Positivity in Negativity

I have been hit hard by a tsunami of disappointment this week and that has led to the creation of this post.

We are obviously surrounded with negative situations daily. These negative situations may come visiting you in the form of disappointments, failures, rejections or betrayals.

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They come hitting you hard when you least expect them. That is why they’re negative, aren’t they?

Then your head is messed up. Your heart is torn apart and you may think whatever thoughts that creep into your fragile mind.

At this point, I would invite you to a cup of hot coffee or tea if you’re a lover as I am. And I will tell you to grieve if that will make you feel better but don’t waste precious time and energy in doing so.

This is when I will urge you on to positivity. If you’re enjoying your cup of coffee or tea, I will tell you that life must go on. Smile, for you never know what good things life throws at you tomorrow. As my younger brother would always say, ‘it’s a matter of time’.

In finding positivity in negativity, try to remember the favours and good things you have enjoyed in the past. Begin to imagine a tomorrow of open doors, better opportunities and begin working towards them.

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If you can meditate please do. If you are prayerful then continue to pray. Enjoy your favorite tv shows. Do anything that will bring you joy. By so doing you will surely find positivity in negativity.

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AGE IS JUST A NUMBER (Pt 2)

By Hilda Nsesonkpa and Rogers Wanambwa This is a collaboration between hillstudycenter.wordpress.com and wanamworld.wordpress.com Rogers is a Ugandan blogger who has pulled me out of my laziness web. His works can be found here THE UNMARRIED AFRICAN WOMAN There comes a point in a woman’s life when it seems that all hope is lost. When […]

AGE IS JUST A NUMBER (Pt 2)

The Maternal Garden

Invasion!
Like the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Unwanted weeds invade the maternal garden
The garden owner burdened
Time comes for them to be weeded out
Blood level checked
Blood pressure checked
But the mind unchecked
It eventually affects the latter
Garden owner burdened
Calm down! God is with you!
The gardeners say
Yet, the owner's heart beat boom boom
Here comes the weeding day
Knives, scissors and cutlasses all sharpened
The senior gardener gives an assuring smile
He matches into the garden
Soon, a surprise hits him
He sees moustached overgrown weeds
Beads of sweat gather on his forehead
The weeds form a resistance
But at the mention of the gardener's name they all bow
At the stroke of the third hour
the maternal garden is free
Free and returned to the owner
Atlas! the garden is free to bear edible fruits
No more invasion

( This is a free-verse poem I have written enjoy it and let me know your thoughts about it.👇)





An Unplanned Post.

Truly, I have been absent here for a very long time now. It looks as if I have been the only human who has been busy on this earth.

Well, this is what happens when all the things you have wished and prayed for a very long time start manifesting one after the other.

I had to prepare fervently for my promotion exams which I passed by the special grace of God. Mind you, my mates have gone far ahead of me about this promotion because I had to go for surgery that particular year. But it’s all good.

I had an appointment to teach in the high school. I asked God to give me that appointment as my birthday gift and yes He did it a few days before my birthday.

As if that wasn’t enough, I had another appointment to be an examiner. Lol. I can’t go into details. It was hectic but it served as a preparatory stage for me.

Again, I had to prepare for a very important interview for my application to pursue my Master’s program. I tell you, the interview wasn’t child’s play at all. When I was asked who the Prime Minister of Britain was I couldn’t even remember. My mind was blocked 🤣🤣🤣. Luckily, I was given 4 names to choose from and that saved me. Neither could I remember the title of any drama book I had read. Herrr!The tension was serious. But God has been good. A very good friend of mine called me yesterday to check my admission status and guess what! I got admitted. The fees to be paid can buy so many bags of cement but my education is currently paramount.

Still, there is a lot to be done. Preparing for a very important health matter, moving to my new place, preparing to teach in the senior high school and my master’s degree. All in all, I will say that when it’s time for you to receive blessings God does it in a gigantic way.

I have scripted down my next planned post which I will post this week.

India Ghana Union

A BIT OF HISTORY

According to my mother, Ghanaians love for Bollywood movies begun way back in 1968 when she was a young girl in Tamale, in the Northern region of Ghana.

There were not many televisions then. So the cinema was their source of visual entertainment. One of such cinemas was called Revoli Cinema now the Melcom  Shopping building in Tamale owned by Indians.


By the end of a movie night, young ladies will dress up the next morning and put on red lipsticks and a dot of red nail polish on their foreheads. Obviously, imitating the Indian ladies they saw in the movies. Funny right?

TODAY – INDIAN MOVIES & TV SERIES


That love for Bollywood productions has not ended. In our generation, that love has been rekindled by the introduction of Indian telenovelas on our tv screens. Examples are Kumkum Bhagya ( English title: Twist of Fate) , Gangaa and Veera.

I tell you, Kumkum Bahgya became an instant hit. I personally saw some of our KG1 children discussing the characters in the telenovela. They started naming themselves after characters such as Abhi – played by Shabbir Ahluwalia and Pragya – played by Sriti Jha .

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THE LOVE IS DEEP

Star Life, B4U Movies, and Zee World are some of the Indian tv stations dominating the Ghanaian screens now.

It has led to something interesting. There are some tv stations now in Ghana that translates Indian telenovelas into one of our local languages, thus Asante Twi.

This is to enable those who don’t understand English to also enjoy the programs. The main casts in Kumkum Bahgya were invited into the country to interact with their Ghanaian fans and charley, come see crowd! Interesting right?

INFUSION OF INDIAN TRANSPORTATION

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The tuk tuk is one of the means of transportation in India. We see them a lot in their movies and series.

Well, guess what? Business minded people have imported these tuk tuk into the country. They’re brought in as individual parts and assembled here in Ghana.

There were a lot of controversies surrounding their use on our roads. But Ghanaians have accepted these and have even named them as Pragia after one of the characters in Kumkum Bhagya. Their fares are much cheaper than that of the usual taxis.

In the Northern parts of the country they’re called yellow yellow because that is the dominant colour of most of them. The first time I sat in one was in 2010 when I went to Lagos, Nigeria but I never thought that they would one day be brought into Ghana.

INDIAN BUSINESSES

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There are many Indian owned business establishments in Ghana. Some are into spices, clothings, jewelry, restaurants, and many more.

One of such prominent businesses is Melcom Shopping Malls scattered all over the country. Indeed the love between India and Ghana is deep and strong. Long live India, long live Ghana!!!

I know you enjoyed this write up about India & Ghana, hence am linking you up with my Indian friend’s blog. she’s got great stuffs there. https://swarnaz.com

My Blogging Journey so far; enjoying the process.

Hey! all you lovely friends if you didn’t know that I am a blogger then today I have come out! Especially my Ghanaian friends. I have come out! This is a short video I have compiled to showcase all my posts.

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Obviously I need to turn the many views into followers, likes and comments. And a complete appealing design too. Trust me it shall be done.

I am glad of my blogging progress report and I am definitely enjoying every bit of it.

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Fare Thee Well Prophet T. B. Joshua

Prophet T. B. Joshua, I thank God for choosing your mother’s womb to bring you to this world. Your death has really come as a shock. In fact, this morning I couldn’t control myself. I will celebrate you instead of mourn you. Hmm!

My journey with you began in 2010 when I first visited your church as an international visitor. Ha! My spiritual and physical experience was awesome.

Through that experience, my entire family both from my father’s and mother’s side started following your ministry : Synagogue Church of all Nations (Scoan). My friends and colleagues also followed up.

Today, we all can attest to the healing, deliverance and blessings we enjoyed from your ministry.

If I attend church today it is because of your teachings. If I visit the orphanage today and care for an old woman who is not my blood relative then it is as a result of your teachings and exemplary lifestyle.

You have thought me and millions of people how to meditate on the word of God by reading it slowly and attentively and turning the word of God over and over in our hearts. Thank you my Prophet T. B. Joshua.

I don’t joke with your mass prayers for viewers on your tv station : Emmanuel TV.

You knew it was time to go and so you prepared your Evangelists.

12th June, 2021 is your 58th birthday. We shall celebrate it with fasting and prayers as you have instructed.

Happy birthday PROPHET T. B. JOSHUA and may your soul rest in peace. I LOVE YOU THE MAN IN THE SYNAGOGUE.

REVIEW : The Girl Who Can

Short Story

By : Ama Ata Aidoo

( From The Cockcrow, a compilation of short stories, drama, and poems by John A. Sackey and Lawrence Darmani ) The Cockcrow is available in all bookshops in Ghana.

Setting : Hasodzi ( a big village in the Central Region of Ghana )

Characters :

Adjoa ( a name given to a female born on Monday ) 

Nana ( grandmother )

Maami ( mother )

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Every parent, guardian, or adult must read this review and note that: THE PROBLEMS CHILDREN FACE DIFFERS FROM THAT OF ADULTS.

A seven-year-old Adjoa lives with her grandmother and mother in Hasodzi village.

Adjoa’s Problem 1

Adjoa has so many thoughts in her head but struggles to find the proper language to express them. Whenever she speaks she is either told to never, never, say those things again or she is laughed at uncontrollably by the adults present.

As adults, Adjoa’s grandmother and mother constantly fail to give her proper feedback hence, causing her to be confused in her small world. Whenever she has something to say they either shut her up by telling her not to ever repeat her spoken words or she is laughed at.

What they fail to do is to explain to the little girl why she isn’t supposed to say what she said or why her words were funny or better yet how to go about it the next time.

Adjoa’s Problem 2

The sweet innocent little girl likes her grandmother but the only time she doesn’t appreciate her grandmother is when she talks about her small legs.

According to the grandmother, the girl’s legs are too long and tinny to support her hips to enable child bearing. Is this what they call body shaming? Hmm! I wonder the sort of research the woman had conducted. She constantly has to hear all kinds of negative comments about her legs. She didn’t create them, did she? Please take note of all the various forms of body shaming that you unknowingly might be practicing on your child, family members or friends.

Adjoa’s Problem 3

Nana ( grandmother ) wouldn’t stop talking about the girl’s father with such disapproval. This again happens in her presence. Ah! Imagine how you would feel when you constantly have to hear bad comments about your dad. That is what Adjoa has to face daily.

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Unknowingly to Nana and Maami, Adjoa has been running in school with her classmates and winning first position all the time. It comes as a shock to the grandmother when her teachers informs them that Adjoa has been selected to run for the junior section of their school district games.

Her grandmother is present and sees the performances of the girl during the entire week athletics. As it’s supposed to be she wins the cup for the best-round junior athlete. Nana carries the gleaming cup on her back and now proudly appreciates her granddaughter’s legs. That’s how it is supposed to be right? Thin legs or big legs they are to be celebrated.

How do you treat children around you? Body shaming is widely practiced whether knowingly or unknowingly. It must stop! It’s up to you and I to create this massive awareness of it.

Also, let’s be cautious what we say around children. Especially bad mouthing their parents in their presence. Let’s not pollute their minds against their parents or relatives.

Let us also take time to listen to them and give appropriate feedback for that will make them eloquent and confident.

I hope you enjoyed this review. Let me know your opinions on the issues raised. Shalom.

Book Review

Defending Your Brand: How Smart Companies Use Defensive Strategy to Deal with Competitive Attacks

https://link.springer.com

Author: Tim Calkins

Year of Publication: 2013

        ABOUT AUTHOR

Tim Calkins is a clinical professor of marketing at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Other books under his authorship are Breakthrough Marketing Plans and How To Wash A Chicken: Mastering the Business Presentation.

               GET THIS

 Before I dive into the synopsis you may ask what a brand is.

According to Wikipedia, a brand is a name, term, design, symbol, or any other feature that identifies one seller’s good or service as distinct from those of other sellers.

A few examples are MTN Ghana and Vodafone Ghana as telecommunication brands. Lipton is a tea brand. CNN and BBC as news broadcasting brands. Successlink Consult as a travel and tour brand. Ghana International School and Harvard University as education brands and Samsung as an electronic manufacturing brand.

             SYNOPSIS

The moment you start reading the first few pages of this book, Tim impresses readers that in the world of business, competition can’t be left out. Whether you are a big company or a small/medium size business have it at the back of your mind that somebody or a company somewhere is planning on entering your kind of business.

You must protect your position in the market against new entrants. A new entrant means a drop in your profits or market shares. Hence, the need for defense strategies.

Business defense includes everything a company does to react to competitive threats. He does excellent work to explain that whereas growth strategies include all the proactive steps taken to build your business such as advertising, new product introduction, cost reduction efforts, promotional offers, defensive strategies are your response to your competitor’s moves.

 There are not many books written on this topic because some of the tactics employed aren’t supposed to be in the public domain.

         I DID, YOU WOULD TOO

 Reading this book is not cumbersome because of how the author weaves real-life business establishment examples to support every issue he raised. At a point, the reader will have an a-ha! moment. This book is simply a pack of knowledge. You will be able to relate to it even if you aren’t in the business field.

 Interestingly, Tim states that this book is primarily for people who lead organizations, companies be it small or big, or a charitable church organization. But I see it as an oversight that he didn’t mention teachers, married couples, health professionals, and indeed any individual at all.

I hold a personal belief that we are our unique brands even as individuals and we must also master the art of defense because our whole being is a company and what we stand for is our brand that needs to be defended from intruders just as a lioness would her cubs.

 On the other hand, I’m blown away by his presentation on the moral lessons learned from what happened between the movie rental company, Blockbuster, Netflix, and Red box.

In his quest to create awareness of the importance of defense strategies, he expatiates on the subject of financial challenges businesses might face and getting to know your competitor by gathering information.

Social media also plays a key role here. He also advises that lawyers be consulted in areas that bother on state laws on businesses. 

  IT’S A WRAP!

 To wrap up, Defending Your Brand has not disappointed me at all. It has succeeded in exposing the various interesting, enlightening, and sometimes shady tactics used by smart businesses to stay in their game. The book is available here.

AGE IS JUST A NUMBER (Pt 2)

By Hilda Nsesonkpa and Rogers Wanambwa

This is a collaboration between hillstudycenter.wordpress.com and wanamworld.wordpress.com

Rogers is a Ugandan blogger who has pulled me out of my laziness web. His works can be found here

THE UNMARRIED AFRICAN WOMAN


There comes a point in a woman’s life when it seems that all hope is lost. When I say a woman, I mean an unmarried African woman in her thirties. There comes that time when you feel lost in this big world. There comes that time when you feel like time is passing you by.


That usually happens when you are reminded by people that your “biological clock is ticking”.


But I ask myself this question: who owns time? Just like my surname Nsesonkpa, which is also a question and it means who owns life? The answer to both questions is God, the creator of heaven and earth.


He owns life, time – minutes, seconds, and hours. If that is the answer, then the reality is this: your spinsterhood time belongs to God.


Take joy in the word in Jeremiah 29: 11 which says, For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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JOY IN SINGLENESS


Can there ever be joy in being single? Oh yes! Absolutely yes! My dear unmarried African woman, this same time that you think is passing you by can be used for your advantage.

You have the time to study if you so wish as you are unmarried.
You have the luxury of time to travel if you have the means. You have enough time to read if you love to read.


Use your time in being single wisely for as surely as the Lord lives you will also get married and you might not have that luxury of time at your disposal to do the things you love. So, go on and write that book, start that business, go for that training.


Girl! Pursue your dreams. Do not allow any pressure to dictate the course of your life. A big cheer to all unmarried African women.🙋

THE UNMARRIED AFRICAN MAN


The closer one approaches their thirties, the more pressure, both internally and externally, they have to deal with. Internally, whereby you have to prove that all the investment that your parents or guardians have put into you was worth it.


We are talking millions of shillings (Ugandan currency), time, and effort. This all goes on in your mind and heart and if you are not strong-hearted, you may become depressed. It has never been more difficult to succeed than ever before.


Yet, surprisingly, it has never been easier to succeed. Success stories around you never cease. Couple this with the evolution of social media which constantly reminds you that everyone is ‘doing well’ and the pressure keeps mounting.


But are they really? Is what you see the reality of what’s happening in their lives or it’s all an elaborate illusion. If you don’t mind your race, you will be unsettled for the rest of your life.


It is therefore better to run your race. Have your own vision and goals and stick to accomplishing them in the time you set for yourself.


As men, the pressure to prove ourselves is ever mounting. To yourself, peers, potential female suitors, family, and society as a whole.

This perhaps is even more ridiculous because the more you achieve, the more that’s expected of you.


I guess the same is expected of women? I won’t speak for them though as my co-author already gave her opinion.


What I believe is best is to engage with those older than you and having intimate discussions on how they navigated the season you are in. it feels to me as though a great valley has developed between adults and their younger counterparts.


The more you talk to older people, the more you realize you are not really out of time as you think. This helps you relax and do you. You get to focus on what’s really important, chasing your dreams.


Besides, even an older person can listen to a younger person and take their advice. One saying in Luganda, a prominent language in Uganda, “Nómuto Hakuba Algoma, omukulu nazina” explains it well. Loosely translated, it means that advice can be given two-way, by a younger person and an older person too.


Anyway, we are all different and so are our destinies. Embrace yours.

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