Day: February 18, 2011

I AM AFRICAN… and can you say proud?


I have never denied the fact that I am African

I am actually astonished that some “African” friends deny that they are Africans

They say “my mom is from there but I am from here”

Seriously, Africa does not want you anyways

Because being African is all about pride

No. I am not talking about pride which goes contrary to humility

I am talking about the pride you have that helps you stand out

The pride which will not allow you to say such stupid things like “I am not African but my parents are”

The pride that makes you smile when you hear an African name with 200 vowels (Olabunike Kofi Mamgbe Eduazi)

The pride you have when you hear that beautiful African accent

 

At Penn State I have met AKEEM, TUNDE, EZ, BIRAGO, VICTOR, MAYA, RAHWA, JESSICA, MADUBUIKE, ITORO, Dr. GRAY etc.

These are people who are beautiful (no homo to the fellas)

People who are unique

Because they are never shy of saying, I am from Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan etc.

These are the people I love to be around, because there is no sense of fakeness

I have seen Africans who will hide when they see their fellow Africans

Maybe because they are scared they will scream their African names out

If you are that scared then go for a name change.. its a free country and u probably do not deserve the African name

 

Sometimes, I wish I had a strong African name

Joe Darko seems and sounds white (I was told by friends).. But Darko is a Ghanaian name actually

I want an African name so strong that everyone will make a mistake while trying to pronounce it

 

If I wasn’t African, I bet I would have loved to be one

1. We are cool – what can we not do?

2. We know how to dress – village style, fresh off the boat style, casual, business etc.

3. We have a real world experience – Shoot.. Thank God I lived in Ghana because I probably would have been a lil ignorant

4. We speak a different language besides English (a language which can make people go crazy – especially twi)

5. WE KNOW HOW TO DANCE – i have heard black and white girls say they love dancing with African guys, because we actually move (DUHHHH- WE ARE AFRICANS)

6. We are so outgoing – If you see a stuck up African, please smack them! It is not our style (I see some around here all the time)

7. We are goal oriented – We know where we coming from, hence we know where to go

8. We were bought up by parents who don’t take crap – so we are respectful

9. We are brilliant – I see a lot of my friends and the things they do and I say to myself “only if they know their potential in this world”

10. We love to have fun! — Try hanging out with us, we are LOUD, CRAZY, FUNNY, ENTERTAINING and EXCITING to be around

 

The list can go on and on and on…

One time, I met this girl with a bunch of friends

The girl is Ghanaian but tried to act like she does not speak twi

It got me upset! And you already know how I don’t take crap

I started to talk to her in our dilect right when we hopped on the Cata Bus to my friends apartment

My plan worked.. It triggered a response.. and she had to speak in our dilect

Her friends seemed surprised and said “You never told us u were from Africa”

I looked at her friends as I walked off the bus and said

“She is not.. Real True Africans are never ashamed to mention that they are from Africa”

Left them speechless and dipped!

 

Do you know how many people want to be like us?

Do you know how many people going back to Africa everyday just to learn something about our rich culture?

Do you know how many people are fascinated by our accent?

Do you know how many people love to date an African?

Do you know how many people jock our swag?

Do you know how many people want to hang out with us?

Do you KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO ME AN AFRICAN?

 

There is nothing more beautiful than a dark skinned African

Nothing more unique than an African with a unique style

Nothing more significant than who God made you to be!

Be LOUD, Be PROUD, Be African

“The Worst Mistake Someone Can Make In His Life Is To Deny His/Her Own Identity” – JFC

 

SHOUT OUT TO THOSE WHO TO KEEP IT 100%. Love you all !

 

I AM AFRICAN!

 


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Beauty Is In You


We all walk around the world calling other things beautiful. To me, you are beautiful so long as you see yourself as such. You might be wondering what my definition of beauty is: beauty to me is the inner peace one has irrespective of pressures from the world we live in. The inner peace brings light where there is darkness; the inner peace brings confidence, love, brings truth, charisma, character and brings hope.

Beauty is from within and reflects on the outside; hence beauty is not defined by the looks of an individual. Beauty does not fade, but the looks of an individual is like any perishable item which fades with time.

On campus, I have come across a lot of good looking girls who are not beautiful. They are good looking but they lack the presence of a beautiful woman. Men, will always date the good looking woman but will marry the beautiful ones. Beauty for that matter is not associated with the female gender alone. With my definition of beauty, a beautiful man is a man of honor, manners and character. The beauty of a person is usually what makes that person special and it is exactly what makes that individual stand out in the midst of thousands. If someone is beautiful, you will always hear people say, “there is something about this person – and I do not know what it is and I can not place a finger on it”.

In the real world, the people who have beauty are the people who usually go far in life. Thousands of people can apply for one job, but only one person will be selected. What did this person have that none of the others had – BEAUTY. I have come to the realization that most of the influential people I admire a lot had some sense of beauty in them: Jesus Christ – because of this one man alone, a whole new movement called Christianity started and it is the largest religion in the world. Obama – even though I disagree with some of the things he is doing in office, the man’s confidence and charisma made him stand out against all odds and was able to become the first black president of America. Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, John F. Kennedy are all examples of great men and women who had beauty. They never allowed society to define them and never allowed society to take anything from their God given beauty.

Search your soul and find what stands out (it will always be something good) and that thing will produce great fruits for you in your life time. That thing is what makes you and individual and that thing is what makes you beautiful.

Everyone has the potential to be beautiful!

 

What Can Music Possibly Be?


I will make this short as possible.

Music can be anything to anybody. To me, MUSIC has to be:

M – Magical. Music has to be magical. It has to sweep you off your feet. It might be a club banger, but it has to be swift and like I said, magical.

U – Unique. To me, music can be unique. The more unique a particular can of song is, the better.

S – Sexy. Do not get me wrong, I mean sexy as in appealing, catchy, and attractive. Yes, I am describing like I will describe a cute girl. The sexiness of music starts from the writer to the producer. The music has to be a great tune in a way that it catches the ears of an individual, the way sexiness catches the eye.

I – Influential. Beyond words, music can certainly influence you and give you a whole new mindset and energy on things.

C – Creative. Besides it being unique (existing as the only one or sole example), music has to be creative (coming from originality of thought or expression).

A Ghanaian Love Song For The Love Birds (Lyrics Translated)


I love music! Music easily stimulates the mind and calms the heart at the same time. I do not know the exact ingredients of a good son, but there has to be something about music. I will definitely do a personal research. I listen to basically everything since I am a drummer. I always catch myself drumming on tables or stuff unconsciously anytime I listen to a very good song. So long as a song is good, best believe I will listen to it.

One of my favorite songs is a LOVE SONG. I actually dedicate it to my friends Becky and Thomas. I believe they are in love and have been in love for a while. Anytime I listen to this song, they come in mind or a couple (I know) who are in love come in mind. It is a Ghanaian song titled:  “Obi do woa do ni bi”, meaning, “if someone loves you, love them back”.

The words to the song is something I will be telling my future love. I wish I could sing, because I will write and sing to her the most beautiful songs. The words to the song mean a lot and it is something lovers will appreciate the most.

These are the lyrics to the song in English:

Intro (Slow start to the chorus)

If someone loves you, love them back

In this world that we are in, love goes where love is, so hold me tight

Love is like a mirror, so my queen, look at me.. look at me so I can also take a look at you (2x)

Verse 1

All creations of God walk in pairs

I have searched and found that you are my matched pair

My future, my world, my well being is all in your hands

So do not betray me

Please understand everything I say

And do not allow my enemies to make fun of me

Chorus

If someone loves you, love them back

In this world that we are in, love goes where love is, so hold me tight

Love is like a mirror, so my queen, look at me.. look at me so I can also take a look at  you (2x)

Verse 2

No one knows what tomorrow will look like

So don’t don’t compare me to others or make an issue out of it

I like you the way you are, I love you just the way you are

Do not harbor anything

Because true love is hard to find

Hold me all the time and pamper me as well

Now that I have you, a Ga person will say : “I will go the ends of the world with you”

Hook

Calling: So now dance, and shake it for your love

Response: If someone loves you, love them back (2x)

Calling: I said, shake your self, dance, move your body

Response: If someone loves you, love them back (2x)

Calling: I said I will fight for you, I will love for you and I will die for you

Response: If someone loves you, love them back (2x)

Calling: I said I will fight for you, I will love for you and I will die for you

Response: If someone loves you, love them back (2x)

Chorus

If someone loves you, love them back

In this world that we are in, love goes where love is, so hold me tight

Love is like a mirror, so my queen, look at me.. look at me so I can also take a look at you (5x)

Learning from a map or GPS


One event I like to attend on a weekly basis is Sankofa. Sankofa is basically a Black Caucus (an organization at Penn State University) weekly event where students are encouraged to have discussions on topics facing our community. Yes, people do criticize Sankofa for various reasons; they usually say it is informal, its the same topics etc. People are entitled to their opinion and I am entitled to mine. In my opinion, Sankofa is what it is suppose to be: an informal discussion event, where by individuals can speak their mind. Such events are hard to control and believe it or not such events, if looked with a keen eye, can increase you in wisdom, knowledge and understanding of a lot of things going on.

This past Wednesday, we were talking about Black Supremacy. As usual, the topic moved to a whole different direction. Some students were blaming slavery for every bad thing going on in the black community. Others were talking about how Africans Americans have less of a struggle than Africans. I mean it was good chaos in my opinion. Yes, the topic shifted, but I learned a lot. Every point was a valid because it was based of someone’s opinion. I can’t dispute that. Every point was tangible since I have not been in their shoes; but another great point is how do we move past all these issues facing the black community today. I am not saying moving to a “black nationalist” society, but how do we as Africans and African Americans move past these issues. This was MAIN question which came from the argument. This was the main question everyone was indirectly trying to answer. I will give you my short answer.

“Learn from a map or GPS”. I find it fascinating how we interact with a map or GPS, but we do not carry the same interactions when we deal with things pertaining to the real world. Anytime we are going from one place to another, what do we do? We look a map, find out where are currently are, and where we are going. With a GPS, we simply type in where we are going since the GPS with its satellite technology is already aware of where we are. In life, the only way to move forward is to look forward. The GPS or map does not care where you are coming from. All what you need to know is where you are going and with the map, where you are. Using the map analogy, if you want to be successful, you need to look at your current situation (present), examine your goal (future) and persevere, work hard, work smart, and take risks (route to your destination – success). When you focus too much on the past, it will delay the process, it will distract you and it will eventually discourage you. Your past will always tell you this: you were once broke, so you can never be financially successful, you were once dumb, so you can never be smart; you were once slow, so you can never be fast; you were once sad, so you can never be happy. On the other hand, the future is telling you, “come on you can do it! You can be all you want to be! You can be happy, successful and intelligent. All you got to do is forget the past and focus on me”.

The reason why a lot of us fail is because we focus more on where we are from and we focus less on where we are going. Where you are from is in the rear view mirror. Stop only if it is a cop behind you (you are probably doing something wrong), but keep it moving if it is another driver. Do not be defined about your past, but rather, you should define your future. The only change we can make is what is ahead of us and what we can control. The question is not whether slavery set us back or not. Yes, slavery did set us back as black people in America. It is the truth, and I do not deny it. The question is, are we going to waste our lives stressing over what we can’t control or are we going to work hard and overcome every obstacle set before us? We should always remember the map!