INTERVIEW WITH THE KUSASI CHIEF IN BAWKU

INTERVIEW WITH THE KUSASI CHIEF IN BAWKU

amazing stuff about the Kusasis….my people

Chaka Orleans Heritage Foundation

Chief,Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoko II

The Team left from Bawku Central to the palace of the Kusasi Chief Naba Asigri Abugrago AzokoII,some of his elders who were seated gave us a little tit bit about the manner in which they greet their chief; upon arrival of the chief, all men rise up whiles ladies sit.

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My rendition of Katy Perry’s “roar”

My rendition of Katy Perry’s “roar”

So Katy Perry’s roar is a pretty awesome song. I like the wordplay and the artistic nature of it all. It’s pretty amazing.

In terms of the meaning, I love the thought of taking your life into your own hands, overcoming your fears and becoming all you can be.

A few thoughts came to mind when I watched the video. So recently, a daily Dynamic Catholic message was about how Jesus turns your life upside down in order to have it right side up. (https://dynamiccatholic.com) Paul and other evangelists were described as the people who have turned the world upside down.

During the Advent/Christmas season each year, we read Isaiah’s (Isaiah 11) message about the world being turned upside down with the advent of the Messiah such that the wolf will live with the lamb and other previously sworn enemies will dwell together. Amazingly beautiful thoughts!

So how does that tie in with Katy Perry’s “roar”? Well, Satan is the abuser who keeps us in bondage and we become tigers and lions (bold) only when we make the decision for Christ. That’s when our lives are turned upside down such that they are right side up because it is only in Christ that we discover our true selves: we are made in God’s own image and likeness and are empowered to live holy and right lives.

May we live the bold “tigerous” life worthy of our calling as Christians, overcoming temptation and snatching souls from hell by proclaiming God’s word to them. Peace!

Please blame Ekow Boakye, I had no idea about this. 🙂

Angela Azumah Alu, 4/08/18

Check out the video for the song: https://www.google.com.gh/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DCevxZvSJLk8&ved=0ahUKEwjFutTWmtTcAhULBcAKHd6nBDgQo7QBCCIwAA&usg=AOvVaw3eZ5wP5Y-sMTaU3-n5RFzS

Reflections on World Youth Day Ghana Version 2018

Reflections on World Youth Day Ghana Version 2018

Hope to see you there!

World Youth Day Ghana

So today at mass, God used the readings to reaffirm what He had already said. That the World Youth Day Ghana version would be a blessing to all who participate and to our nation as a whole. And it made me wonder at what whether we understand the truly historic nature of this event. It’s the fourth version and it happens every three years. So it’s going to probably come back to Accra in some 50 something years. And though I’ve been a committee member from the beginning, I must confess that were times when I just couldn’t see that. So I wept today.

I was very sad when I realized what I almost missed. I mean, I have deadlines to meet…what with work and school…so it’s only natural. But guess what, in the feast of the wedding banquet, none of the usual reasons was acceptable. And same applies here.

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G.E.T.S. Easter Outreach

G.E.T.S. Easter Outreach

From 29th March to 2nd April 2018, join God’s End Time Stewards (G.E.T.S.) in the Upper West Region of Ghana as we share the love of Jesus Christ with the people of Ducie.

Ducie is one of the villages in the Chakali land. The Chakali people are among the unreached people groups in Ghana. With a Christian percentage of about 1%. There are about 13 communities that make up the Chakali land with a total population of about 15,000 people. There are only 3/4 communities with churches. Only about 3% of the population are Christian. The community is very underdeveloped with no good roads, no lights, no network and poor infrastructure.

Our Assignment

We are to share the gospel among these Chakali people and raise support for the many uneducated youth in the communities. To the best of our knowledge, they only have senior high school graduates and no tertiary graduates. We also need to support the few Christians who are mainly old women.

 

How you can help:

  1. Pray. You can join us to pray on Sunday 25th March 2018 at 3p.m. at University of Ghana, Legon.
  2. Join us if possible
  3. Support financially or in kind. In kind, we need used clothing, books for B.E.C.E. candidates and food items.
  4. Any other support you can offer.

You can make enquiries or send donations to: 0244808149, 0242268112 or 0243144739

 

 

Movie review of Skyscraper

Movie review of Skyscraper

So for my friend Esther’s birthday, we ended the day with a movie at Silverbird Cinemas….it was a miraculous happening we give thanks to God for.

We watched Skyscraper. It basically told the story of a guy who had to go into a burning building to rescue his family. The movie made me think a lot. Below are some lessons I drew from it.

1. The crowd of people watching the hero’s every move and cheering him on reminds me of the great cloud of witnesses spoken of in the New Testament epistle to the Hebrews. It reminds us that we have our heroes of faith cheering us on as we run our race of life. And unlike the crowd who only watched, the saints in heaven can intercede for us…because they have been where we are and are now where we are going. That is always awesome to know. More prayers for us!

2. Another lesson that stood out for me was how he made use of everything he had. As a resourceful person, even the wooden leg which is ordinarily a liability became a valuable asset. He made use of duct tape and other simple household items like a rope and a decorative piece. In the face of hardship or difficulty, don’t paralyze yourself by over thinking. Go back to the basics. And of course, pray. God always has makes a way.
3. A third thing that stood out for me was the extent to which people would go. Sawyer, the hero, went to the extent of going into a burning building to save his family. His wife went to the extent of walking on a narrow beam in a burning building with her son at her back to save her son. The main villain went to the extent of burning the tallest skyscraper ever to get the information he wanted. These are extreme cases but the question still remains….what is the extent to which you would go to achieve your dreams?How hard would you work? Have you reached the point where giving up is not an option? Even when it seems impossible, are you ready to keep going?
4. A fourth lesson for me was about the power of information and skill. The building was set on fire because the villain needed information. The owner of the building considered that information his greatest possession and was willing to leave everything else but not that. Sawyer was targeted because of the security details about the building that he knew. His wife was able to assist the police because she could speak their language… that literally saved her family. Question for you and I…in this information era, what skills and abilities are we acquiring?
5. Final lesson for me was about the importance of family, family life and parenting. Sawyer’s wife did her best as a mum to reassure her children even when she herself must have been terrified. She actually walked over to reassure her daughter that everything would be fine. In addition, both of them were very affectionate with their children. They also appeared very close and very concerned about each other. What examples are we setting for our families?
Anyway, enough rambling…hope you enjoy this post!

Cheers!
Angela Azumah Alu, 17/07/18

When He promises you joy

When He promises you joy

Amazing blogpost on Joy by Esther Laryea!!!!

Awolaryea

When He promises you joy stand with your calabash ready to drink your fill. A year ago just about this time , He promised me joy. He confirmed his promise that he’d give me joy. I was badly in need of joy and i held on to the promise with all i had.

Today, I’m filled with joy. I’m quiet happy and at peace and there’s no one thing i can adduce it to. It hasn’t been smooth the entire while. I have no idea what tomorrow holds. But, whenever i feel parched, i quietly remind Him that He’s promised me joy.

I’ll share another favourite

You will keephimin perfectpeace,
Whosemindisstayedon You,
Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3″

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Movie review-Black Panther

Movie review-Black Panther

So I watched Infinity war before I watched Black Panther so when King T’Challa fell over the water fall to certain death I told everyone else he couldn’t be dead yet. Plus, thanks to VLC, we could see that the movie wasn’t over yet.

I now understand what all the hype was about and can really envisage this as a movie I would want to watch over and over again.

Lemme tell you why.

1. I love the way the movie shows “girl power”. From general Okoye and the Dora Milaje(the King’s soldiers) being female to King T’Challa’s sister Shuri being the tech whiz (go girls in STEM) to Nakia being the brain behind ultimately rescuing T’Challa and the incoming ” king maker” being female and of course King T’Challa’s mother being the one who prepares the vibranium mixture that brings him back to life, the movie is rife with bold women who totally rock.

2. Secondly, I love the way it subtly deals with our choices and how they affect us and even other innocent people. King T’Chaka chose his nation (which was expected of him as king) when he killed his brother N’Jobu to save Zuri’s life. But was he justified in choosing to leave his nephew behind? By doing so, he created a monster who threatened his kingdom many years later. As the inner conscious scene showed, Erik was really hurting and needed closure. Could that have been prevented if he had grown up in Wakanda with a loving extended family?

3. Another thing that stood out for me is the theme of love. It was love that made Nakia decide to go and look for T’Challa when she had seen him fall to certain death. It was love that made Okoye and W’Kabi drop their weapons rather than fight each other and thus caused all others to drop their weapons. It was love that made T’Challa take Erik out to see the Wakanda sunset knowing full well that if the tables were turned, Erik would not have done same for him.

4. I loved the various African touches that were added. I saw Kente from Ghana, the lip thing from some other African tribes and some other allusions. Go Africa!

5. When Nakia, Shuri, Ramonda and Ross run away, I’m not sure they really had hope of finding T’Challa. Their hope was gone. However, by going to enemy territory they felt the stood a better chance than staying in the kingdom with King Erik who obviously didn’t want them. It reminds me of the story of the four lepers in 2 Kings. Either way, they were dead…so it was better to move than stay put. What’s the worst that can happen? Sometimes, just move and you may be surprised at how much of a difference that makes.

6. Wakanda is depicted as the perfect African utopia, untouched by foreign elements and so far ahead of the curve, the curve might as well be non-existent. However, that disconnect lead to the creation of Erik’s villany. The power they hoarded for themselves could have helped so many others as N’Jobu and Erik expressed. But their desire to stay separate and their fear of the outside world ultimately came back to haunt them. T’Challa’s passionate declaration to the ancestors is one of the greatest character moments in superhero cinema and reflects one of my favorite Marvel quotes; “With great power, comes great responsibility.” Its never enough to just be…not when you can change the lives of others around you.

7. Another saying this film illustrates well; “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” N’Jobu wanted to free African-American communities from oppression and betrayed his country. T’Chaka wanted to protect his country and instead created a villain in his nephew. T’Challa and Erik aspired to follow in their fathers’ footsteps and created a civil war in a peaceful country. It goes to show us all that the end cannot justify the means. Not when the “how” cause so much pain and suffering.

Well, I have to wrap up now before I write a book…lol. I love the almost non existent sex scenes. There’s just one kiss at that and one which wouldn’t make parents cringe while watching with their children. It’s overall a breath of fresh air in showing Africa in a positive light rather than the usual poverty. There are truckloads of lessons  and of course enough shooting to satisfy people like my friend Joy… Lol.
Wakanda forever!

Cheers

My friend Zuviel contributed to this post so he’s listed as a co-author.

(He’s the resident Marvel universe expert :-).)

Angela Azumah Alu and Zuviel Joshua Naazie