I Racially Profiled a White Man…And He Didn’t Seem to Like It

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Mind of Malaka

We all don’t use social media the same way. We can agree on that, right? Some people create accounts which are simply used to follow/stalk certain users. Some people are actually interested in contributing to the discourse on a particular subject. Some people never comment on anything; ever. Others still don the cape of the QWERTY Crusader and believe it is imperative that they comment on every tweet, like or status on the Interwebs.

A decade ago, I myself was a QWERTY Crusader, on my way to becoming a keyboard thug. A few encounters with some people who had no conscience, no line, broke me of that. These days, when it comes to other people’s conversations, I keep my comments light and happy unless specifically asked. This has become the norm on social media these days. Nobody really just butts in on someone else’s conversation…unless they are a troll…

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Mr President

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Great piece

The Juvenile Community

“Mr President…”

He had fallen madly in love with the title the moment he automatically assumed the seat at the zenith of political power, albeit in a nation which still struggles to shake off the reality of the words “developing country.” Lagoons resembled cesspools of sewage – like the open gutters unimaginably choked and brimming with refuse. Plumes of toxic smoke rise indiscriminately from e-waste jungles where lifespans are halved to levels comparable to footballing careers. Electricity, water and fuel remain unattainable indulgences for majority of the populace, and even [almost all] the wealthiest of communities cannot boast of having all three simultaneously. Corruption pervades every echelon of society – from roadwork contractors embezzling funds while roads resemble stone quarries, to members of parliament who stutter when asked about the flashy cars they drove on Independence Day.

“Mr President…”

Still, his title does not immediately reflect any of these problems…

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Tribalism In Africa: Treat Me Good, I’ll Treat You Better; Treat Me Bad And I’ll Treat You Worse

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I write for infoboxx which is an informational portal that attempts to enhance and empower the lives of our audience by delivering topical, educational, entertaining, and useful information.

Below is my first article submission to publication.

Ethnicity, tribalism and xenophobia all stem from an irrational fear of people based on their ethnic and tribal background, or country of origin. The notion of tribe and ethnicity is still a contentious subject in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some tribal nuances continue to reinforce our suspicions about other tribes. On my maternal side, I am an Assin from Nyakumasi Ahenkro in the Central Region of Ghana.

On my paternal side, I am an Akyem from Oda in Ghana’s Eastern Region. I was informed that my maternal great-great grandmother was married to a man from the Northern part of Ghana, and that my paternal great-great grandmother was Ewe. In South Africa, where I spent my childhood and early adulthood, I was very aware of the tribal tensions between Zulu’s and Xhosa’s, and Xhosa’s and Tswana’s. I have heard Tswana and Sotho women chastise Xhosa women in Johannesburg.

Some have gone as far as to tell them to stop speaking Xhosa in Johannesburg or else return to the Eastern Cape, a mainly Xhosas province. The Vendas and Tshonga who lived in the Northern part of South Africa, were seen by all the other tribes in South Africa as the lesser tribe and were often ridiculed for their dark skins and accents when they spoke English. As a foreigner in South Africa, I was called all sorts of names growing up. “Ama Ghana”; “Qwereqwere” (a derogatory name for foreigner) were a few.

I remember being chased down the road by children in my neighbourhood in the Ciskei. “Ama Ghana Hamba kuye khaya” (Ama Ghana Go Home) they would shout. I must have been 5 years old. This was my first xenophobic experience. I am not too sure how I internalized this experience as a child, but it left an indelible mark on my future interactions with black South Africans.

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Bukom Banku: Ghana’s Funniest Boxer

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When  you hear the name Bukom Banku in Ghana you cannot help but chuckle to yourself. This larger than life boxer has coined such grandiose idioms and pearls of wisdom that after reading his quotes you are left confused and dazed as he pummels you with his unique English phrases  a lot like what he does in the boxing ring, his words will leave you knocked out. Bukom Banku is outrageous and very funny.

I have compiled some of my favourite quotes from Bukom Banku, who describes himself as a ‘self taught  English speaker.’

In an interview with KSM Ghana’s answer to Jay Leno and the Saturday Night Live genre of comedic entertainment.

He asked Bukom:

“Where did you learn all this English”

Bukom: “Is my own mentality. I have the Bukom Dictionary. Anytime I wake up in the morning I teach my own self.”

Bukom Banku  speaks in Pigin English which is  a language mainly spoken by the youth (All social classes) in Ghana. According to him, he has never been to school but has succeeded in  creating  his own “Bukom Dictionary” which only he truly understands.

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The 10 Best Amazon Reviews of "BIC Pens For Her" So Far

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Absolutely Hilarious. Bic For Her Pens, how did we survive as women without them?

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If you’re one of those people who live on the internet (#guilty), you probably saw that viral video of Ellen Degeneres skewering BIC Pens for Women. It’s the critique of sexism that keeps on giving, and one of the most delightfully funny satires I’ve seen on TV. Because one good takedown deserves another, “users” of the Bic Pen for Women have been leaving some interesting reviews on the product’s Amazon page. These are the most hilarious responses from many months of their existence, in no particular order.

If you haven’t seen them yet, then prepare to experience all the giggles.

1. Tracy Hamilton: “FINALLY!”

“Someone has answered my gentle prayers and FINALLY designed a pen that I can use all month long! I use it when I’m swimming, riding a horse, walking on the beach and doing yoga. It’s comfortable, leak-proof, non-slip and it makes me feel so feminine and…

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My Facebook Page is not a Dating Website

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Last week I made the following post.

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*Click on Post* // Post by Kate Nkansa-Dwamena

This week I will honour  the promise I made on my post. I have blanked your name, but next time I will name and shame.  He can’t even spell. This is what ladies on Facebook go through on a daily basis. Unsolicited advances from  men we do not know. Ya br3

this is not a date site

Graduate Unemployment: Let’s focus on the Solutions

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On Tuesday I visited the studios of X fm  to discuss  the graduate unemployment challenges Ghana faces. Just last week the Unemployment Graduates Association of Ghana (UGAG) carried out a protest at the Ministry of Education, holding our Government responsible for their lack of employment and demanding that Government remedy their unemployment situation. Radio X fm, during their breakfast show explored the issue.

According to Boateng and Ofori (2002), in 1995 only 13.4% of jobs requiring university education also demanded computer skills; 0.4% also demanded communication skills; 1.5% also demanded personal attributes. The demand increased in 2000 to 45.7% for computer skills; 38.6% and 41.8% for communication skills and personal attributes.

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