‘I want to sue God’ hits Kumasi on Independence day

‘I want to sue God’ hits Kumasi on Independence day

After an impressive run on pre-Valentine’s Day on Legon campus, the #IWantToSueGod train makes its next stop on Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) campus, Kumasi.

The Kobina Ansah play is a romantic satire which mocks how we blame God for choices we make on our own, especially with regards to marriage. According to the story, a young man marries a woman under the pretext of a prophecy from God. Fortunately or unfortunately, his wife happens to be everything but a wife; she can’t even boil water! Eventually, he decides to sue God for setting him up in marriage.

In Legon, the high voltage, rib-cracking romantic comedy threw audience into a state of hilarity amidst many life lessons it taught. Interspersed with spoken-word artistry, the creative piece of art emphasizes how marriage shouldn’t be mistaken for a wedding, especially when one has to borrow to do so.

“If you don’t know your priorities, wedding becomes marriage and marriage becomes wedding,” the play teaches.

Kobina Ansah, a columnist with The Mirror, is a creative arts writer who is the brain behind many creative pieces of different literature genres. He is the writer/director of the stage plays This Family Is Not For Sale Season 1, This Family Is Not For Sale Season 2 and recently I Want To Sue God!

On March 6, 2016, KNUST will be boiling will #IWantToSueGod. Venue is CCB Auditorium. First show is at 5pm and second show is at 8pm. Rate is GH 15 (for students) and GH 20 (for others) and a spare rib. Early birds get it for less.  Tickets can be ordered via 0208429778, 0500001089 or 0244521639.

Grow Like A Seed

Grow Like A Seed

Grow Like A Seed

Some research conducted on entrepreneurship have reported that an estimated 90% of startups fail in their first few years. In our part of the world, more young people are now daring to enter the realm of entrepreneurship, however, it is no secret a few end up in the estimated 10% of startups that succeed.  What could possibly be the cause of the failure of these entrepreneurs to realize their big dream? Growing a business can be likened to the germination process of a fruit bearing plant. First, a seed must be planted in a fertile soil. Then this seed must decay before it can shoot up as a plant. This seedling must encounter some harsh weather conditions before it finally reaches the flower bearing stage. After bearing flowers, the tree is sure to now give off fruits that can be plucked and enjoy.  Like the seed sown in a fertile soil, you cannot begin your business in an environment that cannot support its growth. Businesses are born out of the need to solve a problem in a society. Identifying the problem means finding a fertile soil to plant your business. The decaying process of the seed that is not visible to the world can be likened to the stage in startup where you come up with a strategy that supports your growth. The strategy should involve building a business plan for at the first year, developing an effective marketing plan and building the necessary clientele for your business. Successful businesses thrive on the element of “strategy.”  For many failed entrepreneurial endeavours, the elements of “Perseverance and focus” are far-fetched. The least encounter with challenges means leaving their future in the hands of fate. Have you ever wondered what will become of animals and humans if all plants did not try to adjust to changing weather conditions? Once you decide to start a business, you should build have a mindset that is bent on winning no matter the challenges that come by. The only way to win is think outside the box. Strategies are beautiful on paper, implementing them is another story, never dream of a smooth sail into the land of prosperity. Sticking to the status quo is not your best bet to succeed as an entrepreneur. Times change and when they do, you need to change strategy to survive. As many times as it becomes necessary to adopt new strategies, you should be willing to take the risk. Nonetheless, you should not lose focus of the goal. Remember, “there are many ways of killing a cat.” There is no fast rule to success, dare to be different, think outside the box.  “Starting “big” when you do not have the necessary resources for continuity is the recipe for a short lived dream. Do not jump into the major league right from scratch if you do not have the feet to stand the competition from the big guns. Celebrated Ghanaian businesses such as Kingdom Books & Stationery, Despite Group of Companies, Kasapereko Company Limited, UT Bank started as little unrenowned businesses. Today, they are named amongst Ghana’s top and most successful businesses. The best way to is to take time to grow into a big name, unless of course you have the muscle to wrestle with the big guns. Starting little means coming into encounter with all the mistakes you can come across in business and making the corrections. It serves as a tutorial period for the future. You can take as many risks as you can as a little company and survive, because you have time to make amends. As a big starter, you may not be able to survive the damage once you fail to deliver. Not everyone is born to be an entrepreneur in any case and so the reality is that some may never succeed at it. Learn from the plant and build a flourishing business.  HelloFood is a perfect example of a business that has paid its dues and has found the answer to your meal delivery. Download the app now. Courtesy: Twitter: @hellofoodghana Facebook: Hellofood Gh Instagram: @hellofood_gh

EPL Week 26 Roundup: Black Cats dent United’s top-four bid, Chelsea rout Newcastle as Stoke, Watford, West Brom and Southampton all win away

EPL Week 26 Roundup: Black Cats dent United’s top-four bid, Chelsea rout Newcastle as Stoke, Watford, West Brom and Southampton all win away

Home Score Away
Bournemouth 1-3 Stoke City
Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United
Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford
Everton 0-1 West Brom
Norwich 2-2 West Ham
Swansea 0-1 Southampton
Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle – ongoing
Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City
Aston Villa 0-6 Liverpool
Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham

With the top four teams in the PL all set to play on Sunday, fifth placed Manchester United failed to pick up ground as they dropped all three points against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in a 2-1 loss that saw ace goalie David de Gea turn the ball into his own net.

Debutante side Watford consigned Crystal Palace to their fifth PL defeat in their last six outings with Troy Deeney’s eighth and ninth goals of the season, and Salomon Rondon’s lone goal ended up being the difference as luckless Everton dropped all 3points at home to West Brom.

Defending PL champions, Chelsea, raised their unbeaten run under interim boss Guus Hiddink to 10 as they capitalized on a rapid start that saw them steer in 3 goals within the first 17minutes en route to an easy 5-1 victory over a lucklustre Newcastle side at the Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere, Giannelli Imbula scored his first goal for Stoke as they ended their three-match losing streak in the PL against Bournemouth, Norwich blew a 2 point lead at home but managed to salvage a point against visiting West Ham and Southampton stretched their unbeaten run to six games as Shane Long’s goal consigned Swansea to a first defeat under new manager Francesco Guidolin.

And on Sunday, Tottenham served notice that they will be a force to reckon with for the rest of the season of as they dealt a huge blow to Manchester City’s title hopes and boosted theirs with a dramatic 2-1 victory at the Etihad of all places to move just 2points adrift of the top spot.

Not to be outdone in the title chase, Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck threw the PL title race wide open when he scored a dramatic winner with only seconds left as Arsenal beat leaders Leicester City 2-1 at home and relegation threatened Aston Villa did themselves no favors at home as visiting Liverpool flung them deeper into the relegation pit with a merciless 6-0 thumping.

 

Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United

Sunderland boosted their survival hopes with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United on Saturday – their first Premier League win over the Red Devils at the Stadium of Light.

Tunisian Wahbi Khazri making his second PL start raced the struggling Black Cats ahead after just three minutes with his low in-swinging free-kick from the left that crucially evaded Jermain Defoe and the United defence before it nestled in the far corner of the unsighted de Gea’s goal but Anthony Martial hauled United level after he clipped the ball over Vito Mannone, who had parried Juan Mata’s shot at the 39th minute mark.

The hosts created the better chances after the break and deservedly edged in front as Lamine Kone’s powerful header from Khazri’s corner forced David de Gea to turn the ball into his own net.

United kicked into gear but they struggled to break down a resolute Black Cats defence, with Wayne Rooney denied the chance to respond by Kone immediately after.

Sunderland’s win took them to within one point of rivals Newcastle and the last safety spot held by Norwich while United remain in sole possesion of the fifth spot.

Bournemouth 1-3 Stoke City

Stoke City ended their 3 game losing run by beating Bournemouth 3-1 on Saturday afternoon, with recent new signing Giannelli Imbula powering home with a brilliant long range strike in the 9th minute to give the visitors a half-time lead.

Ibrahim Afellay struck a sweet second for Stoke, and substitute Joselu made it 3-0 two minutes later.

Matt Ritchie responded immediately for the Cherries, but his left-footed strike proved to be a mere consolation.

It was Stoke’s first away win in 2016 and only their second league victory in seven attempts.

Stoke moved up to ninth in the table, five points off the European places, while Bournemouth remain 15th and four points above the relegation zone.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford

Troy Deeney scored twice to steer Watford to victory and extend Crystal Palace’s run without a league win to nine games.

The captain put Watford into an early lead from the spot following a controversially awarded penalty, but Emmanuel Adebayor’s first goal in Palace’s colors drew the Eagles level.

Watford retook the lead with seven minutes left when Deeney drove home Ben Watson’s cross.

And Palace ended with 10 men after Pape Souare was shown a red card late on for a two-footed challenge on Valon Behrami.

Watford’s second league win of 2016 pushed them up into eighth place in the table, while Palace remain 12th.

Everton 0-1 West Bromwich

West Brom edged Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park for their first taste of victory in the Premier League since January 2.

West Brom’s winner came from the chest of forward Salomon Rondon, who tapped in Jonas Olsson’s looping header from close range in the 14th minute.

Everton, who had 76 per cent possession and 34 attempts on goal, had several chances to equalise in both halves as both Ross Barkley and Tom Cleverley hit the woodwork, but West Brom held on for their first league away win since October 24 to move to the 14th spot on 32points, 3 points behind 10th placed Everton.

Norwich 2-2 West Ham

Norwich blew a two-goal lead but ended a run of five league defeats with a draw against West Ham at Carrow Road.

After a first half where chances were few and far between, Norwich burst into life after the break with Robbie Brady (54) robbing Michail Antonio of the ball and curling in a shot before Wes Hoolahan (65) drove in a close range effort to put the home side 2-0 up.

But Dimitri Payet slotted in for the Hammers after Victor Moses had a shot parried into his path before Payet pulled the ball back for Mark Noble to steer in a shot to complete West Ham’s comeback.

Hammers substitute Emmanuel Emenike had a great chance late on when he got on the end of an Andy Carroll flick on but he trapped the ball instead of diverting it towards goal and allowed keeper John Ruddy to gather.

West Ham dropped to 7th on 40points – a point behind United while Norwich moved out of the relegation places on 24points, courtesy of goals advantage over Newcastle.

Swansea 0-1 Southampton

Shane Long headed the winner for Southampton as they beat Swansea 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

The Irishman converted from Steven Davis’ cross from the right, although Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski may feel he could have done better.

The goal was enough to give Southampton a fifth win in six games as they kept a sixth clean sheet in a row.

Swansea remained 16th with the loss while Southampton moved to 6th with the victory on 40points.

Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle

Newcastle dropped into the relegation zone on goal difference after three goals in the first 17 minutes set Chelsea on their way to an easy win.

Diego Costa slid in the opener, a Rolando Aarons error let in Pedro to run clear and fire home, and Costa set up Willian to make it 3-0 all within 20 minutes.

Pedro added a fourth in the 59th minute before substitute Bertrand Traore finished from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross in the 83rd minute, before Andros Townsend’s late consolation.

Chelsea climbed up to 12th after extending their unbeaten league run under Guus Hiddink to 10 matches and 12 in all competitions.

 

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester

Arsenal breathed life back into their Premier League title charge as Danny Welbeck’s 95th-minute winner sealed a 2-1 victory over 10-man Leicester on Sunday.

Welbeck struck late on to break Leicester’s resolve after the league leaders looked to have survived 40 minutes with a man down, following Danny Simpson’s dismissal for a second bookable offence.

Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes the lead with a hotly-disputed penalty on the stroke of half-time after he tumbled over Nacho Monreal’s outstretched leg.

Substitute Theo Walcott then set up a frantic final 20 minutes with a side-foot finish from Olivier Giroud’s superb knockdown.

Leicester still lead the table – but Arsenal’s win leaves them only two points clear of their conquerors who remain third on 51points and a second placed Tottenham Spurs side that won against City at the Etihad on Sunday.

 

Aston Villa 0-6 Liverpool

Six different goal scorers helped Liverpool to a rampant 6-0 win at bottom side Aston Villa as the Reds thrashed bottom club Aston Villa to move up to eighth in the Premier League.

Sturridge, making his first league start since October, headed home before James Milner’s free-kick crept in after being missed by keeper Mark Bunn.

Emre Can rifled in a shot, Divock Origi slotted home and Nathaniel Clyne bundled in to add to the Reds’ lead.

Kolo Toure headed in a sixth as Villa were punished for a poor performance.

Villa, 20th with 16points on the log had nowhere to go but down following their defeat, and they remain 7 clear points shy of the first safety spot with 12 games to the end of the season.

 

Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham Spurs

Tottenham moved to within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester as Christian Eriksen struck a late winner at fourth-placed Manchester City.

The visitors, who started the game in third following Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Leicester, took the lead after Mark Clattenburg controversially awarded a 53rd minute penalty when Danny Rose’s cross hit Raheem Sterling under the arm right on the edge of the penalty area, and visiting striker Harry Kane fired home for the lead.

Yaya Toure struck a 20-yard free-kick against the bar before teenage substitute Kelechi Iheanacho levelled things up in the 74th minute.

But Spurs earned a fifth league win in a row as Christian Eriksen slotted in after he was played through on goal by substitute Erik Lamela to coolly finish at the 83rd minute mark.

Eriksen’s late strike sealed all three points for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they moved back above their north London rivals into second and just two points behind league leaders Leicester while City remain in sole possession of the 4th spot, 6 points clear of their closest contender.

 

 

Match reports from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEONE: ROMEO & JULIET EVEN AFTER FEBRUARY 14!

WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEONE: ROMEO & JULIET EVEN AFTER FEBRUARY 14!

Written By David Teye Zanyoh – This is not the first time this write-up (few changes now) gets published anywhere come every month of love, and it certainly won’t be the last. I will ensure this persists until you or perhaps they get the love puzzle right. February 14 will pass after only 24hrs but the love affair should not die with it.

Valentine’s Day looms ever larger with love halos literally over our heads like that on Davinci’s famous painting, albeit with much intensity than ever before.

We all, as it were, yearn to love and be loved in return. A lady who was hitherto a man’s dream partner is now the last person he would want to see, not to talk of date. Oh, how pathetic!

Not to be rude to you though, but please don’t bother to peruse this article any further if your sole quest in a relationship is anything other than keeping a healthy long lasting one. No, wait a minute- you are human and not immune to change, right? Good! Then please read on.

Again, if you subscribe to the school of thought that holds that just securing a lover is all that matters, then I am afraid your doctrine is about to lose basis by the time you see the last full stop of this write-up. Newsflash: your concern matters just as much as making deliberate and conscious efforts at keeping a long lasting relationship.

My inclination to talk about this stems from the fact that I’ve seen countless honey-sweet relationships turn bile-sour. A long term relationship is something many a lover, both young and old, wish and actually long for but find it well-nigh impossible to have.

Finding a true lover is critically important. But even more so is keeping that fellow long enough in a relationship to enjoy, and let it run its full course in order not to lose them midway through the love journey.

I am tremendously saddened to inform you that relationship experts, the world over, have for the umpteenth time, said that people take much more pain in finding (searching) a lover than they actually do in keeping them. … And in fact, I couldn’t but completely and concretely concur with them, given what I have heard, read and of course experienced, as a young lad. This may, in part, most certainly be due to these people not knowing or blatantly and stubbornly refusing to adhere to the sage admonishments of these experts and many alike.

Indeed, I know a man who has spent a colossal amount of money, and time as well as painstaking effort to win a lady’s heart but owing to a plethora of reasons the latter had to virtually look on as his otherwise very-sweet relationship came crushing. Just the other day I wore a wry smile after witnessing a lady break down in a barrelful of tears following a break-up with her ‘first love’. Sad, isn’t it?!

Believe you me, millions of people would woefully fail should they be given on a silver platter, their dream man/woman to have a long lasting relationship with. In this light, I am ashamed to mention that I once fell within this category but after knowing now what I didn’t know then (long lasting relationship tips), I got saved.

Honestly, I may not be an ordained prophet or an incredibly credible soothsayer up in my village, but in truth, I can confidently and correctly foretell how the relationship of millions of people will end if they refuse to follow the ways I am about to either make known or perhaps repeat to them.

I’ve been interrogating, with the greatest degree of pain and wonder, why some folks keep hopping from one man/woman to another in a rather fruitless bid to find ‘Mr./Mrs. Right’ but have since been unable to fathom anything in that regard. Bluntly, I must say that these people are seriously and ignorantly misplacing their priority. Instead, and really, they have little or no idea whatsoever how to sustain a relationship long enough.

Another group in the same circle or thereabout, habour the notion that immediately a relationship gets beset with a problem(s), that relationship is not meant to be or better yet, the partners are not compatible. Well, I boldly say to them, that’s a lie!

I have to cardinally admit that I’ve learnt a lot on this earth, but I’m neither a relationship expert in his/her field at least, neither have I ever taken up a course in this area. Fortunately however, I am, no matter how small, privy to few ways of keeping a long lasting relationship. … And I advise that you take me seriously as much as you do your religious leader, else doom for you. Walaahi!

Enough of the preliminary mumbling. Here are some tips that I trust you will not lose sight of.

Just as you kowtow to pray to God (Allah) for His favour and blessings in your business (finances), education and family, so should you also seek His ever-ready assistance and guidance in your relationship. Some people (atheist perhaps) may regard this not-too-important thing to do but I think that should be the first ever step to take as long as you would want to see your see relationship reach the promise land. Follow this, and I guarantee He will speedily give a hand since we are humans and thus can’t do it all on our own.

I would like to start off by espousing that one of the ways, and in fact very key, to keep a long lasting relationship is to stay involved with your partner at all times. You have to relate well and work together with your partner for a stable relationship. Here, there should be enough communication between you and your lover at every step of the way as absence of this has the higher likelihood of creating a distance even when you are only a centimetre away from each other.

Another and equally helpful way is to get through all conflicts with your partner. Every relationship regardless of how great it is, is bound to hit an impediment(s) at a certain point. From this reasoning, in the wake of a conflict, it would be inappropriate to let tempers fly unduly high getting the better of you simply hinging on sheer whim and uncalculated thought. Of course, one cannot be begrudged for engaging in a verbal scuffle with their partner as it is only natural and inevitable that conflicts will come. Further, this then again comes with compromise and tolerance of each other’s viewpoint either in a discourse or a debate. Taking cognisance of this would provide a fertile ground for the relationship to flourish, thus ultimately being of immense help to every long lasting relationship aspirant, with me including.

Thirdly, you should take interest in whatever your partner loves and enjoys doing often. There’s nothing so refreshing and romantic as to have a wo/man show interest and share in what her/his partner takes delight in. It may be football (sports), movies, food, healthy debate of some sort, music and plenty more. This strengthens the love between them. Linda (fictitious name), my ex-girlfriend, never loved football but would often times tell me match fixtures, and even discuss with me very briefly Manchester United FCand Cristiano Ronaldo, my favourite team and player. How nice! How could I ever forget the banku with chicken, tuna and ‘wele’-filled okra stew (my favourite meal) she sometimes prepares for me. Oh my God! Don’t salivate: that’s not the crux of the matter. Ha-ha!

This perhaps is one of the most important ways, several experts argue: showing appreciation for both the love and any other good thing your partner shows and does for you. It is critically relevant to tell that special person how much you love them (don’t do it perfunctorily). Dale Carnegie, the famous American writer, in his book “How to Win Friends & Influence People”, discussed vividly how important it is to constantly remind people of how appreciative we are of them. In similar fashion, we should appreciate our partners for loving us. Why? There were and still are an awful lot of men/women out there but they chose us, despite our stark imperfection. Again, appreciate anything he/she does for you no matter how small it is. William James further and unequivocally buttresses this by saying: “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated”. So you see? There is a direct relationship between appreciation and long lasting relationship.

Rather different from the above way is that you should as much as possible spend time with each other. Yes, spend time, and a quality one at that! It is becoming increasingly clear, research shows, that partners get overly caught up in their work and other time-consuming schedules throughout the week from morning to very late in the night. Resultantly, they do not have time to catch up. This can have dire ramifications for the relationship thereby wrecking it. Having stated the relevancy of time, it is however worthy to note the fact that, we need to use it in moderacy rather than abuse it, as too much of it (time) takes away the suspense and anxiety that characterises a sweet relationship.

What’s more, you should be enticingly spontaneous. Often times, lovers tend to, as it were, lax immediately they realise they’ve finally ‘got’ (secured) their partner. They no longer do the wonderful things they used to do in the initial stages to make the love affair well refreshed and ‘onga-ly’ spiced up. You should take your lover’s breathe away by doing something amazingly thoughtful and extraordinarily picturesque. Again, resolve to learn to attract and police-ly grab the attention of your partner. To the ladies, is it your hair, outfit, looks or smell? The aforementioned must be spot on and good. Staying sharp is key. And oh, don’t come to me crying if Lucinda snatches him oo! Yoo!

The surprise element is an integral part of a relationship if it is to survive overtime. Illustratively, I sharply recall periodically taking Linda out to fairly wonderful hangouts plus surprise her, in my own small way, with gifts. Please don’t try exactly this if your pocket isn’t well cash-stuffed because “eno be easy”. Women, in the same vein, should reciprocate these gestures in their own right and in any respect they see fit. Surprise gifts, anyway, should suit your partner’s personality (taste/style/interest), so he/she will appreciate.

More so, you must keep the romance alive. The sweet and ear pleasing utterances should be made and rekindled as often as necessary. Plus you can be friends with your partner’s friends and others around him/her as well as keeping outside relationship and interests alive. Some people are fond of ending all other friendships when they are dating. This isn’t the best thing to do. Remember you had those friends in your life way before your sweetheart walked in. Finally, the relationship should be based on mutual respect.

There are over a dozen more ways/tips for having a long lasting relationship discussed by as many experts but I reckon these ones would be substantially helpful. Adhere to them. …And Presto! you will have a rock-solid relationship. I hasten to add that and admittedly, keeping a relationship that long is no cake walk.

Just for the records, I’d like to underscore the fact that I don’t mean to be hard on all who cannot or wouldn’t want to keep a relationship very long. I am only passing on an advice to you as a caring brother and friend.

Admonishingly, let’s not forget that love is consistently consistent respect, care, sacrifice, selflessness, humility and support; all in one with a ribbon on it.

All told, it is my fervent prayer that you find the woman/man of your dreams and when the latter finally arrives, may it work out well for you. Also, to my paddies: I know ‘boys abr3,’ but may we stop approaching ladies ‘all because of ton… .” May the believers shout amen?!

Happy Val’s Day! I have a chocolate for the first beautiful lady to call me on V-Day: I’ll be in my room on the D-day as my mental drone captures every love nuke and cranny.

See you on another matter.

By David Teye Zanyoh

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WHAT’S YOUR PREOCCUPATION: BUSYNESS OR BUSINESS?

WHAT’S YOUR PREOCCUPATION: BUSYNESS OR BUSINESS?

“Busyness” and “business” are more like homophones in the area of English grammar. They appear to have the same or similar pronunciation but their individual meanings differ. This article has its emphasis laid not on grammar but rather on their working dynamics. So I now ask our youths – what’s your preoccupation: busyness or business? Yes, please permit me to probe too deeply into your personal affairs, for I am also a youth. Personally, business is my central preoccupation. And I guess busyness will be the preoccupation of most young people scattered across the continent of Africa. I dare not put up a holier-than-thou attitude, but I will try to caution you intellectually for our mutual benefits.

Now let me get down to the nitty-gritty of the matter in hand. Busyness means the quality, state or condition of being busy. Stated differently, it is any lively but meaningless activity. A cursory look at the way of life of our youths in every nook and cranny reveals that many of them are just busy doing nothing progressive. I mean, such individuals simply goof around to say the least. Henry David Thoreau, an erstwhile American author who wrote the book ‘Life without Principle’ in 1862, once opined that, “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” I must admit that we all get busy one way or the other, but most people are merely busy but do not mean business. So they end up achieving nothing, to be frank.

No wonder Todd Stocker satirically stated that, “I wanted to figure out why I was so busy, but I couldn’t find the time to do it.” This is a clear case which is obviously manifested in the lives of many, and some are practically busy for nothing. They seem to be doing an arduous work but it really lacks substance. For busyness and business can be construed as mutually exclusive in the everyday lives of a chunk of our youths. Again, it is appropriate to say that the spirit of business in our young people is incredibly dormant. The African society actually misconstrues the dynamics of business in this 21st Century. That is why the western world has always soared by leaps and bounds while Africa shamefully lags behind.

“Business is fundamentally about people – your mental toughness and ability to build relationships with others,” Dr. Rob Yeung emphasised. In this 21st Century which is bound by globalisation, business schools of Ghanaian universities place a high premium on the wearing of suit and tie. The curricula are outdated vis-á-vis reformed international standards, to tell the truth. Look! You cannot grasp the heart and soul of contemporary business in our crude textbooks and a series of cheap examinations. I tell you, business in today’s globalised world is a lifestyle and not a mere programme or course. Unfortunately, our schooling system has rather compelled our students to develop predefined abilities which are lacking in the dynamics of globalisation.

Moreover, real business is never about memorising concepts and theories. It is a disciplined practice. For innovation is the bedrock of 21st Century business, not the empty certificates people are busily acquiring, but they end up being unemployed or poor. How many times must I declare that you do not need capital to start a business? You only need passion, a priceless one. This is the true and lasting capital of your global business role models. A truly business oriented person explores today’s impossibility by smartness, with intellect and through persistence. Gosh, I really love the preceding sentence! These stuff must be imparted to our youths so that they do not continue to wallow in deceit and mess their dear lives up. Therefore, seek the rare and defiant business knowledge henceforth.

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