Ghanablogging May Meet-Up

Are you a blogger in Ghana?

Then this message is for you.

This month’s Ghanablogging meet-up happens tonight,
Thursday 20th May, 6.30 -8.30 PM at Smoothies in Osu.

The theme this month is Effective Writing.
Please chose one blog post you have written where you have written effectively. Print out and bring along! Accra Books and Things is in charge for the talk, but prepare to contribute!

See you tonight!

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Blog Book by Boakyewaa Glover

Circles Boakyewaa GloverWell, maybe it is a stretch to say that Circles by Boakyewaa Glover (click to go to her blog) is a blog book, it is maybe rather a book by a blogger.

On Friday, May 21st there is a book launch for Circles, a book I have already seen for sale at the Silverbird Bookstore in the Accra Mall. It looks good!

Another recent book by a Ghanablogging blogger was Pretending to be President by Ato Kwamina Dadzie. I have it here at home, but haven’t been able to snatch it from my husband who reads it and chuckles.

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TEDx Snapshots

Here are my snapshot impressions of this weekend’s TEDxYouthInspire:

Youth / Inspiring Messages / “The value of other”/ AISEC / Shy? / Yawa Hansen-Quao / Warchild / Social Media / Ory Okulloh / Curious Minds

…and a big thanks to Ghanablogging members MacJordan and Gameli for organizing such an event and making us proud!

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Active Weekend: TEDx YouthInspire

Tomorrow Saturday, an independent TED event for young people is taking place at the AITI-KACE. As a lover of TED videos (see two of my favorites to the right here on my blog), I am looking forward to it!

The ambitious theme and goal of the one day event is:

TEDxYouthInspire will use the theme “A Good Head & A Good Heart“, taken from a quote by former South African President Nelson Mandela, to exhibit how extraordinary youth leaders combine radical thought and integrity of spirit to set in motion unlimited possibilities for a brighter future.

I am proud to say several Ghanablogging bloggers are taking part in the organization of this event, for instance MacJordan, Gameli and Edward.

As I am above 25 years of age, I had to ask special permission to come…Still, I hope to see you there!

Full program here (pdf). More info here.

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World Water Day in Ghana

This post is part of an GhanaBlogging event for World Water Day.

Drip, drip, drip.

Water in Ghana. There is so much to say. About the abundance of water that makes this country so green, the lack of potable water which makes Ghana’s roads fill up with slow water tankers and trucks carrying “water sachets” – plasticbags with purified(?) water for drinking. There are waterfalls and beaches, pools and bucket showers. There is water in Ghana! But all of this you know already.

So let me briefly touch upon a water related issue that not everybody knows of: sea erosion.

As a possible effect of climate change, water is every day, month and year taking a piece of Ghanaian land. I saw it first with my own eyes last year. It was weekend, and I felt like swimming in the salty sea. Together with my husband, I went to  Anomabo Beach Resort,  a favorite beach close to Cape Coast. This beach with its long stretch of sandy beach had in the past been a good place to swim.

Now, half of the beach was gone. The heavy logs that had been dug deep into the sand to guard the restaurant building from erosion and provide  a shady place to rest a meter or two above sea level were floating around, like matches in the zink!

I was shocked.

Since then, I have heard so many other stories of erosion. Plots and vacation homes disappearing to the sea at Prampram, the city of Keta slowly disappearing  and economic development being hindered in Ada.

Stories, but no information. Dramatic changes, but no reaction.

Even with the news of the seat of government – the Osu castle being at risk to sea erosion, Ghana is strangely quiet.

That is of course except for the waves coming in…

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Ghanablogging Meet-Up for March

On Thursday 6.30PM at Smoothies in Osu the network of bloggers in Ghana is meeting again. This time one of our members, running the blog Makola Law,  will talk about the legal aspect of blogging.


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