Sunday, January 18, 2009
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
I WILL BE AT THE NEXT MEETING, AND MUST I SAY THAT THE END OF THIS SUMMER HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT COMPLICATED AND FULL OF SURPRISES FOR ME... I HAVE WANTED TO GO TO THE MEETINGS BUT SO MUCH HAS COME UP AND NOT ONLY THAT IT SEEMS LIKE THE FLU IS GOING AROUND AND I GOT SICK UP TIL NOW. I AM SAD TO HEAR THAT JONTONNETTE IS LEAVING OR IF NOT ALREADY LEFT =(
I AM HAPPY TO READ THAT THE PICTURES ARE COMING ALONG AND DEVELOPED!! I CANT WAIT TO SEE THEM AND REMEMBER ALL OF WHAT I SAW AND THE PICTURES I TOOK OF PLACES AND PEOPLE... I ALWAYS REMEMBER GHANA AND WHAT A NICE EXPERIENCE IT WAS...11
P.S. SORRY I HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO CONTACT YOU ERIK. THANKS FOR CARING!!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
IM MISSING GHANA LIKE CRAZY!!! IT WAS SO HARD GETTING TO SAY GOOD BYE TO THE KIDS AND THERE ISN'T A DAY THAT I DON'T THINK ABOUT WHAT IS BACK IN GHANA... THE PLANE RIDES WERE SO LONG, BUT IT WAS WORST HAVING TO SIT IN THE AIRPORT. IT GAVE ME ALOT OF TIME TO THINK. I ALSO MISS MY ROOMMATE NAOMI!!! I MISS EVERYONE!!! I WAS SO HAPPY TO BE BACK THOUGH... I MISSED MY MOM REALLY BADLY AND WAS SO HAPPY TO TAKE A HOT SHOWER AND SLEEP IN MY BED!!! I WAS SICK THE FIRST FEW DAYS BACK. I HAD REALLY BAD STOMACH PROBLEMS AND NAUSEA FOLLOWED BY HEADACHES, BUT NOW I AM MY NORMAL SELF AGAIN. AS I THINK ABOUT WHAT IS BACK IN GHANA, I ANTICIPATE THE DAY THAT I WILL GO BACK (HOPEFULLY) AND THINK ABOUT HOW TO ME, GHANA IS LIKE A SECOND HOME.
I DEFINITLY SEE HOW MY VALUES CHANGED AND THIS EXPERIENCE BROUGHT ME AND MY FAMILY CLOSER!!
I MISS EVERYONE THAT WENT ON THAT TRIP.... I LOVE YOU GUYS AND THANK YOU FOR LETTING OUR RELATIONSHIP GROW BIGGER!!
GHANA IS THE BEST, MISS YOU!!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
| By Will Ross |
BBC News, Accra
The Ghanaian government spent more than $1.4m (£704,000) buying 515 gold medals from a company based in the Channel Islands, officials have confirmed.
Almost half the medals were given out last week to prominent citizens at a colourful national awards ceremony.
The government says the rest will be presented over the next four years.
The medals are intended to reward outstanding contributions to Ghana. But critics say the money would have been better spent alleviating poverty.
Recipients included politicians, chiefs, business leaders and even the country's President, John Kufuor, who will step down at the end of the year.
| || We are suffering. As of now, some of us cannot even pay our school fees |
He was given the highest award, the Grand Order of the Star and Eagles of Ghana.
Set in 18-carat gold, it was also the most expensive.
At $65,000 (£32,700), President Kufuor's award cost many times more than an Olympic gold medal.
This prompted one journalist to make a joke comparing Mr Kufuor to the medallion-wearing American rapper, 50 Cent.
Medals 'not extravagant'
As people woke up in Ghana to learn the cost of the medals from newspapers and radios, many were shocked and disappointed.
"We are suffering," one Accra businessman told the BBC. "As of now, some of us cannot even pay our school fees," he said.
| || How can the president decorate himself with such expensive jewellery when people are in dire need of basic amenities? |
Dr Tony Aidoo
National Democratic Congress (NDC)
"The medals will not bring anything to the country," said another.
"They are just for individuals so the money has just gone to waste," he added.
The Deputy Information Minister, Frank Agyekum, disagreed.
"You can't put a price tag on an award which is meant to encourage, motivate and congratulate people for making a great contribution to the country," he said. "This was not extravagant."
"The remaining medals will be used for the next three to four years," he added, before noting that even beauty pageant winners are given a whole house these days.
In recent years, the awarding of national honours has been a low key affair, but this year the government said it was keen to help unite the politically divided country.
Politicians from rival parties were offered medals, but the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), boycotted the event.
Not surprisingly, the NDC is now making a noise about the cost of the awards
"This was a severe misplacement of priority and an insult to the intelligence of Ghanaians," said Tony Aidoo, a senior member of the party.
"How can the president decorate himself with such expensive jewellery when people are in dire need of basic amenities?" he asked, calling for a parliamentary enquiry, and for evidence that the remaining medals really exist.
The fact that the head of the Ashanti Kingdom, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, could not collect his award because he was mediating a chieftaincy dispute, shows the need for nation building in Ghana.
| || Peace and stability are priceless on the African continent |
Bright Simons, Imani Centre for Policy and Education
"Peace and stability are priceless on the African continent," said Bright Simons, of the Ghanaian think tank, the Imani Centre for Policy and Education.
"If the process had succeeded in building a lot of reconciliation across the political spectrum, it would have been worth it," he added.
Mr Simons said the intention was honourable, but suggested the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), could have managed the event better - by including members from across the political divide in an independent awards committee.
Ghanaians are also waiting to learn how the proceeds are spent from recently discovered oil in the country, estimated to total 2 billion barrels.
Those worried that Ghana may follow the lead of Angola and Nigeria will seek little comfort from news of how $1.4m has been spent on the medals. Some Ghanaians are also asking why the medals could not have been produced locally - especially as their country is Africa's second largest producer of gold.
Published: 2008/07/11 19:09:12 GMT
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