Friday, June 30, 2006
I am so sorry for missing two daily pictures this week. Server problems, followed by a brief illness, prevented me; I do hope you will enjoy this picture of the shopping mall, which I have featured before. The mall is located in East Legon, ten minutes drive from where I work.
Tomorrow is Republic Day in Ghana, so Monday has been decreed a holiday. I will "see" you on Tuesday 4 July!:-))
enjoy the Brazil-France game...as I write this, scoreline between Argentina and Germany is 1-1...:-))
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
...whilst this is traffic is on Accra's famous "Spintex Road", which leads to "East Airport Residential"...
...whose placard is glowing from the reflection of the lights from the cars on the road.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
...to standby-traffic on a cool, Monday morning, where an opportunistic newspaper vendor plies his trade.
Yep, he caught me taking a pic! Sue me, dude!:-)
**correction was thanks to a keen eye who emailed me the correction on 11/4/07!
Saturday, June 24, 2006
I believe the stand speaks for itself--a newspaper stand not too far from my place of work. Check the headlines--it's the morning after the day before the US was beaten by Ghana at the FIFA 2006 World Cup:-)
have a good weekend!
I promise refreshing pictures for next week!!:-)
Friday, June 23, 2006
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I’m just listening to commentary from my favourite Accra-based radio station (http://www.citifmonline.com) CITI97.3FM, which you can listen to online in crystal-clear quality. And as I sit at my desk, the cool wind blows, and I hear cars honking their horn in staccatos of one, two, three. We may be playing against the Brazilians.
The USA are out (the staccato continues), prompting a comment from my colleague that the car’s battery “is gonna die isn’t it”?
Someone shouts. Many hearts pound relentlessly.
As if in a dream, work resumes, but is it at its normal pace?
Ghana, the wrongly-speculated underdogs have transformed from football Lilliputians to the quintessential Black Stars of Africa who will be meeting Brazil – number one on the FIFA rankings – on…Tuesday.
Hold your breath, Africa. Hold your breath, World!
here are some more pictures:
Ghana and Italy top Group E, leaving the Czech Republic and the USA woefully behind.
A car stops by the entrance, and a lady springs out jumping, almost uleleling. Out comes a be-spectacled man joining in the dancing.
It would be a serious breach of security...were it not for the fact that the man is my former boss at work:-)
USA did good, Ghana did better, though the play was not as engaging as the Czech-Ghana game.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Ghanaians affectionately call it Airport Shell--rather than the Shell Shop at the Airport, but truth be told, the prices are not affectionate to the pocket! I came out this afternoon complaining, and feigning anger at the prohibitive prices. Prohibitive being between 2000 and 4000 ghanaian cedis (around $0.20 and $0.40) more than the market price.
Still, they did win this year most (customer-)friendly shell shop in the capital!
have a good one!:-)
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Dear DP-ers, mucho apologies for this fixation on the world cup, but you know, whilst I am no pundit, as I intoned yesterday, nor real ardent fan of football generally (lemme hear the women whoop "hooray!"), I am in over-the-moon mood, which means that praises left, right, and centre abound. However, just one admonition: to fight complacency, which can very easily set in. No dis-respect to my US visitors, but I am seriously confident the Black Stars shall, yet again, shine on Thursday 22 June, which incidentally would be apt as that would be the day after the summer solstice has commenced, according to this UK website on equinoxes and solstices"!:-)
In what some might consider a tongue-in-cheek image, you could say that this picture reflects the head-to-head competition that will reach its apogee on 22 June at the FIFA 2006 World Cup. In actual fact, it is a cheeky picture I took: that of a privately-registered car(the black VW Golf) and a so-called tro-tro, or public passenger bus (white BENZ 207 van). Look closely, and you will see the driver of the Golf is wearing a tie, and trying to overtake the tro-tro at a T-junction (which is where I took the picture), maybe just going to show that on the road, even "gentlemen" are rogues.
Incidentally, in Ghana, privately-registered cars have white number plates, and commercial ones are yellow. More to come at a later date:-)
Monday, June 19, 2006
Quadrennial (World Cup) Sensitivities: When Football Defies the Maths, or When David Met Goliath in Germany: Ghana 2, Czech Republic 0
Every four years, some succeed where others fail. Some arrive on a neophyte ticket and perform woefully, making it very difficult to return, whilst others just go for their last time.
Some call it the World Cup; others "the beautiful game".
I am far from being a football pundit, but it is fair to say that this year�s world cup games have brought about a number of surprises.
From Togo's surprise first goal leading to defeat of 3-1 for the Koreans once the Togolese lost their captain after a red card; to the rather lackluster Brazilian performance against the Croatians that saw them winning in the second half on a scoreline of 1-0 in their favour; the English scoreline of only "1" goal against the Paraguay's "0" to Saturday's quasi-brilliant display of a David-versus-goliath match that saw the debutante Ghana team, ranked 48th in FIFA rankings mesmerize international audiences by scoring an unexpected 2-0 against the Czechs, ranked second to the Brazilians who top the FIFA rankings.
If ever I believed that luck and flair could defy mathematics and technique, it was that historic Saturday 17 June, 2006, when minutes before the match, the skies opened up in the West African country of Ghana to deliver what one could only presage as showers of blessing from Above.
The Czechs might have had key strikers missing, but so did the Italians have one of their key players, Pirlo, being only 70 percent fit, yet managing to defeat Ghana with two decisive goals. Whether the Italian goals from the Azzurris were lucky goals or not, it was evident that Ghanaians--not to mention their national football team of the Black Stars--were crest-fallen.
Thankfully, the Black Stars, to borrow the words of a lawyer-cum-presenter on CITI 97.3FM -- one of the Ghanaian capital's leading English-speaking radio stations broadcasting from "the heart of the city", who wrote a poem for the Stars, arose and surprised.
Kudos for the Czech goalkeeper for speaking up for Asamoah-Gyan, Ghana's leading striker who scored the first goal against the Czechs within two minutes of the game, when he took a penalty before the referee's whistle, incurring a yellow card. Cech maintained that Asamoah Gyan, the Modena forward, took the penalty because he heard a whistle, which actually came from the crowd.
That's what I call sportsmanship. That's what I call great football.
But, ofcourse, I would say that: I am a very proud Ghanaian.
For the sake of posterity, I have captured the last ten minutes of the game on my digital camera, and uploaded it on my blogs, so whether you are an Accra by Day and Night visitor, or an international visitor to my Reflecting Eccentric World of E.K.Bensah II, or my indigenous Trials & Tribulations of a Freshly-Arrived Denizen, you are seeing this post in uniformity.
God Bless our Homeland Ghana!!
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Read the Guardian newspaper's account here: Ghana's young stars reflect the diamond at their heart.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
DOn't mind the picture of the police station too much. It is comforting to know that just opposite the police station is the market--a great deterrent (I'm talking about the police station) for would-be-thieves. Thankfully, Ghanaians are more known for their friendliness and hospitality and so the likelihood of a foreigner being picked and needing to report to the police station is incredibly rare.
Have a good weekend!!
Thursday, June 15, 2006
On a historical note, this is the road on which the British colonisers used to travel, and further up to the left of the picture, the guards guarding the British would close the gates. You still see signs of there being a gate, after some eight decades later! Will get a piccie of that some day!
This is the Accra International Conference Centre, which, according to the Ghana.co.uk website has a "...1600 seater plenary hall [which] is the most important meeting venue in Ghana, and often plays host to important international gatherings."
I took this picture whilst picking up some documents for work-purposes at a Mining Exhibition going on, which closes today. This is one of the reasons why these two tractors were being showcased (see below):
Regrettably, no scoop on the exhibition, except this placard on Ghana's electricity:-)...
...which got me thinking: what on earth does electricity-generation have to do with mining???
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
ECOBANK is the sixth largest bank in the country. Not only that, it has consistently won the award for the best bank at the Ghana Banking Awards. It won it for the fourth time this year, for IT infrastructure, among other things. I am no-PR man for the bank, but it is true to say that it pioneered ATM services in the country, with the "VISA" brand a few years ago.
It has thirteen branches in the West African sub-region, including Cameroon. It's major shareholder is the West African sub-regional organisation the "Economic Community of West African States", whose website who can find here. Established in 1985, it is, in effect, a truly, indigenous West African bank that is going places. For more, you can read http://www.ecobank.com/english/group/expansion.aspx?RubID=3&SRubID=1&SSRubID=7.
Suffice to say that I am a proud customer of the bank:-)
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Some signposts located at Danquah circle, heading towards one of the most popular streets in the capital of Accra, where a number of tourists, foreigners, and Ghanaians alike congregate--OXFORD STREET, Osu Re.
Monday, June 12, 2006
If Ghana's leading Daily Graphic has lead today's daily with this, what more can I say, except that Ghana hopes to beat Italy--big time:-)
Go, Black Stars!!
For all you non-enthusiasists about the World Cup, hang on, please, only three more weeks to go!:-)
Friday, June 09, 2006
This is a view of the carpark from the balcony of the shopping mall, located in East Legon.
Might interest you to know Germany is about to play Costa Rica in what will prove to be a month of the platitudinous "World Cup Fever". Enjoy!
Have a good weekend!
This quaint place is literally five minutes walk from my place of work. It offers the best seafood and rice this side of the capital. For half-portion, it is GHC 40,000 (Ghanaian Cedis) or just under Euros4.00, but you get a sumptuous squid, fish, shrimps and mouth-watering stew. It ofcourse offers classic Ghanaian dishes also, such as rice and beans (waakye); etc...
There is satellite TV, and it's also some ten minutes away from the quite newly-constructed Tetteh-Quarshie interchange that takes you to Tema, Ghana's first planned town, with a harbour.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006
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Ghana consists of ten regions.
This picture is of the front of Volta Hotel,located in the Eastern Region, some 50 minutes outside the capital city of Accra. It has won many awards, and is renowned for being the place where the President (John Agyekum Kufuor) has his retreats with cabinet.
Just a view from the hotel is this resplendent view of Akosombo dam, initiated by the first President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, to provide electricity to the whole of Ghana. I cannot resist posting up a picture of the dam, and of Akosombo: too breathtaking;-)
Volta Hotel is on a hill overlooking the Akosombo dam. This is why the picture looks a bit funny; it's because I took it from the bottom of the hill. The building is a view of the hotel itself. Try to look out for the video, which is a bonus:-) enjoy!
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
This is the storey building that houses the main electricity company (ECG) of Ghana (Accra East) in the heart of the bustling capital.
Monday, June 05, 2006
The picture speaks for itself. A group of guys hanging out at the BusyInternet eaterie. On Accra's Ring Road, or so-called "Silicon Valley"...