Bidding Farewell to Ghana

In the midst of the flurry of activity around packing away our three years here; as well as the farewell teas, lunches and dinners, I almost forgot to write my very last post from Ghana. I am already thinking of how much I will miss the taste of shito with fried yam and kelewele on…

Femme Power!

My daughter, the feminist. In a random discussion a couple of days ago about recent age-appropriate sites she’d been on, she was outraged and confused that one said site had informed her that she could not start a club called “Femenists” (sic). “I just wanted to start a club that would discuss female leaders and…

In Numbers

Maternal mortality remains one of the biggest killers in sub-saharan Africa. In 2000, the United Nations estimated the number of women who died during pregnancy or shortly after birth at 529,000 (almost one maternal death per minute), of which less than 1% occurred in industrialised countries. These statistics are often bandied around especially as relates to…

To a genius with a golf club.

Last night I watched a Supersport tribute to Seve Ballesteros  who died on May 7th. Described as a maverick, daring and passionate…not words associated with golfers by any means. Yes, the likes of Gary Player and of course Tiger Woods have had their fair share of hyperbolic compliments heaped upon them, and deservedly so, but Seve…

Cinco de Mayo in the diaspora

Yesterday it was Adventurers in the diaspora and Cinco de Mayo  – did not realise that Cinco de Mayo is a big deal until I saw that here in Accra we’re also celebrating it at Citizen Kofi with a fiesta tonight. Fellow South African blogger KoKofifi is also celebrating – liked her Viva la Mexico! post. There is  always something to celebrate…

Wandering eye: Paris Monuments

These are some of the pictures taken in Paris in the Summer of 2010. Taken from the top of Les Cars Rouges tour bus. It had just stopped raining after a scorching hot day, and the sun was coming out from behind the clouds again. Played around with the sepia colour on the edit feature.…

What do I write?

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…

Land of the Rising Sun

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.

A great place to be a woman

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.