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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

What Do You Believe in?

Like many of you reading this, I also spend a good amount of time behind my laptop and on the internet everyday. I've therefore decided I could as well learn something new from on here everyday, else what's the point being here? Of course, a lot of the things that a brother picks up are not the most relevant; what some may refer to as useless information. But they do come in handy during convos, you know?

But a few days ago I happen to find my self on Chuck Lorre's website. A website solely dedicated to the vanity cards he places at the ends of his productions. If you don't know Chuck Lorre, for a quick intro, his most popular creations include Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory.

I know my coach pal will call me 'brown' for not mentioning this site to him especially if he finds out about it while reading this... just by the way.

Yea, so back to Lorre's site. I think there are about 390 cards in all on the site, and I've not read even a quarter yet. But some of Chuck's earliest cards from his "Dharma & Greg" days have got me thinking. he talked a lot about his beliefs; the things he believes in. This has got me thinking and asking my self endlessly, WHAT DO I BELIEVE IN? I've not gotten any answers yet, though I pray that as I live I will come across a few(answers) to make my life more meaningful and reasonable.

The funny thing is that until I bumped into this, I've been personally been thinking about my faith as a Christian lately and how much I've sucked at it. I sometimes wonder if I believe at all. All that I've learned in my life as a Christian; from my sunday school say-after-the-teacher days to my grown-up sit-down-listen-to-the-powerful-sermon-and-be-touched-by-the-spirit days. Like a lot of Ghanaians who are Christians, we grew up following our parents to church, but as to if we believed, our parents cared less. For them they did their job; got us to be in church! Sad!, innit? (forgive my LAFA)

But remember a brother continues to think,so what do I believe in?
- Personally 
- Religiously
- Historically
- Economically
- Morally
- Socially
- Sports-wise

The list can go on, but chale I don't know all yet.

So do you know what you believe in yet? ...Share you thoughts with a confused brother.

symbols of all religious paths

Saturday, 12 May 2012

(Re)Birth Of Pick up Ball

If you know me, by now you should know that I'm a big basketball buff. 

Thursdays are the days that this court gets the most numbers but Fridays are supposed to be our celebrity appearance day with not so many guys present at the Central courts at the ICGC church in Abossey Okine. Yesterday we were disappointed. The celebs didn't show up!. Ohhhh! Lil Shaker, Rumor and their Accra High ballers crew, thank you for not coming and you MutomboDaPoet too(I know say you no sheda wey you brown But like the old folks always said; everything happens for a reason. 

sorry for the blurry pic(took it with my phone), but that was coach playing some defense on Jeremiah's shot attempt
What was nearly turning out to be a boring 2 on 2 day quickly evolved into one fine 3 on 3 NYC kinda ball game. I saw yesterday as the birth if not the rebirth of pick up basketball proper on the soil of that facility. I bet you, you wouldn't wanna miss a Friday again on that court if you know what basketball is all about; love, toughness, team work and fun.

I've played a lot memorable games in my life but yesterday was a day me and all the other ballers present on that court will not easily forget about. Stories of it will be told in years to come.

We played pick up how it was supposed to be played. I could be wrong but per the definitions, trailers and stories we've heard from my big brother baller pal Bobbito Garcia and his Doin' It In The Park, NYC documentary crew I know I'm right. The rules were simple; PLAY HARD OR SHUT AND GO HOME, NO BLOOD NO FOUL, FOULS ONLY CALLED IF IT HAD A DIRECT NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE FLOW OF THE GAME OR A PLAYER'S WELL BEING.

I pray and wish this culture spreads to all other courts in our city with time.

shouts outs to all the guys that go out hard everyday and play their hearts out from courts way up in Tamale right down to the courts by the sea in Cape Coast; my Accra city blues crew, my team fufu family, my Gbawe flight brothers, Ksi social club/ Tech/ Evandy crews...the list can go on all day.

Y'all just keep playing ball, for this game is for people who really give a damn about it!

Monday, 7 May 2012

Thank You! Blogging Ghana.

I have been blogging somewhat for the past few years. I'm a big basketball fan and hope to help drive Ghana Basketball to higher heights. Check out REBOUND. I enjoy reading and writing quite a bit and have always enjoyed my English classes. I've spent many a night brooding over the idea of having my own blog but like we say in Ghana the ''vim'' has never been enough.

But then I attended Blogging Ghana's #blogcamp12 and the vim level shot up like crazy! and here I am putting up my very first. 

This was one of the few events I've attended in Ghana where people weren't complaining about it being too long, case in point; check out our churches on Sundays when they run minutes late. Let's not waste time to describe what the faces change to in the pews.
In my #blogcamp12 t'shirt

I've been trying to figure out how else to describe this wonderful convention of young Ghanaian minds who are making a difference in their own small ways. But it struck me that I need not bother my self thinking, after I saw @Anti-Rhythm's post about the day. He described #BlogCamp12 as a gathering of so many still-growing minds with yards of yen for social medial relevance; relevant as content creators and catchers too. Beat that if you

The day was on point and out-rightly informative. From Anti-Rhythm  himself  doing damage with his presentation to Nana Kofi Acquah's presentation on photography to the entertainment and marketing session with @Abocco and co.

What did I learn?
Nana Kofi thought me that as a blogger I'm an activist of sorts and need to take stand on issues, no politically being correct things.

Anti-Rhythm thought me that I'm not a journo and if I slack with my words I could end up at Nsawam or make a hole in my bank account that will last forever.

The whole event thought me or should I say confirmed what Ken Robinson said in one of his TED presentations; collaboration is the stuff of genius!

Blogging Ghana, thank you; medaase, oyi wala d)nn , akpe loooo