Tuesday, 24 December 2013

BarCamp Accra 2013 - More Than Awesome #BCAccra

By now I know my readers know what BarCamps in Ghana are like and some of you had the opportunity to attend, if you still don't know, this this will help you out.

Thanks to +Google Maps and my Google Map Maker boss +Felix Nartey no problem locating the venue this time. I found myself at The World Bank (Head Office) as directed. 

Hehe! The World Bank doesn't share money oo! Like someone was thinking. I love the place 99.9 % I will use the 0.01% for Lotto :-D.

The theme was "Exercising Ethics to Engineer Excellence" and the panel discussion for BarCamp was all about how we can deal with corruption in the Ghanaian community. 

As usual there was Speed mentoring session, which is like speed dating but you learnt via +Kuukuwa Manful

During the speed mentoring session, the rest of us in the conference room led by +Mac-Jordan Degadjor witnessed an awesome game known as "Chinese Whispers" you wanna what it is? Next time make it to nearest BarCamp, Ok? But I will tell you. 

Someone whispers something to you and you also whisper to someone till the last person. The last person will let everyone know what was whispered, afterwards the one who commenced will tell us all the right word. It was fun. The word that started was "Photowalk" but +Donald Ward  changed it to ... guess it.. are you correct? #Tonga. lol!  #tonga did not reach the last person. It was fun. :-). The last person's answers were funny. You just can't laugh. The reaction when someone whispers to you..... lol!

Breakout sessions were organised, was in  +Planning Wikimedia Ghana's Content Creation (Wikipedia) session organised by +Enock Seth Nyamador (myself) and +Felix Nartey. You can read about this session soon on PWMGH's blog.
 I also joined the Creative Writing breakout session led by +Kinna Likimani
BarCamp Ghana: Matching Twitter handles to faces via +Delalorm Semabia. So new and old faces met. I met +Doris Anson-Yevu +Felix Nartey +Sena Quashie +Senam Aseye Bridget +Roger Gaisie +Omane Ossei-Poku +oliver akindes  +nathaniel ALPHA +Akua Akyaa Nkrumah  +Kwabena Akuamoah-Boateng +Edmund Laryea and etc. Hey! wait +Ela Asare  .. just can't complete.

BarCamp Accra Accra ended with the Ghana National Anthem, Yen Ara Ase se ne, and Arise Ghana Youth. You can read a full recap of Barcamp Accra by +Mighty African here . Hope to see you at next BarCamp.

Monday, 9 December 2013

BarCamp Accra 2013, Register NOW!

BarCamp Accra 2013 is a free networking event to bring people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue about Accra, Ghana and beyond. The event shall be held on December 23 at the World Bank office. The theme is “Exercising Ethics to Engineer Excellence”. This Barcamp hopes to assemble stakeholders to network, build a supportive enterprising community and partner to build together.

The GhanaThink Foundation has successfully organized 27 BarCamps in Ghana as part of its Barcamp Ghana program which is building a network of change makers, doers and entrepreneurs. BarCamp Accra 2013 will be the 7th Barcamp in Accra. It will focus on corruption and ethics. It would highlight ethical leaders and ethics in every sphere of Ghanaian life.

We'd have some interactive panel sessions about corruption and ethics with various speakers. We will have the popular speed mentoring sessions with various young Ghanaian achievers. Selected resource personnel will be sharing and leading discussions on the theme. The Barcamp will feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions about business, social entrepreneurship, technology and development, alongside topics relevant to the Greater Accra region and beyond.

Register at http://barcampaccra13.eventbrite.com/. You can also register by sending “Barcamp Accra, Your Name, Your Email Address” to 1945 on all mobile networks. See you there! You may contact the BarCamp Accra organising team through this website for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs.

BarCamp Accra 2013 is sponsored by GhanaThink Foundation, World Bank Ghana, Google Ghana, DKT International, and Nandimobile. Our media partners are SpyGhana. Get additional info at: http://barcampghana.org/contact or email, barcamp at ghanathink.org


Saturday, 7 December 2013

Mother And Son Murdered At Laklivikope

NB: This post contains images of dead persons, viewer discretion is advised.
Source: Dan's Facebook Timeline

Laklivikope is a small village between Denu - Tokor and Agbozume (before Akame) on the Aflao - Accra (N1) highway.
Image from OSM

On November 22, 2013, as early as 7 AM the news was all over town and the airwaves. I heard it first on Light FM, when an eye witness was describing the scene via phone.

I was shocked, because it was recently that an issue about a fetish priest in that area killing his wife for rituals also stormed the airwaves. [I might talk about this more in the future]

This as well was all over the radio stations, Victory FM, Light FM, Holy FM and Abaac FM. They tried their maximum best to make the people of Ketu South and beyond know what actually happened.

This happening is currently in the hands of the police and I know they are investigating.

My Take

Sometimes I wonder how some peoples heart are. From the image (which was sold) I see a knife without with handle stuck into the mother's sex organ. This is a very sinful act I don't know even how to describe it. But we leave all in the hands of God.  I pray a very good conclusion comes up from the police's investigation.
Thanks for passing by and pray God save us all.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Sleeping In Perfect Peace #RIPMandela

I was reading +Ato Ulzen-Appiah's blog post (Driving through Accra, I Made Ghana Better Today, on International Volunteer Day) and listening to this music (Lengoma by DJ Sbu featuring Zahara) with its cool and soul touching percussion instruments sounds, then I decided to check Twitter for what's going on. My timeline says all (#RIPMandela):
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Immediately my heart started beating at a faster pace to the tune on the music. I felt it deep down me that the world has lost a very important soul.
Source: Girl Up's Facebook Photos
I really learnt and am learning from the life of this HERO. This man proves to, not only me, but the whole world, that nothing is impossible. He moved from "Z"ERO to "H"ERO. Even though I was a kid who knows neither red nor black not born before he was released from prison.

This really doesn't call for mourning, is a time of happiness but we just can't control this feelings.

When the late Nelson Mandela was asked: How do you want the world to remember you? He simply gave this answer, which still sounds in my mind after listening to it yesterday in the early hours of death on the BBC.
46664 is a number associated with Nelson Mandela. Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island in 1964, and was the 466th prisoner to arrive that year. The prison administration's scheme of numbering prisoners was to follow the sequence number of the prisoner (466 in his case), with the last two digits of the year (64). The number is also associated with a series of AIDS charity concerts played in honour of Nelson Mandela by South African musicians in the 2000s. - Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons
The world can't forget about you. I will say is "future impossible".  
[update December 6, 2013 : 11:54 PM]