USA 2019-4th/5th February 2019

USA 2019-4th/5th February 2019

06 February 2019
21:34
After supper on Sunday evening, we continued to talk and chat. Some did some more shopping. I packed most of my stuff since I was leaving on Monday evening.
Monday came even before we slept…Lol and soon it was morning. I finished up my packing and brought my bags down. We had breakfast and a time of prayer in the big chapel in the house since we couldn’t have mass; there was a burial service at the church. Denis had left at dawn with a parishioner who was going to Washington since his flight was taking off there.
Soon after, the bus came to take us to town. The plan was to take the ferry to Staten Island and back so we could go back to the Pauline bookshop. We opted for another trip since we wanted to see Lady Liberty and other sites.
So we went on another tour where we had to pay $30 per person (minus food). They provided a bus to take us to where the boat was. Then we had to wait forever for the boat to return from the tour. And then another age for enough people to fill up the boat before we left. It was very annoying. And the tour guide kept reminding everybody that there was food and drink downstairs…as if it was free. Fr. Alphonse arranged for us to get some snacks and drinks. They had hot dogs, empanadas, chicken nuggets, fries etc. And of course drinks! We had fun.
Finally, the tour started. It was amazing! She showed us lots of amazing sites: Governor’s Island, Ellis Island, Wall Street, the Brooklyn bridge, The Statue of Liberty and many others. We took lots of pictures and then… it ended.
We had to wait for the bus to take us back to Battery park. From there, we went to the subway to get a train back. Then finally we got home. It was almost 6. We called my friend Robert who was taking me to the airport. He set off to come and get me. We had a pleasant surprise in the person of Fr. Francis Asagba. It was great meeting him. He worked at Good Shepherd in the early 90s.
Robert came around and we went to the airport. We had a great chat on the way. Thank God for friends!
At the airport, I checked in quickly and went to wait to board. We started boarding at around 8:45pm. The plane left at 9:30 as scheduled. I slept, read changes and watched a movie, Patrick. The meal they served was vegetarian pasta with tomato sauce and something that looked like burnt onions. Oh no! I was really hungry too! But I could barely eat it. So I drew the attention of the stewardessbe assigned to our aisle and she brought me snacks. Those were better. Later we had breakfast. I opted for eggs. That was very edible for me. Finally we landed in Amsterdam. Since I was well dressed, I wasn’t cold. I went to check the boarding gate number and then got a seat there. Later I realized I had misplaced my Ghana branded muffler. I probably left it in the plane.
It was an interesting wait. I used the airport WiFi to check in with the team in the US and made some calls. After about two hours, we boarded. We left a little later than scheduled because of some problems with an engine or so. But finally, we left. I watched Sully and Oceans 8, played solitude, some videos about cities and slept. I was really tired. I had rice and chicken for lunch. As usual, I didn’t eat the salad. Later, we had some pizza. I spoke to the lady next to me. She’s a PhD student from the UK coming to Ghana to do some work on Malaria. It sounds exciting. And then, home! My dad was already at the airport. God bless him! Now I was warm because of the weather but I decided to suck it up coz my bags were full anyway. After check out and getting my luggage, we went home. Thank you God!
We had rice and chicken sauce for supper. And then of course, more hugs and pictures. It was great to have travelled but it was even better to be back home. Thus ended Angela’s WYD diaries.
TGBTG.
I’m thankful to all who helped make this journey possible and I pray for God’s blessings on them all. May we always live the words: Here I am the servant the LORD speak your word in me and let your will be done.

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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

Book review of “A Silent Heritage” by Letitia E. Obeng

Book review of “A Silent Heritage” by Letitia E. Obeng

Book review of “A Silent Heritage” by Letitia E. Obeng

I love biographies and autobiographies! For me, they represent an opportunity to see another’s life in technicolour/3D view or whatever you want to call it. And I love “girl power”! So when I came across Letitia E. Obeng’s autobiography in Legon bookshop, it was attractive for three main reasons: autobiography (check), about a woman (check) and it was affordable (double check). So I grabbed it! Yay!

The book was absolutely amazing! It chronicles the life of Letitia E. Obeng who was the first Ghanaian woman to obtain both a Bachelor’s degree and a PhD in Science! Talk about impressive….even more impressive was the fact that she did this while raising three children as a single parent. (Ikr).

One of the things I loved most about the book was the fact that she put her story within a context. So she started from the origins of her ethnic group, talked about her parents and siblings and even gave biographies of her children. As a book lover, this was a gourmet buffet for me. She comes from a very large and illustrious Ghanaian family with her father being a former Presbyterian Moderator and her sister Theodosia Okoh, the designer of Ghana’s national flag. One of her sons, Ernest Kwasi Obeng, was a world famous athlete. It was impressive how all of her children went to achieve great academic and professional laurels.

In addition, I appreciated the detail she put into the book about her upbringing in a large family, her education, her marriage and the death of her husband, her professional life and the various experiences she had. This book was really an eye opener in terms of teaching about times past. (Bear in mind this woman is 93 years old now). I loved the pictures and the way they showed how fashions have changed. I particularly fell in love with her description of her love for African prints and how she actively promoted them. As a lover of African prints, I’m very appreciative of her efforts.

I also loved the conversational style she used for the novel. It’s almost as if she’s your favourite grandmother telling you a story. I felt the love, warmth, pride and humour in the book. Even in the parts where she had to recount instances of disappointment or unfair treatment, you could tell it was more about setting the record straight rather than out of malice. I was teary when she described how her husband died. It all happened too suddenly.

And yeah, I enjoyed her practicality in having people assist with child care and house chores so she could focus on other equally important things. This always seems to come up with some people acting as if a woman has to be superwoman and do everything by herself to be considered a complete woman.

So in sum, thank you Madam Letitia Obeng for sharing your life with us!

Cheers!
Angela Azumah Alu

Happy birthday Annabel!

Happy birthday Annabel!

Dearest Anna,

Happy 13th birthday. It’s the beginning of your teens. I don’t remember too well the details of my teens (lol), but I’m sure God will see you through like He did for me.

You know, even though I’m the first born I was always the youngest girl till you came….and you’ve been an absolute blessing. The “reading gene” seemed to have skipped the boys….so it’s been amazing reading with you…even though you throw my books all over the place.

And of course, you! Your sense of style is amazing; your intelligence is breathtaking and you are generally wonderfully talented.  I really admire your music sense and your wit.

Baby, I pray that you grow up a confident and beautiful young woman….beautiful inside out. I pray that no matter the lies the devil tries to make you believe….you always stand on the word of God and let the devil know that you are a beloved child of the Great King.

Remember that the world is your oyster; you are in control. Don’t allow anyone to box you in. believe in yourself and trust God. Never be afraid to make mistakes; always try. No matter how difficult life gets, always remember that Christ is with you.

Know that I really love you and will always do my best to be there for you. You’re a miracle for me….coz I never thought that I too would have a little sister and get to do all those things sisters did as I read about in books.

I’m sorry for the times I’m not there for you. Always remember that my prayers are with you.

As you work out your life’s journey, remember to always trust God and know that God has a plan for you which He will reveal to you as you walk with Him. I commit you to His loving care and pray that He will always guide you.

Lots of love,

Angela.

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