Title: Freedom Author: Jonathan Franzen Genre: Fiction Published: 2010 Inspired me to learn about: Carving out character descriptions through the use of first, second and third person narration. Jonathan Franzen weaves an intricate tale in Freedom; which although does not have a plot that grabs, it held my attention sufficiently because of its almost mundane subject…
It was a history lesson about the Ashanti Kingdom and it definitely had us enthralled for the two hours that the entire tour takes. Visitors have an opportunity to watch a video about the Kingdom and then after there is a tour of the museum itself.
We were fortunate enough to have a photo opportunity – which under normal circumstances is never allowed. There is an entrance fee of GHc3 for children and GHc7 for adults. The museum is most definitely worth the visit – our tour guide was excellent; it takes a great deal of talent to hold the attention of a five year old through a tour that long and he did it quite well. After the tour there is a small gift shop, in which you can buy crafts and curios.
The service was quick, efficient and friendly. The menu offers everything from continental breakfasts of croissants and coffees, croque monsieurs, to banku with tilapia, fufu and kontomire.
A sacred place on the outskirts of Kumasi (approx 30km). Lake Bosumtwi, (or Bosumtwe as per the signs) is the only natural lake in Ghana; it is within a meteorite crater and is said to be approximately 8km in length. It was on my places-to-see list on our weekend trip to Kumasi. I am ashamed to say that three years in Ghana and my first trip to Kumasi; home of the Ashanti people.
I was at a Ghana Women Writers Forum a while back – a group that meets regularly for book readings, critique evenings and anything literary-related, and the question that kept coming up all evening was: What do you write? A fitting question of course, given the milieu, the writer’s equivalent of being asked: What do you do at corporate functions.
The answer is everything. I write lists: extensive to-do lists, lists of names from my childhood, things I enjoying doing, things I want to do, places I plan to visit, alongside my shopping lists. I write notes, to my family, to myself, in letters, emails and blogs.
|Photo: Courtesy of Nthabi Sibanda|
The use of mother tongue language in the family home and multi-lingualism in general are ongoing discussions worldwide. There are websites and organisations abound dedicated to both and they have become even more topical and pertinent now as the debate revolves around the preservation of language as a part of the preservation of culture.
My thoughts are with the people of Japan in the aftermath of the most powerful earthquake to hit their country in recorded history, and the resulting tsunami.
Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, whose depiction of the ‘Great Wave‘ a wood block print done between 1830 and 1833 has become topical in the midst of Japan’s disaster.
You may have seen the huge billboards around Accra and wondered what they were advertising…Chase is a newly-opened restaurant in Labone opposite Labone Coffee Shoppe. It has a casual section that serves a wide range of fast foods, with an outside area and inside air-conditioned section.
According to the World Economic Forum, Lesotho is ranked first in Africa in bridging the gender gap, and eighth in the world ahead of Britain and the U.S.
In a study using criteria that included, economic participation, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment the Mountain Kingdom fared exceptionally well.