Category Archives: Ghana

FRIDAY WEARS

45133178_44196cfef8_oDoesn’t it interest you how suddenly the sale of  locally made textiles have gained grounds in the market? Not too long a ago one could hardly find Ghanaians especially ladies in local prints in church not even to talk of parties. It was almost as if local cloths were only made for our old ladies. I guess that was because our dear young Ghanaians including myself thought we were living in a modern world. Of course with all the advanced and sophisticated technologies everywhere now, there is no doubt we’re living in a globalised world. But does the fact that we’re living in a modern world mean we should forget every perculier feature that projects our African values including our fashion? Certainly not! Fortunately there has been a miraculous change in the Ghanaian fashion trend. Lots of Ghanaians are beginning to show great interest in the local textiles.166356193_dbeb2edb15_oThrough the initiative of our former president, John Agyekum Kufuor, on Fridays,almost every worker puts on an African wear popularly known as “Friday Wear”. Today, friday wear is not only common to the Ghanian worker but to students as well. Visit the various campuses in Ghana and you will be amazed to see how students galantly walk about in beautifully designed friday wears.

I really will like to congratulate Ghanaians and encourage that greater interest should be shown in local textiles because as I walked along the busy streets of Osu today, I realised that the number of shops that were filled with already made African wear were just uncountable.

This indicates that several business opportunities have been opened to many Ghanaians and the Ghanaian economy is being boosted as well.

MARGARET ODURO

venture capital

inviting  your thoughts on venture capital? how accessible is the trust fund.share your experiences, small and medium scale  companies.lets start the debate to make the fund more viable.

beatrice  agyemang

working at the dumpsite

If many people’s lives depended on it, they had rather die than get involved with it. The mere thought of it could send shivers down the spine of many. But scavenging for scrap and plastics at the oblogo land fill site in Mallam, a suburb of Accra, Ghana may not be that bad. Wondering why?

The income could build you a two bedroom apartment and save you high rents from landlords. It could pay your fees and get you the trendy clothes you have always wished for. It may not be the best if u have to inhale the stench of the refuse, but hey thats what nose masks are made for. Working on the land fill site may not be appealing but it could be worth considering if there are no job vacancies in corporate environments. After all, money from the bank and that from the dump site are no different.

The value is the same.

Kesewaah Awuakye

journalists at training

Twenty broadcast journalists drawn from some African countries are undergoing a two-week training course at Accra in Ghana. The programme, organized by DW-Akademie and sponsored by the German Technical Corporation, GTZ, aims to upgrade the professional competence in business and finance reporting. It is also to empower the beneficiary journalists efficient vehicles for financial literacy and to engender financial inclusion in their respective countries.

P1070577The training also formed part of an international conference on finanacial capabilities in lso in Accra, and attended by representatives of donor agencies, World Bank, African Development Bank some Central Banks in Africa among other key staeholders. As part of the training project, the journalists have been carrying out different assignment projects to especially determine the level of financial literacy among the local people as well as their entrepreneural skills.

Nicholas Osei-Wusu

DEMOCRACY MAKES GHANA SHINE

Ghana is fast becoming the most attractive destination for foreign investors in West Africa. The country has enjoyed a considerable amount of stability for the past fifteen years and this has meant that the country has been able to develop economically. Over the last decade, Ghanaians have gone to the polls twice and have been able to change their governments peacefully. And now, one can only believe that the culture of Democracy is fully entrenched. With the smooth transition from one government to the other and the  current freedom of expression that I see in this country, I have no doubt that this country has a very bright future. Well for those of us who do not  the luxury od Democracy in our  own countries, we can only stand by and admire as the BLACK  STAR shines on her people. But all is not lost, perhaps the rays from  the Black Star will one day penetrate acrooss the rest of the continent and bring about the desired change. I cannot but admire Ghanaians and the path they have taken.

Louis D Mendy

The exprience of a lifetime

The Kakum National Park is one of the wonders that might one day end up in the world records. It amazes to imagine walking on a suspended rail made of wood planks and tied with ropes. The scenic marvel is a wonder and depending on the weight on each plank, the swing or rail does swing from left to right.

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As I trudged on with fear written all over my face, shaking and sweatin, I kept staring at the sky. Perhaps in holy suplication that God would hold me if the ropes were to snap. And the swinging continued suspended in space about 50 feet off the ground. After walking the six bridges we came to the end. Looking back I breathed a sigh of relief, and asked. Had I to attempt the feat again would I make it to the end.

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Judith Akolo

Teaching High School Students in Ghana how to save money

Ghanaians generally are an enterprising people who have been trading for centuries.However,they have not been able to uplift themselves out of poverty.The reason partly for this state of affairs is that lack of financial literacy.

I had an interview with the programme co-ordinator of  ‘Junior Achievement’, Mr. Alex Ofosu at the Calvary International School at Medina in Accra, Ghana , on financial literacy programme for high schools.This programme is designed to help high school students to understand financial issues such as: savings,loans,insurance, and investment. SL270019

Eric Sampson