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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

An African Walks Into A Container

A scene from one of last year's plays.

About a year ago, I fell in love with the Accra Theatre Workshop. This was after I attended their first major event; An African Visits a Psychiatrist's Office - a collection of thought provoking and funny plays acted out on the most basic of stages on a lawn of a house in Tesano. I wrote about my experience here. I missed several of their events in the past year because of other engagements but there's no way I'm missing the second season of their short play festival; An African Walks into a Container. According to ATW, this year's collection of 10 minute plays features work from 8 different playwrights, 3 emerging directors and a brilliant ensemble of talented actors.

An African Walks into a Container is scheduled for November 6, 7 & 9 at 7:30pm each night for GH¢15 only at the Nubuke Foundation in East Legon.

You can check out the event page on Facebook;
This year's poster.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Nkrumah Of Nazareth

It's my birthday today. If you know me, you know I love documentaries. So for my birthday, I've decided to do nothing but spend all day online watching as many films as possible to please myself. It's been a good day so far - with the phone calls and online wishes from family and friends.

I chanced on a short film about Osagyfo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first president. A film titled; NKRUMAH OF NAZARETH by Nate Berkopec, an American who made the film as part of a school project. I think it's a well made film even though it might seem one-sided and negative. He told Osagyefo's story from an angle not often taken in Ghana. As much as I agree with the idea of telling our own stories, this film provided me with some insight that has gotten me thinking and wanting to find out more about our most loved president ever - to enable me create a more balanced view of the man and what he truly stood for.

Do watch it too and let's get talking. I'd really like to know what others(especially fellow Ghanaians) think about this film.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

#BlogCamp14 - My Take-Home

It's been over a week since BlogCamp14. I'm now writing this because I've had a super busy week. Pardon me.

There are two things that stuck with me from this year's BlogCamp and both were in the Citizen Journalism class moderated by @OsabuANNY

One. If we want to achieve anything effective with social media, we need to take a lot of the action offline. Nii Ayertey also made a lot of noise about how we do not own social media platforms and how they easily be manipulated by the state and other people who do not agree with us on issues.

Two was by @kinnareads. She said something like; All activism shouldn't be about calling-out, naming and shaming or just generally ranting and blasting the government and other agencies for not doing their work well. She continued, sometimes all that is needed in our part of the world in activism is to effectively provide the right information for the people who need it.

After all, an informed people is what one needs to carry out an effective activist campaign offline.

And oh, Accra has a new podcast known as ACCRA NKOMO by @OsabuANNY and host, @billie_mack. The first episode which featured @nii_ayertey and @AntiRhythm focussed on Social Media & Activism. I think it's great. 

Monday, 3 March 2014

My First PhotoWalk

Some of the photos on my facebook 

Last year, I missed several photowalks organized by PhotoWalkGh; mostly because of dates clashing with other events I couldn't miss. I finally got my chance to walk and take photos with this awesome group of people but I nearly missed this one too because I didn't wake up in time(No to partying the Friday night before a photowalk.. no no no..) It was even better because this photowalk was a collaboration between @bloggingghana and @PhotoWalkGH; two organizations I admire a lot.

The location for this BlogWalk was the Airport Residential Area of Accra. The task was to take photos and add short blog posts to tell the stories better. I had so much fun; waiting patiently for the next one.

Checkout the photos from the day from me(@ofoli_kwei) and other BlogWalkers using these hashtags; #PhotoWalkGh #AirportResidential #BlogWalk #LamudiGhana