Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Photo of the Day - Bojo Beach.

Bojo Beach, originally uploaded by Edward Barnieh.

Bojo Beach is one of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Ghana. It has features that no other beach in Ghana or the world can contest with.

Although not a very big beach, it is a great place to hang out with your love ones if you want to have abundance of beach life and sneak away from the busy city of Accra.

The beach is about 20km from west of Accra and its becoming a very poplar beach destination for many tourists in Ghana. This nice beach can be found on your way to Kokrobite Beach.

When in Accra, do well to visit this beach and share your experience with other. I heart Accra!
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Monday, June 7, 2010

Environmental Film Festival Opens in Accra.

 The Environmental Film Festival of Accra (EFFA) opened this year’s festival at the College of Physicians and Surgeons Hall in Accra, Ghana under the themes ;
"Is Ghana ready for climate change?" and "Can Ghana solve its waste crisis?" 

 To answer these questions, the festival will hold two sets of panel discussions at the British Council on 4th and  8th June. The whole event began on June 3, 2010 and will be continuing till June 10, 2010.

Series of environmental documentaries have been scheduled to be shown at the following locations; British Council of Ghana, Trashy Bags, Alliance Francais and the Goethe-Institute. As part of their open air screenings, which attract over 7,000 people last year; the organizers have decide to show 5 films at the refugee settlement in Budumburam on the outskirts of Accra.

Preceding the open air screening at the refugee camp in Budumburam, a concert headlined by Mastretta, a ten-piece chart topping Spanish band will perform together with Kings Jubilee and a few other local artistes. Since its inception in 2004, EFFA has screened over a 100 films covering wide range of issues; Sanitation, Plastic Waste Management, Environment etc. Internationally about 1000 films have been screened at different locations world-wide..

At the formal opening, Dr. Juliette Tuakli, Chairperson of EFFA, said the festival started as a small collection of friends and film enthusiasts who came together to watch films that concerns about the environment.

There was a climate change drama sketch titled "Heat Wave" presented by the Theatre Factory after the  premiere of "a long dry season" a film directed by Dr.Kwesi Owusu; co-director of the festival. This documentary looks at the impact of climate change in Ghana with a focus on women’s livelihoods. It reveals the dwindling water levels at Akosombo; site of Ghana’s hydroelectric dam, significant sea erosion at Keta and threats to the cocoa industry.

A list of Ghanaian made-documentaries which will be shown at the festival includes: "A long dry season" (10mins, Dr. Kwesi Owusu), "Agbobloshie" (9mins, Young Filmmakers Workshop), "Ghana’s Plastic Waste Menace"(14mins, Dr. Kwesi Owusu), "Greening the City" (7mins,Dr. Kwesi Owusu) "Stop the Noise" (6min,Young Filmmakers Workshop), "Electronic Waste"( 10mins, Dr. Kwesi Owusu) and "Environmental Patrol strikes again" (6min,Young Filmmakers Workshop)

Credit: Nii Aryetey Aryeh
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Google-Ghana Event in Accra, Ghana.

Google is on a road-trip across Africa. G-Nigeria Day 2010 came off at the University of Lagos from 18 - 20 February, 2010. It's the turn of Ghana this week.

Google want to meet with
software developers, technology entrepreneurs and marketing professionals at the G|Ghana event..
Google Ghana is holding a two day event aimed at software developers and entrepreneurs in Ghana. The event; G|Ghana - is aimed at introducing developers to Google technology and application development tools and platforms and also demonstrating Google tools that could be useful to entrepreneurs and for innovation.

The venue for the 2-day event will be at "Ghana's ICT Hub";
Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE).

According to the g|Ghana homepage;

Day 1
: June 3rd, 2010 will focus on pushing the boundaries of web applications using Google developer technologies. Google engineers and web development leaders will lead you through one full day of in-depth sessions on the latest Google technologies and hands-on codelabs. The day will also be about bringing brilliant developers together to share their own ideas. There will be plenty of time to meet other developers, discuss ideas and share what you've been working on.

Day 2
: June 4th, 2010 will be full of Google product demonstrations for small or medium sized businesses to help spur innovation and entrepreneurship in the region. We will discuss how to create content using online tools, how to market them and how to monetize. Furthermore we will discuss several tools to better manage your business. Finally, we will host a VC panel to who will share their expertise in funds and launching technology ventures.

Also, Laptops are not necessary but it sure will be very ideal to carry one for LIVE blogging & tweeting. Lunch will also be provided free of charge.

I'm leaving for
Accra tonight from Takoradi to be able to attend Day 2 of G|Ghana. Hope to see you there if possible...!
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ghana Black Stars Going Forward or Backward?

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 After yesterday's 4-1 thrashing of the Ghana Black Stars by the The Flying Dutchmen from the Netherlands; I'm more than convinced that, the Stars need to sit up, be focused and face the realities of their next friendly before the tournament starts.

I can boldly say; the Dutch side were disciplined and affirmed coach Marwijk’s belief that he already knows his starting eleven. This should give Coach Milovan Rajevac a chance to re-think on his starting eleven and eliminate all those who don't qualify to start. I was very surprised, Portmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng wasn't featured in yesterdays game? 

As much as I like football [soccer] and also a die-hard Chelsea FC fan, I wouldn’t say I do support the Ghana Black Stars that much. Yes, don’t be surprised this is coming from a patriotic citizen like me. Even though their performance at the Africa Cup of Nations in January was a bit OK, I still can’t bank my hopes on them at the World Cup in South Africa from next week…

The current squad without, Michael Essien, Stephen Adams, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Haminu Dramani, Bernard Kumordzi and Laryea Kingston makes Team Ghana not a sure choice for my support in the competition. I believe Coach Milo have reasons for his choice of players, no matter what.

Ghana have been drawn in Group D and will face Australia, Germany and Serbia with their first group stage match against Serbia in Pretoria on June 13, 2010.  The 23 players the gaffer has named is very cool. Not”cool” as in the best squad we could have assembled, but”cool” as in it being the best out of a bad situation ....More

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