Celebrating AFRICA with AfroBloggers

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Out of the blue, my very annoying sweet sister, nutritionist and chef, therapist and friend; Amma (@MsAnarfi) nominated me to hop on the CELEBRATING AFRICA WITH AFROBLOGERS train, well well well, ain’t that deep? (oya snap your fingers, I did something here.)

 

I recently followed afrobloggers, one beautiful Wednesday evening after I saw them appear on my timeline on twitter (I should think it was Doctor Albert; @al_Bert_ who did retweet them) and they were asking for links to blog posts and poems on LOVE. Caught my attention. I did share one of my poem I did on love, a duet with Naa actually; https://bragiapollohaven.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/366-rollercoaster-days/ . so yeah that’s how I got to know of AfroBloggers and I think they are doing a pretty awesome job of connecting bloggers in Africa and this challenge is a proof.

 

I talk a lot, so you will have to pardon me when I someway somehow somewhere seem to beat around the bush in this post but I will do my best to try and contain my excitement and do justice to this.

 

Chale Amma, thanks for Nominating me.

 

So my Names are Prince Enoch Kojo Afful, but I am more accustomed to Prince, mainly because I’ve been called by that since I was born, even my parents hardly call me Enoch or Kojo, just Prince. You’d be saving yourself the trouble and not try to call me Kojo or Enoch, I might not respond, I always most often forget that those are my names too. Maybe its about time I let people actually call me by those. Anyways I was born and raised in Nigeria, Karu Abuja, to be precise. Although my parents are Ghanaians, myself and my two younger siblings all grew up in Nigeria before we recently moved to Ghana for the first time in our lives (for my siblings and i) somewhere in August 2007. At some point in time, I even started to feel like I am actually a Nigerian. As to how my parent ended up in Nigeria, is a story for another day. But then I love to see myself as half Ghanaian, half Nigeria, and I love to see it as a blessing having to experience two different but almost the same side of Africa. Thanks to growing up in Nigeria I, Yoruba, Hausa and a teeny weeeny bit of Igbo, isn’t a problem for me (doesn’t mean you should start asking me what some words means oooo, you’d have to pay) and Ow! Did I mention while in Nigeria i was given two names, Emeka (Amongst my Igbo friend) and Monday (amongst mu Yoruba friends). To cut the story short, I spent the first 15 years of my life growing up in Nigeria, and it went a long way shaping me, I dressed like them, behaved like them, I even had their accent, a thick one, so much that when I came to Ghana I felt a little bit like a stranger and no one would believe me when I said I was Ghanaian.

 

Having to have had the chance to experience life in Nigeria and In Ghana, I must say that Africa is really a dynamic culturally diverse but amazingly united continent. The Food, the languages, the cultures, the heritages and histories, the traditions and festivals, the Norms all of these diverse in many ways but somehow they seem to be connected, you can actually draw a single line through Africa without a break to show that two or three or four or thousand things that every African Country share, like how I got to discover that the Ga’s of Ghana have a link with the Yorubas of Nigeria (and the similarity in culture is amazingly striking, to think they both have the “silent H” articulation) having to experience life from this two different places, I can for sure say something about other Africans, they are amazing people. Look past our woes, and you will see how beautiful of a Continent Africa is.

 

Africa is really blessed, from all of our natural resources down to us the beautiful strong Africans, we just have to sit up and do things right in terms of our governance, educational sector and resource management, I feel we have delayed in becoming the great continent that other continents are supposed to look up to. But I do have faith in Africa, I mean look around you, we are slowly but gradually taking over and with time, very soon we will actually be the yardstick for other continents. God Bless Africa

 

(I actually can’t believe I am ending the post here, I want to rant more)

 

But I should end so that others will carry on from where I stopped and i’d like to nominate these aweome bloggers as well to continue this train;

  1. @shep_jnr
  2. @_NaaMomo
  3. @M_animah
  4. @_insideout_Oreo
  5. @truecoaster
  6. @_Reedah
  7. @Ozion
  8. @al_Bert_
  9. @NJbraso
  10. @eli_sabblah

I really want to nominate more than 10 (but for rules) but it won’t bite if I add some more . Would it??

  1. @aghanaiangirl
  2. @Okundayor
  3. @mr_Asante
  4. @SwayeKidd
  5. @MrCyrilBanya
  6. @Ms_AAjay
  7. @worthyblvckGh
  8. @Afadjato

I hope I don’t get into trouble for going beyond 10 but hey!! Anything to get people celebrate Africa is worth breaking a leg for. Love you all, ow and you reading this alone, makes you a nominee for this challenge.

 

This is how the award works:

  1. Once you are nominated, make a post titled CELEBRATING AFRICA WITH AFROBLOGGERS.
  2. Your post should share a brief on Afrobloggers and the work they are doing. Also thank and link  the person who nominated you.
  3. Celebrate Africa in the way you feel is more appropriate and in line with your blog”s overall theme.
  4. Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  5. Ensure all of these bloggers are of African heritage.
  6. Lastly, COPY these rules in the post and include the link to this original post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#StateOfMyMind (THE CALL)

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I might end up not going straight into why this blog post was made, if I were to start with my own depression story and currently messed up psychological health I might not even finish. So I will save it all for another time. Till then, let’s just jump right into it.

For the past couple of weeks, you would have noticed that a particular twitter trend, #StateOfMyMind, has been popping up on your timelines, with different participants expressing how they feel, sometimes jovial, sometimes really serious, and we had some very insightful and touching blog posts;

State of my mind. ” Innate Outlook ” http://wp.me/p4ocsD-4z via @kwakuanansee

#StateOfMyMind http://wp.me/p3SFr3-bq via @MsAnarfi

The Importance of the Choice (#StateOfMyMind) http://wp.me/p3lVEB-iO via @_Akotowaa

#StateOfMyMind http://wp.me/p5kid0-c via @sirkaymo

Altogether, you might be wondering what this is all about, and some may have figured out already. But in all situations, this post is to clear the clouds and get some rays  shining on the purpose of #StateOfMyMind.

We happen to live in a society where not much is done about mental and psychological health issues such as stress, depression, the feeling of social exclusion, mental exhaustion and the likes. I could go on with different instances but let’s save it and talk more about what this project intends to address. There are a lot of people around us who are going through a lot, psychologically and mentally but are either;

  1. not sure of what to do
  2. Afraid to share what they are going thru for the fear of being ridiculed or seen as weak
  3. oblivious to their conditions, brushing them off as “just feelings”

Whichever way you spin it, it all boils down to the fact that there aren’t enough structures for us to channel what’s bothering us, especially being ridiculed when we speak out or try to, about the things that mentally disturbs us. What are we doing about it?? Should we allow this to go on?? Should we keep “being strong” like the Africans we are?? This shouldn’t be the case at all, because people are dying from it in all senses (suicide in Ghana is a thing). In Amma’s words:

“Ghana ha deɛ yɛnni time for saa nneɛma no o. Deɛn ne depression ne saa deɛ ɛkekakeka ho no?? Aborɔfo na wɔnnom wɔ saa adaagyeɛ for things like that o. Nti gyae gyimie no koraa na pɛ nsuo bi nom. Kɔm de wo a wose depression!”

such response are cankers and are eating us up. What are we doing about this?

This is why, Ladies and gentlemen, this project, STATE OF MY MIND is here. To provide a platform for us all to speak out and share our experiences with that which “kills”, and to eventually kill

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#StateOfMyMind will be in various Phases. The first phase, the reason for this announcement, is a spoken word video. One in which I will hit on psychological issues like stress, depression et al, and all that I think about it. But this time, I want the video to be a collage of people’s stories too, and their states of mind. By that I mean I want you guys to be a part of this video, with your version of your #StateOfMyMind story in the form of texts, videos, audios, pictures, artworks which I will collate and include in the video. So Ladies and Gentlemen, this is where I make that call. i want you to share your story with me and tell us your state of mind with any of these

  1. video (30secs long)
  2. text (300 characters)
  3. pictures
  4. audio(20seconds long)
  5. art works and photography depicting a state of mind

Submissions are in two categories (you can do just one or all of them, totally your choice)

  1. to share your story and state of mind
  2. message of encouragement to lift someone’s spirit

And you can choose to be anonymous or not. Do send your contributions to:

  • poetykprynx@gmail.com or
  • whatsapp +233-573-875-982,

Deadline is the 30th May, 2016. Lets share the experience together, let’s all take this first bold step of this journey we are about to start.

Before I draw the curtains on this blog post, I would love to use this opportunity to make an open call to all mental health institutions in Ghana and other related stakeholders, to come on board and push the project forward because, it’s about time we tackled this issue. If you are reading this post and you know of any institution that needs to be on board, please do draw their attention to this.

I look forward to receiving your submissions, oh! and don’t forget to share and tell your friends about this. Let’s all be a part of this!

And to close this, in the Words of my flyest Novelist and poet; Ivana:

” never fear that you don’t have a choice; and every time you feel like the breath is going out of you, CHOOSE LIFE, always. God loves you. I love you”

i love you all. seriously, i love you all.

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-Poetyk Prynx