Posts Tagged Africa
I find it very distasteful to read articles like the latest one on an Ugandan called Kony, who until yesterday I didn’t know existed [anymore]. You can wonder how up to date I am on current affairs all you want but an MBA schedule doesn’t allow me the time to read about people like the Konys of this world.
My rant is simply this.
Don’t refer to Kony as an ‘African Warlord’, and yes I am talking about The Christian Science Monitor’s latest headline on Kony.
Kony is an African but not an African Warlord. He probably qualifies as a Ugandan Warlord being the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and all.
I did a presentation in class yesterday about Ghana and why investors should come invest there and you use your widely read website to plant another seed about why people shouldn’t invest in Ghana and other Africa just because of Kony 2012?
If you made the editorial decision of not headline “Kony 2012: Campaign against Ugandan Warlord..” because it wouldn’t drive as much traffic as “Kony 2012: Campaign against African Warlord..” then you have to start examining your ethics as a Christian? media outlet.
In conclusion, I say learn to use [the word] ‘African’ appropriately and in the right context.
Kony 2012 is a campaign I support! Please Pledge!!
PS: Kony 2012: Is a good case study/ lesson in marketing communications and I applaud Invisible Children for pulling it off.
I am currently working with a couple of colleagues on a project about the business environment of Ghana to pitch to potential investors, well, classmates.
It is one of the highlights of my semester so far and as the date for presentation approaches I feel extra proud that my colleagues are genuinely sold on the huge opportunities for business in Ghana.
So I put up the draft presentation in celebration of Ghana’s 55th independence.
For students or business persons who do a lot of presentation, you will find that Prezi.com is a great presentation tool.
Happy Independence Day! Happy Holiday!! I am proud to be a Ghanaian!!!
The TROTRO is the average Ghanaians second home. An estimated 2 hours is spent on the trotro for any worker who commutes by this means of public transport.
Needless to say it is a part of our lives and does have an impact on our mood, our view of the world etc. There is always some drama going on at the trotro station, in the trotro bus and not to forget the driver and his mate.
To any stranger trotros might seem to be unregulated and craziest means of transport around but I can assure you that there is some order in this chaos. Fares are well known and well fought over in buses if the mate tries to pull a fast one, there are bus terminals where queues are respected in case of shortage of buses. Besides these, everything else is run by the driver, his mate and the passengers and that makes for an interesting blend that can spark fights or remain uneventful.
But anyone who ever rode on a trotro more than once will most probably have a story to tell. You can come for a refund of your time reading to this point if you were never intrigued by a trotro or a trotro ride. I bet even the pampered lot out there who never rode on a trotro have their own tales to tell. From being rudely crossed by a trotro eager to get a passenger before the other driver gets them to the occasional trotro-scratch-BMW cases.
The roads wouldn’t be any fun without trotro drivers. They actually add spice to this life. They are the reason we take all the defensive driving lessons (ergo, the driving schools wouldn’t have been so many and doing so much business), they make me feel like a better driver just looking at the way they pull over the shoulder of the road to pick a fare or enter the road with wanton disregard for other road users and oh how I like it when they give signals of police barriers ahead to help us kill the speed before the police pull us over to extort some Ghana Cedis (if you’ve been to these parts before, you know the rap).
If you hear more than 3 sharp blurts of the horn, chances are the trotro driver is trying to get your attention or even distract your attention. The tooting of their horns have messages embedded but no two drivers will give the same interpretation to same combination of tooting. There is no trotro Morse Code on the road.
It is always a love and hate relationship and trotros and everything that comes with it surely is no exception.
Welcome to the official TROTRO BLOG!