Yesterday, I met with the best social media minds of Ghana. Some 15-20 of us in BloggingGhana had our monthly meet-up (Are you a blogger in Ghana? Sign up to join us here).
Last year, just before I left Ghana, we registered the network called GhanaBlogging that has been meeting since 2008. We felt it was time to move to the next step. Actually, we were rather forced to do so due to the massive interest in our group. Now, BloggingGhana (BloGh for short)is our registered name, so GhanaBlogging is history as you are not allowed to register bodies that start with the country’s name in Ghana. We have an exiting year ahead that I surely will write more about on this blog over the months to come.
But back to yesterday, I can happily report the year started well for us. We had great turnout, high level of energy in the group ans most importantly we had some extremely fruitful and some hrm… more fun-oriented discussions.
Ps. After the meeting there was a little discussion on Twitter (seach for #BloGh) and I think Nana Fredua-Ageyman‘s comment captured something vital about the organization:
“one thing about
#blogh is the camaraderie. Everyone behaves like he or she knows you before.”
I think that also shows in the photo Edward Tagoe took.
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!
This evening the network of bloggers in Ghana, GhanaBlogging, will meet again! Even bloggers with a Ghanaian connection outside of Ghana will probably join in by Skype chat.
Especially exciting for this monthly meeting is that we will be discussing Citizen Media, departing from a project Ghanabloggingmember Nana Kofi Acquah has been involved in.
See you at Smoothies in Osu tonight Thursday 25th February at 6.30 PM!
>Today Thursday 14th Jan 2010, the network of bloggers called Ghanablogging is meeting at our regular hangout, Smoothies in Osu, Accra, Ghana at our regular time 6.30pm.
If you are a blogger who happens to be in Accra, you are very welcome!
The holidays have come to all creatures on this earth. How are you celebrating them? This is how some of my fellow bloggers are honoring the holidays.
Nana Kofi was especially happy with his gift this year, Ato KD sent a message to all who is close to his heart and interact with him on his blog, Holli decorated her unorthodox tree, Afrocentric urged us to think twice about what we are celebrating, Maya Maame has been xmas style busy and Yngvild has some authentic snow on offer!
As for me, I am celebrating with my Ghanaian family. Yesterday we had fun at the local beach. Swimming and enjoying some softdrinks and “biskits”. Today early in the morning two goats were slaughtered and they are being cooked I write this. Soon, I will be going over to my mother-in-law’s for goat light soup, dance and laughter, cousins and uncles, drinks and jokes!
Dear reader, I wish for you a time of year that is not just about filling your belly, but also filling yourself with stories to take you through the next year.
And may I suggest: If you overflow with tales, you might want to start blogging?
Pic: Santa in my friend Vera’s house.
Here are the excellent notes from the session I led on blogging yesterday, courtesy of Oluniyi David Ajao, one of the most successful bloggers out of Ghana.
Noteworthy is also that 24 people signed up to receive more information about ghanablogging.com after the session. Yihaa!
Also, see the Flickr photostream here (where I borrowed the photo for this post).
So, now it’s official: I am making my BarCamp debut early next week! The Ghanaian version of this world wide “unmeeting” is taking place at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in East Legon, Monday the 21st December the whole day. See more information about the event here.
Although the strange name of this happening suggests something as scary as “camp”, I am still excited about the free meeting format and three more things.
1. It looks like ghanablogging will be holding a session about forming real life groups from online communities.
2. The organizing group this year are much more locally anchored compared to in 2008 when (it seemed like?) all organizers came from abroad.
3. The founder and president of Ashesi University, Patrick Awuah is giving the keynote address, and he is a very good speaker! As he is also my boss, that part of the BarCamp will be like a regular day at work…:-)
Hope to see some of you there!
> I can proudly announce that our own Ghanablogging member MacJordan landed in Denmark on Sunday to cover the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen (COP 15). See his account of his first day at here.
The climate meeting which has been going on for a week and culminates on Friday has already been given a lot of attention in media. We have heard about African countries wanted to be compensated financially, the west roaring back that it was just the corrupt African leaders that wanted cash, then came a leak in some countries pre-writings and then EU announced money will be given…Earlier today, I even heard accounts of “chaos” in the corridors in Copenhagen and arrests of hundreds of protesters…more drama than the average afternoon soap-opera?
Who in the world can we trust to give us the truth?
I know I will turn to my man MacJordan for updates. He will be reporting on his blog and on Global Voices.
Pic: Climate changes will very likely affect the West African shorelines.