Friday, May 27, 2005

Forget the BBC, Let's Crash Out in Metropolitan Rain!

As I took Fenix for a walk Thursday evening, I couldn't help but reflect on how blessed Africa is, what with its chaos, verdant and panoramic views, and its real-life/free BBC-style documentaries--especially when it rains.

As I ruminated over all this, it did not take long before those flying insects (that come out in droves when it rains) crashed into my face--literally.

Maybe, it's their need to crash into each other just so that they can feel something;-)

More seriously, how many places on Earth are you permitted the luxury of seeing frogs on the doorstep of a shop -- waiting like hulking cowboys to lap up thoise wretched flying insects.

In my book, not many.

Then again, I have only visited a small fraction of the world's countries! But I do think it is safe to assume that at least in the metropolis of Accra, it is rather sure to witness such a a scene without getting attendant poison/venom directed your way;-)

Such is the pleasurable vector of my feel-goodness well-situated on my personal antennae in this ostensibly God-forsaken country.

The adjective has often been attributed by many a Ghanaian to the country, because of what some consider to be inherent corruption, chaos and a general laid-back attitude of public service Ghana.

To be fair, that may be an exaggeration, for the country is creditted as comprising some of the friendliest people on Earth.

So, what are we complaining about? I think like the Brits, if we did not complain**, we would die.

**be warned: Monty Python humour coming ahead.

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Ghana is an English-speaking country situated on the coast of West Africa near the equator. Ghana is bounded on the north and northwest by Burkina Faso, on the east by Togo, on the south by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the west by Cote d'Ivoire. It is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in Africa with a stable democracy and friendly people. Formerly a British colony known as the Gold Coast, Ghana was the first Black nation in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve independence, led by Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1957. The country is named after the ancient empire of Ghana, from which the ancestors of the inhabitants of the present country are thought to have migrated. Many African Americans can trace their roots to Ghana and other countries in West Africa.

Ghana is a lowland country, except for a range of hills on the eastern border. The sandy coastline is backed by a coastal plain that is crossed by several rivers and streams, generally navigable only by canoe. In the west the rain is broken by heavily forested hills and many streams and rivers. To the north lies an undulating savanna that is drained by the Volta River, which flows south to the sea through a narrow gap in the hills. Lake Volta, in the east, is one of the largest artificial lakes in the world. Ghana's highest point, in the eastern hills, is about 2,900 feet (884 meters) above sea level.

The climate of Ghana is tropical, but temperatures vary with season and elevation.

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