Monday, 11 May 2009

A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words - Ghana Through My Lens

At an Accra market

Weija Kaswa, Accra

East Legon, Accra

Me

East Legon, Accra
East Legon, Accra

A Business Complex

NPP presidential candidates campaign posters still hang

Midday traffic

Accra Mall

Teenagers selling fruit on the road side

Children skipping in the street


Minister Akua Dansua at her desk

Taifa, Accra

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful!!! My friend's family is from Ghana & she always describes it as beautiful place. thanks for sharing.

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  2. Your welcome. I hope you have the opportunity to visit Ghana. As much as I tried my camera could not capture all the beauty I witnessed.

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  3. Agnes, thank you for your insight with words. Your ability to ask the right question via your writing shows your ability to pay attention to the world around you.

    I will like to know more about your visit with Ms. Dansua, did she offer her strategy to addressing any of the challenges facing Ghanaian women?

    What about a strategy to start addressing some of the reading issues on a small scale by training the trainers methodology? It works well in Corporate America.

    Could it be that there are leaders that lack skills on how to apply innovative solutions that empowers local community’s leaders to solve some of the reading challenges?

    The ability of leadership to leverage local community talents via knowledge transfer and economy of scale can be a very powerful strategy.

    Does it always has to be financial or is it more of a matter of leadership skill to solve social and business problems.

    Are Ghanaian leaders not capitalizing on local community talents?

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  4. Hi, thank you for taking the time out to read the interview with Ms Dansua. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

    Yes she did offer some sort of strategy in this area. However, i got the impression that because of financial barriers there is a problem implementing some of the changes Ms Dansua seeks.

    I believe that not everything has to be financial especially when we are talking about cultivating female leaders within Ghanaian society. Many are already doing wonderful things in their communities but do not get the recognition they deserve.

    If we can raise these women up and hold them as examples within their communities then it will not only create role models for younger girls but also give women the confidence and the reassurance that their contribution to society is not being ignored.

    So on that note I believe that it can be argued that Ghanaian leaders are not capitalizing on local talents enough.

    You have some interesting points which I will raise to Ms Dansua when we next speak and I will share her answers on this blog.

    I will also copy and paste this on the actual article so that people who read it will be able to benefit from our views and also share their perspective if they so wish.

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  5. I’m hopeful the indigenous young leaders of tomorrow will emerge with the commitment to be their brothers and sisters keepers. These new leaders like you and your peers will champion social responsibility and the rule-of-law in Ghana.
    Developing countries like Ghana can turn the page on socio-cultural empowerment strategy but, first the young leaders of tomorrow has to stop looking at the old establishment leaders to solve social & business challenges.
    I've been a member of an organization called Technology Entertainment Design ( TED ) for over 9 years. It's a place of innovative ideas from leaders all over the world who really “GET-IT”. The 2007 TED Conference, there was a speaker by the name George Ayittey. His talk really illustrates my point. I encourage others to view his talk online. It’s now available at the TED website.
    Here is the link: (http://www.ted.com/talks/george_ayittey_on_cheetahs_vs_hippos.html ).
    Both, women and men future young leaders of tomorrow must begin the process of thinking like entrepreneurs in this knowledge base global economy. The traditional western business school models (Land, Labor, Natural resources ) factors of production as the catalyst for nations self empowerment has always been to serve the Master whomever that may be at a given country’s leadership.
    Colleges and Universities has been teaching this traditional western business school models and will continue to do so; however, I'm my opinion it was never design to encourage entrepreneurial thinking at the grass root level. It has only been made available to those lucky to attend Business Schools, Colleges and Universities. What then become of those in the developing countries like Ghana that do not have access to such knowledge at the grass-roots?
    The talent did not come from Colleges and Universities. On the contrary it’s the other way around. The grass-root local social contracts developed in the local communities were and still are the catalyst that fosters problem solving skills. Guess what? As far back as 1600’s during the AKAN migrating south from North Africa and after the Asante Kingdom was establish, prior to the arrival of the Portuguese. In my opinion, the leadership did not require western Financial Capital as the primary too for solving socio-cultural challenges. It was the leadership’s ability to communicate common interests and vision that sparked the local communities talented women/men to invest what the Western Business Model called “ SWEAT EQUITY” not Financial Capital. Let us not confuse leaders who lack vision and communication skills to mobilize a community to achieve social common good, as the champions to solving the Ghanaian’s women reading challenges.
    The developing countries indigenous women and men talent for problem solving via collaboration on common interest challenges has always been there at the local-grass-root community level. It's a matter of Paradigm shift should the “HIPPOS” choose to lead. George Ayittey's talk at the 2007 TED Conference was title " CHEETAHS vs. HIPPOS "

    Ghana's young leaders of tomorrow “CHEETAHS” must look in-ward to start the process of identify local talents and build both business and non-business partnerships base on common interest in the communities to solve socio-economic, socio-cultural challenges.

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  6. When I was a kid a loooong time ago, we would stop off in Accra on our way to the UK and from the UK to Lagos. Our ports of call were Accra, Freetown (Sierra Leone), crossing the Bay of Biscay and calling at Las Palmas, one of the Canary Islands.

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  7. wow! I love this. I'm also from Ghana, but I haven't been back home in 17 years. I did a post about modern day ghana on my blog and a had a few pics from East Legon...Ooh I wanna go back so bad.

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  8. I love this blog, great entertainment! Its nice to see a bit of your country babe, well done

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  9. my dad is from ghana and i visited ghana last summer and it was wonderful and lovely place ! :))):)):))

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