In loving memory of Dumsor

In loving memory of Dumsor

‘Charley, light dey house or dem quench am? To wit, charley do we have light or it’s off. This was the most FAQ (Frequently asked question) in Ghana for over four years when light off or what it was popularly called in the local language “Dumsor” was the order of the day. It became so unbearable that a group of celebrities had to embark on a demonstration to drum home their frustrations. Some lost their dear friends in the process and others earned the title; Yaa Asantewaa of our time. Warriors. So many promises were made by the government and a whole ministry was created to look into matters and help solve it. Even we had to bring in power barges from turkey on hire purchase. Some technocrats said we could have bought it outright and saw no reasons why we went in for such deal. As for me I don’t know anything about it; just an ordinary citizen. But one thing that kept bothering my mind was why this thing is happening now and the cause of it. I need someone to educate me on that.  Dumsor collapsed many businesses but also gave other people employment and source of income.

Many Ghanaians or workers were laid off because there was high cost of production and low output. This was as a result of our uninvited guest; dumsor. Most factories had to rely on generators as an alternative to the power from Either Candles or Generators, eeeiii! Sorry, Electricity Company Of Ghana. The use of these generators came with extra cost for fuel. Other businesses who also couldn’t afford the luxury of generators had to quit work anytime there was load shedding. Those that were greatly affected were the cold store operators. Some of their products had to be disposed off because it was going bad. It’s not that the government looked on unconcerned but they were trying their best to solve it or as they said; find a lasting solution to it.

In another instance, this was a great business opportunity. Dumsor boosted the sale of alternative means of power like, generators, rechargeable lights, solar panels etc.  Any time the lights go off at night, all you hear is; smoooouuh! Yes light light (this is said in Twi and often comes after a hiss). It became a regular source of income for these people who were previously jobless r earning little. It helped to place them in a better position in their respective social lives. Business was really booming for these alternative power suppliers who were recording low sales during the period where there was no load shedding or when was that severe.

But if I may ask, why should we rely solely on thermal power when there are other sources of electricity. We have the lavender hill there, why can’t we use the human excreta that is discharged into the sea to produce power, or it’s not possible. Ok! We can use solar as well. We are blessed as a country and a continent with so much sunshine. Why can’t we trap some and convert it into power? Thank God in these past few days, there is stable power. At least, the power barges are effective. I can now use my chargeable gadgets without having to bother about the light going off at six. And can now sleep effectively without generator noise. One thing we need to take a critical look at is the conservation of power. Yes its true we pay for the power supplied but of what use will it be when we paying for something and wasting it? Do switch off electrical stuffs that are not in use.  Long live Ghana! Long live Africa

Philip Ankrah/vivaghana

Choose Punctuality for growth

Choose Punctuality for growth

In business, there are two sides to time “The Consumer’s Time” and “The Producer’s Time.” Often, business owners seem to prioritize “The Producer’s Time” and place less emphasis on “The Client’s Time.” One popular saying that may have propelled this phenomenon is “better late than never.” With its meaning misconstrued – it is okay to be late and deliver quality goods – business owners have used it as a defense for unpunctuality.

Have you ever analyzed the cost of punctuality to the growth and image of your business? As an event manager who doesn’t own all the necessary equipment to produce an event, my best solution is outsourcing. I pass on some duties to some firms and hope time they deliver on time so as to have a smooth event running. However, on many occasions, I have been put under extreme stress and the fear of being disappointed because one firm or the other did not show up on time.

Ponder over these;

  1. How much stress does your client endure when you are not on time?
  2. The errors that occur because you mismanaged time and your deadline is close?
  3. The mistrust your client brews for you because you were late?
  4. How disoriented you become in a haste to satisfy a stressed and angry client?
  5. How many clients you have lost for not being punctual?

Boasting of quality products should not always be your focus, quality of service provided counts and your best bet to being seen as a good service provider is punctuality. Professionalism begins with punctuality and it dictates to your clients that you are committed to ensuring they are well satisfied. Although many clients take delight in quality products, they equally have on-time-delivery as a characteristic they seek in brands they always want to be associated with.

Keep in mind: punctuality is a powerful discipline that always determines success or failure. Make it the prime catalyst that drives your business and make frantic effort not to trade “The Client’s Time” for the satisfaction of self -“The Producer’s Time.”

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Why You Don’t Need To Be A Motivational Speaker To Make An Impact

Why You Don’t Need To Be A Motivational Speaker To Make An Impact

Over the past few years, an industry has emerged in Ghana especially among the youth. This has got to do with motivational/inspirational speaking.

Today, the average youth wants to be involved in motivational/inspirational speaking of some sort. Here on Facebook, you will see many writing motivational pieces as an attempt to make an impact. And the oft-held fallacy is that, you make an impact as a motivational speaker. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I will explain. Sadly, too, I have observed some youth resign from their jobs only to land themselves in motivational speaking all in the name of wanting to make an impact.

As I observe these happenings, I like to think most of these young people venturing into motivational speaking are really not going there because that is what they were born to do, but because of the perceived popularity that comes with standing on a stage and speaking for people to see you. Or, authoring a motivational book with their faces at the back to make them popular.

The point is, and I can tell you this for a fact: most of these so-called motivational speakers make no impact. Sitting on radio or TV and having interviews, or being invited to speak at various programmes is not the measure of impact. Anyone can do that.

In fact, anyone can lobby for a place on these media platforms just to make “noise” and be said to make an impact. Making impact has got nothing to do with motivational speaking. It doesn’t matter what it is you are doing; be you a teacher, doctor, nurse, engineer, cleaner, etc., as long as your work somehow brings comfort to others, you are making an impact.

I can’t tell you how impactful the woman responsible for the sanitation of my office is to my life until I need her desperately to help with cleaning the office. When I walk into the office after cleaning, I feel fresh and focused for work. She doesn’t need to resign from her work and become a speaker to know she’s making an impact.

The interesting thing is, a good number of these motivational speakers are either school drop-outs because they refused to take their studies seriously and so they were booted out, or are out of school, in need of job but because hey have found nothing to do, they thought the best thing to do is to venture into motivational speaking. I am not in anyway attacking anyone or industry.

I am only trying to speak the truth as raw as I could just so you know that whatever you find yourself doing, you are making an impact as long as you tune your mind to it. If you’re not meant to be a motivational speaker, don’t force it. Be you. Do what you are meant to do.

Don’t see someone jumping from one platform or the other, and because you love the popularity they enjoy, you also want to do motivational speaking.

The interesting thing is to listen to these “wanna-be” motivational speakers who have no substance to deliver to their audience and yet somehow, they think they are making impact.

Go, discover what you’re meant to do, and do it the best way you can. Impact is not equal to popularity. You can be doing the most mundane job, and yet it is a source of comfort to many; now, that is real impact!

 

 

Jonathan Adzokpe / founder of Hetura Books

The Irony of ‘Ghanaianisms’

The Irony of ‘Ghanaianisms’

  1. You know life is sometimes confusing as a Ghanaian when you see some married couples hiding their rings while unmarried people wear rings. Life in Ghana indeed is a ring affair!

 

  1. Not only snakes shed off their skins. Some of our women (and men) do, too. They were dark-skinned in 2015. Just some few days into 2016, they are growing fairer. Life in Ghana is just not fair because everyone wants to be fair!

 

  1. Isn’t it ironic how young couples spend so much money on a wedding and yet have nothing to start the marriage with? They want to wed now… and marry later!

 

  1. We live to impress, thus, live depressed. We attain numerous degrees just to boast of titles when we can’t fix ‘simple’ challenges around us regardless of all these supposed years of learning. What a sophisticatedly depressed people we are!

 

  1. We go through all sorts of therapies to lose weight… forgetting that the only tried-and-tested, cheapest therapy to lose weight is to marry a bad spouse!

 

  1. Most of us use smart phones yet aren’t any smarter. Our politicians almost always outsmart us!

 

  1. We curse white folks for being racial. Interestingly however, we look down on our own because of their ethnic belonging. Different shades of racism!

 

  1. We return from UK after only a month’s visit with an acquired accent like that of the Queen. Yet, no one speaks like Bruce Lee when they return to Ghana after spending ages in China. Na God win!

 

  1. We can’t monitor anything in this country…. not even how much it costs to brand a bus… yet we beat our chest that we can monitor hardcore Guantanamo inmates. Chai!

 

  1. We are called Ghanaians maybe only because we were born here. Many other things give us out as non-Ghanaians. Our rice is from Vietnam. Our tomatoes are from wherever. Our parliamentary chairs are from China. Our accent depends on where we have recently travelled to!

 

  1. We value the US visa more than our university certificates. We don’t mind going to university to be awarded visas instead of certificates after four years!

 

  1. Our politicians promise us Heaven on Earth during elections. After elections, they give us Earth in Heaven yet… we will still die for them!

 

  1. We curse politicians for mismanaging our funds though we, as citizens, mismanage public property. Two bad stewards of the same kind. We forget bad citizens eventually become bad politicians!

 

  1. We have more churches yet less development. We depend on hope more than reality. Tell you what, we are more spiritual than God!

 

  1. Our politicians come chasing us for power every four years… and we go chasing after them for power (electricity) in the next four years!

This is Ghana. Welcome!

By:Kobina Ansah

The writer is the Chief Scribe of Scribe Communications (www.scribecommltd), an Accra-based writing company.

My Top 2016 resolutions

My Top 2016 resolutions

 

I am not a fan of resolutions. However, I have resolved not to let any impediment stand in my way anymore. I have resolved that in 2016…

  1. I won’t fall for any lies from whomever. In an election year, politicians can conjure anything…everything… even another golden stool from the skies!

 

  1. I would watch football with my head… but not with my heart. Footballers give hypertension quicker than bad cholesterol!

 

  1. I won’t take the politician’s promise too seriously. I have lost count of how many times they have broken my heart. They treat politics as though it was one hell of a ‘lying competition’!

 

  1. Anytime my lights go out, I won’t budge. I will just take my voter’s ID card, smile and sing, “There’s power in the name of a voter’s ID card!”

 

  1. I won’t be misled by the fairness of an African woman until I have seen her childhood pictures. Bleaching creams have done African men more harm than partisan politics!

 

  1. I won’t be bothered by the headaches of this nation. No matter how big they may ever become, no one actually gives a hoot about solving them. We will needlessly look at them through a political lens or blame it on the devil!

 

  1. I won’t try to painstakingly decode and understand shorthand messages on social media or wherever. If you’re too busy to write in clear, plain language… obviously I’m too busy to read, too! After all, what do you use the rest of your time for?

 

  1. I won’t believe that democracy is government of the people, by the people and for the people anymore. Which democratic government would increase prices exponentially and tax everything to its own detriment? The government (of which we supposedly are a part of) would even tax the air we breathe in if it had its way! Democracy, today, is government against the majority; government for a selected minority.

 

  1. I will read more. I promise to be an avid reader. I will read more headlines (but not content) of newspapers and even more text messages. At least, that’s what it takes to be a typical Ghanaian reader. This is my year of reading!

 

  1. Finally, I promise not to make any resolutions. Did I just say the above were resolutions!? Chai

by:Kobina Ansah.

The writer is the Chief Scribe of Scribe Communications (www.scribecommltd.com), an Accra-based writing company.

TALES FROM MY BACK YARD; LETTER TO MRS. ANKRAH.

TALES FROM MY BACK YARD; LETTER TO MRS. ANKRAH.

Dear Mrs. Ankrah,

The festivities are over and we are back to square one. I would like to use this opportunity to wish you a happy new year. I trust you are in good health. How was your Christmas? Mine was not that bad. Am glad I have found time to write to you before I get swallowed in the activities of the year.

Love, have you ever had a New Year resolution? Where you able to fulfill it? For me I have never had a New Year resolution but I try as much to live a meaningful and fulfilled life within that year. Last year, like always I never had a resolution but I had some stuff I felt I should materialize. Not all came through or true but I was impressed with what I was able to achieve. It’s yet another year and I know most people have made a long list of things that must happen. Some have marriage, a good job, new home, change of character etc on their list of resolutions. But often we forget there is a superior power that makes all things beautiful in His time. We leave Him out of our plans and that accounts for our inability to fulfill our resolutions. This year is a spiritual year and I believe whatever plans we have, we should factor God in and it shall come to pass.

Sweetheart, it is also an election year and many things are going to happen. We have started feeling the heat that this season brings despite the harmattan. Politicians are going to be more generous than Santa just to obtain unmerited favor from us. They are going to come with all sort of empty promises just to get you to do their will then abandon you. Why am I even talking about this? I guess it’s just to serve as a reminder to you for you not to fall victim to these rancorous elites. Like P.C Umeh described them in his poem, they are nothing but ambassadors of poverty. This year is going to be a very tough year for me because something that has been heartache must be manifested.  I have a lot on my plate and am praying for strength to see me through.

Honey, this is all time will permit. In my next letter I’ll tell you about how I got nothing after campaigning for an outgoing MP. I’d like to leave you with a portion from Adele’s make you feel my love;

‘When the rain is blowing in your face

When the whole world is on your case

I could offer you a warm embrace to make you feel my love

When the evening shadows and the stars appear

And there is no one there to dry your tears

I could hold you for a million years

To make you feel my love’

Whenever you feel lost and down, always remember the promise am making to you above. Until we meet someday know that I’ll forever love you.

Your love in waiting,

Berry.