I remember the inspirational efforts of Benin state native in Nigeria, Osaji and the impact he is making single handedly with his Godsent foundation to solve the challenge of every day people. Helping pregnant women get off the streets, paying for the fees of brilliant students to go to school, setting up hard working people on the streets to be more self sustaining and many others. His actions inspire me and his efforts and his use of social media to get help is even awesome.
My heart missed a beat when I was shown images of the Dixcove Methodist Basic School in the Western region of Ghana that is currently a death trap and serves as shelter for many children who are the next generation of Ghana.
So while this is a concern that government should really consider and have it fixed immediately, it as equally a concern of the natives. Today, I want us to look outside of government and see how we can rally support to save this school.
Chances are that, there are many natives of Dixcove living abroad or in the city centers with enough connections to raise an appreciable amount of money to restore the school and champion many other development in the area.
I see that there is enough earth there and I know a company called Hive Earth that can transform that school and build an eco friendly habitat that would be a great learning environment for these kids. The cost of construction is far cheaper than everyday materials, but much sustainable and would serve the purpose.
So let’s not go to the government, let me challenge each of you reading this today to call a friend to call another friend, let’s rally efforts and save those children. Let’s not wait until its too late. When Samuel Kojo Brace did the needful and brought this to the worlds attention, I expected observers from his wall who read the post to all start asking the most fundamental question.
So how do we help fix this challenge, how can we rally resources to fix this. Talk is cheap and if we must speak, at least let’s make it count for something. Talking constructively about it and finding ways to fix the challenge is a sure way of addressing the matter. Now wait, stop, pause and let’s take action. Its all within our reach, we can fix this. Join the #mifridixcove campaign and let’s drive change and development into this area.
Child spotted on the beach at Kokrobite in Accra. Photo credits by Paa Kwesi Inkumsah
Every where in the world, beaches have being a great point of escape for a great holiday to relax, de stress and be in tune with nature.
For me, some of the most amazing experiences have been on the beach. Spending time there and getting up early with my camera to walk a few stretch of sea sand with the coolness of the water massaging my feet and caressing them gently as if knowing what I need is just so refreshing. Capturing the early morning sun rise and again the sun set is an amazing and breath taking experience.
While I have had the best moments of my life on the beach, they have being clean and without the thought of the inhabitants putting filth into the ocean because they respect her. Its very shocking and difficult for people I know outside of Ghana to comprehend that some of the beaches in Ghana are dirty, with a few clean ones. They can’t understand it because it still doesn’t make sense even to me. But I have a perspective of it, same reason why the city center is dirty, the lack of maintenance of our parks and the very poor culture of maintenance generally.
Sitting at the Koral Resort in grand Bassam in Ivory Coast is always full of fond memories, because the most amazing experience I had was having breakfast at the beach and enjoying the view of a clean beach. I enjoy having breakfast in a few favorite places in Ghana, key to which is Big Milly’s backyard, awesome place, great people, nice vibe but still work in progress regarding the coast line. It doesn’t matter how many times you cleaned the coast, every other day, it appears that it found it self with many more trash.
If nature every day teaches man the fundamental lessons of cleanliness by rejecting the filth that we put in our water bodies, I wonder when humanity can understand this principle.
Yes, quite ridiculous that people empty trash in the sea and openly defecate there. While I have struggled many years understanding this, I realized that it was attitudinal. How else can I explain this. So first of all, we must deal with cleaning up the mindset and our beaches will be clean. This doesn’t only refer to the beaches but the surroundings. So frankly, the issue of sanitation is not solely the responsibility of the government. 50% of the effort must come from its citizens and I think that Ghanaians can do a much better job maintaining the coast line.
Ghana is a great country, its people very friendly and accommodating but have attitude that stink just as the stench we create. Let’s clean up the mess and maintain some sanctity.
While browsing social media, I chanced by a few people I am connected to and their connection with religion and their perception about failure. The dynamics I find was very interesting as the conclusion presented a standpoint as though failure is a bad thing and so people pray to God to avoid failure. Well, I think that the awesome things we see around the world is because there has being many attempts that were tried to ensure that the solution was found. The learning curves for me also presented an opportunity to get the best solution. While I won’t play God or pretend to know His mind, I am inclined to think that He knows the best for humanity, reason He allows us to go through myriads of experiences only to make us better.
In the past, many had not seen the power of failure. Let me try and define failure from what I know it to be now from my own personal circumstances.
Failure is a combination of experiences gathered from many opportunities to try and achieve a set objective that has being delayed. Now permit me to explain what I mean by this definition.
When we fail, it means that we understood differently and applied a method that isn’t the best to solve a particular challenge.
The old definition of failure is: A negative, fatal and final result indicating an inability to perform and a lack of success, a falling short because of ineptness,deficiency, or negligence, or bad, bad things that should be avoided, mourned and punished.
Now please permit me to give you the new definition of failure:
A short term unexpected result that reflects a challenge in progress and that provides a stepping stone to success, an opportunity for learning and development or an opportunity for creative change and innovation.
Success Old Definition:
A revered shrine of achievement. An all positive final result indicating: Superior ability that requires no further learning or change, performance that is devoid of flaws, weakness, or failure, or a good thing that should be sought, celebrated and honored above all else.
A way of living founded on benefiting from all life has to offer that is: A long term sequence of life improving results, an outcome of short term setbacks and failures and a process of continual development ,learning and fulfillment in life.
My perception is simply one of a mindset, now for me, this new paradigm of thinking because of the many failures in my life, actually redefined how I respond to certain things key to which is when asked the question, how are you? my response? I am constantly embracing the goodness of each day and welcoming its many lessons to make me better and not bitter so that I can spread my light to all of humanity.
I realize that life is full of good, bad and ugly and each of these experiences are there to refine us and make us the best form of ourselves an opportunity to help us succeed in perfecting and sharping our weak ends. So in my general observation, success and failure are very necessary to live a fulfilled, enriching and exciting life. Its important to learn from every learning curve and see the good in any situation.
Have a new definition based on your life experiences!!