Winter ABC Day 17: Why You Should Visit Ghana.

My husband and I embarked on our first road trip together in March 2017. The trip lasted a whole week. I realized that I had not even explored my country enough. I chronicled everything on my blog during the entire trip.

Allow me share with you some of the amazing places I visited through out the trip. All these places and a lot others are just amazing and you will not regret visiting.

Day 1 & 2

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Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Just in case you are looking for an African country to visit, Ghana should be your first choice.

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Winter ABC Day 16: Advocacy (An Issue that Is Not Being Talked About Enough.)

I have been battling with myself on what I should write about for today.. Initially I wanted to talk about bullying or Jaundice in babies until I came across a post from Bex . I quickly had a change of mind, so here we go.

My experience with fibroids started in 2013 . My doctor advised that I get pregnant immediately after it was discovered . At the time, I didn’t want to give birth when I was not married. So I left it and continued living my life.

Fast forward I met my husband in 2016 and we got married in 2017.

Somewhere February 2018 I got pregnant .

My doctor told me fibroids and pregnancy comes with pains or bleeding or both and I could even miscarriage before 28 weeks.

I went through each week in fear thinking was I gonna make it through 28 weeks?

My relationship with God changed. I had experienced Him on another level. The game changer was when my school daughter blessed me with a book called “Supernatural Child Birth”

My pregnancy was filled with so much pain because of the fibroids. My doctor took me off work and put me on strict bed rest in March 2018

There were days I felt really strong and days when I thought I will not make it to the next day.

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Finally I clocked 35 weeks and my doctor told me he will take the baby out at 36 weeks. The fibroids had grown so much that my baby had very little space to grow.

On Monday 24th of September 2018 @2:44pm baby Adwoa was delivered. I was in surgery for over 3 hours after my baby was taken out.

Through it all my husband, family and friends there. All the hospital visits, nights of no sleep. All the pain and everything, especially my husband was supper supportive. When I count my blessings, I count him twice.

I feel that fibroids are affecting many women lately especially black women . I known that some women have lost their lives to fibroids. Let us talk about this more. Let us create more awareness; the same way we talk about breast cancer and other illnesses.

Let us not be afraid of seeking medical help on time.

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Winter ABC Day 15: Addressing The AU

Good morning distinguished ladies and gentlemen. It gives me so much pleasure to speak the mind of the African to you; our leaders on this beautiful occasion. I speak for the ordinary African who lives the daily struggles of life trying to afford a comfortable and decent life that puts 3 square meals on the table. I speak for the African who is going through so much hardship because of the woes of the economy.

I speak for that African who had to wake up and queue just to vote for you to come into power. I speak for the indifferent African who is tired of complaining. For that African who cannot wait to travel outside our beautiful continent to go and hustle anywhere but Africa. That immigrant African who has vowed never to return home to our continent.

You come into power with beautiful ideas all drafted into a manifesto. You preach and paint a picture perfect image that makes us vote for you. But for some reason, there is mostly a quick turn around as soon as you get power. Corruption and mismanagement of the resources we have becomes the order of the day.

If only your motive for coming into power is not to amass wealth but to better the lives of your citizens, our continent would have developed way more than this.

Let me end here by saying that Africans are not asking for the impossible , we are asking that our leaders become more accountable to its people. Create jobs and the enabling environment for businesses to thrive .

Think about the next generation in every action you take not the next election. The spotlight is on Africa, the world is watching. Let us change the old narrative and make our continent better.

God Bless Africa

Long Live Africa

God bless us all

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Winter ABC Day 14: Five Africans Past & Present Who Inspire Me

1) Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

It might sound bias that a woman is on my list as number one. Chimamanda is a Nigerian novelist, writer of short stories, and nonfiction. Adichie, who was born in the city of Enugu in Nigeria, grew up as the fifth of six children in an Igbo family in the university town of Nsukka in Enugu State. She inspires me because I feel we have a lot in common. We both love to write, she was born in West Africa just like me, she is a wife and and mother but she still has a lot going on for her.

I first came across her in a video entitled The Danger Of A Single Story in 2014 on TED . I just admire the fact that she is original and tells the true African story .

2) Tetteh Quashie

Ghana is known to be the second largest producer of cocoa in the world. Tetteh Quarshie was a pre-independence Ghanaian agriculturalist and the person directly responsible for the introduction of cocoa crops to my country Ghana in 1879 . Today, Cocoa constitutes one of the major export crops of the Ghanaian economy. When I read about him in a history class, I was inspired about the fact that he thought about the future of his country first when he was in Equatorial Guinea .

He thought about generations after him. Although he is late, every time cocoa is mentioned in Ghana ,Tetteh Quashie’s name is mentioned .

3) Bozoma Saint John

She is a businesswoman and a marketing executive . She is a Ghanaian who is the current chief marketing officer at William Morris Endeavor. She was previously the Chief Brand Officer of Uber until ,June 2018. She joined Uber at a time when the company was hurting—but her energy, optimism and creativity was a key part of Uber’s ongoing turnaround. Before her move to Uber, she was a marketing executive at Apple Music until June 2017. She inspires me in a way that says ;everything is possible for an African woman. Go higher Bozoma, keep on inspiring other black women.

4)Kofi Annan

He was a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He was known for his love for peacekeeping . As the Secretary-General, Annan reformed the UN bureaucracy; he worked to combat HIV/AIDS,especially in Africa; and launched the UN Global Compact. He died at age 80 last year August. Ghana is proud of you, industrious son of Africa.

5)Kwame Nkrumah

He was a Ghanaian politician and a revolutionary. He was the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana, having led the Gold Coast to independence from the British. I must add that even though there were others who were part of the fight for independence, Kwame Nkrumah is always praised for being the front liner.

Conclusion

Africans all over the world both Past and Present have made or is making history in various fields of endeavor. Let Africans tell their own stories and paint the globe with the positives and success stories of Africans.

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Winter ABC Day 13: Blogging In Africa

Growing up I always heard “if you want to hide something from an African, write it in a book” Africans do not like to read. I always wondered the kind of research that went into this statement before this conclusion was drawn . This is what happens when outsiders tell our story.

Since I got serious with my writing in 2013, I have met so many beautiful African writers. I have lived life in other parts of Africa through the lens of other bloggers . I have walked the experiences of my fellow African writers through their blogs. I have experienced different cultures and beliefs all through writing. The only conclusion I can draw is that, we are same people with same achievements and challenges . That is the beauty of life.

I have been following some amazing African Bloggers and I keep getting inspired by the day. I can not emphasize the fact enough that Africans are amazing writers. Talk about Chimaman Ngozi Asichie, Wole Soyinka,Chinua Achebe, Ayi Kwei Armah to mention but a few. This is proof that if you hide any information in a book all in the name of “Africans don’t read, ” you are mistaken.

Personally, one Ghanaian female blogger inspires me a lot ; Josephine . You should check out her blog. She is consistent with her blogging and I just cannot help but admire her from afar.

Since I entered this challenge, I have met so many new and amazing writers all from the continent of Africa. Kudos to all of us, especially to everyone who is committed to the 30days challenge. We cannot stop now, we can influence the world around us through writing. It can only get better.

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Winter ABC Day 12: The Africa You Never Read About.

War, famine , poverty, corruption, epidemic, illiteracy , no infrastructure. People walk bare footed, the people wear no proper clothes except for clothes made with animal skin. People still live on trees or in houses built with clay. There is no electricity, no accessible roads, no internet.

They ask; “Are you traveling to Ghana? I have a friend in Kenya; say hello to him when you are in Ghana” Yes, a lot of people think of Africa as a country not a continent because their perception about Africa is just that single picture that has been painted to them. It is that one sided story told by non Africans.

Africa is more than what the world perceives it to be. Africa is a beautiful continent. Although the world has categorized us under the developing world bracket, our continent is rich with natural resources . It is not plagued with war and poverty. Yes Africa has its history, but which continent doesn’t?

Africa is where I call home. That is where I was born and bread. I was born in Ghana which is a beautiful country in the West of Africa. It is an Anglophone country. We are blessed with a lot of minerals; gold,diamond,bauxite you name it. We are blessed with cocoa and I dare say that my country Ghana is the second largest producer of Cocoa in the world. Ivory Coast which is also an African country is the largest producer of cocoa in the world. It produces about 30% of the world’s cocoa. The next time you purchase a bar of chocolate or any chocolate based product you should know it is most likely from my continent.

Talk of our beautiful, rich and colorful culture. That alone is reason to attract tourists . Our food and amazing sense of hospitality can be compared to non.

African may not have scored 100% on the developed continent scale of rating but we do not live on trees or in mud houses. We have the infrastructure that makes life easy to live. We do not walk bare footed . There is internet here. We know about technology.

Africans are breaking all colonial boundaries and we are excelling in our various fields of endeavor . We always strive to do so much with the resources we have available to us.

It is dangerous to draw conclusions based on a one sided account. Africa is rising, you can only see it when you are not blinded by your perception of the stories you heard in the past that always portrayed the African continent in negative.

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Winter ABC Day 11: A Letter From Home.

Dear Mom and Dad,

Once upon a time death stole my mother away from me when I was only 15 years. Five years after it came after my father.

Mothers/Fathers Day makes me sad till date. What is a home without my parents ? I badly miss you both. Mom, you have been missed for the past 20 years. Dad you have also been missed for 15 years. A lot has happened since your departure.

They said time heals but they lied. I miss you more every passing minute . You left us too early. You missed out on our growing up. You missed out on every milestone in our lives.

Let me try and fill you in on some of the things you have missed out on.

1) We all made it through school. We are all gainfully employed . Afia runs her own shop in London, Serwaa runs a mother and baby online shop. Agyeiwaa is a fantastic caterer, Dufie is a baker . They both took after you Mommy. Apart from my regular 9am – 5pm job, I started my own business on the side too. So far it has been great ; it can only get better. I also have a charity project called Friends of NICU

2) The four of us all moved from Kumasi to Accra and Afia is still in Britain with her kids. I’m the only one who lives far apart from the rest. But we do get together most often. Agyeiwaa lives with me now because she is helping me take care of my baby Ewuradwoa.

3) All your 5 girls have experienced marriage and we are all happy.

4) You currently have 6 grandchildren. There is Raymond, Marie, Kobby, Ekow, Dromo and Ewuradwoa. They are all adorable and I believe you would have been such lucky grandparents to have them in your lives.

5) You missed out on our graduation, our marriage, the birth of your grandchildren, Christening and their growing up.

I’m writing this letter to tell you that I need you now more than ever, I miss you more everyday. I’m writing you this letter not from the home where we grew up. I’m writing this letter to you from a place my husband, baby Ewuradwoa and I call home.

If only I could bring you back to life. I wish I could see you again. But I know you look down on us and can’t help but feel proud of us. Saying good bye is never easy. Until we meet again, I will cherish every moment of memories that we shared.

It has been God who has kept us till date. The best gift you gave to us was Jesus. We are grateful .

Keep on resting well…. until we meet again.

Love,

Nana.