Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ghana 2, Morocco 0--a Resounding Trounce!

I could hardly believe my ears when I came out of the kitchen to hear that no less than Michael Essien, Chelsea superstar, had maximised the opportunity provided by a free kick to lop a goal into the Moroccan goal, securing our first goal in the match.

Essien has always confused the family: there's alot of international hype about him, but rarely had we seen him perform like yesterday. Oftentimes, we've heard how he manages the battle well in the mid-field, but then it's like he fades into dyspeptic significance. Yesterday was truly an exception--the man reputed to be the highest paid in the world of football really showed his style and skill--and teamwork.

Teamwork,because the second goal was delivered by Portsmouth-based Sulley Muntari, who executed a swift finish thanks to the cunning pass by Essien.

Many column inches will be written about this historic day, when some of the colleagues left the office a tad earlier to go the stadium to watch the match at the Ohene- Djan stadium, and the day when just pasisng GOIL on the Spintex Road, we would hear Ghana's scoring of the first goal, and be greeted by tooting horns, flashing lights from passing cars draped with the Ghana flag; and general hysteria for what would prove to be a resounding trounce of the Morocco.

[picture shows a digital camera capture of a member of the Black Stars team on television]

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Go Black Stars!

Currently waiting 2
get some typically
ghanaian sunday
food of fufu as
takeaway. Am @
eden tree-an
eaterie that has
not been spared
excitement of
opening of Cup of
African Nations,
which begins @
5pm gmt. Ghana
vs. GUINEA! May
the best man win!

Friday, January 11, 2008

As the Week Draws to a Close in Accra:Back to Work, or Driven to a Happy Distraction

It's great to be Ghanaian,and it's certainly great tobe alive!

After being exposed once again to the plushness of the Central Region (Elmina Beach Resort) last December for an institutional retreat, I am fast realising this place is my home -- and I am loving it.

Contrasted sharply against many of my contemporaries, I have had it quite good. Exactly 26 years ago this month, my parents; my older brother, Samuel, and I would find ourselves in Brussels, Belgium to begin life as expatriates -- on the path of a priviledged life that would begin in an apartment in Woluwe Saint-Lambert -- and end in Belgian suburbia of Overijse-Maleizen, where tragedy would beget us with my maternal grandmother, and the untimely demise of my brother in 1991 after a 14-month coma.

When I was recruited in 2004 by my current employers from Belgium, it was nothing less of a God-send -- all expenses paid and obtaining confirmation for the position on no less than my 27th birthday! The turbulence I experienced following my helping of my former employers to move into the centre of Brussels was no mean feat! "Baptism of fire" comes to mind, big-style!

In all seriousness, I have been blessed--arriving in an election year in August 2004, and still alive to witness another one, which is replete with political activities: NPP has a flag-bearer under Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo; NDC has its ever-eternal Professor John Evans Atta-Mills; and interestingly, CPP elected theirs in December, with Dr.Paa Kwesi Nduom getting the nod to represent the party.

It is certainly going to be an interesting year.

Whilst I reflect over happenings of last year in both private and personal ways, as well as the positive developments going to take place, let me take this opportunity to wish all Ghanaians and fellow readers of this blog a STUPENDOUS New Year!

As you might see from the inset picture, depicting Stanbic Bank's sponsorship of some games associated with Ghana 2008, football is coming home!!!


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