Monday, August 24, 2009

Just in Case You Missed the Comments on CHRAJ's Anna Bossman...

Last week's post about the Ghanaian media, and Anna Bossman elicited zero comments on my blog, but plenty on Facebook! Food for thought...

Updated on Thursday · ·
Francis Doku
Francis Doku
Good for you
August 20 at 12:30pm · Delete
Emmanuel K Bensah Jr
Emmanuel K Bensah Jr
the new blog has already been set up. The content is en route--so-to-speak: http://ghana-mediawatch.blogspot.com
August 20 at 1:14pm · Delete
Ato Ulzen-Appiah
Ato Ulzen-Appiah
She's on Facebook? how cool. another blog, Emmanuel, wonte gyae koraa! Bravo.
August 20 at 7:01pm · Delete
Francis Doku
Francis Doku
how many blogs do you have?
August 20 at 7:02pm · Delete
Anna Bossman
Anna Bossman
Thank you Emmanuel
August 20 at 9:42pm · Delete
Emmanuel K Bensah Jr
Emmanuel K Bensah Jr
Ms.Bossman, it was a great pleasure! Looks like some people are unaware how Facebook-friendly you are;-) @Francis: blogs I have? That's a tough one. Let's just say I regularly maintain six of them. Right now, I have been very regular on four. @Ato: I am begging for a translation, please; I only understood "koraa":-) Cheers!
Fri at 9:50am · Delete
Ato Ulzen-Appiah
Ato Ulzen-Appiah
hehe, wonte gyae means you don't understand stop. basically you keep on going, nothing stops you :-)
Fri at 9:53am · Delete
Oluniyi David Ajao
Oluniyi David Ajao
Hmn. The media landscape is a bit too mediocre. Indeed, Joy FM (and its sister stations) and Citi FM stand out among the legions of wanna-bes. If only many journalists were not so deeply entrenched in partisan politics.

Good write-up Emmanuel. Keep up the good work.
Fri at 10:12am · Delete
Emmanuel K Bensah Jr
Emmanuel K Bensah Jr
@Ato: takes one to know one, I guess!;-) @David:thx for kind words. Keep the fire burning urself!
Fri at 12:19pm · Delete
Nana Awere Damoah
Nana Awere Damoah
@Emmanuel: I do have my own little testimony concerning Madam Bossman. I was preparing for the launch of my first book Excursions In My Mind last Dec (See fotos of book launch: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=74981&l=87730&id=570051201), and was looking for someone to chair the function. A friend said he may be able to get Madam Bossman to ... Read Morechair, but I said, hey, pls I dont think she will have time to attend. so we find another person to chair. I find her on Facebook, humbly ask that I be her friend, which she consented to. I invite her on FB to attend the launching; she again accepted the invite, joining the events page on FB. D-Day, I am standing infront of the hall, I see a car arrive, a policeman opens the door and with my mouth aping the opened door of the car, I welcome Madam Bossman to my book launch! Biggest surprise of the day, which still thrills me when I think of it. So she is right, she sees no 'small fries'.
Fri at 9:57pm · Delete
Nana Awere Damoah
Nana Awere Damoah
On the other point u raised, I hold the view that we have vy little creative writing amongst our journalists. most of them are just conveyor belts. The minister said, the victim said, the President reported that...bla bla. I am in Nigeria presently and anytime I come here, reading their newspapers is a pleasure, though I think some tend to be ... Read Morevoluble, but there is indeed creativity, fluency and depth in what they write. And there are journalists who are into articles that go behind the scenes, analytical treatment of the headlines. We dont see that a lot in Ghana. And when we do see such attempts, the political innuendoes just cloud the intended messages. We have some work to do, and it shd start when the practitioners themselves acknowledge that they have a deficit that they need to clear to the point of excellence.
Fri at 10:08pm · Delete
Nana Awere Damoah
Nana Awere Damoah
Finally on Shamima, I was privileged to meet her in Nottingham when a reception was hosted for British council scholars in the Midlands, when I was a Chevening scholar then and I was impressed with her; her mettle shows in her work at Citi. Which brings to mind another fine journalist, Marie Acolatse, at Metro TV (I think her surname has changed ... Read Morenow, abi?), also a Chevening scholar. The Chevening thing is coincidental, but my main point is that for both ladies, advance training has had a part to play in their excellence. Komla is another example. Kwaku Baako impressed me always with how much he learns and improves each time I listen to him. There are countless examples of such who have done some more training just beyond GIJ. Our journalists need to realise that strand, their training shdnt end at GIJ. A knowledge of English and access to ink, paper, mic or camera shdnt be the only criteria for journalism. Continuous training and self-development shd be the key.
Fri at 10:15pm · Delete
Nana Awere Damoah
Nana Awere Damoah
Now, finally (hehe, u know when u are sitting under the voice of a boring and lengthly sermon/speech and the speaker says finally or in conclusion, pls dont take him at his word, lol), vy nice piece, I enjoyed reading it. Cheers and menti gyae!
Fri at 10:19pm · Delete
Ato Ulzen-Appiah
Ato Ulzen-Appiah
am i now Madam Bossman's biggest fan or what? :-)
Fri at 11:30pm · Delete
Julius Sowu
Julius Sowu
Am adding my voice to the praise of Ms Anna Bossman, for her work.

Nana more to the point there is no doubt on the creativity of our peoples, you just have to be at any bossing session to know we as a nation have a creativity in turn of phrase which is the envy of the world. Its the freedom of mind which seems to hold us back when applying this creativity, I have always put this down to our attitude to authority, for some reason when given authority/responsibility we tend to defer to our "boss" and as such do nothing for fear of doing the wrong thing.
Thus the average Journalist will not report as he sees it but how it will be perceived, and as in many cases this impacts his livelihood not surprising.
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This independence of mind is missing not just in Journalism, but in many spheres of our community.

I will end with the Ethos that saved my sanity as a young man "yes you can criticise/correct your elders, and still show respect, in fact it is your duty to do so"
Sat at 8:12am · Delete
Nana Awere Damoah
Nana Awere Damoah
@Julius: I agree with you. In his amazing book "Outliers", Malcolm Caldwell calls it 'mitigation speech', lack of assertiveness. I agree.
Sat at 8:15am · Delete
Julius Sowu
Julius Sowu
Not read Outliers but love the title and will look for it

Seeing as you raised Ms Bossman in your thread will give you a personal take on it, as we grew up there were certain oasis's in Accra where one could be a "free minded" individual and the Bossman household was one of these such places, in fact how they put up with our shenanigans at the ... Read Morefabled "box" I will put down to love.

Suffice to say everyone who passed through there turned out to be the most creative people I personally know,and can only put it down to the fact we could "find" ourselves in a society at the time which did not bode well for "free thinkers" and take this opportunity to thank the family for saving my sanity.
Sat at 8:35am · Delete
Emmanuel K Bensah Jr
Emmanuel K Bensah Jr
@Nana Awere: many thanks for ur kind comments. My God, this has got to be the longest comments I have had. I might have to drop in Ms.Bossman's name ini my posts regularly!:-) Nana, am with you on the Nigerian journalism. Though I have never been to Nigeria, our trusted friend, the 'Net, has given profound insight into our ECOWAS neighbours. @Ato: ... Read Morenot to be sycophantic or anything, but Ms.Bossman deserves more commendation than she usually gets. IMHO, her strength is all that you guys have said, PLUS the strength of her character--pity she's unable to use her French so much in Ghana:-( @Julius: if u haven't already connected with Ms.Bossman, she's reading this, and you might just do that! Thx for ALL ur insights!
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