Monthly Archives: May 2011

Fordham to Offer New Course in West African Language, Twi.

Contact: Syd Steinhardt
(212) 636-6534
steinhardt@fordham.edu

A course in Twi, the most widely spoken language in the West African nation of Ghana, will be taught at Fordham next summer.

Fordham will be the only New York City university to teach this language of the Akan people, the largest single linguistic group in the country. The official language of Ghana, where hundreds of languages and dialects are spoken, is English.

The Bronx has the highest concentration of African immigrants in the United States, said Mark Naison, Ph.D., chair of the Department of African and African-American Studies at Fordham. There are about 36,000 Africans in the Bronx, as assessed by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005-2007 American Community Survey, a large percentage of whom are Ghanaian. There are also significant numbers of Nigerians, Malians, Guineans and Gambians.

That number is likely higher, according to Jane Kani Edward, Ph.D., director of African Immigration Research and a post-doctoral fellow at Fordham. She based that assessment on her team’s interviews with Bronx Africans in places such as mosques and churches, as well as at Fordham.

Ghanaians comprise a major portion of the labor force in health care, particularly nursing homes, Naison said. That fact, and the number of first-generation Ghanaian-American children enrolled in the public school system, contributed to the decision to teach the language at Fordham.

“Twi is for people wanting to teach, and for people working in health care, in the Bronx,” he said. “Teachers will be able to talk to their students’ parents and health care workers will be able to communicate with patients.”

The teaching of the language is one example of a greater prominence to be given to Africa at Fordham in the coming year. The African Cultural Exchange, a two dozen-strong student group led by Kojo Ampah, a junior at Fordham College at Rose Hill, plans to hold an African festival in February as one way to “bring Africa to the fore,” he said. Eventually, Ampah hopes that the cultural exchange will grow to become a resource for African issues.

Naison agreed.

“Fordham is a place where African culture and history is going to be discussed on a regular basis,” he said.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 14,700 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in Westchester, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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What are you seriously waiting for?

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, and then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we believe that we’ll be more content when they are.

After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.  We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when we’re able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire.

The truth is there’s no better time to be happy than…

RIGHT NOW!!!

If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. Happiness is the way.

So, treasure every moment that you have, and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, (special enough to spend your time with), and remember that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting…

** until your car or home is paid off.

** until you get a new car or home.

** until your kids leave the house.

** until you go back to school.

** until you finish school.

** until you lose 10 lbs.

** until you gain 10 lbs.

** until you get married.

** until you get a divorce.

** until you have kids.

** until you retire.

** until summer.

** until spring.

** until winter.

** until fall.

** until you die.

There is no better time than RIGHT NOW to be happy.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

So,

Work like you don’t need money.

Love like you’ve never been hurt,

And dance like no one’s watching.

Money can buy pleasure… but not love;

Money can buy a show… but not joy;

Money can buy a slave… but not a friend;

Money can buy a woman… but not a wife;

Money can buy a house… but not a home;

Money can buy food… but not an appetite;

Money can buy medicines… but not health;

Money can buy diplomas… but not culture;

Money can buy books… but not intelligence;

Money can buy tranquillizers. but not peace;

Money can buy indulgences… but not forgiveness;

Money can buy the earth… but not the sky.

“It is not necessary to regret what you cannot repair”. -Samuel Johnson

Ghana: 40 funny acronyms for groups emerging from the NDC!

Acronyms for groups emerging after Nana Konadu declared to contest President Mills. Ei Ghana! Let's know which one you would prefer to join.
1. FOAM - Friends Of Atta Mills
2. GAME - Get Atta Mills Elected
3. SADAM - Sons And Daughters of Atta Mills
4. BASAM - Br3d3s And Sisters of Atta Mills
5. SEA - Supporters of Egya Atta
6. FAFAM - Friends And Family of Atta Mills
7. ENEMA - ENEmies of Massa Atta
8. SAEMA - Secret Admirers of Egya Mills Atta
9. AMASS -Atta Mills Association of Slow Starters (HQ- OSU)
10. PWAJMAUA- People Who Are Just Mad About Uncle Atta. Motto: Don't mind the long name!
11. FS 24 RA - Font Size 24 Readers Association Motto: Seeing is Believing.
12. AMSSAC - Atta Mills Society of Sycophants And Cowards.
13. OMAMA - Oh Massa Atta, Make Active.
14. SUAME - Supporting Unilaterally Atta Mills Everyday.
15. AMFCV - Atta Mills Foundation For Contractors and Vets.
16. MAMW - Massa Atta Make Wild!
17. DJAM -DJs Against Mills  Motto: Enkoyie...
18. AMA - Ahba Massa Atta!!
19. AFGUAN - Alliance For Getting Uncle Atta Nominated
20. AFWAS - Association For West African Slowpokes. Chairman -Uncle Atta. Motto : We shall get there someday..
21. KAO - Kick Atta Out!
22. PKOA - Prefer Konadu Over Atta
23. TAFAM- Tamale Footsoldiers Against Mills
24. WWEAM - We Want Evans Atta Mills
25. MTN 2012 - Mills Tena Nky3n 2012
26. AFAC - Atta FAn Club
27. ATONE 2012- Atta Or No Election 2012
28. FAMAKO - Friends of Atta Mills Against KOnadu
29. AMOGS - Atta Mills Opposition Go Shame
30. BANK 2012: Back Atta Not Konadu
31. PAOK - Prefer Atta Over Konadu
32. DWFAFC- Dzi wo fie asem fun club
33. LOAFS - Lovers Of Atta's Fashion Statements. Motto: Political suit all the way.
34. COHIGRA - Coalition of Hitting the Ground Runners Association. Its only a
theoritical group with no practical experience...
35. FOAMACH:Friends Of Atta Mills Against Cat Hunting
36. LUMEAM: Lucky Mensah Against Mills. Motto: No payola, No support.
37. VUBA - Volta United Behind Atta
38. OLONKA - Organised Ladies for Nana Konadu Agemang-Rawlings
39. AFKoM - Abankyetufuo for Koo Mills. Motto: the deeper the dig, the better the booty.
40. AGeYSO - Atta Get Your Swag On!
NB: These acronyms were collated from some good people of Ghana. The land of Humor. It is all for fun.
Don't take it personal if you are an NDC supporter or fanatic. LOL
Long Live Ghana!

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pregnancy!

Whether you’re a woman who hasn’t yet been pregnant or a man who wants to better understand what an expectant mother really goes through, these 10 things that occur while a woman is pregnant are all strange and often disturbing. These are the weird things that happen during pregnancy that people probably won’t tell you about.

 1. You Could Be Pregnant For Over A Year

Most pregnancies last for about 9 months and doctors are likely to induce labor if pregnancy goes on too long. That being said, it is possible to be pregnant for a whole year. The world’s longest pregnancy lasted 375 days, strangely, the baby was only a little under seven pounds.
It certainly puts a whole new perspective on being a few weeks late, doesn’t it?


 2. A Male Fetus Can Get Erections In The Womb

Most mothers don’t like to think about their baby boys getting erections, even when they are teenagers, but the fact is that many baby boys get boners while they’re still in the womb. In fact, babies of both sexes are known to masturbate in utero, but boys are the only ones who can be caught while aroused on the sonogram.

If having sex while pregnant seemed a little creepy before now, just imagine what your baby is doing while you make love.

3. Your Entire Undercarriage Might Need Stitches

The last place any woman wants stitches is in her taint, but many mothers have to get that area closed up surgically. Nine out of ten women have some type of vaginal tearing after birth, but there are many degrees of tearing. Some tears only require a little care or a few stitches, but the really bad cases go from the vagina all the way to the anus. Some can even affect the muscles beyond your anus. On the upside, tearing that reaches the anus is somewhat rare and only affects one in one hundred mothers.
Massaging the area prior to child birth can reduce tearing, but even then, it won’t completely stop tearing in most people. Suddenly, getting a C-section started sounding a whole lot more appealing, huh?

 4. You May Just Poop Yourself

During childbirth, it is extremely common for a woman to accidentally expel the contents of her bowels. There is a good reason for this –the muscles you use to push the baby out are the same ones you ordinarily use during a bowel movement. As if that weren’t enough to get your sphincter ready to go, the baby directly pushes on the rectum as it makes its exit, helping to squeeze out anything near the exit.

In olden times, it was common for nurses to give enemas prior to labor, but this practice didn’t end up stopping the mess from happening and often caused dehydration. These days, your doctors and nurses will be ready to help clean up the mess. In most cases, they won’t even say anything about it so you won’t know the difference.
It does make you think twice about filming the birth though, doesn’t it?

5. You Really Will Glow

Saying a pregnant woman is glowing is a common expression, but most people chalk it up to the woman’s excitement about becoming a mommy. As it turns out though, glowing skin is a very real thing for pregnant women. While you’re pregnant, the amount of blood in your body will increase by 50%. The extra blood ends up showing through the skin in many areas, particularly the cheeks.

On top of this, hormones cause the oil glands to become more active, resulting in a softer, shinier appearance. When the increased blood flow combines with shine, the result is a noticeable glow.

 6. Your Sense of Smell Gets Better

During pregnancy, your sense of smell increases drastically, as does your sense of taste. Scientists hypothesize that this is to help pregnant mothers avoid eating small levels of toxins that might not be dangerous to an adult, but could be deadly to a fetus. As smoke, alcohol and coffee are all particularly noticeable to pregnant women, this theory certainly seems to be on the right path.

 7. Contractions Don’t Stop After Birth

Most mothers will have contractions for the first few days after birth. The muscle cramps are the body’s way of stopping excess blood loss. On the upside, if you give birth at the hospital, you’ll still be pretty drugged up and will probably barely even notice.

 8. You Don’t Really Need To Eat For Two

Despite the widespread rumors that say pregnant women need to gain all the weight they can in order to give birth a healthy baby, the truth is that most women will only need an extra 300 calories per day. That’s equivalent to about one serving of yogurt and half a bagel. Most women only need to gain about 25 pounds throughout their entire pregnancy.

Of course, if you happen to be at the buffet and are having a tough time resisting the desserts section, go ahead and sneak a little extra. No one will give a pregnant woman a hard time if she pigs out.

9. Your Feet Can Grow Up To One Full Shoe Size

If you’re wondering why your feet will get so big when you only gain 25 pounds, it has to do with the excess pressure on your feet paired with relaxed ligaments in your body. As your pregnancy wears on, your body starts to release the tightness of its ligaments to help with the birthing process. Unfortunately for your shoes, this also means your feet start to lose their arch and stretch out on the sides. The flatter, wider shape of your feet will probably be temporary, but if they grew too much, the change could end up being permanent. If your feet do stay a bit larger, it certainly will serve as a great excuse to buy more shoes.

10. The Father Might Show Symptoms of Pregnancy

It’s surprisingly common for a father-to-be to start gaining weight, getting morning sickness and even feel cramps in his lower abdomen. The condition is known as a sympathetic pregnancy or the Couvade Syndrome, which comes from the french word couvee meaning “to hatch”.

Renewable Energy: Kenya shows the way for Africa!

Kenya Wind Farm

There are some 700 million people in Africa without access to electricity. As the continent modernizes, those people will need power. But could African power be a perfect place for leapfrog technology–when a developing society goes straight to the most modern technology without going through the iterations seen in the developed world? A new windfarm in Kenya might indicate yes.

The $870 million Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, set to begin construction in December, will be the largest wind farm in Africa when it is completed. The project, which will be built in a remote area near the Lake Turkana basin, will use 360 wind turbines to pump out 300 megawatts of power–enough to power tens of thousands of homes and add 30% more energy capacity to Kenya’s grid. LWTP, a consortium of Kenyan and Dutch organizations including Anset Africa and KP&P, also plans to install a 266-mile-long transmission line to bring energy from the turbine project to the main grid.

This is a big step for Africa’s renewable energy capacity, but there is still a long way to go. There is only one grid-linked solar power project currently operating on the continent (in Rwanda), though there are several under construction. And at least one country in the region–South Africa–relies almost entirely on coal for energy.

But if LTWP is completed on schedule (by 2014) and without any future financing issues, investors may soon come around to the idea that large-scale renewable projects in Africa make sense.

5 things I learnt from the Royal Wedding

I am going to keep this simple and straight to the point. That is one thing I learnt from the Royal Wedding. Without mincing words, let’s check the following:

  1. Respect for time

Time is the only thing that we equally have on earth. 24 hours for each person. 3 days for each individual. Why did I say 3 days? Three days: yesterday, today and tomorrow. Yesterday is the past and we take lessons from that, today is now and we make choices. Tomorrow is the future and today defines that. We live in a part of the world where time is so neglected. From the president to the ordinary citizen. The Ghana Man Time (GMT) has defined the way we do things. I observed that everyone was at the wedding on time. Even the Queen was 1 minute earlier than the time that she was supposed to show up. Let us learn something from that because I remember a cadet boy collapsing when I was in secondary school during a speech day because the president at that time who was the Guest of Honor was one hour late for the function. The boy couldn’t stand for that long.

2. Ladies have a new yardstick and dreams now.

I love the way some people dream. And yes it is good to dream. Some even went to the extent of fighting over Prince William on twitter. How interesting! Someone who was getting married.  The gentlemen of today have a problem. The ladies saw something and that has been etched on their brains. ‘It is either a wedding like this or nothing else’ someone said. Can the guys do it? I don’t think that is possible so I plead with the ladies to lower their expectations a little bit. We can’t spend millions on the wedding and have nothing to spend afterwards. Investment is very important. There is difference between a wedding and marriage and the latter is not a joke.

3. From a commoner to a princess

That was the headline on CNN. I believe that Kate now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge never in her life envisaged getting married to someone from the royal family. She was a nobody. Someone from a very humble family. If an angel had descended from heaven and given her that prophecy, she might not have believed and yet she is now living the life. No matter your beginning… no matter where you are coming from… no matter your family, you can be a great, influential and respected person in the society. That is one thing we should not overlook for a second. As you live, there is hope for the future. Never ever quit. When I talk to people who have tried committing suicide, I marvel at how they think. You don’t know what you will get while you are alive. The Book of Proverbs says that, “a live dog is more important than a dead lion.” You will be somebody in future. Stop belittling yourself and never despise smaller beginnings.

4. Simplicity is awesome

Did you see the cars? Bet you did! They were so neat. Neat to the extent that they could make you scream for joy. Someone was asking about the people who waxed the cars. It is all about maintenance especially with the carriage that was built in 1902 (I am told) but was still used for the occasion. The Duke of Cambridge dressed simply.

Dresses and everything used for the occasion were impeccable. I didn’t see any showcase of breasts (the tradition of SOME Ghanaian ladies now.) I didn’t see anyone causing trouble as seen at certain weddings. Lastly, it took less than 45 minutes to end the wedding which is something you don’t see in Ghana. Pastors talk for hours. Services are held for hours just to bless one wedding. That time could be used to do something productive. To the GH pastors, please learn to cut certain things short. Spending a lot of hours at a wedding doesn’t help.

5. Don’t miss Heaven

Ok I know it is very difficult or impossible for someone to have a wedding as grand as this. The whole world came to a standstill. It is one of the most watched events in the history of the world. It was huge and magnificent. If you are unable to enjoy such a thing as this….. If you are unable to experience life as a prince….. If you are unable to see all this grandeur in your life, why do you have to also miss heaven? That is the ultimate. Why suffer on earth and also suffer in hell? Make a choice today. Thank you.

FRIENDS OF GLO GHANA!


This association was born in January 2010 and incorporated in January 2011. The main objective for forming it is to help build a stronger African brand for Africans by Africans.

It must be put on record that this association is not a supporters union but to turn abstract subscription of Glo into community helping hands through physical friendship. The association currently has around 5,600 members on facebook and other social networking sites. Some of the activities of the association include;

  1. Glo Green Ghana– which will function as a tree planting arm for the association to help turn deforested lands into green forest. This activity is in line with the world climate agenda against green house immersions. The slogan for this arm of association is “whiles we talk we turn Africa green.”
  2. Glo Rural Aid – This will be into rural community development by providing basic social amenities like boreholes, direct supply of second hand clothes etc. The slogan for this arm of the association is “ Glo together with you will bright the corner you are”
  3. Glo tertiary debates– will help to put to test the minds of our intellectuals in our various tertiary institutions on national issues in non-partisan topics to bring the best out of them. The slogan for this arm is “Glo- helping tertiary minds to flourish.”
  4. Glo cultural platform– will bring together all community cultural troops into a battle on a national stage to show our rich culture. The slogan for Glo cultural platform is “our culture, our identity”
  5. Glo health awareness – will sample some diseases and create awareness and screening in our various communities. We will also organize and allow the various fitness associations into our association. “Our health is our wealth”
  6. Glo empowerment summit– shall help young graduates prepare for the job market by providing training. Those who want to be entrepreneurs will also be trained for the corporate world.
  7. Glo community games – will bring fun into our various communities by bringing face to face local football and basketball groups into battle. Lesser known sports like snooker will also be encouraged.
  8. Glo teaching Aid – will seek to help young members by organizing free vacation classes for them. Senior members will be encouraged to volunteer to teach in various communities. But there shall be rewards at the end of the exercise. The slogan is “Education is the preserve of all”

All these activities are geared towards strengthening the bond between Glo and its customers and to portray GLO as a real partner for development.

A membership ID card will open a world of opportunities for you.  Join and let’s move Ghana forward!

OFFICE OF FRIENDS OF GLO GHANA

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