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Monday, July 30, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
The Ghana cedi may be here...but so is a blogger-cum-visitor-of-this-blog in town! She goes by the name of peculiar virtue, and she left a heart-warming post in the previous post.
It's truly serendipitous, or fortuitous, or lucky, for her to have chanced upon this blog a while back, and be visiting this country shortly after. Welcome PV!
In the meantime, let me present to you the NEW Ghana cedi. The pictures here are of the front and the back respectively (depending on what you consider the front, ofcourse!!). This new 20Ghana cedi (GHC20,00) is equivalent to old ç200,000 (two hundred thousand cedis). It is also equivalent almost to $20.00. In fact, if $1.00 is now GH0.92, or 92 Ghana pesewas (smallest denomination in coins), then we're looking at $21.73
Ghana has entered a new financial dawn--or so we are led to believe;-)
Remember this story? It might refresh your minds on the new currency;-)
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I took this picture with a SAGEM myx-7 phone in 2005. It was a late evening, around 6.45pm. I am including this detail just to say that go there any day around that time, and you will see a similar view. Nothing has changed that much, except new buildings round the back of the mall.
What I particularly like about this picture is the contrast of colours versus the contrast of the upstairs versus the downstairs.
(it's good to be back!--my computer is now virus-free. Wa-hey!)
Friday, July 13, 2007
We may have passed the middle of the year already, and every one might have forgotten how close to Christmas we are all getting. I raise this issue, because it strikes me every day, off-late, that time is running out for the numerous things we want to do.
Blogging offers a grand escape from the realities of life, and I am not about to stop it soon.
Suffice-to-say, whether it's about Venezuela getting goose-bumps from the friction of leaving MERCOSUR for a better alternative; me getting late with the writing of my novel; appreciating beautiful parts of Accra by way of pictures I have taken--but not yet posted--or pontificating about some of the challenges of living and working in my ever-so-beautiful country of Ghana, I shall blog about it.
Just that: next week, as this week has proved to be, I shall be a bit busy.
Internet provision that has remained this side of sporadic, coupled with a battle against viruses--both computer-related and otherwise--has been the bane of my blogging, but I shall definitely recover the week of the 23rd of July.
You can for sure expect more soapboxing from then!
have a good weekend!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
(May I take the opportunity to say that a combination of sporadic internet access and seriously hectic period, compelling me to be multi-tasker-of-all-things-but-blogging has created the vacuum of posting!)
Zoomlion is a waste management company that has been operating in the country for a while. This is what its very well-designed website says:
Zoomlion Gh. Ltd is an affiliate of Zoomlion China produces of quality and durable waste
management equipments which has over 50 years experience in the waste management
Zoomlion Gh. Ltd is clearly focused on delivering quality waste management solution by
providing solutions that rely on ongoing technical innovations that respect the environment. read more
I am telling you this, because when you look closely at the picture, you will see, to the right of the picture, some chaps in yellow hats, just in front of the guy with the fluorescent orange top. These are the waste management people under Zoomlion.
And when I say "under", it's interesting, because in fact, I noticed that the words "AMA", or Accra Metropolitan Assembly, was written under the words ZOOMLION. I suppose it's there as evidence of approval by AMA for Zoomlion to clean the streets in Accra.
This picture was taken just some metres away from the 37 military hospital, anad not to far from Flagstaff House--the official residence of the first President Osagyefo Dr.Kwame Nkrumah.
Friday, July 06, 2007
Anecdotal evidence has it that this nice-looking hotel belongs to the incumbent President's son. Elsewhere, they say it actually belongs to him! In 2005, a scandal borke out over this, and made headline news for weeks. Today, we officially know and accept it as the African Regency Hotel. In most Ghanaian minds, they know what they think!;-)