Happy Independence Day… Ghana

Today March 6th 2014 marks the 57th year that Ghana (a west African country) has had their freedom and independence.

***Ghana gained their independence from Britain on March 6th 1957***

***Ghana means “Warrior King”***

Here is a little history about Ghana…

Ghana was inhabited in the Middle Ages and the age of discovery by a number of ancient predominantly Akan kingdoms, including the Ashanti Empire, the Akwamu, the Bonoman, the Denkyira, and the Mankessim Kingdom. There is archaeological evidence showing that humans have lived in present-day Ghana since the Bronze Age. However, until the 11th century, the majority of modern Ghana’s territorial area was largely unoccupied and uninhabited by humans. Although the area of present-day Ghana in West Africa has experienced many population movements, the Akans were firmly settled by the 10th century. By the early 11th century, the Akans were firmly established in the Akan state called Bonoman, for which the Brong-Ahafo region is named.

From the 13th century, Akans emerged from what is believed to have been the Bonoman area, to create several Akan states of Ghana, mainly based on gold trading. These states included Bonoman (Brong-Ahafo region), Ashanti (Ashanti region), Denkyira (Central region), Mankessim Kingdom (Western region), and Akwamu (Eastern region and Greater Accra region). By the 19th century; the territory of the southern part of Ghana was included in the Kingdom of Ashanti, one of the most influential states in sub-saharan Africa prior to the onset of colonialism. The Kingdom of Ashanti government operated first as a loose network, and eventually as a centralised kingdom with an advanced, highly specialised bureaucracy centred in the capital city of Kumasi. It is said that at its peak; the King of the Empire of Ashanti, Asantehene could field 500,000 troops, and it had strong degree of military influence over all of its neighbours within West Africa. Prior to Akan contact with Europeans, trade between the Akan and various West African states flourished due to Akan gold wealth. Trade with European states began after contact with Portuguese in the 15th century. Early European contact by the Portuguese people, who came to the Gold Coast region in the 15th century to trade then established the Portuguese Gold Coast (Costa do Ouro), focused on the extensive availability of gold. The Portuguese first landed at a south coastal city, and named the place Elmina as the Portuguese Gold Coast’s capital city. In 1481, King John II of Portugal commissioned Diogo d’Azambuja to build Elmina Castle, which was completed in three years. By 1598, the Dutch people had joined the Portuguese people in gold trading, establishing the Dutch Gold Coast (Nederlandse Bezittingen ter Kuste van Guinea) and building forts at Komeda and Kormantsi. In 1617, the Dutch captured the Olnini Castle from the Portuguese, and Axim in 1642 (Fort St Anthony). Other European traders had joined in gold trading by the mid-17th century, most notably the Swedish people, establishing the Swedish Gold Coast (Svenska Guldkusten), and the Danish people, establishing the Danish Gold Coast (Danske Guldkyst or Dansk Guinea). Portuguese merchants, impressed with the gold resources in the area, named it Costa do Ouro or Gold Coast.

More than thirty forts and castles were built by the Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Dutch and German merchants; the latter German people establishing the German Gold Coast (Brandenburger Gold Coast or Groß Friedrichsburg). In 1874 England established control over some parts of the country assigning these areas the status of British Gold Coast. Many military engagements occurred between the British colonial powers and the various Akan nation-states and the Akan Kingdom of Ashanti defeated the British a few times in a warfare against the United Kingdom that lasted for 100 years, but eventually lost with the War of the Golden Stool in the early 1900s. In 1947, the newly formed United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) by The Big Six called for “self-government within the shortest possible time”. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is the first Prime Minister of Ghana andPresident of Ghana and formed the Convention People’s Party (CPP) with the motto “self-government now”. The coastal Gold Coast region declared independence from the United Kingdom in 1957 and established the nation of Ghana. This made it the first African country to gain independence from colonization.

Within West Africa until the establishment of Ghana in March 1957, the territory of modern Ghana, excluding the Volta Region (British Togoland), was known as the Gold Coast region. On 6 March 1957 at 12 a.m Kwame Nkrumah declared Ghana’s establishment and autonomy as the first Prime Minister of Ghana and on 1 July 1960, Nkrumah declared Ghana as a republic as the first President of Ghana. The flag of Ghana, consisting of the colors red, gold, green, and the black star, became the new flag in 1957. Designed by Theodosia Salome Okoh, the red represents the blood that was shed towards independence, the gold represents the industrial minerals wealth of Ghana, the green symbolizes the rich grasslands of Ghana, and the black star is the symbol of the Ghanaian people and African emancipation.

The first Prime Minister of Ghana and President of Ghana Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah won a majority in the Gold Coast Legislative Assembly in 1952, Nkrumah was appointed leader of the Gold Coast’s government business. Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister of Ghana, and then President of Ghana, was the first African head of state to promote Pan-Africanism, an idea he came into contact with during his studies at Lincoln University, Pennsylvania in the United States, at the time when Marcus Garvey was becoming famous for his “Back to Africa Movement”. Nkrumah merged the teachings of Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the naturalized Ghanaian scholar W. E. B. Du Bois into the formation of 1960s Ghana.

Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, as he became known, played an instrumental part in the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement and his life achievements were recognised by Ghanaians during his centenary birthday celebration, and the day was instituted as a public holiday. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s government was subsequently overthrown by a military coup while he was abroad with Zhou Enlai in the People’s Republic of China in February 1966.

A series of alternating military and civilian governments from 1966 to 1981 ended with the ascension to power of Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings of the Provisional National Defense Council (NDC) in 1981. These changes resulted in the suspension of the constitution in 1981, and the banning of political parties. The economy suffered a severe decline soon after, Kwame Darko negotiated a structural adjustment plan changing many old economic policies, and economic growth soon recovered from the mid-2000s. A new constitution restoring multi-party politics was promulgated in 1992; Rawlings was elected as president then, and again in 1996. Winning the 2000 elections, John Agyekum Kufuor of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was sworn into office as president in January 2001, and attained the presidency again in 2004, thus also serving two terms as president and thus marking the first time that power had been transferred to one legitimately elected head of state and head of government to another, and securing Ghana’s status as a stable democracy.

Below is a video of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Speech on March 6th 1957

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Below is a video of the Ghana Independence Song

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Here are some pictures of Ghana today… Hope you enjoy :)

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What you think fellow bloggers?? Comment Below…

Thanks for Reading;

Aisha

By adiakite

Katy Perry… Blasphemy ??

Click on this link below and read… Tell me what you think…

Katy Perry accused of blasphemy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26359917

Ok… While I am not opposed to what is said about burning the word “God” I dont think Katy Perry intended to offend anyone or any religion.

Below is the video its self…

Does anyone think that Katy Perry was trying to offend anyone or any religion??

Let me know your thoughts fellow bloggers.

Thanks For Reading;
Aisha

Sinoloa & Tijuana Cartels

Read this article from the Latin Times below…
http://www.latintimes.com/articles/10066/20131108/francisco-rafael-arellano-felix-murder-video-watch-clown-shoot.htm

WOW!!

Here is a little history about the Tijuana Cartel for those that do not know…

Now that you see how powerful this Cartel really is, what do you make of it??

I personally think its sad Arellano Felix was killed but, when you live in the ruthless life, its only a matter of time when everything catches up with you.

Read this article below…

http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/latino-daily-news/details/report-head-of-sinaloa-cartel-el-chapo-guzman-has-california-drivers-licens/27922/

Ok fellow bloggers… What do you all have to say about all of this??

Thanks For Reading;
Aisha

The Verdict

The Verdict that “shocked” the nation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?nomobile=1&v=2ywTn4961e8

Everyone knows about the Trayvon Martin case.
Here is a brief summation for those that beed a refresher…
A 17 year old boy was walking with a hoody on in an apartment complex when a neighbor felt he looked suspicious. The two had a tussle that ended with the minor shot and killed. The boy only had skittles and a soda… No Weapon.

Self-Defense or Murder??

Look at this video below…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?nomobile=1&v=WtcveaMUJSI

Should “we” be outraged??
What do you make of the story??

– I for one think Zimmerman did not act in Self-defense. He acted in sheer malice and Justice was not served. –

The United States is a country that is looked upon for guidance. If that is so, we must go about things differently. We are in the year on 2013 and we as a nation are still battling issues like Black and White.
The question is… WHY??

The After-Math of the Verdict…

LA…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?nomobile=1&v=HMTdfLoHr1g

MIAMI…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?nomobile=1&v=zjheRO4Xj0g

Oakland… They vandalized a Police Car.

–I am not at all condoning this behavior however, the Verdict has outraged and shocked the Nation. And is a huge eye opening slap in the face–

Now what do you think my fellow bloggers??

Give me your thoughts, insights, comments, etc.

Thanks For Reading;
Aisha

Money… Blessing or Problems??

Charity… Giving… Benevolence… Mercy… Generousity.
What do all these words mean??
What comes to mind when you hear these words??

Click the Link below for a story that will more than disturb anyone…
http://www.indystar.com/article/20130613/NEWS08/306130013/Matthew-Tully-Football-dreams-big-feet-big-mess-IPS?nclick_check=1

Ok so now here is what has happened…
An underprivileged youth needed special made cleats for football due to his large feet. The cleats costed too much for his family to afford so a charity was started. Someone got him the cleats and the charity raised 21,000$$. And the program used some of the money to get the young man equipment and some on other under privileged teens and now the young mans family is suing the program for the money. The program offered the family 3,000$$ but, they demanded it all saying it was for their son.

Ok… on one hand the money was raised for this young teen and the money.should be his… Rite?? I mean the charity was started because of him. Reguardless how much money was raised… its his. It was raised for him.

And… on the other hand… the charity was started so he can get the special made cleats. He got them and his equipment from the program. And the rest of the money is being used to help other under privileged teens like himself.
Is the program wrong?? Is the money suppose to just go to him??

Now think about that for a minute… Who is entitled to the money… the 21,000$$ ??

Look at this video below…

What do you think??
Who deserves the money??

-I personally think that the money should stay with the program. I mean the young teen did get his equipment and everything needed. And the program even offered the family another 3,000$$. And now they are using the rest of the funds to help.other under privileged teens.
Is the program really being unfair??-

Tell me what you think fellow bloggers.

Thanks For Reading;
Aisha

Same Sex Marriages

Same Sex Marriage

Everyone is familiar with the controversy of gay marriage. Lots of people agree and lots of people disagree.
There are actually 14 countries in the world that has legalized same sex marriages.

Lots of people say that gay marriage is wrong because of what it says in the bible. I am not here condoning or condeming but, what about everything else that is says in the bible?? Fornication, Drinking, Theft, etc.
To me marriage is no longer sacred to lots when there use to he shows like “who wants to marry a millionaire” on TV. Hmmmmmmmmmmm………

But, on the other side… I think Politicians are legalizing same sex marriages because its whats “popular” right now. And the fact that they are in fear of losing the majority.
But, is this the right way to go about it??? Do you think these Politicians would be as supportive if their son or daughter were gay or lesbian???
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm………

Below is an interesting article about Same sex marriages in Nigeria.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22722789

Now look at this video below…

**10-14 years in jail for same sex marriages**

Do you think thats too harsh??
Do you think its fair?? Unfair??

What do you think fellow bloggers??

JODI ARIAS

JODI ARIAS And The Death Penalty.

We have all heard about to Jodi Arias case. the lady who stabbed, shot and slit her boyfriends throat. And then she claims it was self defense. But, what was shocking was how could this be self defense and he was stabbed in the back?!?!
Anyways after 2 long years… She was found guilty of 1st degree murder. Now the question is Will she get Life in Prison or the death Penalty??

Watch thIS VIDEO…

So now she thinks the death penalty is “ultimate freedom”??
Does anyone think she is being manipulative?? Is she asking for death making the Judge think life is a greater punishment for her and then give her life??

So the question here is… does Jodi Arias deserve the death penalty??

What do you all think fellow bloggers???

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A Conspiracy???

Everyone around the world is very familiar with the unfortunate bombing that happened in Boston just recently. Innocent lives gone, hundreds wounded, etc.
But here are some other things that have came to light.

WAS IT ALL PLANNED???

A Conspiricy???
Is it true???
Look at these videos and you be the judge.

What do you come of this now??

And let me say right now, whoever is behind this… Needs to pay. Innocent lives have been taken… 3 innocent lives to be exact. And hundreds wounded. I am not in favor of terrorism. But I just think that the right group or the right individual needs to go down for the crime.

Here is their mother speaking…

Now with this information… What do you make of this tradgic unfortunate event???

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2013… And still Segregated Proms

Now we all have heard about the issues that went on in the south… Slavery, racism, etc. the segregated schools, restaurants, restrooms, water fountains, etc. But, wasn’t that in the 50′s and 60′s???
Did anyone expect to see segregation in 2013??
Well there is… It’s still happening in a highschool in Georgia. That’s right folks… Segregation!!
There has been a whites only prom and a black only prom up until this point. This year is going to be the FIRST integrated prom.

WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Look at this video…

Again…. WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

What does this say about the United States???

I honestly don’t know about this country called the United States of America… Because “United” is something we are very far from.

Now here is what it was like 50-60 years ago…

Now… Is there progress?? Have we moved forward as a country??
What do you think fellow bloggers??

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