A New Year

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It’s the first month of the new year, and everything feels fresh. You may have set new goals, started a new relationship or friendship, or a new job perhaps…

Some of us have the daunting task of reinventing our lives, setting new goals and tackling the year head on. Perhaps in 2013 you ended a friendship, relationship, quit your job, or experienced a personal loss.

C.S Lewis said that Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.

So this month has been declared as the month to let go so we can all move forward. Letting go offers relief , release and hope. A  renewal and a second chance.

I do hope that we set some definitive goals for ourselves, simple attainable goals.

A challenge for us all is to become the beacon of hope, to get involved in our communities, and to build a society that is just, fair and uplifting.

We will triumph once more! Happy 2014.

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Lemons!

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a few slices of lemon a day keeps you in tip top shape.

a few slices of lemon a day keeps you in tip-top shape.

I love lemons! When I visit a restaurant the first thing I’ll ask for when the drinks menu passes round is a glass of water with some lemon slices and a straw (sipping or drinking lemons with a straw is highly recommended due to the high acidic nature of the lemon when consumed without a straw as the lemon may recede your gum line).  I’m not being a cheap skate lemon water improves digestion.  Drinking a glass of lemon water half an hour before a meal does wonders for you. You’ll never suffer from indigestion.

 

In Ghana the Hammatan season has just begun, Hammatan is characterized by cooler weather and constant rain. It’s basically Ghana’s version of winter (the coolest the temperature will go down to is about 20 degrees centigrade). It’s also the silly season for colds, flu and the dreaded sore throat. A few weeks ago I woke up with a sore throat. I sliced a lemon into quarters and sucked the juice from the fruit two hours later I repeated the process every two-three hours.  I also gargle with hot water and salt solution. The following morning my sore throat had disappeared and I was feeling better.

A staple in almost every Ghanaian dish is the tomato. If we were to conduct a ‘what’s in your fridge’ survey across households in Ghana, tomatoes would by far be declared the food of choice found in all Ghanaian Fridges. With our present dumsor problems (power outages) most of our fresh produce decomposes in our fridges. Slicing lemons in half and placing them in strategic areas in your fridge will make sure that your fresh produce stays fresher for longer. Lemons slows down the molding process. by just placing 4 half lemons in your tomato chest your tomatoes will last longer. Try it! It really work,s not just for tomatoes but also keeps all produce fresh.

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Controversial – Obroni tears down Ghana and builds it up again

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I was compelled to republish Ian Kwaku Utley article which I posted on my blog a few days ago because of the sensation it’s created across the world wide web amongst Ghanaians in the diaspora and at home.

5 LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED AFTER READING IAN UTLEY’S ARTICLE

1. The rules of engagement (trade, foreign policy) between Africa and the West Need to Change. The African Union and our respective Governments should lead the way. Ghana should be at the forefront of this change. We need to set the rules for the West if they want to trade with us. WE MUST UNITE AS A COUNTRY, REGION AND CONTINENT. WITHOUT UNITY WE CANNOT PROGRESS

2. You teach people how to treat you. White people mistreated (slavery, colonialism and westernisation) Africans because we allowed it to happen. When you go into someone’s home and the head of the household has established rules, you will comply. We have never set any rules for white people to comply to in our countries. Yet when we go to western country they have set rules and regulations for us. It’s time we do the same.

3. Zimbabwe in my mind is the only African country that has successfully told the West to ‘take a hike’ . Watch Zimbabwe in the next few years, they will be leading Africa’s industrial and economic transformation. Robert Mugabe made the right choice by telling Tony Blair to Keep his Britain whilst he kept his Zimbabwe. I never understood the significance of his statement until I read this article. It’s probably why African leaders still hold reverence and respect for him. It’s because Mugabe had the balls to tell the white man to abide by his country’s rules.

4. Africans are more powerful than we know. Our transformation will truly begin if we are bold and demand what rightfully belongs to us (our resources, and the right to set the rules to trade. The we need to regain our power to manage our resources, economy and countries. BUY MADE IN GHANA AND AFRICA GOODS AND SERVICES.

5. It’s important that we begin to write our own stories. Lets not leave it to others to tell us what and who we are about. Learn about our history and about why we should take pride in being called Africans. Teach your children about our rich and diverse past,both the good and the bad. Knowledge of our history will serve as the the springboard for our continent’s development.
Perhaps you could draw your own lessons…

An expat friend of mine forwarded the link to this article to me which she discovered on this website

I only repost articles that aren’t my own if I think that my readers would benefit from reading it. I ask that you read this post to the end before you make any comments. The lessons I’ve written above will make more sense once you’ve read the entire article.  -Kate Nkansa

“What do you want in Ghana? Go back to your country!”

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