed in him by the girl’s parents.

“You clearly got a thrill from committing the offenses whilst others were present or nearby,” the judge told Harris. “Whilst such others did not realize what you were doing, their presence added to the ordeal of your victims.”

News source: The Guardian- http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/04/rolf-harris-jailed-indecent-assault-young-girls

Sex and abuse scandals seem to have no limit, as many sexual abuse allegations are unearthed against the famous African-American comedian.

Bill Cosby

It’s hard to keep track of the sexual abuse allegations swirling around Bill Cosby, with fresh ones popping up seemingly every day and an unusual mix of decades-old accusations and brand new claims all getting a very public hearing in the news media.

All in all, 16 women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual abuse, 12 of whom have accused him of drugging them to facilitate the abuse. Some of those women may be among 13 anonymous “Jane Doe” accusers who agreed to testify against Cosby in a 2005 lawsuit that was settled out of court. Taken together, the accusations span the length of Cosby’s long career in the public eye as a beloved actor and comedian, from the mid-1960’s to the mid-2000’s. They were given new light last month by a comedian’s stand-up routine that caught fire on social media, and new accusers coming forward has led to a drip-drip effect of even more coming forward.

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Both TV personalities Rolf Harris and Bill Cosby fall from grace to grass

Cosby and his legal team have at various times issued wide-ranging, categorical denials or refused to discuss individual cases, with Cosby saying last week that “a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos.”

News source: Time- http://time.com/3602131/bill-cosby-sexual-assault-allegations-guide/

Do we need to believe in this Biblical quotation? No matter how long it takes, before or after death: “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known.”- Luke 12:2.

Reality Comedy: 10 Reasons African-Americans Need To Be Happy

 

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African-Americans don’t worry be happy

1. Belgium is not like America. Nothing in the country called ‘American Dream,’ but you have all the opportunities in front of you. In fact, the great actor Jean-Claude Van Damme can tell you the truth. The reason he left his miserable country to the land of opportunity, America, to be famous today. He would have been miserable like a church-mouse if had no vision.

2. In Antwerp, Belgium, it took me five years to see the first black bus driver and seven years to see the first black policeman. You are lucky African-Americans, to see many black police officers and bus drivers around you. I nearly forget, the number of black bus drivers has increased to six in Antwerp.

3. As a matter of fact, I think I’m the only black journalist in Antwerp. Maybe I’m wrong, but I haven’t seen one yet. That doesn’t bother me anyway, but I hate when a Belgian asks me how I got my press card. Press cards don’t fall from trees. I am qualified that’s the reason they gave it to me. Who can ask an African-American such a question? Be happy brothers and sisters.

4. The colour of the black man is very good. When the Belgian racist killer, Hans Van Themsche, went on a rampage looking for black people to kill in Antwerp, he didn’t see me, so I survived because the darkness and my colour were the same. That would have been very bad for the white man since they are easily seen in darkness.

5. A Belgian once asked me: Why the colour of the palm of black man’s hand different from the colour of his back hand? I said to him praise God because we are not monkeys. It’s only monkeys and chimpanzees that have the same black colour in the palm and back of the hand.

6. I have been in Belgium years before the formation of the European Union, which gave the Bulgarians, Romanians etc, the chance to come to Western Europe to work, yet years after working so hard, many Belgians ask me when would I go back to Africa. Is it fair? The reason African-Americans should be happy.

7. Public transport in Belgium, including trams and buses are always late because women are responsible for the preparation of the time schedules, African-Americans, you are lucky your transport are punctual because men prepare the time table.

8. I am in Belgium for fifteen years, yet I have seen any black journalist on Belgium’s television. African-Americans, whatever you are going through, don’t worry, be happy because you have seen hundreds of black journalists on your television.

 

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Comedian Chris Rock on stage

Chris Rock, one of my favourite African-American comedians

9. I don’t feel comfortable when I enter any Belgium shop because they greet me with: Hello what can I do for you? When I haven’t called for help. African-Americans tell me the truth are you often asked the same question? This is the reason you need to be happy.

10. The history of the journey of African-Americans to America, is a heart-wrenching story, emotional and mental torture. Thank God African-Americans, because you don’t see any statues of slave masters or streets named after slave masters. In Belgium; there are many streets named after King Leopold, as well as statues, yet this man killed and maimed over 10 million Africans, including children.

African-Americans due to these reasons, you agree with me that you need to be happy, instead of living an unhappy life, because of racial problems. In whatever situation you find yourselves, brothers and sisters, don’t give up and cease without praying, with God all things are possible.