Ghana's move to digital migration TV!!

Ghana's move to digital migration TV!!

What is Accra Pictures by Day and Night?

Accra is the capital of the small, West African country of Ghana, which achieved its independence in 1957 from its colonial master, the United Kingdom. It celebrated 50 years in 2007, and is projecting itself fast and furiously as "gateway to West Africa".

It's an exciting city, with its unique problems, but with it close to the Atlantic ocean, and many beaches, who can resist coming here?

April 2006-April 2011:

5 years of bringing readers insights into life in Ghana! Thank you!

Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority, TEMA

Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority, TEMA


Ordering Food in Accra was Never this much Fun!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


To paraphrase the legendary Mark Twain, reports of my blog's death have been greatly exaggerated!

This blog--whether it is Trials & Tribulations of a Freshly-Arrived Denizen...of Ghana; Accra Pictures by Day & Night; or Critiquing Regionalism; et al--are very much alive. The silence is attributed to the usual end-of-year pandemonium and cacophony.

No doubt, they shall all be back in full swing in 2012!

Suffice-to-say, as the sun sets on 2011, I sincerely hope however and whichever way you arrived at this blog entry, you'll be touched by the spirit of Christmas and goodness in the air and make sure you and your family HAVE YOURSELVES a great and scintillating Christmas break.

May it sound, peaceful and stress-free!

Have a supremely enjoyable and wonderful Christmas -- till we meet again in January 2012!;-D

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Soul Food: Strange Cloud in the Ghanaian Sky

I'm all for celestial bodies...that..erm...don't come down and hold us captive and all that. I took this picture of the sky from the office.

Indeed, quite beautiful, but strange...

A beautiful cloud no less?

Incidentally, I cannot promise to be "back" as real life is happening very much with regard to finishing the year in a bang. So, bear with me. This blog has not been abandoned at all.

Thanks for your interest and understanding!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Though it's been Sunny, More Rain Predicted in Accra

 This was the shocking front page of yesterday's "Daily Graphic" newspaper. Sadly, the lives lost are increasing, but the paper reported that we had nine perish from the devastation.
Meanwhile, today's edition reports that apart from "more rains to come", Accra is likely to get "storm drains".

I understand this is not anything new in Accra as in May, another area -- Darkuman -- was going to receive 2 million ghana cedis for the construction of such storm drains. Here's the story:

Make your weekend safe -- wherever you may be!

PS. Take a look at the different kind of storm drains that exist on  the web:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Torrential Rain Hits Accra... Today 26 Oct, 2011

I woke up this morning around 5.30am to the news on one of Ghana's leading private, English radio stations -- CITI 97.3 fm -- that people coming from Central region into the capital Accra were stuck because water from a bridge around the area had caused significant damage, and made roads impassable. Then came more news that people were "missing". When I heard no less than the managing-director of CITI-fm Mr.Samuel Attah-Mensa giving updates, replacing the usual religious slot at that time, I knew this must be a serious matter. I want to first begin by saying "kudos" to CITI-fm's Richard Sky (apparently up at 1am monitoring the impacts of the rains), Bernard Avle, and the MD, and the collective effort for informing us on the rains so early.

Without a doubt, other radio stations have been doing a yeoman's job of reporting the floods.

I want to use today's entry to pay tribute to all those working hard, including Ghana's National Disaster Management Organisation, to ensure that lives are saved and a sense of normality is reached for citizens of Accra. In the meantime, let me leave you with pictures I culled from news websites in Ghana. I was unable to capture my own pictures as I am blessed to live, and have woken up in an area where the water drainage is considerably better-structured.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

By-word for Accra Traffic...anyone? How about "Trafficitis"?

Traffic has become so endemic that if we're not careful, it'll become a pandemic -- maybe trafficitis! Add a bit of occasional rainfall and you got yourself even more trafficitis.

Am unsure--as are many commentators--what the cause is. We keep blaming the never-finished roadworks and the numerous cars on the road.

Some of us are so tired of talking about it it's no longer we take pictures of traffic instead!;-)

One such picture is one I took on the famed Spintex Road--you will see "Oak Plaza Hotel" on the left there -- towards Accra. On that day, it looked like despite the rain, there would not be much traffic. Boy was I wrong! There was a bumper-to-bumper just waiting up ahead to get my finger a-clicking for a blog entry.

But I desisted. I was so bored.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Here's An Easy Case for CSI:Accra...

...if it existed!

Sure, Accra has A Criminal Investigations Department(CID) at the Ghana Police Service. They have some rudimentary training on forensics, though not quite as sophisticated as those in the teams of the "CSI:" trilogy.

But let's have fun anyway.

Supposing there was CSI:Accra, this case would be an open-and-shut case with minimum use of epitheleals. We'd see a cotton swab dabbed into that "liquid" on the tyre, have the swab sprayed -- only to realise it does not come out red, meaning no sign of blood.

A quick smell of the tyre by police dogs would blow the case wide open...they would probably wag their tail -- like Brian, of Family Guy fame, does -- when he's excited, even while still being the intellectual he is.

While there might be no Grissom equivalent to deliver a witticism, there might be a collective groan that it's only dog pee!

Have yourself a great and humour-filled weekend!;-)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ghanaians, Remain Disclipined on our Roads!

I have deliberately used this picture both here and on my sister blog on this link here: This is because for the past few days, there have been too many road crashes and attendant deaths that are totally unnecessary. My fellow citizens often fail to adhere to road safety rules--especially the commercial drivers -- who are too quick anad too keen to make as much sales as possible in a day they flout all kinds of road laws for the bottom line.


Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Danpong Clinic -- A Testament of Ghana Sweat, Blood and Tears in Ghana's Health Industry

Danpong Clinic is located on the infamous Spintex Road, and actually closer to Batsonaa.

It may not have a dedicated website for the clinic, but has one for detailing its parent group -- DANADAMS, which website can be found here:

The interesting thing here is that DANADAMS in wholly Ghanaian. Here is what the corporate profile says on its website:

"Danadams Pharmaceuticals Industries Limited is a wholly-Ghanaian owned limited liability company incorporated in Ghana. Danadams was commissioned on 8th June, 2005 by His Excellency J.A. Kufour, with staff strength of fifty-two(52), which has now grown to over 200 employees.

The company is focusing on economically targeted areas in the pharmaceutical industry, which have much social implications in the country. Our core business is the production of Antiretroviral, Antimalarials, Anti-Tuberculosis and other quality generic pharmaceuticals used to fight opportunistic infections in HIV/AIDS patients.

Danadams seeks to address the problem of scarcity of Anti-retroviral drugs in Ghana and the rest of West Africa, by increasing its production of quality generic Antiretroviral drugs locally. Danadams Pharmaceuticals Industry Limited is among other West African Pharmaceutical companies selected to collectively act as catalysts to spearhead the building of the local capacity for production and distribution of Antiretroviral drugs and working in partnership with governmental initiatives like the Food and Drugs Board (FDB), Economic Regional Bodies such as West African Health Organization (WAHO) under ECOWAS, and international Organizations like United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and World Health Organization. (WHO)

At a time when the WIKILEAKs cables reveal our Ghanaian elites and policymakers to be grossly out of touch with the Ghanaian, it bears reminding that things do and can work in Ghana, and for those that do work, they need encouragement to do better!!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Sneda or Melcom? CHINA** & INDIA's contribution to Ghana, or a Tale of How Ghanaians Love to Shop!

To the left is Sneda shopping centre; to the right is Melcom. Both are perhaps a by-word for retail shopping in Ghana. That they have been around for many years only adds up to the credibility they have built in Ghana as one place "to-shop".

Sneda's website is a non-starter; it's just a page, which you can find here: Conversely, Melcom's site promises to be big, but has not gone to be big yet. Here is the link:

These stores can be found all over the country, but, interestingly, never have I found the  two so closely to each other. Sneda came first, but probably did not anticipate MELCOM's. Still the famed Spintex Road, from where I took this picture, offers significant potential for custom.

Four months after I took this picture, you should come and take a look at how they both have changed: SNEDA now has a clean, beige, minimalist look and feel at its entrance, whereas MELCOM is offering more competition by adding "MELCOM PLUS" to its regular store.

If you're ever in Ghana, or the capital--Accra--pass by and compare prices. If you don't like the quality, you know what you can do, don't you? Blog about it!!

Make your weekend nice and safe!

**correction: SNEDA is, in fact, Chinese. A facebook friend pointed it out to me. Don't get me started on the BRICs!;-)

Thursday, September 01, 2011

The (Mobile Phone) Cameras behind AccraDailyPhoto.Com

Yesterday was a holiday in Ghana to celebrate the end of fasting of Moslems.

I thought I would follow suit and add a "light" post today by pointing you to one of the cameras that has brought me great pictures over the past couple of posts.

Since I created this blog in 2006, I have gone through a Canon, Polaroid and, now, Kodak camera.

All the while, though, I have interspersed it with my mobile phone camera, with the latest being the trusted NOKIA E63. While the shots could be a bit sharper, I want to today thank Nokia for creating such a snazzy phone that makes pictures that much different from a classic stand-alone camera of 10/12/14 megapixels!;-)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Never Mind Arsenal, Here's What Football Can Do in Ghana...

Given the debate going around among football enthusiasts worldwide and in Ghana about whether Arsene Wenger should be kicked out of his job at Arsenal or not, I thought a football post to be more than appropriate!

If you knew of the paucity of my football knowledge, then you would know this issue must be quite big, given the manner in which I seem to explain it away like I know the issues with a fine tooth-comb!

Coming back to the picture, I can safely say that the magic associated with football means that any "Tetteh, David or Harrison" can stand in the street--or at least is "permitted" to do so (at the risk of their own lives)--so as to catch a football game!

Such is Ghana, and some of the laxity thereof!

I took this picture of a crowd of fellow Ghanaians who on 8 May this year had surrounded the premises of a popular eaterie--Eden Tree--located on the famed Spintex Road.

At the best of times, Eden Tree regularly has a television on. Shame their food is not always so great; if it were, I would be plugging it here -- big time. Still, if you're in Ghana, and heading that way, give their jollof rice a try!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Waiting for Godot / Glo Mobile

Kindly check out that green structure with "Glo" emblazoned on it to the left of this caption. Seen it?

I don't quite think Ghanaians will resort to hara-kari--as per the characters in the classic "Waiting for Godot". You might remember Ghanaians are a happier bunch than the dyspeptic duo of Estragon and Vladimir.

But, like in this post in 2007, where we are wont to wait endlessly for tro-tros, we are also likely to get tired of waiting.

It's a good thing Ghana's Ministry of Communications--in its wisdom--has chosen 15 September for Glo Mobile, our putative sixth operator, to shape up or ship out.

That they will do the latter is a prospect close to zero. Hoping for the former is what we all hope for. As for hope, it springs eternal in this land!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Exeter Corned Beef Getting More Expensive in Ghana...

So there's a global recession -- but does it stretch to corned beef as well? I know for the past five years, sardines in this country have gone from under equivalent of $US0.50 to 1 solid US dollar now. In some retail stores in this country, it's just a little over 1USD.

But corned beef, too? This one is being retailed at GHS7.70, or USD5.13!

Is corned beef really retailing for that outside Ghana? Does anyone know?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Welcome to Koffee Lounge, East Legon, Where Your Fried Rice tastes Chinese!

This is uncharacteristic on my part to frequent a place for many months, and not feature it here! Wow...I believe this post is seeking to rectify that;-)

Koffee Lounge, located at A&C Plaza, serves some of the nicest Chinese food this side of Accra(being East Legon/Tetteh-Quarshie/airport area), and so far, the price is fairly decent, with egg fried rice going for something like 3GHC (US$1.5).

Naturally, Ghanaian foods are served there, and it also has free wireless.

Coincidentally, my fellow bloggers from the community will be in an adjacent coffee shop that overlooks this coffee shop on Saturday 13 August for a meeting.

If you're in town and happen to pass by, give them a big shout!

Make your weekend safe!

Monday, August 08, 2011

When 'Accra by Day&Night' Was Airborne

Back when we were in Belgium, I always looked forward to coming home to Accra. I always also knew when we were almost home.

After connecting to Amsterdam with KLM from Zaventem in Brussels, the contrast was magnificent. Whereas Zaventem by day was orderly from  the air, six/seven hours from Amsterdam to Accra was met with darkness...and serious patches of light throughout the capital.

Never mind that a gush of hot/humid Accra air would meet us every blessed time, what increasingly amused me many a time was just the above. And despite all that, I would not trade it for any other country.

This is a shot I took landing in to Accra back in March. It is of no less than the Tema motorway. From up high and during the day, one gets to appreciate the beauty a bit more.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Nothing Like Graphic Road Traffic in Accra!

Traffic anytime, anywhere, is bad enough, but in Accra, it has a singular distinction of being more than headache-inducing -- on account of the rising tempers and the foolish antics of taxi-drivers.

Graphic Road is so named because of the nation's 'premier' newspaper "Daily Graphic" located on that road.

If you're travelling this weekend, keep it safe--and temper-free!;-)

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Thirteen Curves on the Accra-Cape Coast Highway

Every 1 July is Ghana's Republic Day. As such, it is celebrated as a holiday, affording many Ghanaians working in Accra to trek back to the village/town to see family.

Whatever the motive might be, the travel bug is always alive around this time--and this time it hit my family, prompting us to go to the lush, verdant Central Region--some two hours away from the capital--to attend to family matters.

Getting back--never mind going there--was hair-raising, on account of the so-called "13 curves" on the Accra Cape-Coast Highway. Never mind that many drivers driving like bats out of hell may be oblivious to the inconspicuous signboard of "13 curves", the notice is there!

In between hilly and undulating roads that can beat what I have seen of San Fransisco in TV shows anyday, these 13 curves are not to be sneezed at.

As to whether police are ensuring that drivers slow down before and after these curves is a moot point. They are stationed on the highway alright, but there are clearly not enough  to stop thirteen curves from leading to reckless driving which will lead to "thirteen ghosts"!

Friday, June 24, 2011

So, Ghana Has a Maintenance Culture After All?!

Offlate, the airwaves have made serious effort to reduce reporting of politics, focusing instead--as CITI97.3 fm did last week -- on discussion of bad roads, and how Ghana's Road Fund.

Needless-to-say that a pot-hole-free Accra is a reflection of a maintenance culture that has reached near-perfection.

It is therefore very encouraging to see--as I saw this afternoon while at A&C Plaza in East Legon -- that workmen were fixing the streetlight there.

Long may it continue!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Ghana's Precarious Record on Road Safety Needs Revision...Now!

The call is more of an appeal than anything. Lets face it: Ghanaians can sometimes be an indiscplined bunch--as exemplified by this picture here, where a "heavy duty" truck is parked on the first lane of a motorway...without hazard lights.

Apart from the fact that the Ghana police is nowhere to be found, other things are found wanting:

1. a number--preferrably toll-free--to call to report cases like these;

2. a number--perhaps a twitter account of a news outlet, or the National Road Safety Commission--to report such cases;

I don't have the statistics, but simply put: too many Ghanaians die on the road every year--and this can be avoided if we put some small steps into place.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Anyone for "Pure" Water? Maybe some "Standard Water"?

"Pure Water" is a typical name given to water that is not bottled in Ghana. They usually come in sachets, and are patronised by people from all walks of life.

"Standard Water" is but one of many of the Food and Drugs Board-approved producers of sachet water.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy Africa Liberation Day to all AU Citizens...on 25 May!

Every 25 May, Ghana, along with many African Union(AU) member states, celebrates what has now come to be known as Africa Liberation Day(ALD). It is erroneously celebrated as African Union day, which is actually celebrated on 9 September, when the Sirte Declaration was conceived to transform the-then Organisation of African Unity into the African Union.

In Ghana, Chelsea's Michael Essien (a Ghanaian) in his capacity as AU Peace Ambassador will lead a team of other international Chelsea superstars to play in a "Peace for Africa" match. This poster is merely to reflect this reality.

Wherever you may be on 25 May, have a fabulous Happy Africa Liberation Day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Second-Hand Tyres? Almost Second Nature to Ghanaian drivers!

Offlate, there's been quite a bit of discussion about road safety in Ghana. Beyond driver error, the patronage of second-hand car tyres remains a serious bane to ensuring road safety.

Apart from the fact that the World Health Organisation has declared 2011 as the beginning of the "Road Safety decade" (and used 11 May to launch it), Ghana's National Road Safety Commission has launched its third National Road Safety Strategy (NRSSIII) in Accra.

Interestingly, the NRSC has caught up with Facebook, and can be found at this link here:!/pages/National-Road-Safety-Commission-NRSC-Ghana/312888131523?sk=info.

Safe driving...wherever you may be!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Accra Gears up its Urban Transport with Bus Rapid Transit system

In September 2010, I wrote a fairly lengthy piece about the impending Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT), which you can read here:

Seeking not to repeat myself, I would also like to add that the picture I have here speaks volumes about what motives of the BRT. Just to add, finally, that I took this in the Central region of Kasoa, ...which is very close to the capital!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vanity Plates of Nigerian Cars in Ghana!

I used to call vanity plates "personalised" plates -- till I was corrected a few years ago. I could not think of a more apt description for these number plates.

Needless to say that they're a common feature in Ghana--I have featured it on this blog before--but this picture just takes the West African solidarity of supporting and hating everything-Nigerian contemporaneously  to ridiculous proportions...

Honestly, this is a Nigerian vanity plate. A Ghanaian who has watched enough of Nigerian films would know, because the IGBOs are reported to be from south-eastern Nigeria.

At first sight, seeing "I G80" would not make anything sense, but I guess seeing it from this "perspective" makes the reality of vanity plates of Nigerians in Ghana a more acceptable...reality?

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Welcome to the Kwame Nkrumah Circle!

If you have ever heard what sounds like "sec-sec-sec!...sec-sec-sec!" around Accra, I can assure you it is nothing mysterious, but the call by tro-tro mates for passengers to board the mini-bus (known as tro-tros) down to Accra's "Kwame Nkrumah Circle".

In other words: this place in the picture I took. This is the major roundabout, with a fairly new sign that exhorts Accra residents to keep the city "clean".

Now, with a number of illiterates among the informal sector, I continue to ask myself how they can understand the note--let alone live up to the principle!!

Friday, April 29, 2011

West African Corporates Leading the Way in Ghana?

When I took this random picture on Ghana's Ring Road, it was more of a serendipitous one, hoping to capture a snapshot of life there.

Instead, I unwittingly and fortuitously caught the logos of no less than two West-African-based corporate brands.

GLO, clad in green, is a 100% Nigerian mobile telecommunications company, which recently launched its broadband service--Glo 1--a few weeks ago in Ghana.

"ECOBANK"--a brand that is no stranger to this blog--is based in Togo, just next door to Ghana. Thankfully, this minimalist description belies its reach: it is represented in no less than 30 countries, and started off as a bank for West Africa, with support from the West African Chamber of Commerce. These days, it has expanded astronomically, diversifying into brokerage services; investments, etc.

It recently opened a China desk to take care of increasing Chinese investments in the country. It has an office in Dubai, and France!

Simply put: it's only a matter of time before the West African private sector goes this space!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

"CNN Gets Ghana Wrong"--and Here's a Picture to Prove Why!

Last week the communitywas agog--screaming blue murder--over foolish pronouncements by no less than a group associated with the CNN who claimed that most Ghanaians are able to cater for themselves through a Ghanaian variation of advanced-free fraud, or SAKAWA.

Fellow ghanablogger Mac-Jordan--also a member of the Global Voices Online community -- captured it in his summary here: The reason why I refer to the article again is to ask you to read the link above and get a sense of the complaints.

Secondly, the title is a nudge-and-wink to Kobby Graham, who's title I wittingly borrowed to draw attention to the simple fact that CNN got it wrong--whether by association or otherwise, they should never have posted an article by a source who had not done the necessary checks on a story.

As the picture I took last May at the airport shows, Ghana's NACOB (Narcotic Board) has increasingly been reminding Ghanaians about the need to be vigilant in how they handle luggage--never mind the risks of carrying narcotic drugs.

I don't know about you--but if this is not an effort by a government agency trying to remind Ghanaians about keeping the country free from such vices, I do not know what is!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Beaches by the City of Accra

Okay. So I exaggerate. There are not that many beaches by the city of Accra, but there certainly are one or two: KOKROBITE and LABADI beach.

That alone is sufficient to warrant any visitor to want to come to Accra. It certainly has challenges with sanitation in particular parts of the city, but the Accra mayor assures Ghanaians that in keeping with Accra as a Millenium city, it will become a city for all Ghanaians to be the best they can be.

The picture is that of Elmina, in the central region of Ghana, but is very reminiscent, nonetheless, of the beaches dotted along the coastline of this beautiful country!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Five Years of Providing Vignettes of Accra Life to You!

This blog was born on 25 April, 2006. It's very first post was profoundly minimalist. You can read it here.Featured Top Blogger BadgeIn that respect, I consider April to be its birth month--and appropriately so, as 26 April is my own birthday. To say that there is some existentialist connection with this blog would probably not be far from the truth.

At the time I created it, I knew nothing of the citydailyphoto blogs, mooted by Frenchman Eric Tenin, who created Paris Daily Photo.

Back in 2006, there were few indigenous bloggers blogging about their home country--let alone indigenous bloggers blogging about their city, so inevitably, I became a kind of pioneer in that genre. My entries have waxed and waned. There have been times I have had blogger's block, but I always returned, trying to ensure that I portray not necessarily the best parts of Accra--but the parts that made the whole experience real. 

To be honest, I am surprised that in less than a month, this blog has been nominated for two awards. First, the tripbase; now this "Go Overseas Top Blog", which you can find here: 

In this category, I came 6th of out 10 blogs. The criteria for the selection is listed below :

GO! Overseas editorial staff evaluates blogs with the following criteria:

  • New content is posted at a minimum of once a week.
  • A writing style which is both clear and interesting.
  • A website which is constructed in a manner that provides a user-friendly interface and is maintained regularly.
  • A target audience which goes beyond providing friends and family with updates. Our editorial staff is looking for content which appeals to a wider audience.
  • Content that is relatively error free and grammatically correct.
  • A blog site which engages users on the website and is responsive to regular contact.

Back in 2007, academic Rebekah Hurt wrote what was in essence a biography of me through my blogs, which she mysteriously pulled down. Before she did, though, I had managed to copy her work, which I reproduced on my website here: I copy below what she wrote about Accra Daily Photo at the time it was using a pink interface:

Accra by Day & Night is designed in pink tones and is headed by an elaborate banner where different photos rotate within a fixed screen, overlain by moving star characters and blue spots which contain occasional captions. Beneath this very advanced blog feature is the following short description, “Accra is the capital of the small, West African country of Ghana, which achieved its independence in 1957 from its colonial master, the United Kingdom. It celebrates 50 years in 2007, and is projecting itself fast and furiously as ‘gateway to West Africa’. It’s an exciting city, with its unique problems, but with it close to the Atlantic ocean, and many beaches, who can resist not [sic] coming here? Come along...” Along with this header, there is another unique and advanced inclusion of a background song that can be turned on and off with the click of a speaker icon and that, when on, plays on repeat the theme-appropriate song, “Ocean Sized Love” by Leigh Nash[2]. At the top of the page there is a link to the Ghana at 50 website, and then down the right hand margin of the page appears Bensah’s profile, a selection of his favorite videos with embedded media, followed by an extensive list of links to other city photoblogs across the world, a Zooomclouds cluster box which highlights the words most frequently appearing in the blog, and a list of previous posts. The governing order of this blog is that Bensah posts a new photo or photos from daily scenes around Ghana (primarily Accra and Legon) with short captions, comments, and observations...

Suffice-to-say, I am very humbled by the accolades. If anything, it has given me more vim to continue this blog. As I am human, there will be times when there will be hiatus, but I hope to continue offering aspects of Accra life in the quintessential ways in which I have delivered them.

Thank you to all those who have commented and helped encourage me to get this far. Five years is no mean feat! Thank you!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Tale of The Nutty West African History Professor Comes to an End

I deliberately chose to use this photo-capture from the front page of Ghana's Daily Graphic today. Given that the ex-President of Cote d'Ivoire Gbagbo was captured Monday, I was confident that the following day, New Media outlets would be replete with the story. While many outlets probably have better pictures, this picture still does not take away the gravitas surrounding Gbagbo's capture by what many believe to be "special" French forces.

Given the proximity of Ghana to that country (we share a border to the West of the country), Ghana was always going to be intimately drawn to any news around him.

West Africa will now focus on how to ensure that its collective effort, through the sub-regional body of ECOWAS, can be brought to bear on bringing the country back to a degree of normalcy.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Accra Daily Photo is in Top Ten of "Tripbase" Awards for Best Travel Blog in Ghana

On the last day of March, I saw a tweet from a fellow tweep who had included me in their felicitations of a so-called "honour." Later, a fellow blogger clarified what the big fuss might really have been about--me to link my blog to TRIPBASE's blog. Still, the honour is to be enjoyed--so here it is!;-)

Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:53:37 +0800
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From: Claire Tucker
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Hello there,

Tripbase Awards 2011

I am pleased to inform you that your site has been chosen to receive a Tripbase 2011 Blog Award.

This year our panel of judges reviewed hundreds of sites from across the Internet before hand-selecting the best ten for each travel category. Your site is among these elite ranks, and can be seen here:

I would like to congratulate you on your continued hard work and achievement in winning a Tripbase Award - this year, the awards have been featured in CNBC, CBS and AOL News. We have created small and large badges for you to show off your achievement to your readers, so please feel free to grab the code and upload it onto your site.

Well done once again, and keep up the great work.

Kind Regards,

Claire Tucker

~ Tripbase Inc ~

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Blogging Passion's Still Burning...But Like That, He was Gone!

I thought I'd eschew any vestige of melodrama by being as incisive about my point as possible.

But knowing me, it was always going to be difficult!

It is not so much that I have goofed or erred -- just that I've become more of a human being, both pretending to be, and actually being busier than I ever expected.

Undoubtedly, this has affected my blogging. I cannot tell you the number of entries I have started only for them to be lost somewhere in my written diary/journal.


Like the fire burning in this picture, the passion of blogging remains -- as does my passion of all things Ghanaian and all pictures Ghanaian.

I also love my area of expertise: comparative global regional integration, which is simply how the emerging regions in the world -- the European Union, African Union, ECOWAS, ASEAN -- compare with each other in their respective sectors. Closer to home, there's been a lot of talk about ECOWAS, because of the still-unresolved Ivorian Crisis, which has seen Laurent Gbagbo still in power.

My take is that the African Union meddled too much, leaving egg on the face of the West African bloc of ECOWAS.

I am glad, though, to have seen the ARAB LEAGUE get proactive about Libya; and the AU's powerful Peace and Security Council finally issue a communique about Libya (considering Libya's sponsoring of the Pan-African body to the tune of 15% of the AU's budget!)

I guess life's like that: we're all shades of gray, and a LOT of work-in-progress.

Suffice-to-say, I have more bombastic claims when I get back to regular blogging in April.

I shall be away from blogging proper for a good one month. I'm already getting withdrawal symptoms...

Just like the smoke in the picture, I've been lingering for a while, while the passion burns.

The only difference between me and the picture is that my passion won't ever ebb away -- just gone on hiatus.

Till then!

See you first week of April...

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Non-Visible License Plates on Taxi--Only in Ghana!!

Erm. What exactly do I write now? Does my title not explain it all?

I love my country, honestly I do, but sometimes the exhibition of eccentricities is too much.

How on earth is it possible for a commercial vehicle, like this taxi, to entertain the idea of putting the duster he has used to clean his car on his a way that hides his number plate?

Either  the doode forgot he had done this, or he was deliberately being stubborn.

In this country, one is not sure which is more de rigeur!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Welcome to Latest Entry of Taxis in Accra...TOP CAB!

 It was bound to happen sooner rather than later: a new taxi service that would rival Gold Cab, which I have been patronising since 2006, when it broke out on the Ghanaian market.

Interesting thing, though, is that this taxi service has most of its employees coming directly from...Gold Cab!

The downs: No uniform; some 3GHC more expensive than Gold Cab; not all the drivers speak good English; they don't charge per half-hour, meaning ten minutes after an hour, you pay for TWO hours!; very little publicity yet

The upsides: you can ride discreetly in a car with private number plates (white), like GOLD CAB. Only thing is a passing glance might make others feel you're in a limousine BMW 5-series!!; the 15GHC, or roughly US$10.5 for a drop, and an hour, they charge is almost akin to regular  yellow-plated taxis; the car is spacious and more discreet than GOLD CAB's UK Cab, which is too conspicuous; you can pay at the end of the month when you patronise their services

So far, so very Chinese for a car! The Chinese are not coming; they're already here!

These guys at TOP CAB have a fleet of some 16 cars--all black-like "BRILLIANCE" cars.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy New Year 2011! Happy New Change of Name...for A&C Mall?

The absence is unforgivable if you're into moral theorizing and whatnot, but if you're carefree, sue me!;-)

Life needed to be lived outside the computer, so I lived it;-) The festive season called--as always--for intimate times spent together, so I did that, too!

It's not just kind of great to be back--it's truly to be back.

I will not make any promises for 2011--save to say that it promises--in theory--to be a great one for all! As for this blog, I will do the very best to bring you more unique insights into the capital of Accra.

Over the next couple of days, I will bring you sights from the festive a way of warming one up for the year--especially February when I pretend to bring you sharper and more distinctive entries;-)

On the specific case of the erstwhile A&C Shopping Mall, the name-change has not come as a surprise. Bye-bye A&C Mall, welcome A&C, erm, Square!


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