NOMINATION! NOMINATION! NOMINATION!

This blogging journey has been awesome. Indeed the blogging community is a place to be. I am happy to announce to you all that Hill Study Center has been nominated by Afrobloggers for the 2020 Awards under the FRESH VOICE CATEGORY. This category is basically for new bloggers of which I am one. I humbly ask you all to vote for me.

SIMPLE STEPS

Please click on this link to vote. http://afrobloggers.org.zw/afrobloggers-awards-2020-voting/

This is what you will see.

1. Follow the above link

2. Scroll down to FRESH VOICE  category

3. Click on Hill Study Center (www.hillstudycenter.wordpress.com)

4. Click VOTE

Thank you. Gracias.

PIECE OF MY FART

REVIEW OF SENRYU POEMS BY ADJEI AGYEI-BAAH

IS HOLDING IN FARTS HEALTHY FOR YOU? IS IT POLITE TO FART? WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO FART?

What Is Senryu Poetry?

Senryu is a three-line Japanese poetic form that focuses on human nature, generally with an ironic or darkly comedic edge. 

Adjei Agyei-Baah, a lover of poems has intelligently crafted these Senryu poems to capture human nature. He also added a translation of the poems in Asante Twi, one of the languages spoken in Ghana. Adjei has so many awards to his credit and still counting. This is a review I did for his Haiku, Afriku poem collection.

With this Senryu poems I chose GIF short videos to review it to add more comic touch to it. These are just a few I presented here. Enjoy!


elevator –
meeting me with
someone’s fart

Asante Twi translation…

ahweaa
de obi tá
hyia me kwan


staff meeting
a quick dissolution
from a fart

Asante Twi translation…

atikyafoɔ nhyiamu
ɛtá de nhyiamu ba awieɛ

prɛko pɛ


waking to a boom
from the sleeping mat-

my head on sibling’s butt

Asante Twi translation …

ɛtuo to wɔ kɛtɛ so-

mebɔ pitiri hunu sɛ
me tiri da me nua to ho


well site –
bringing up the water
with a fart

Asante Twi translation…

abura ho –
meretwe nsuo no
na tá di akyire


cool airtight bus
then someone
let go …

Asante Twi translation…

akwantu tenten
wɔ baase nwununwunu mu –
obi sɛe mframa no mpofirim


perfect trade –
your fart
and my snore

Asante Twi translation…


dwadie a asisie nnim
wo tá
ne me nkrɔmotuo


my fart –
even the cat
walks away

Asante Twi translation…


me tá –
agyinamoa no mpo
firi adi hɔ

Piece of my fart is available here https://www.amazon.com/s?k=piece+of+my+fart&ref=nb_sb_noss You can follow his Twitter handle to get updated on his literary  works. Follow him on Facebook and on WordPress as well. I will leave you with a link to a review of Afriku written by a  Professor. https://shamrockhaiku.webs.com/shamrockno38.htm

My Tim, My Joy

Timothy and I took this picture after Christmas church service.

Timothy, my nephew, has taught me a lot of lessons about motherhood. He had to live with us because his mother, my cousin  got admitted at the hospital for two weeks. Then, after her discharge from the hospital, she had to go back to deliver her baby. Just around that time, the covid19 stay home was announced.

Tim, had to continue living with us so that his mum could have enough time for the new baby. He has been with us for almost 10 months now. He sleeps in my room. Anywhere I go he is sure to follow me. During his stay with us I have learnt a lot about being a mother to a child. I have learnt to be extra patient, watch what I say to him because eventually, he will say the same words to me the next day. I have learnt not to give in to all his demands no matter how loud he cries. I have learnt to pray for him as a mother would for her child.

In our neighborhood, everyone says we shouldn’t send him back because it’s as if I am his biological mother 😅. The bond between Tim and I is deep. I thank God for bringing him into my life. He will eventually have to go back to his mom and his siblings but I will definitely miss him big time.

I will miss how he praises me when I wear a new dress. I will miss how he won’t allow anyone to bath him except me. I will miss our evening strolls in the neighborhood. And I will miss him calling me mama.


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I wish you all a very merry Christmas. May this Christmas bring us joy and satisfaction.

A Milestone Reached On My Blogging Journey

My blogging journey started in July. Trust me when I say that I was confused like a fish taken from the water to the land. I was on the internet constantly reading, watching videos and learning as much as I could. I didn’t understand some of the terms used in the materials I read but i persisted to bypass any barriers.

I am not saying I know everything about blogging now. But my constant learning led me to know about image crediting, giving headlines to posts, tagging, using simple language in my post, and many more. I still have issues with the ‘all mighty’ search engine optimisation but I will definitely cross that bridge.

Celebrating 61 Followers Today

My blogging dreams are getting fulfilled with me reaching 61 amazing followers. I gave myself up to December ending to reach 60 followers but you great people have made me surpass my goal. This is worth celebrating in a loud manner.

I would like to thank you all for spending your precious time reading my posts, liking and commenting. Believe in yourself and your dreams. Never let the pressures of life make you abandon your goals in life. Above all trust in God. He has blessed us all with talents and gifts to serve Him and His creations.

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MY PRAYERS FOR MY NATION GHANA

As Ghanaians head to the election polls tomorrow, 7th December 2020, we were led this morning in church to pray for the country.

MY PRAYERS

Lord Heavenly Father, I ask that you grant us peace during and after this election in all the 275 polling stations.

I release mighty warrior angels to be posted at all the entry points of the country. Fight for us    oh! angels of God. Protect us from all bad people who would want to influence the youth to engage in violence.

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Lord, I commit the youth into your hands. Let the youth desist from all forms of electoral violence. I come against any acts of blood shed.

Lord, give us a leader after your own heart.

I thank you for how far you have brought Ghana in the journey of democracy. I thank you for the peace we have enjoyed. I thank you for answered prayers. In Jesus mighty name I pray.

REVIEW : Tell my Son to Hold On to His Gun

Short Story

By Kaakyire Akosombo

Nyantakyi

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( 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 : DAWOHOSO

Characters : Kwame, Kwame’s father, the Monster/Beast

SYNOPSIS

At age two, Kwame’s mother is killed by a human – looking beast. The fear of this monster rules over him even at age twenty – two.

His father, a rich cocoa farmer sets Kwame up on a path to liberation from this fear. His father wants him to be brave and responsible because he is the sole heir to the cocoa farm.

A Cocoa Farm. Chocolate is made from the cocoa beans.

He is sent by his father to fetch their lunch. Upon his return his father was no where to be found. Fear grips him but he remembers his father’s encouraging words to him to be courageous. He gathers courage, picks his gun, cutlass and his father’s hunting sack and goes searching for his dad. He finds himself in the deep forest alone and sees the monster.

He masters courage and kills the hairy monster. Sadly, he finds his father dead nearby but he is told by a spirit that his father died a sacrificial death so that he, Kwame would be able to accomplish his destiny purpose. It is his destiny to kill the monster and put an end to fear that hovers over the villagers. The spirit tells him that his father left a message for him which is : ‘tell my son to hold on to his gun’.

THEME

The major theme in the story is conquering fear, courage or being brave.

At a point in time in our lives, we must face whatever that presses the fear button in us. It may be spiritual, physical or emotional. That day will come when you will over power that monster and dance the dance of victory.

This short story is one of the stories from The Cockcrow book that I have been reviewing. Read one of the reviews here. This is to enable teachers, parents and older siblings to help their younger ones in the Ghanaian junior high schools.

AUTHOR PROFILE :

KAAKYIRE AKOSOMBO NYANTAKYI

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I am about to write a review of one of the short stories written by this accomplished Ghanaian author. After reading through his profile, I thought it necessary to showcase his accomplishments here.

Kaakyire Akosombo Nyantakyi

HIS EARLY LIFE

I am a Ghanaian by birth and an American by naturalization. I was born on January 1948 with crippled legs. In 1954 at age 6, I started school. I was withdrawn from school after first grade. At the beginning of the second grade, when my first grade teacher did not see me around, he asked of me. When he was told that I had been withdrawn from school, he approached my father to find out why. My father told him he didn’t see the need to educate a cripple. Teacher Aggrey advised my father to let me stay in school and learn how to read and write so that when his able sons and daughters working outside Kukurantumi wrote to him, I, the cripple, would read the letter for him instead of an outsider. This suggestion registered well with my father so he put me back in school.

I completed my Elementary School Education in 1964. There was no money to further my education so I went and lived in my father’s farm for one year weaving baskets for sale. That was how I was able to raise money to register for Teacher’s Training College Entrance Examination.

HIS PROFESSIONAL LIFE


Between 1968 and 1972, I earned my 4-Year Teacher’s Certificate ‘A’ with Distinction in Practical Teaching. I began my professional teaching career at Akyem Maase Methodist Middle School in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
In 1978, while teaching at Martin De Porres International School at Dansoman in Accra, I published my first English book, The Torch: English Composition. It was the first Composition Text book in Ghana to give guide lines in terms of questions, suggestions and prompt-notes.
In 1980, I published a novella or short novel, Crucial Decision, and left Ghana for further studies in the United States. In June of that same year, I gained admission into the Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

ACADEMIC LIFE

In 1983, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from the Oklahoma State University and entered Graduate school to do my Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. In 1985, a Poetry Class under Professor Nuala Acher assigned us to do research in any branch of the Science Department and write a Scientific Poem for End of Term Project Work. This led me into the Ranch House of Oklahoma State University. In the process of this research my hand got stuck in a cow’s anus. The terrible experience I went through gave me so much to write about. So my Scientific Poem, ‘THE DAY I PLAYED ROMANCE WITH A COW’ was judged the best Scientific Poem ever in the history of the University portraying a real life experience with a cow. In that same year, one of my published poems, “By the Pool of Thought” received an award in the American Poetry Showcase.
For my MA thesis, I chose to analyze poems and short stories written by Africans and travelled to some African countries including Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast for research exercise. Unfortunately, my research materials got lost on the flight. This unfortunate setback greatly affected my intellectual and spiritual oxygen to the extent that I had to give up the pursuit of my Masters Degree for a while.
In June of 1987, I moved from Oklahoma State to New York City and began to work for the New York City Board of Education as a classroom teacher of English. I taught at Evander Child’s High School, Morris High School and John F. Kennedy High School.

GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

On Monday, October 26 1987 in New York City, another of my poems, Africa is My Home (The Wire Discourse), won “POEM OF THE WEEK” cash prize award in the People’s Poetry Contest, co-sponsored by the National All Stars Talent Show Network and the National Alliance.
In 1991, I earned my Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the Queen’s College of The City University of New York. My MA thesis, a novella entitled Ancestral Sacrifice, received so much critical praise that I developed it into a novel and published it in 1998. Later, Ancestral Sacrifice became the Core English Literature text book for Senior High Schools in Ghana.
In 1992, when President Clinton was vying for US Presidency, I was part of the team which campaigned for him in Harlem. When he became the president, I became one of his Presidential Partners for all his two terms.
In 1994, when Nelson Mandela was struggling to change history by becoming the first black President of South Africa, I joined an effort initiated by Harry Bella Fonte, Willie Johnson, Danny Glover, Robert Zavine and Bob Moses to raise money in the US for Mandela’s campaign in South Africa. Captioned “Fund for Democratic Elections in South Africa (FDESA), I was one of the volunteers in the Harlem Community. I was granted interview on this issue by Dr. Lamptey on Afric-Vision TV. Frankly, I still feel so proud for being part of the team in the US which assisted Mandela to fulfill his lifetime effort to chase the evil apartheid out of South Africa

On Monday, October 26 1987 in New York City, another of my poems, Africa is My Home (The Wire Discourse), won “POEM OF THE WEEK” cash prize award in the People’s Poetry Contest, co-sponsored by the National All Stars Talent Show Network and the National Alliance.
In 1991, I earned my Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the Queen’s College of The City University of New York. My MA thesis, a novella entitled Ancestral Sacrifice, received so much critical praise that I developed it into a novel and published it in 1998. Later, Ancestral Sacrifice became the Core English Literature text book for Senior High Schools in Ghana.
In 1992, when President Clinton was vying for US Presidency, I was part of the team which campaigned for him in Harlem. When he became the president, I became one of his Presidential Partners for all his two terms.
In 1994, when Nelson Mandela was struggling to change history by becoming the first black President of South Africa, I joined an effort initiated by Harry Bella Fonte, Willie Johnson, Danny Glover, Robert Zavine and Bob Moses to raise money in the US for Mandela’s campaign in South Africa. Captioned “Fund for Democratic Elections in South Africa (FDESA), I was one of the volunteers in the Harlem Community. I was granted interview on this issue by Dr. Lamptey on Afric-Vision TV. Frankly, I still feel so proud for being part of the team in the US which assisted Mandela to fulfill his lifetime effort to chase the evil apartheid out of South Africa

UNENDING SUCCESS

In 1998, I was awarded Certificate of Merit by Writer’s Digest for my novel Ancestral Sacrifice. Also on June 23, 1998 I was invited by Morris High School in Bronx, New York and presented with a plaque in recognition of my Literary Accomplishments.
In 2009, I published 3-PLE COMENTARY, a critical analysis of Lawrence Damani’s Grief Child, Efo Kojo Mawugbe’s In The Chest Of A Woman, Five Poems by African Poets and Five by Non-African Poets. These were Core Literature Set books for The West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
3-PLE COMENTARY was written to assist students to understand the texts in Prose, Verse and Drama with considerable ease.
In December 2009,I published an impressive English textbook entitled; PRACTICAL ENGLISH LEVEL 365 Vo. 1. This is an effective English improvement text book which was published in the United States by Outskirts Press in Parker, Colorado.
Barely a year after its publication,PRACTICAL ENGLISH LEVEL 365 Vo. 1. won a Finalist Award in the EDUCATION/ACADEMIC category of The “USA BOOK NEWS NATIONAL BEST BOOK 2010 AWARDS.” I am currently working on Volume 2 of PRACTICAL ENGLISH LEVEL 365.

FAMILY

I am married to Mrs. Alice Safoaa Nyantakyi. We have 5 children. Akosua Akyeanowaa Nyantakyi, Asafoakye Kwabena Nyantakyi, Kwasi Ohene Nyantakyi, Akosua Ohenewaa Nyantakyi and Nana Asor Nyantakyi.

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I am proud to showcase on my blog the achievements of this great man. Many of us are aspiring to at least do half of what our predecessors have done. Do you also know of any person who has achieved great heights in life?

U.S.A. AND GHANA ELECTION 2020

IT’S ON FRIENDS! HERE COMES THE ELECTION DAY!
GO AND VOTE!

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Elections are very important in every human society. It allows for democracy to prevail. It is an opportunity for citizens of a country to choose a leader they believe will help navigate the course of the country.

Every year I follow the US election but this year’s 2020 presidential election has amassed an interesting flavor. This flavor is in the characters of the current president Donald Trump and presidential aspirant Joe Biden. I will liken this flavor to that of the South African song Jerusalema which has become a global sensation and has led to the #JerusalemaChallenge.

In this post I will be linking the US election 2020 to that of Ghana’s election 2020. You will ask why I bother myself with an election in a far away land. Well, the US election always serves as an appetizer for the Ghana election.

WHY?

Even though there’s early voting on…

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