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.

Jimmy Cliff’s Inspirational ‘Dear Mother’ Lyrics

Cliff 2Jimmy Cliff’s classic album: Follow My Mind.

Apart from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Toots & The Maytals, John Holt, Desmond Decker etc, and other early Jamaican musicians that provided a solid foundation for the reggae music, Jimmy Cliff is one of the  musical legends that rose to international stardom with uncountable hits and numerous albums. 

In this article, it’s not my intention to write about Jimmy Cliff’s biography or achievements in the field of music, since there are hundreds of articles about this great musician and perfect gentleman appointed ‘Peace Ambassador’ by the United Nations, but to share some of his inspiring lyrics.

In 1976, Jimmy Cliff came out with one of his masterpiece albums entitled ‘Follow My Mind.’ On this album were “I’m Gonna Live, I’m Gonna Love, Dear Mother, Remake The World, Wahjahka Man, Going Mad, You’re The Only One, If I follow My Mind, Look At The Mountains, No Woman No Cry, Who Feels It Knows It and Hypocrites.”

One of my favorite songs on this album which sold worldwide is “Dear Mother.” From generation to generation, the lyrics of this great song continue to inspire me, to love my mother more and more, since she still lives, after losing my father when he was just 43. Below  is the lyric of Jimmy Cliff’s ‘Dear Mother.’ Enjoy Jimmy Cliff’s great tunes and golden voice in his film The Harder They Come.’

Dear Mother

Do you have a dear mother

Kind, devoted and true
Dear mother I’m sending to you
Best wishes and all the day through
May your days be cloudless and clear
Bringing to you true happiness each day and night of the year

She’s my mother
And I love her so
More than any other
Anywhere I go

Do you have a dear mother
Kind, devoted and true
Dear mother may all that is fair
Come to you right through the year
While I was a child you were my god
You were always dear to me and always were by my side

She’s my mother
And I love her so, yes I do
More than any other
Anywhere I go

Do you have a dear mother
So devoted and true
Dear mother I’m sending to you
Best wishes and all the day through
May your days be cloudless and clear
Bringing to you true happiness each day and night of the year

She’s my mother
And I love her so, yes I do
More than any other
Anywhere I go, talking ’bout my mother

She’s my mother
And I love her so
More than any other, woman in this world
Anywhere I go

She’s my mother

Listen to ‘Dear Mother’ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f1WZOZUku4

http://www.amazon.com/Jimmy-Cliff/e/B000AR8LMC

UNDER THE DOWNPOUR: Oil Painting On Canvas By Leonid Afremov

DownpourColorful portrait painting – modern way to decorate your room

When we hear the word portrait, we imagine magnificent pictures of historical figures painted centuries ago. Keeping the noble face of a glorified political leader or great musician alive for future generations used to be the main goal of this genre – but not anymore. In our times, artists like Leonid Afremov try to find inspiration in everyday life.

An unintentionally observed scene, two strange girls in the street, a common situation repeating itself over and over again as long as the world exists – but the artist’s vivid imagination is capable of depicting it in fantastically bright colors and making it meaningful and dear to our hearts. Light up your room with this cheerful portrait painting sparkling with all shades of the spectrum!

Friendship under umbrella

It’s no secret that Leonid Afremov is fascinated by the rain. But we can rarely see it so bright and vigorous on his paintings! The rain is falling down in colorful streams painted with quick large strokes densely covering the entire canvas. Surrounded by these rainbow-colored cascades of water, the two heroines of the picture are walking barefoot under the same umbrella admiring the beauty of smeared reflections on the wet asphalt. Who are they? Old friends coming back from school?

Two sisters taking a walk together? Or maybe they just met a few minutes ago because one of them was too absent-minded to take her umbrella and the other was too kind-hearted not to offer hers? We don’t know, but they both seem to be rather delighted by this pastime. The girl on the left is painted in warm yellow shades, while the girl on the right with cold blue ones. If you look at the sidewalk on both sides, you’ll see that their silhouettes divide the canvas in two color zones.

The faces of the girls are blurred and we can’t see their expressions, but we can easily guess their mood in every centimeter of the painting. Bright, emotional and full of life, this portrait will light up the walls of your room and give it a new colorful look!

Who might be interested in buying it?

http://afremov.com/UNDER-THE-DOWNPOUR-PALETTE-KNIFE-Oil-Painting-On-Canvas-By-Leonid-Afremov-Size-24-x30.html