RECYCLING: SEEING AND USING ARE TWO DIFFERENT ELEMENTS!
So I went by the Shopping Mall yesterday to meet a crazy bunch of chicas and came across this *trashybag* stand. Then it clicked, I had seen similar products online, days ago…
…As I looked at the bags, I had no single tinny desire to buy one, not even for Global Warming sake! Apart from the fact that I wasn’t very keen about the design (which was rather plain), I found myself wondering how many Ghanaians will ACTUALLY buy it. I must admit I like the concept of recycling ‘pure-water’ and ‘ice-cream’ wrappers into something useful (but how about the product of the concept?) ..It touched my heart but not my sense of style
I like to think of recycling more as creating something ‘usable’ and even ‘desirable’ out of ‘everyday trash’. Ghanaians pretend to be modern and to like ‘Western Ways’ (but I guess it applies mostly to music and clothes). The point is, it’s gonna take a while for most Ghanaians to get used to the idea of carrying a *trashybag* around without feeling silly…
…do you see yourself owning one of these *trashybags* anytime soon? Reality vs Concept…let’s think out loud
Squeaky, overworked beds take over
After the lights go to sleep
And a symphony of snores crescendoes
From the chambers of the uninspired.
Everybody and everything that goes
Back and forth and back and forth
finally sweats to a halt; even if
For just a few hours till they
regain enough energy to start
Going back and forth and back and forth
All over this beautiful city again.
The mask we wear in the morning
Is not the one we greet Night with.
If you still think her softest spot
Is her heart, you haven’t found good use
For your blessed fingers yet.
Proper probing yields great results.
Accra, you’re a beautiful place to know…
© Nana Kofi Acquah at 2/08/2011 11:32:00 Pm
I used to think, growing up, and watching all the Hollywood movies, that America was the best place to live. One day, a black friend in Michigan, told me there are loads of poor places in America. My narrow mind had to find out, so I did an online search, and I discovered that, yea, indeed there were poor cities in America! The level of poverty in such cities, is judged by per capita income, in relation to their population and bla bla bla. So I asked myself, ‘why haven’t I ever thought of that possibility??’ The Hollywood movies and the Sweet Valley High books I used to read! That answered it. The point of this whole comparison?? Movies, blogs, music, etc…these intricate aspects, are easily neglected, but then, sometimes, they are the reference point, for people, to judge places and even make decisions!!
People outside Ghana, would derive their perception of Ghana, from materials they happen to stumble upon over the internet; our Ghanaian blogs, websites and articles about us. It’s a large branding and re-branding tool; the internet. We’re judged by the cover, always…and the cover better be good
(Extra hyping doesn’t sound like a bad idea ) Maybe it’s not too late for Uncle Fii to re-visit his Better Ghana Agenda
BREAK IS GOOD!!
It’s just necessary, sometimes, to give yourself a little break. I’ve been doing a little reading, and I came across some comic sites…
Read my sub blog page for info, and spy on some of the comic strips or click here http://wp.me/PYm7I-4t
Day 1 of being a web-a-holic.
I get back from lectures and I tell myself, I’m starting the learning process today. So I grab a modem, slot it into my PC and the browsing spree is on. I try to convince myself I know exactly where to go. After twenty minutes, I was stuck with social network sites, my mail, news, my favorite download and xxx site
So where the heck do these internet freaks go? So I decide to type weird names into the google search columns and just like ‘reaping what you sow’ I got weird sites too.
Ok…this is my first day on the job and I can’t find an ‘internet-freak-like’ website to play around with?…searching searching…aha! I finally pick up something! It’s about this guy, Mr. Cheo, who has decided to make money for himself by connecting bloggers with advertisers. It’s a simple but great idea even though he describes it as not one of the ‘big bang ideas’. He started this business in Asia and has successfully expanded it to Malaysia, the Philippines and Australia.
Whichever way, more ideas are about blogging are sprouting up each day in diverse way. Good thing I wanna be an internet freak. I get to learn more
Holy Moses!! This phone’s crazy…I can’t wait to have one (I won’t mind two) all to myself…oh yea! It comes along with some real exciting features.
The Samsung Captivate™ has a large and gorgeous 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, equipped with an ultra-thin Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode), GPS, 3D graphics engine, 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Skype, 5MP camera, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology, which means that, the Captivate will be able to ‘wirelessly’ send user-generated video content to other DLNA-enabled devices, such as TV’s, monitors and laptops. and it runs the Android 2.1 OS!! Don’t mind the techno slang. All it means is: this phone’s absolutely fabulous! What more can you ask for?
AT&T launched the new Samsung Galaxy S Android phone dubbed Captivate, somewhere in July, but I can’t resist talking about it. I saw it ‘fiiiili fiiiili’ and I bet former President Kuffuor wishes it had come earlier…it would sure have found its way into the ex-gratia gadgets!!