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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YED Africa: Radio Interview

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I am part of an exciting movement where young people in Ghana  are using their skills and knowledge to help drive our country’s development agenda and ensure that it is youth centered.

Just recently  the Youth Economic Dialogue (YED) organization, was  invited to speak at Radio XYZ in osu about YED’s tax proposal for SME’s to Government. I and Nana Yaw Adutwum represented YED.

YED is a dynamic organisation who’s main aim is to advocate for youth focused policies through economic development and to also provide support for young entrepreneurs through our business clinics, consultancy and incubation programs.

If you own a business in Ghana which falls within the SME space, you’re young, or are interested in becoming an entrepreneur  listen to the following radio interviews via the sound cloud link provided below.

Sound Cloud: SME discussion on Radio XYZ: http://soundcloud.com/yed-africa/youthsme

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South Africa’s Education Crisis

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On my last day at Queenstown Girls High School we sang the School  Hymn with the following lyrics:

Youth walked in at the big school door and life was there to greet her,

with eager eyes she scanned the child and spread our gifts to greet her,

laughter and friendship work and play,

Choices and chances all the way and the scarlet aloe, standing in the sun…

The last verse of the song ends…

Youth walked out of the big school door and tears began to blind her

but life beckoned on with a smiling face as she called to her friends behind her

yes I remember never fear who could forget a school so dear and the scarlet aloe standing in the sun.

 

Eleven years ago I walked out of the big school doors. Part of my life and values  were shaped by the experiences and exposure I had in a little town called Queenstown nestled in one of the poorest province in South Africa and even more so from the school I attended from grade one to twelve. Despite how poor our province is, Queenstown Girls’ High School is ranked in the top 100 schools in South Africa. South Africa has 26, 000 schools.  I am proud of the school I attended, the values and the traditions it instilled in me.  Without  the solid educational and social foundation of good values and moral teachings I received I’m not sure what I’d be doing with my life.

South Africa, like many other African countries is facing an education crisis, it’s clear we can no longer leave our education system solely in the hands of Government. 80%  of the 26, 000 schools in South Africa are  under performing . Our private sector, individuals and institutions all need to contribute in helping to shape the next generation of leaders and citizens. If you’re an old girl or boy of these schools and have the influence or means to help I urge you to do so. If you can’t provide monetary help, please help by sharing this documentary.

Our world is large and filled with people with the resources to ensure that schools like  Queenstown Girls’ High School and Queens College remain centres of excellence.  If you know anyone who can help or would be interested in assisting please share the video link and pass on this documentary.

If the video doesn’t play on my page kindly following this link https://vimeo.com/63893563

 

EDuQ8 – South Africa’s Education Crisis from EDuQ8 on Vimeo.

 

Kantamanto is on Fire

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Kantamanto is the largest second hand market in Ghana. In the west you’d compare Kantamanto to one gigantic thrift store with second hand wares from all over the world.

During my university days I recall galavanting along the streets of melville and greenside (South Africa) in search of great vintage clothing. The only reason I’ve only been to this market twice during my two and a half years in Ghana is the very reason you’re watching this video. The place is congested  very difficult to walk through and its even more of a nightmare to maneuver  through when it rains, there  are no safety exits and it’s very crowded.

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