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Quotes by NAD

Nana Awere Damoah

QUOTES BY NAD

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Also by Nana Awere Damoah

I SPEAK OF GHANA

TALES FROM DIFFERENT TAILS

THROUGH THE GATES OF THOUGHT

EXCURSIONS IN MY MIND

SEBITICALLY SPEAKING

NSEMPIISMS

Nana Awere Damoah was born in Accra, Ghana. He holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham, UK, and a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. Nana spent all his secondary or high school years at Ghana National College, Cape Coast, Ghana and speaks fondly of growing up in the suburb of Kotobabi in the Ghanaian capital, where he started his education at the local Providence Preparatory School.

NAD, as he is affectionately called by his readers, is a British Council Chevening alumnus and an associate of Joyful Way Incorporated, a Christian Music Ministry in Ghana, where he was the group’s National President from 2002 to 2004.

Nana started writing seriously in 1993 when he was in the sixth form and has had a number of his short stories published in the Mirror and the Spectator. In 1997, he won the first prize in the Step Magazine National Story Writing Competition. His writing has appeared in StoryTime ezine, Legon Business Journal, Sentinel Nigeria Magazine and the anthology, African Roar (StoryTime Publishing, 2010).

He is the author of five other books and has also contributed to two anthologies. He keeps two personal blogs at www.nanadamoah.com and www.nanaaweredamoah.wordpress.com.

He is married to Vivian. The couple and their children, Nana Kwame Bassanyin, Nana Yaw Appiah, and Maame Esi Akoah, are based in Tema, Ghana.

Dedicated to three friends of mine who pointed me to new ways of exploring my writing and continue to serve as sounding boards: Korklu Laryea, Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang and Kofi Akpabli.

Section A: Government, Politics & Politicians

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p<>{color:#1D2129;}. The propensity for foot-soldier nonsense is no respecter of party colours.

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p<>{color:#000;}. The way we politicise the issue of drugs in Sikaman, one day you will go to Mr Mark’s drug store to buy abom-belt and he will ask you whether you are osono or akatamanso before selling it to you.

 

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Many of our politicians think politics is only a game. Refuse to play.

 

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The shambolic takeover or transfer or merger or whatever we choose to call it between Ghana Gas and GNPC is symptomatic of many of the decisions and moves of this government. How come that even within the same family, agreements cannot be reached and executed with finesse? Why?

 

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When the politicians accuse themselves of various vices, pay attention: they speak the truth. The accusers and the accused are both guilty of same either in the past or present.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Kufuor had his 50-Cents moment. Mahama had his Montie moment. Years from today, both moments will define them.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Never let the politician think he can think for you.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Election campaign time is always a great time to calibrate logic capacities and capabilities.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Words spoken in response to initial words spoken and the spirit with which the responses were done will greatly influence this election.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Our politicians insulted our intelligence each day and yet we smiled and said “More please!” They told us to go to hell and we actually asked for advance tickets. They took us for fools and yet we praised them for the blessings.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Our politicians know you have the power to decide their fate. They know their real sizes. Sadly, the citizens usually don’t fully appreciate their power.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Why can’t we give our politicians a similar treatment as the supporters served the Black Stars in the Uganda game? Surely the Black Stars get the opportunity to do a Brazil fiasco every two or four years whereas the politicians do it daily. And, oh, I hold the politicians responsible for the Brazil debacle. Root cause analysis.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Campaigning all of the time, governing none of the time. These are the days of our lives.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. This footsoldiers-going-on-rampage-at-will nonsense must be stopped. One day they will have nothing else to vandalise but their leaders who fail to call them to order today.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The Parliamentary vetting (of ministers) usually disbosoms a lot for me, especially why we are in this state of atrophy as a nation.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. “Do you know what that amount of money can do?” The Ghanaian politician’s favourite populist question. Never asked when he is considering his benefits, deserved or otherwise.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The Sikaman politician as a first recourse looks for who to blame when trouble arises. If he doesn’t find a ready excuse, he blames the voter for voting him into office as a last resort.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. So when will Ghanaian stop reading politics in even how the ant walks?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Some people are relevant only when there are electoral campaigns to be wrought. Explains why in Ghana, we campaign without ceasing.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When a politician speaks, always reflect on what he is not saying. Then you will better understand what he said.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When the future you see is worse than the present, one begins to worry. And, oh, I speak of Ghanaian politicians. The tadpoles are out-jumping the toads.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. They know it is easy to steal from the public purse, because the watchers are busily throwing stones at each other, in separate lines behind them, in colour matching their own, singing songs they have taught the watchers to sing – hailing them for their leadership. And, oh, the watchers are all in blindfolds. Blinded by partisanship instead of being emboldened by patriotism.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Why are politicians more concerned about what their fellow/opposing politicians think rather than what the ordinary Kojoes like you and I think?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Why are politicians at their admonishing best when in government and at their intellectual, analytical best when out of power?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Sometimes I pity the party spin doctors. Some issues just don’t have a fulcrum on which a spin can be effected.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The politicians will reduce effusions with gbeshie-inspired confidence on political platforms if there are no cheering crowds.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. I can’t reconcile the pre-sentencing posturing with the post-sentencing protesting in the Montie-3 palaver. A clear mismatch in spirit and temperaments. The mouth used to appeal for a loan is not the same used to pay it.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. In analysing propaganda, always listen for what the person is NOT saying and what he is preventing you from saying by first saying what he says.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The NDC and NPP have opposite fortunes in terms of winning elections versus governance: weak in one aspect and great in the other, and vice versa.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The politicians are few. The followers are many. The many give the few the opportunity to play the many against each other. To maim the many. Whilst the few get another set from the many to go on a-maiming. We are the many. You and I.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. You who allow your minds to be used for the price of a milk tin of gari.

No, I don’t mean that semi-illiterate footsoldier only.

I refer to you who can’t reason with your friend who has another political leaning from you without throwing expletives.

I refer to you who share explosive information that you pause not to verify because it will make the other party look bad.

I refer to you who can’t reason logically when your political head is gorged with hot tainted blood.

No, don’t turn. I am talking to you.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}.

Section B: Wit, Fun & Satire

 

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Stupidity, once it overcomes its initial state of inertia, is sustained by its own momentum.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. You need to know when to move before you are pushed.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. If you marry a monkey for his wealth, the money goes and the monkey remains as is.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Intelligence is not measured in decibels.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. The bosom of time disbosoms a tonne.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The beauty of spoken English is not in the accent you use but your choice of words and sentence construction.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. So fake it is not funny.

 

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Some fit. Some are obvious. Some are out of place. Wigs.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Sustained ‘shambolism’ on a trajectory of steeply increasing gradient.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. I watched the ant engage in a battle of wits with the camel. It was a mental bloodbath!

Unfortunately one of them did not survive…

The camel has just been buried in the schlemiel cemetery.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. It is when an umbrella is folded that you know its real dimensions.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. You may have truly smelt a rat but remember also that your nose is close to your mouth.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Europe is experiencing what our forefathers experienced in Africa centuries ago: migrants appearing on their shores without visas.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. There are many dangerous situations under the sun and one such is meeting a talkative on the way to a critical meeting at the loo.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Always amazing how someone with rotten teeth can complain of getting a headache due to the stench from the passing sewage truck.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. You can’t fake a fart.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Winston Churchill said that ‘success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”. Odekuro shows us that success consists of going from promise to promise without loss of enthusiasm.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Wofa Kapokyikyi returned home that day and waited for Odekuro. He reminded Odekuro that hope, though a very good boost, does not cook yam. 

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Gullibility combined with superstition is a very deadly mixture.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. A he-goat on steroids is still no match for a lion suffering a bout of malaria.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The Emperor is naked and the little boy who is to shout to bring us all to reality is naked himself. Long live the farce!

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Our politicians don’t even know how to insult our intelligence intelligently.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Whilst the masses strive to ensure their salaries make ends meet, the politicians increase their earnings to meet the ends.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. One of the pleasures of life is to listen to an articulate person speak nonsense with finesse and great grammar.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The best way to make ends meet in Ghana is to make ends meet. Someway, somehow.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Wisdom is clear in whichever language one speaks. A person who spews nonsense in English will sound the same when the message is translated into Hausa.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. There is no wi-fi in an African village but you find better connection.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The best friend to have is a wise madman.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. One of the pleasures of life is to observe a lady trying to hide her love for a guy.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. There is nothing as dangerous as a fool who believes he is anointed.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Everyone has a naughty side.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Before you go shouting that the air is fouled, please brush your teeth first.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. A woman who wants to get pregnant is the best of wives.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. If you have never travelled, you insist that your chief’s palace is the biggest building in the world.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Even in the land of monkeys, hwɛ n’ɛnim bi (look at his ugly face!) is used as an insult.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. If we all lose our heads, who will be the heads collector?

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Always amazing how someone with rotten teeth can complain of getting a headache due to the stench from the passing sewage truck.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The significance of the anus is felt when it refuses to open its mouth. No one’s job is insignificant.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Appearances may be deceptive but smell is not.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. The most comprehensive, reliable and accurate statistics in Ghana, which everyone agrees to and accepts and on which confident prediction, indeed regular analysis and projection are made on, is the weekly compiled records of lotto numbers.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. A big nose does not necessarily mean a sharper sense of smell.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. A well-rounded head doesn’t necessarily house a well-rounded mind.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. He who goes round shouting that the air is fouled should not forget that the mouth is close to the nose.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. What God has put asunder, let no man put together.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Businessman or woman. A nebulous term in Ghana. Like Journalist.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. All animals are equal but some animals have more dignity in death than when alive. Like domedo.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. A man thinks he chases a woman, to win her; but a careful observer of the oldest game in life knows that a man chases a woman until she catches him.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. One of the key reasons why we live long in Ghana is that we have comedy all around us.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When you have your cupboard full of skeletons, you don’t invite a Biology teacher for furniture inspection.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Soon enough, the chicks will join the hawk in telling the hen that it is not that her dance is not pleasing to the eye but that she is not even dancing at all.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}.

Section C: Love, Friendships & Marriage

 

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. A bad marriage is like a never-healing sore; a broken relationship is a sore that got treated in time.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Don’t give up your friend because of a political difference. A politician is not a better replacement.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Maintain friends that add, to your life, sense and not stress.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Sometimes all our friends need is our silence. And our quiet assurance that we care.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Marry someone who will grow with you and who will allow you to grow.

 

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. I don’t ask if I am not told, even when I can deduce. I believe with personal things when the person wants to share, he or she will. Until then I serve friendship better by not nosing.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The respect I have for my friends dictates that there are some of them I don’t discuss politics with. Politics is sometimes so emotive words are exchanged without thought and could easily mar relationships.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. If you can laugh together, forgive one another and apologise to each other, you can stay together.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Marriage is best built in bytes of memories. Make it a megabyte each time.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Circumstances change and can be reversed in minutes. I advocate that couples pool resources, budget together and have an arrangement that engenders openness in financial matters. The metrics and relativities that one uses today may not be the same tomorrow.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When people marry, many stop trying. Couples in our day give up too easily, in our marriages. We are ready to fight for our jobs, for our properties, for everything else except our marriages, our relationships, our covenant with our spouses before God.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Spouses need to know that emotional love and care are as important as the physical, and not neglect each other. In the midst of work and life pressures and taking care of kids, coupled with the bluntness of affection that time, proximity and used-to-you-ness can bring to a relationship, emotional care can be relegated to the background.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The road of love is not asphalted.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. One of the greatest tragedies is for marriage partners to get to the point where they just become business partners, their shares being their children and property.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The ultimate affection is when a lady allows her love to show when she should be guarded. Some men take it for granted. Wise men don’t.

 

Section D: Ghana & Africa

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Our country Ghana is not big, it only has bad roads.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. I stood on the map of the world and searched far and near for the nation which runs as if nothing can go wrong, never learns from its mistakes and is unprepared for any emergencies. The Spirit directed me to look under my feet.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The beautiful thing in Ghana is that we are never in short supply of excuses.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. This is a nation of beautiful grammar, eloquently served by our paid public and political officials.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Over the years, our leaders took Nkrumah too serious – when he said Africans had the right to govern or misgovern ourselves – that they did both. Or rather more of the latter than the former.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Whilst other countries are flying, we are perambulating in the mud, tickling ourselves into drunken hallucinations and beating our chests like the market warriors we are: luminous stones amongst rotten palm kernels.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. We didn’t strive to drive out our colonial masters only to have our own flesh and blood treat us like colonized people.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The longer the title, the lesser the effort put in to work and justify that title. Africans should go easy on accumulation of titles and let our works and actions immortalise us. As the former MD of Barclays Ghana, Ben Dabra, said in an interview, being appointed or elected into a position should not make one a hero; it is what you achieve in that position that should matter.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Sometimes upon reflecting on Ghana, the past seems brighter than the future.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. I learnt something from Patrick Awuah when I listened to him once at Ato Ulzen-Appiah’s inspired BarCamp Accra. He said at Ashesi, they don’t say what they are going to do, they announce what they have done. That sank into me. In Ghana, we usually announce what we say we want to do even before we have tested its sustenance.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. We didn’t take out foreign oppressors to replace them with indigenous ones.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Our generation is the game-changing generation for our country and continent. We cannot join in the chant of our predecessors; we cannot think at the same level, we cannot go at the same pace. We are the generation with the greatest exposure to what better conditions can be like – let’s replicate it here. We know what a country that takes action looks like – let’s cut the long talk. We know not just the potential but the actual position this nation can spring to – let’s get working.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Ghana is not broke. We only have broken leadership.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Ghana is not broken. We only have leaders with broken spines.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Ghana is not broke. We only have broken systems.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Ghana must work again. And the beginning of the reverse from the decline will start the day we speak Ghana and nothing else.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Ghana is not broken. It only has a citizenship who are broken into pieces and not united. Who are chained not to each other but to parties who are not chained to the destiny of Ghana.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Ghana is not broke; it has only been broken by some greedy brethren. And the breaking train continues, unbroken.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Chatting with a friend about African currencies and the effects of speculation, I stated: Vultures don’t gather around healthy animals.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Nkrumah said we face neither East nor West but Forward. Where are we faced now?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Nkrumah said there was a new African ready to control his own affairs. Isn’t that African old now? Has s(he) remained relevant to the times?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Nkrumah advised we act as men of thought and think as men of action. So why do we have so many acting only as wo(men) of superficial thinking?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. An observer of sikamanosyncracies never experiences a dull day. The din of our issues reach a crescendo with the speed of a DC-10 and just like the fate of that aeroplane’s name, that din tapers into the sea of forgetfulness.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. African: One people separated artificially by borders that trace crooked lines drawn on a piece of paper somewhere in a cold land.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Nkrumah declared that we faced neither East nor West but we faced forward. But, see, we can face forward and just look at the horizon. Sometimes, as I think of Ghana, I am tempted to believe that we kept looking East and West and never made up our minds, so we just stood still.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. In Africa, we are more likely to unite around a foreign/imported idea than an idea from one of us. For instance, in Ghana, we would rather adopt English or Swahili as a national language than to adopt Ewe or Ga.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Come to Africa and help! Wherever you may be in the world, there is something you can give back to the continent that gave you a name and an identity, at least.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When you have a leaking container, pouring water into it even at a faster rate doesn’t keep the water level up. Oh, I Speak of Ghana.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}.

Section E: Books, Learning & Reading

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Don’t just ask your kids to read. Get caught reading too.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Knowledge is free at the library. Just bring your container.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. What distinguishes us from our classmates is the learning we do after school.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Expand your space for knowledge storage and fill it up.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Your learning ceases the moment you stop asking why.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. We should learn as a people to pay good money for the food that feeds the soul and mind, same as we do for the food that feeds the body.

Section F: Nation Building

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The problem in Sikaman is that we spend too much energy to plan to (and actually) announce what we intend to do that we have no energy left to actually do what we intended to do.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Is the speed at which we are moving good enough for my comfort and aspirations for this nation? Can I take a risk with audacity for four years and if it does not work out, use my manicured thumb to effect change again? Or I will continue to perambulate the well-trodden paths? That is the choice engaging my mind.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. On the matter of returning home to build our nation, “home” doesn’t mean one’s country alone but the entire continent of Africa. There is much to do and so much we can give back. We have the land to till. And the natives till it best.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. I have always said the most effective health policy and care in Ghana is the Grace of God.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. On my friends’ list, I have pals who have declared openly for various parties. Also, there are those who haven’t declared. We debate issues, we disagree sometimes and other times we agree. What is constant is that we all love Ghana. None of us was born into a political party or have such captured on our birth certificate. What binds us is the fact that we are Ghanaians. I have seen people cross carpet and become passionate in defence of a party they lambasted in the past. That is all part of life. Parties get dissolved or go on leave. Ghana, our beloved country, remains. This election shall come to pass. But let not the ties that bind us break in the process. One Ghana! Peace to you and yours! Oseee Ghana!

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. I looked and saw the nonsense under the Sikaman sun; I saw the little men of the land suffer much for siphoning little and the big men of the land suffer little for siphoning much. I considered it and understood the principle at play: drink deep or pay the price.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When I reflect on the Free SHS debate, with one party saying it is possible now and the other saying, though constitutional, it is only possible in a couple of decades, I can’t help but compare the tango to a similar one 55 years ago when Sikaman debated ‘independence now’ verses ‘independence in the shortest possible’ time. In my mind, not going into the merits and demerits (which I believe even the opposing camps agree on somewhat), the choice is clearly between audacity and treading slowly.

My view, then, goes beyond this topic of Free SHS. My consideration is comparing audacity and maintaining status quo. Will I take a spring with a shot at the skies or be comfortable that what is within my grasp is good enough?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. As long as our political leaders can continue to keep us crying ourselves hoarse shouting at each other on their behalf, we will not have the time and energy to examine what they occasionally throw our way as development projects and discover that they are crumbs from the chop-table.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Council of State or Council of Elders of the Ruling Party in Government?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The wide gulf between promise and reality in Sikaman is part of where we are and what we have become. Let’s cut the talking in favour of some real progressive action.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Have our leaders collectively conspired to ensure that our past is brighter than our future?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. You know you are in Ghana when you are branded ‘too known’ for insisting the right things must be done.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. We put a freeze on recruitment of real people and recruit ghosts.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. In a country where “provisional” lasted for eleven years, the word “temporary” would definitely have staying power!

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. It is a serious matter when our government officials keep referring us to six years ago when we ask for answers to today’s problems. It is a crisis situation when they can even afford to mock their predecessors at the same time. It is an emergency when they can still manage to giggle.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Ghana must work again. And the beginning of the reverse from the decline will start the day we speak Ghana and nothing else.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When our Presidents, both ancient and modern, return from trips abroad, arriving before 5pm and find a teeming crowd at the airport to meet them, does it occur to them that most of the persons in the crowd should rather be at work?

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. We should work together so that we will not only recall the ‘good old days’ but admit how we have added to those days and turn the verdict in favour of the future: so our children and the subsequent generations can look to a brighter future, rather than a brighter past.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The role that public procurement plays in the rape of our nation’s resources is like the elephant in the room: we all see it but fail to talk about it. A friend once said that when public servants and politicians are excited about a project, one just needs to scratch the surface to realise that what really tickles them is the procurement bit. And the 10%. Only the dumb politician or public official steals all the funds for a project. The smarter ones skim off the project and yet deliver it.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The passion we express on radio everyday should be transformed into righteous anger at how slow we are developing this nation.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. As a young African who has his continent and country at heart, who is guided by the motto of my secondary school Pro Patria, for the sake of the fatherland, who is of the strong view that we are the ones to build our homeland, with our sweat, blood and hands, nothing makes me angry more than to see the slow pace of development in Ghana. And to see that whilst we go so slow, our leaders who should know better continue to pat their backs and sing their own praises. For someone who has spent a year abroad and seen what a thinking and forward people can achieve, bit by bit, day by day, I get annoyed when it seems that here in Ghana, the past seems rather brighter than the future.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. What this nation needs is a revolutionary departure from the mental contraption that politics has turned most of us into, which makes us see everything in myopic, partisan colours. We should stop the delusion that we are doing well, when in reality we are like market warriors, brave men among children. The advancement we crave as a nation, a people, a continent, will not come with this mediocrity of expectation, when peanuts are dropped onto our developmental plate in between elections, and grandiose plans are shared with us during campaigns and elections. And this goes beyond the politicians. Ordinary Ghanaians, you and I, civil servants, public workers, industry hands, managers – we all have to decide that we will put our hands to the wheel to drive Ghana Incorporated forward. We cannot go forward otherwise, and we will stay stunted if we maintain status quo.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. One of the sad quiet developments in Sikaman is how steadily empty barrels are making noise to the top.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Whilst the West is looking to pump more money into drug research, we, in Ghana, are fighting with lecturers about research allowance.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Not all of us can and should enter the partisan arena. Some must stay back as umpires. Some must stay back as critics. Some must stay back as reporters. And some will be spectators.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The public sector is the engine of growth of an economy, not the private sector. No private sector drive can succeed on a foundation of a weak and retrogressive public sector.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. In Sikaman, we have hundred great ideas and implement only one. Badly. And set up a committee to investigate that one.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. One of the major problems we have in our political arena and public discourse is the army of party communicators who hop from station to station spreading recycled nonsense evenly like expired margarine on a hot slice of Nsawam bread and serving it daily to an eager populace which doesn’t pause to wonder about the rancid taste of the bread and margarine.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. “We are on track, everything is on course” is a dangerous response to a query on how a project or plan is progressing.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Are we really ready to hear views without forming opinions about people? I write to reach a wide spectrum of people. Will my political views alienate many who are here or bring more here? Can my friends here see my views either for or against the government or opposition as views of an independent-minded person?

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Our elders say ‘akyea nso ɛnbu yɛ’ (it is bent but not broken). Nanso ɛkyea pii a, ɛnya akyakya, ɛntene – if it bends too much, it becomes crooked permanently (like a hunchback) and cannot be reformed again.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. We cannot build on broken foundations. We cannot thrive on broken promises. We cannot go forth on principles which are broke, broken and breaking.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Economics doesn’t sleep with emotions.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Economies don’t respond to motivational talks.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Which is more important to teach our young ones: patriotism or politics?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. We don’t have a plan for anything. Whatever is not systematically structured crumbles.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. We may sit and dilly-dally and continue to use hope as a strategy, only to look back to today and regret that we were not serious enough in our planning. It is said that hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. My first lesson in my Chemical Engineering course was the mass balance equation:

Accumulation = Input – Output

Once Output is not control and is more than Input, there will be no or negative accumulation, which destabilizes the equilibrium of any system.

No matter what we tax – condoms, generators, incomes, talk, no matter where we beg from, no matter how much we get from inflows and our resources, if we do not control output and plain haemorrhage out of the system, we will have nothing as a nation to develop, to pay debts, to pay contractors, to build.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. A nation that desists from thinking is never far from sinking.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. So why are we so gullible? Why do we not use our minds? Why don’t we pause to question? Why are we not critical? Why are we so easily deceived? Why are we like that?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Unless we all speak about our speedy spiral into the valley of national ineptitude, no-development and directionless-ness without fear of being branded, there will be no hope of a turnaround.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Urgently needed: Citizens who think, talk and behave with Ghana in mind and not their political parties.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. We are not a thorough people. We don’t follow through, to completion.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. In my work as a manufacturing/quality assurance professional, when my customers or consumers complain about a product, I give them the benefit of the doubt, listen and take time to investigate the veracity of their claims. That is not the time to drum into their heads that my product is the best and that they haven’t seen the like of it before. Kumasi on my mind.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. I get worried about our propensity to attack personalities rather than what they say. We should allow room for diverse opinions, and we should remember than even a faulty clock is right twice in the day.

Section G: Proverbs & Sayings

 

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. She who refuses to go to the stream to fetch water should not berate the one who does and breaks the pot.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The ability to carry a load is not dependent on the size of the head but on the strength of the neck. The ability to make a good argument is not dependent on the size of the mouth but the depth of the mind.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Loss of power declutters the mind and descales the eyes.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Expensive doesn’t mean good quality.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. When you tell the truth, you don’t need to have a good memory.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. A bad name doesn’t clear itself by entreaties.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Sometimes what you haven’t said speaks volumes.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. I just allow time to be the judge of my thoughts and opinions.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The tongue will may have its say, the stomach may have its swag, but in the end, the anus must give way for the village of life to have a fine day.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Bitterness has never made any person better.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. There are two types of liars: good liars and bad liars. If you can’t be a good liar, or if you have a bad memory to be consistent in lying, just restrict yourself to speaking the truth.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. One can only say that action speaks louder than words and the real intent of an organisation can be determined by where the management puts its money and not necessarily its mouth.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The blessedness of time.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Words past answering the present. In some cases, we have words present answering and judging the past.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. A big head does not necessarily contain a ‘big’ or sharp mind.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. I learnt years ago not to argue or attempt to reason with people incapable of listening and even considering different and, sometimes, superior opinions. I leant that persisting in my bid to change their minds drains me whilst they are rather invigorated in the juice of ignorance. There is much more to do in life than entreating a crab to act like an octopus, even though they may look alike.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When you keep water in a container for too long, it begins to smell. But you don’t replace that with water which is not deodorised.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Rome was not built in a day; but it was built every day.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. We know less than we think we know; we are better than we think we are.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. You are responsible for how you feel and how you will behave. You should not be like a chameleon whose colour will become red-hot because the fire in the other person is burning. You decide how you behave – absolutely – not anyone else.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The worst person to have in a position of responsibility is an incompetent talkative.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Our beliefs about our abilities and the capabilities we have are usually the limiting reactants in the chain reaction of our lives.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. People will doubt you, but do you doubt your own self? People will insult your integrity, but do you trust yourself? If you are at peace with yourself and with God, you can be at peace with the world.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Words are cheap but they gain greater worth when they first minister to the speaker of the same.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When you go on a path that you wish will take you to Brahabebome, don’t think that everyone else is going there. There may be a junction ahead.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Not all paths need to be trodden. Not all questions need to be answered.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Sometimes what you haven’t said speaks volumes.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Wisdom does not shout.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Don’t envy my sunny days when you have no idea of my dark nights.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. A bulldog, no matter how ferocious it is, cannot be called a lion.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. He who has crossed an inch with distinction can cross a foot and a mile. Diligence, industry, determination, inch-by-inch, block-on-block.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The ability to carry a load is not dependent on the size of the head but on the strength of the neck. The ability to make a good argument is not dependent on the size of the mouth but the depth of the mind.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. If you won’t push someone up, the least you can do is not to pull him down.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The best capital – thoughts and ideas.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Having the courage to speak one’s mind is as important as knowing when the time is right to do so.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When you tell the truth, you don’t need a good memory.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Wisdom is not genetically-acquired.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. We know less than we think we know; we are better than we think we are.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. It is not in the multitude of words that wisdom is found. That’s why the parrot is not considered the Sage of the Jungle.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. He who speaks all he thinks, at the same time he thinks, will never be considered wise.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. In giving a man his freedom, you gain his loyalty. Most of the time.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Even the ant gets to its destination as long as it doesn’t stop.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Wisdom is evident in whatever language it is expressed in. I have heard some foolish stuff expressed eloquently in English and have lapped at sense spoken in Twi. So I don’t get this so-called elitism because someone cannot speak English. Some of the wisest in our history have not been in classrooms and only a visit to a palace or rural gathering would confirm that.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The future is not that far.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Look around you today and you will see many people who need encouragement. Encourage someone today. You may be creating a writer of Empower Series! Indeed, we all need encouragement.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Trouble, it is said, is like a storm: it doesn’t rain, it pours.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. If you cannot make your point in three minutes, you haven’t thought about and through it well enough.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Every idea is most vulnerable at the conception stage and no matter how big the Odum tree looks today, it was a seedling yesterday and a seed the day before.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The test of your anchor is in the storm, not at dock. The test of your faith is in times of crisis, not in peacetime.

Section H: Advice and Instruction

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Don’t be afraid of being branded. You could be creating a new brand, charting a new course. You could be the next benchmark.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Knowing what to do and yet not doing it, procrastinating, thinking of how to do it perfectly, yet holding back and worrying about the passage of time: that will give you a headache! Take the pill of action and welcome your relief.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. I said once that the beautiful thing about patience and the bosom of time is that words used to put someone in his/her place today will be the same words that embarrasses or implicate the speaker tomorrow. In the matter of the current misogynistic utterances, however, the time lap is microscopic. It is, in this case interestingly, embedded in the proverb that says when you point the index finger at a person, three fingers are pointing back at you.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Don’t just make money. Make an impact too.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Go over that fear of failure and try something you always feared to do. Be bold!

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Don’t rush through the garden of life without stopping to smell the roses.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Reflect before you reply.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Cross-check before you forward.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Pause before you post.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Pray before you proceed.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Drink deep at the feet of mentors.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Disengage from vim-diminishers and lock onto vim-givers.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. It is the one who goes to the stream to fetch water whose pot can break. Don’t be afraid of breaking your pot. Keep going to the stream. Keep doing.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Speaking boldly and damning the tagging, knowing that those who damn you today may praise you tomorrow as the truth you speak tickles them with different strokes. In the end, your consistency will expose their inconsistency.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Words and the blessedness of time. Words are two-edged swords. Always season your words with Royco. And preserve them well. They may be served back to you for breakfast.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Don’t go chasing after Fame; she is an evasive lady. Be diligent in the work your hands find to do, doing it to the best of your abilities and affecting lives, and Fame will find you.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Before you speak today, think. After thinking, act. As you act, check how your action will affect tomorrow.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Don’t say all you think about. But think about all you speak.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Learn to control your temper. Don’t do anything in a rash manner. Be careful that one action in a second does not derail your life for a generation. Let your pillow be your counsellor and by all means, let it be absorbent as well.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Let’s be doers. Doers make mistakes but they move and achieve.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Every instance in your life is an opportunity to impact someone’s life and to be impacted on as well. No moment is insignificant. If you invest in someone’s life at any moment, you have no idea what that person may turn out to be, or what your seed will turn into. A chance meeting with a fellow prisoner and interpreting his dream was all that was needed to bring Joseph’s name to the attention of the Pharaoh of Egypt.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Whatever you say today, think about tomorrow.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. In life, I have learnt one very important lesson which I keep: never talk when angry and not in control of my faculties. I use it also in my marriage. I see its application in politics too. Never talk just after a defeat. Or minimise the talk.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Our mental blocks are more formidable than the physical ones. Bob Marley said it when he asked us to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery. You first think what you become. The physical starts from the mental and the spiritual.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Spend quality time thinking about your future.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Don’t be a slave to someone else’s attitude.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. People grow and change, some for the better, some for the worse. Never tag anyone as insignificant based on current circumstances.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Resolve today not to sulk and slack as you wait for due time to arrive. Be diligent. Improve yourself.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Make a plan to review what you have learnt every three months, at least. Learn by experience, observation, listening and reading. Do this continually and consistency.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When you get to the end of the rope, tie a knot and hang on. When you are tired of hanging on, pray for strength to go on. When all fails, let go and let God. He steps in when we let Him know it is beyond us.

Section I: Social media

 

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When engaging on social media, always remember there are three categories of people: those who can’t be educated or enlightened, those who don’t wish to be enlightened, and those who have both the desire and ability to be educated. Knowing which type you are engaging with helps to be efficient in dispensing your energy.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. All this reposting of Facebook guidelines and disclaimers remind me of the tale of where everyone starts running because someone said the world was coming to an end, until one stopped to ask the root cause. Always ask why.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Don’t be deceived into thinking that social media is just virtual. The line that divides virtual and real world is now made of dew.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. There are a number of personalities on social media that I may never have had the opportunity to read and learn from, but for this technology. I follow them and read almost everything they post. They attract their kind to their posts and pages. I read and learn. I visit their pages mostly to observe and learn, and mostly on the quiet. I am grateful for the library of knowledge that this platform offers.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Socia media. Such a revealing platform. Where one’s intelligence is revealed. And the opposite too.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Seriously, perusing the timelines of political operatives in Sikaman scares me. Forget grammar and syntax. The values, thoughts and opinions are sometimes frightening. Frightening still is the realisation that these folks fear not to take positions and responsibilities that those who consider themselves more qualified hesitate to touch even with long poles.

Section J: Life & Career

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. If you can still feel shame, you should thank God for that. It means you still have hope of recovery. If you cannot feel shame…

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Sometimes one is a very good backing vocalist, but not a good lead vocalist.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. I have enough experience in my short life to know that life is too short to go through with a short wall of tolerance.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. There is a phenomenon known as “being promoted to your level of incompetence”.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Change begins with a question.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. I started living the day I finally accepted the fact that I couldn’t like everyone and that not everyone will like me.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Success in life is not just about the destination, but the journey itself. Make time to smell the roses, make friends, create memories, and enjoy the moments.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Don’t underrate the scope of your influence in your youth. Don’t think you have all the time to make a difference in this world. Recognise that both brown and great leaves fall to the ground.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Most of my mates who have gone on to make great strides in their careers didn’t make even second class. Funny I was counselling someone just last week with this point. It happens that those who make lower than first class have more holistic approaches to University life and make the most of it beyond just academics. These life skills tend to serve them well after the classroom. And, oh, I say this as one who obtained a first class but also happens to be a student of life.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The strength of your walk is not in the loudness of your voice, but the hearts your voice can reach. The strength of your faith is not in the volume of your words but what your words are able to accomplish.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But sometimes a picture is not enough to capture the entirety of the experience – the smells, the feeling, the cool, the heat, the pulsations…many times during the drive between the north and the south of Ghana, I stopped, picked the camera and tried to capture the moment or the view. On many occasions, I just paused and sat back in the car – the picture didn’t, couldn’t, do justice.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The greener pasture on the other side could be a collection of artificial grass.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. What was the tallest mountain in the world before Everest was discovered? Answer: Everest. The fact that we didn’t know Everest existed didn’t mean it was shorter. It still was waiting to be discovered. Same with your potential.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Think about five, ten, twenty years from now. Reflect on what you are doing today. Will you be proud of it down the ages?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Life is not a buffet – where you pick all the choice bits. It’s table d’hôte. The meal comes and you may love the protein but not the carbs.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Time heals, time cools. Time changes our outlook, perceptions and views. Our pillows can absorb wrath. Our pillows can give us counsel in difficult times.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. We all need care. Usually, those with the seemingly tough exteriors have the softest and most delicate interiors. And that goes for both sexes.

Section K: God & Religion

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Before you go out there trusting the prophet, can you please spend a few minutes checking with the Lord whether the prophet is still in active service?

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. As we move into the campaign period, the false prophets will also move into their peak season: claiming to speak for God and yet predicting victory for opposition candidates, as if God swings a pendulum to make His mind and casts lots of different days with different outcomes. And when their predictions swing, they won’t come back to apologise that they didn’t speak with God before speaking to us on God’s behalf.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The arrogance and shallowness of the modern day Charismatic. We have a lot to learn from the spiritual men of old as well as the Billy Grahams of our time. Noise, sweat, heat and passion do not make us deep. Our faith is turning into divinitions and soothsaying. God help us repent!

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. We have turned the worship of God into divination. The reason why we don’t have those “magicians” and money-doublers we experienced during my growing up days in the 80s and 90s is that many of them now perform from pulpits and broadcast from radio and TV stations, in the name of the Lord.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. No man is an atheist. The fact that you don’t believe in God is a belief in itself. I chose to believe in God. In Him, I have found my Saviour.

Section L: Passion & Dreams

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. In the work of a genius, we recognise our own unexpressed and dormant thoughts.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Nobody knows your dreams like you do.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. The educated African is the most afraid to take risks on his dreams.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. When you are in a government, a position of public trust or authority, the difference between a gift and a bribe is almost non-existent.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. We are a nation of beautiful intentions.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Sometimes you have to converse only with yourself to be able to hear your thoughts.

Section M: Writing

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Tip to Writers: do not use idioms, similes and such expressions that even JH Mensah and KB Asante have stopped using.

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Tip for Writers: Read.

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. Years ago, I learnt about the power of word-pictures, defined as “phrases we read or write that we can SEE even WITHOUT ILLUSTRATIONS”. They are so vivid. Learn them and use them.

Section N: Education

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p<>{color:#000;background:#fff;}. The part of Otabil’s speech about how others supported his education reminded me of this Nigerian proverb: “Those whose palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble.” Yaw Nsarkoh’s article on education is aligned as well. Finally, Manasseh Azure’s words came to me, that ‘it is difficult to explain the concept of hunger to someone who has never experienced it.”

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p<>{color:#1D2129;background:#fff;}. Many times I had heard it asked “How can an educated person say this?” Literacy doesn’t guarantee wisdom. I have encountered many literate fools.


Quotes by NAD

  • ISBN: 9781370570706
  • Author: Nana Awere Damoah
  • Published: 2017-02-05 20:50:35
  • Words: 8394
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