My 2012 in review


A review of my 2012, interesting things that happened not everything and I might have forgotten some. I’ll just summarize it, not in chronological order, just how it randomly comes to mind. I started this blog in April 2012 and so far, so good.

1. The AFCON 2012. I’m mentioning it not because Zambia won but because our best striker missed a crucial penalty (again) then Zambia scored and went ahead to win the AFCON.  After we lost, our Serbian coach was asked to give us reasons why we lost (as if we didn’t know) and he added insult to injury by coming up with a new theory; the players were using black magic on themselves. We all know black magic/African electronics and football but if we are paying that huge amount of money, give us a better excuse. Anyway he was sacked and replaced with a fellow black man who would understand the black magic stuff, hopefully.

2. The Judgement Debt saga starring Alfred Woyome and his Woyometic terms. Then everyone started claiming judgement debts, it was a really big issue. I don’t know if it has been resolved but clearly it didn’t have an effect on Ghanaians during the elections.

3. The Olympics 2012. Our athletes were supposed to make us proud by disappointing us and they did it, wonderfully too! Amazing how an athlete would be diagnosed with a kidney problem a day before her events would begin. The English showed us how opening and closing ceremonies are supposed to be done (Those people are just so cool).

5. The bird that came from the sky to run into a certain trotro on a rainy night. No one in the trotro survived the accident. Its surprising how plane would come and crush crash into a trotro. At least it didn’t hit one of the skyscrapers in Accra. A sad ending to a rainy day.

6. The Azonto reign continued, to be a musician in Ghana now, all you need is the Azonto tune, say a few words and you are there. People just want to dance, you can try it. As I always say, we will know the true musicians after the Azonto season is over. Till then, its Azonto fiesta forever!!

7. How can I forget DKB? To DKB someone: To use your left hand to slap someone till the person loses his/her bearings. It happened in the Big Brother Africa house, when our favorite comedian “funnily” slapped a lady who just wanted to see his “wanlov”.  Eazzy babe too  left her boyfriend in the house because the supply of Brazilian hair wasn’t enough for her, this worried him to the extent that he went on a “I won’t wash my boxers again” strike.

8. Yes, the entertainment scene has made me remember the BET cypher where our beloved Sarkodie went to say he was the missing ingredient in the meal, the irish cream. And we still wonder why the whites think Africa isn’t developed. How would they think we are developed when they think we use irish cream to cook? But on the good side, it was a great year for the best rapper in Ghana, he won many awards and got a verified twitter account. Well done.

9. It’s strange how we made it to the end of the year because the year was supposed to end twice. In May and in December, both of them swerved us. Maybe in a parallel universe somewhere, the world has actually ended so let’s not make fun of it. ok?

10. Then the Melcom building collapsed, another sad event. A building that was up for less than a year came tumbling down like a poorly arranged castle of cards. As usual, everyone wanted to be there and report the event, instead of allowing the police to do their work, they came to stand around watching, with the various poses of putting their hands on their heads and crying and screaming and taking pictures. But some lives were saved, and for that we thank God. Another melcom shop caught fire in swedru too. Hmmm

11. The politican/comedian/pharmacist Ayariga, the man who trended on twitter. He made the IEA presidential debate worth watching. I honestly don’t remember what was said there, all I know is Ayariga dropped some serious lines at the debate. My favorite was his thoughts about corruption “You know free shs is not possible yet you say you will implement free shs, that is corruption”. He had a good aim, to become president of Ghana but he lost terribly, better luck next time? Let’s hope so.

12. Elections 2012 was a major event in the country,same as the other elections that have happened. A lot of things happened from the campaign period to the voting and the turn out recorded was high. At the end of the day, the “peaceful” election turned someway and has become a court issue but let’s hope peace will prevail.

13. Finally, For the first time in this republic, the sitting president died. It had been rumored many times that he was dead, but the news on that fateful Tuesday was real and sad. There was a peaceful movement from then on and his vice took over. Prof. John Fiifi Atta Mills rest in peace because you were a man of peace. We also lost a former vice president Alhaji Aliu Mahama. RIP to all the Ghanaians who lost their lives in the year 2012.

God bless Ghana, and I pray 2013 would be better than 2012.

A patriotic me,

ps. This year, I am moving to a new level.


Black was beautiful

This isn’t a racist post.

This article was supposed to address bleaching in our society. I sat in a car with a woman who had bleached, I almost jumped out of the moving vehicle, but while I was writing, other things came to mind. Like why would someone want to change the color of his/her skin? I mean we all hear the usual “black is beautiful”, “black and proud”, “black beauty”, etc. Why would someone even lighten/tone/bleach the black away so he/she becomes fair skinned.

I read that some people have the mentality that being fair is attributed to being successful socially, economically and romantically. Most of the celebrities we know and look up to are light-skinned so its just normal to assume that you can become successful when you are white. The annoying part is when those who bleach add the locally acquired foreign accent(LAFA) to it ( that’s another thing altogether). People spend a lot of money on creams and they also put their lives at risk because these creams contain dangerous chemicals like hydroquinone and mercury. The one that almost killed me was when I heard some men buy the bleaching creams for their wives and some of these men themselves bleach!

Borrowed from google

Borrowed from google

The dangers of bleaching are so real, and we have been educated several times but we still do it. Is it that we feel inferior because of our skin color? Or because we are racially abused, we want to “fit into” society? I just don’t get it. Some even go to the extent of saying they feel more accepted and confident when they are fair (true story). Its like everything that is from Europe or America is good but everything from Africa is bad, dirty, etc.

We have been made to believe white is good, and black is bad. Where did this come from at all? Will Africa(the Dark Continent) ever develop? How would it develop when we those supposed to develop it don’t want to be associated with it?

I just don’t understand why someone would risk getting cancer, destroy his/her skin, develop a pungent smell and get discolored just to be accepted! Is it a sin to be dark skinned? My simple question is, is it worth it at all? If someone can’t accept you because of your skin color, I don’t think the person is worth your time at all. Bleaching/toning/lightening the dark skin is too risky and its not worth it. Black is and will always be beautiful and naturally fair-skinned people too are beautiful.

Be yourself.

A darkskinned and proud me,