Journalist Frankie Asare-Donkoh’s Wisdom Of The Ancient

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In the early nineties, when writing as a freelance journalist to some newspapers, including ‘Daily Graphic’ in Accra, certain journalists helped me to develop and acquired the skills in writing. Apart George Sydney Abugri and K.B. Asante, Frankie Asare-Donkoh played a significant role in my life as an aspiring writer.

I read many of the afore-mentioned writers’ articles and used their expertise to boost my style of writing, which turned out to be very good for me. Daily Graphic never rejects any article I submit. Sometimes, ‘Ghanaian Times’ will use the same article and change the title.

What makes Frankie’s articles more interesting is the way he articulates and combines his humorous writings. In my recent visit to Cape Coast, I posted a picture on Facebook and immediately heard Frankie’s voice. His comments reminded me of the good old days in Ghana, when contributing regularly to the features, while he writes a column ‘Frankly Speaking’ in Daily Graphic.

Frankie said “Dasssright – see the real Fantes (Ghanaians from Central and Western regions of Ghana) and their usual ‘abrofodzin. (White matters)  In my days at Graphic we usually teased our senior colleague Llyod Evans as being part of the remnants of European Imperialists immorality, and he would usually stop whatever he was doing and chase whoever said it. And here Uncle Savage, Uncle Smith, and Uncle Ephraim bring me those newsroom memories.”

“But one thing is certain: the coastal Fantes no doubt still lead the country when it comes to real ‘brofo’ (English) and it’s not surprisingly Uncle Savage from his Belgium base continuously and savagely takes on the Europeans any time they try to humiliate Africans. Kudos, my brother, you didn’t only inherit the European name, but also the language with which you tell them what others are not able to.”

While in Britain, Mr. Asare-Donkoh also worked on one of my books. I give my thanks to him and all the journalists that partially and wholly helped to shape my career as a writer. I have really enjoyed my profession without regrets.

Frankie Asare-Donkoh’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fasado

Read ‘The Daily Graphic online.’: http://graphic.com.gh/

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Why We Should Crave For Spiritual Things Than Material Things

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Many dream of becoming a millionaire and they want it quick, because it is made to understand that without money or wealth, there wouldn’t be any success in life. Thus, the love for money and the chase for wealth go on without ceasing, bringing crime, greed, misery and death to our homes.

When the great teacher, Jesus Christ, was tempted by Satan, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ Jesus’ answer indicates that human beings need also spiritual food.

What is spiritual food by the way? Just like we need physical food for physical strength, we need spiritual food for spiritual strength. Why spiritual strength necessary for man?  At every moment we need spiritual strength to fight bravely against fear, doubt, worry, jealousy and imperfection. Also spiritual strength helps us to endure daily trials and tribulations, without thinking of ending your life in the deepest crisis.

Evidently, there is no doubt that many people lack spiritual strength to fight some of these unseen forces and immoralities, drifting them into the tunnel of darkness. The Buddhist, Spiritual leaders and Yoga teachers, can tell you the significance of spirituality, because when we pray and meditate, we crave for spiritual things, by reading the scriptures, without much desire for material things. After all what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? We came with nothing into the world and we leave with nothing.

Spiritual strength is acquired through daily prayers and meditation. It gives one the ability to liberate himself and to manifest the Divine on earth.  Many rich people even though have thousands of friends, due to the lack of strength in the heart; they still feel lonely and insecure. It is very hard to forgive sometimes when someone hurts you, but we must try to forgive, because forgiveness brings unexpected showers of blessing.

I have said it over and over that ‘Whatever happens to me benefits me.’ Prayers, meditation, the lessons and whatever I’ve gone through in my life, have given me the knowledge and wisdom to raise a happy family, to avoid crime, being a drug addict or trafficker and keeping me from going to jail. This makes me feel like a millionaire even though I’ve no penny in my pocket.

The State Of The European Union And The Impact Of Television On The Society

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Joel Savage interviews Sergi Vicente, the Director of Barcelona Televisio.

Apartheid bowed to democracy in South Africa, the Berlin wall came tumbling down and the Soviet Union collapsed. Globally things were financially, economically and politically falling apart, when the European Union was formally established on November I, 1993, to share free market and single monetary policy for over more than 300 million citizens.

Many Europeans, including Belgians, argue that things were better and life more comfortable, before the European Union was formed. For example, the past and present turmoil in other European countries, including Greece, reveal the European Union is unstable and steering into stormy waters.

My recent visit to Barcelona, I called on Mr. Sergi Vicente, the director of Barcelona Televisio, to give me his views and opinion on the present state of the European Union and the impact of the television on the society. Below are the excerpts of the interview.

Joel: There are thousands of Europeans, especially Western Europe, who aren’t satisfied over the formation of the European Union, because the pattern of lives changed, as prices of commodities escalated, affecting, the economy and the standard living of Europeans, leaving many unemployed. Let’s take Greece for example. What do you think?

Vicente: I don’t see the unification of the European Union as a failure. There are advantages and disadvantages in everything but in regard to the Union, the best has been achieved. Transparency, Communication, integration and the growth of successful free market, are some of the achievements. Besides, the EU has thrived to develop liberty, justice,  education, prosperity, peace, security, the protection of the environment and health, thus; helping to disseminate basic human values at the global level.

Joel: Lack of employment, is a situation many Europeans are facing today. What’s the employment situation in Spain?

Vicente: As you just said, it’s a crisis many Europeans are facing, yet the problem has led to the creation of new jobs in other fields to reduce the unemployment rate. Unemployment may be long or short term, but things will improve.

Joel: Journalism is rapidly losing its credibility, that’s the way many feel, because a lot of the media hide the truth and facts from the public. What’s your opinion?

Vicente: As a journalist heading an institution, we try our best to give the right information to the general public. This is the reason readers and viewers have favourite newspapers or television stations. Being transparent is one of the tools to build a good reputation. So I don’t see the reason the media should mislead people.

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Mr. Sergi Vicente, Director of Barcelona Televisio.

Joel: Barcelona used to be a city for drug addicts and peddlers. Is there any change?

Vicente: You’ve already seen that there is a dramatic change in the city, since the country is one of the most visited tourists attraction in the world. The mayor, police and other officials had worked hard and still relentlessly working hard to make the city  healthy and  safe for tourists.

Joel: Television is a great source of entertainment and education, yet many believe it’s responsible for crime and immorality which have plagued and crippled our society.

Vicente: I can’t say television is responsible for crime, even though I agree that it has both advantages and disadvantages.Children are protected and cared by adults, thus, it’s the responsibility of parents to control what children watch on the television. Controling children is part of the training and caring for children. Bad friends can also influence children. As a matter of fact, television educates more than influencing children negatively.

Joel: Mr. Vicente, thanks for the interview.

Vicente: You are welcome.

Beware Of The Pedophile That Lurks In The Community To Harm Your Child.

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Give them an inch, they take a yard, give them a yard; they take a mile, that’s how the world goes from bad to worse daily without any solution. There is no doubt, we are now living in a very dangerous world, as children being kidnapped and falling victims to pedophiles. The question is: How often do we speak to our children about those threatening dangers?

As a father with three children, nothing scares me more than the future of my children, especially my third son who is just eight. Europe is a good place, in regard to education, but very bad on moral issues. Here the law permits a child to have a boyfriend or girlfriend at the age of sixteen. A child begins to smoke while at school. Such things do not exist in Africa.

My wife feels bad sometimes because we don’t have a daughter. Yes; I feel sad sometimes because I don’t have a daughter, however; sometimes, I am very happy to have three sons without any girl, because it is very difficult to raise your daughter in Europe as an African. Consumed by the Western life, nothing keeps them sober or obedient. I know many Africans who couldn’t handle the outrageous character of their daughters, sometimes ending up as a problem to the police and the social offices.

Violence, crime and immorality are some of the disturbing issues parents are concerned. In the neighbourhood lurks paedophile trying to harm your children. The news we read pertaining the crime adults, especially men, commit against children, immediately aware our consciousness that probably the world is gradually coming to an end, because the prophesies in the Bible are taking place one after another.

The European Commission showed a 77 per cent increase in murders, robberies, assaults and sexual offences in the UK, since Labour came to power. The total number of violent offences recorded compared to population is higher than any other country in Europe, as well as America, Canada, Australia and South Africa. This is the information I gathered during my study over crime in Europe recently.

Parents are the greatest influence on their children. Children learn to talk, walk, and interact by watching their parents. As a child grows up, he or she looks to the parents to provide guidance, information, nurturing, and expectations. I once went on the internet showing death of many children to Little Joe, my son. After watching in bewilderment, he asked “Papa what happened to them?”

“Adults they trust killed them,” I answered.

“Thank you Papa, I will be careful.’ He said. Whether I did a wrong thing or not, that doesn’t bother me, all what I want him to understand is the dangers in this world, especially on the computer for him to be careful.

I Am An African Writer, Thus; My Writings Reflect On My Culture

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Once a journalist asked Chinua Achebe, one of Africa’s greatest and international known writers, the reason he hasn’t written any book about Europe or America. Achebe responded by saying that a lot has already been written about those two continents. Yes, there are thousands of European and American writers but only a few write about Africa, and what they write is disgusting, just like how the colonial masters underdeveloped the continent.

The Western and America media promote Africa as a continent of poverty, war, disease and ethnic conflicts, than a place where tons of raw materials are imported to feed, employ and develop the Advanced Countries. Even though poverty has prevented many African children  out of schools, social problems in Advanced Countries exceed what is in Africa. It is often said that one of the reasons of teenage pregnancy is illiteracy, yet Britain leads with teenage pregnancy followed by America.

 

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Teenage pregnancy, a common problem in Britain and America than Africa.

We need to find out the reasons educated Britain and America are facing teenage pregnancy explosion, despite their best educational facilities, while such problems are less in underestimated Africa. So who is learning? I am an African writer, therefore my writing reflects on my culture, Africa can be set on top of the mountain by the Western and American media, as number one problem continent in the world, yet Europe and America have no solutions to their innumerable social problems, including teenage smoking, drug abuse, child abuse, immorality, drug trafficking and suicide.

The face of Africa is physically and medically disfigured and tainted. Many of Africa’s hardships were caused by external factors, but how many times adults and teenagers in Africa commit suicide like Europeans and Americans?  A British or American says it’s not important to study or learn anything about Africa. Many will scratch their heads when you ask them of the capital city of an African country, yet an African child can tell you everything including the geographical positions about America and Europe. Who is the clever one?

Being an African writer residing in Europe, for a very long time doesn’t make me European. I am still an African and therefore writes like an African. The more the foreign media excavates the earth to throw dust on Africa, the more I also dig the weaknesses, immorality and every disease plaguing the European and American societies, for others, especially those in the Third World Countries, to know that not everything that glitters is gold. In fact, I don’t even think there is anything in America called ‘The American Dream’ because many are poor and roofless.

Frankly speaking, despite everything Africans have passed through, including the Aids and Ebola crimes, it’s one of the happiest continents in the world, happier than Europe and America, because they don’t commit suicide. I will repeat, they don’t commit suicide, thus; instead of the media keep underestimating Africa, they should rather write about how they survive in that harsh continent, to save the mass Europeans and Americans killing themselves.

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Social drinking problems are commonly seen in Europe.What are they doing?

I am very happy to be one of the African immigrants to force my way to Europe to study and learn about Europeans and Americans. There are problems everywhere but since journalism has lost its credibility, it’s no more shamefulness for journalists to write any nonsense, since, at the end of the month, they will be paid to feed their families.

I eat, drink and write like an African, without competing with anyone.  Since I have readers interested in what I write,  it makes me feel I’m writing something they like. You may put down your pen as quick as possible if you step into the writing world, with money in mind. Let your passion propel you to write without ceasing and later you will make money as a writer.

The Truth About Jesus: He Is Still Alive

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“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. That’s one of the numerous quotes by Jesus, recorded at Matthew 7:7-8. Apart from “Love thy Neighbour as thyself,” I consider this particular quote recorded at Matthew 7:7-8, as one of the most powerful gospel quotes by Jesus.

Imagine, can you know the deliciousness of a food when you haven’t tasted it? Without making a journey to a place, how can you know the beauty of that place, because pictures aren’t enough? Without reading the Bible to understand the gospel, to seek the face of Jesus, how can you know him? It’s necessary to search for something before you can find, isn’t it?

Again when you need something without asking, how do you receive it? And when you are entering the house of your neighbour, you may stand behind the door for hours, if you don’t knock on the door to be welcomed. “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.”

With the world full of crime, immorality, wickedness and the shed of innocent blood, I wonder why atheists and scientists don’t try to heal the world, but rather try to distort the gospel, change the faith of believers, to join them in putting petrol into the high burning unquenchable flame that we are experiencing presently in our society.

I would like to share this remarkable story entitled A DIVINE INTERVENTION: Texas Teen Says He Saw Jesus Before Being Revived, which appeared in ‘thesechristiantimes.com.

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A Texas Teen Says He Saw Jesus Before Being Revived. Zack Clements  suddenly collapsed while running in P.E. class. He was clinically dead for 20 minutes. What he saw during that time can only be explained by the faith that so many believe in. Doctors can’t explain the miracle, but the family believes that a divine hand may had played a major role in the recovery of Zack Clements.

According to Clements, “they said I was without a heart beat for 20 minutes.”

When doctors finally got a pulse, Clements was airlifted to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. He would wake up there in the intensive care unit days later.
His recovery has been hard to believe, but even more amazing is the story he tells of what he saw when his heart stopped beating.

“When I was out those 20 minutes, I saw a man who had long ruffled hair and kind of a thick beard, and it didn’t take me long to realize that that was Jesus,” he said.
He described what the family is convinced was a miracle.
“I went up to him and he put his hand on my shoulder and he told me everything would be alright and not to worry.”

His father Billy Clements says he know it’s a difficult story for many people to accept, however for him and his family, it’s the only thing that makes sense.
“For him to wake up and tell us something he experienced like that. It’s just you can’t explain it. It’s not humanly possible to explain it,” said Billy Clements.

The teen’s mother, Teresa Clements says although it may be a medical mystery to doctors, she has accepted that her son coming back to life was a result of divine intervention.
“I’m just glad he decided to let me have my baby back,” said Teresa Clements.

How do we explain this amazing event? Was Zack’s near death experience a divine intervention? Did he really see the Face of God?

The writer’s opinion:

Let your yes be yes, and no be no. Don’t let any devil rob you of your joy and faith. Don’t be deceived that money will give you all the happiness and comfort, because many rich people continue to commit suicide. If you need food to be strong, then feed your body spiritually as well, by reading the gospel, to stand firm to pass the test, trials and tribulations in this wicked world.

Pray Without Ceasing

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We often read ‘Pray without ceasing,’ but how serious do we consider this statement? Imagine if a car, after running thousands of kilometers, needs servicing, lubrication and changing of engine oil etc; to run efficiently, what is the spiritual strength of a human being, who eats and sleeps daily without prayers, to boost his spiritual life against temptation, sins of the flesh and bad spiritual forces?

Scholars, atheists, scientists and non-believers continue to tamper with the doctrines of the gospel, twisting and changing facts, just to put people astray and ruin the society as witnessing today. But don’t be surprised because the prophesy in the Bible over such events must be fulfilled. Everyone is after money, fame and material things, because the mind is polluted to believe that money is the only thing that can give mankind satisfaction.

Money is good, but can’t buy one peace and happiness. In fact, the love for money has generated crime and brought immoralities on the internet and television, through bad advertisements. What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? The scripture says ‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.’- Luke 21:33. Then again: ‘Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’- Matthew 6: 33.

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Like the changing of clothes daily, prayer should be part of our lives. How inefficient a farmer could be without farm equipment? If prayer isn’t necessary to keep us strong in times of sadness or temptation, Jesus wouldn’t have said to the tempter “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4.

Jesus said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. If everything fail try Jah’s love and see the result. Don’t turn to God only when you have difficulties or want something. Let that faith you have in Him inspire you to read the Bible and pray without ceasing. You will definitely see your progress, prosperity and success pouring like a ripe fruit falling and spreading under the tree.