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.


Did I hear local coach?


At long last, the search is over or the head hunt as the Ghana Football Association (GFA) put it. We have found  a new coach after the love affair with Goran Stevanovic went bad. A local boy, a pure homebred Ghanaian who goes by the name James Akwasi Appiah has been appointed. Finally, a Ghanaian coach. One who has captained the Black stars (the national team) and a local side,Asante Kotoko and has worked with the Black stars technical team as an assistant coach. He also coached the Black stars those few times we were “coachless” and searching for new foreign coaches. He has some experience on and off the field with the Black stars, making him a good candidate. He also understand the needs of both players and fans.

But my big mouth has a few plausible concerns to raise. Please bear with me while I ramble on, at the end you can also tell me what you think.

What caught my attention was the monthly salary of the local coach, a paltry $20,000 a month. A very welcomed increase from the $3,000 he received as an assistant coach but $20,000? Seriously?  A national coach?  While our Serbian was making €30,000 a month?  Is it that the GFA wanted a coach who would willingly accept $20,000 a month because Goran made them bankrupt? It would be very difficult to find a good coach who will take $20,000 a month, our very own Marcel Desailly was asking for €100,000 a month and the option to choose his own technical team, were those demands too much for the GFA ? The GFA would also find it very difficult to control Marcel, they can’t make him their puppet. Was the appointment based on desperation or on merit? The current Ghanaian coach was in charge of the black stars when they faltered against Sudan in the 1st Afcon qualifier. On the bright side, he coached the Ghana Olympic team to win gold in the 2011 All-African Games. But there exists Sellas Tetteh, who has achieved more than that and has had a better career as a coach, why wasn’t he appointed?

Local coaches are good, but how many African teams have excelled while being coached by locals? Zambia, the 2012 AFCON champion used Herve Renard, a foreign coach. I don’t think the nationality of a coach matters that much when it comes to winning competitions but in Africa, the foreign coaches have more experience and command more respect , like how foreign players are preferred to the local players. When these foreign based Ghanaian players are called, will they show the local coach the maximum respect? Imagine Essien and Muntari who have been coached by tactical men like Jose Mourinho take instructions from a local coach who is now experimenting.

Honestly though, I like the way Ghanaians are praising Mr. Akwesi Appiah  and singing his name everywhere in the media. After a few trials and tribulations, I pray these same Ghanaians will not sing the “Crucify him” song (We sing it better than the Jews). Agogo and Prince Tagoe can give you their testimonies.

Well, what can I say? In case anything goes wrong, I can boldly say that Ghana has over 22 million coaches who work for free. If you doubt this, just listen to the comments you pass whenever you are watching the Black stars play a match. But good luck to Mr. James Akwesi Appiah ,and all the best as he undertakes this herculean task. Long live the Black stars, long live Ghana and our criticizing mouths.