Tuesday, 29 December 2015




Authored by Sampson Adotey Jnr

"When you realise from birth, that no one owes you a dime, you are set to survive the storms of life" - Sampson Adotey Jnr

Do you get easily disappointed when both inactions and actions of man is contrary to your expectation?

Do you get easily angered?

Does the frustrations in your environment cause you to fret?


Some weeks ago, I happen to have been selected as part of a few for a training program. One of the numerous lessons I want to share with you today is the lesson of life: NO ONE OWES YOU ANYTHING.

When you are birthed, your survival depends largely on your parents. However, at some point in your life(adulthood), you need to realise that no one owes you anything. Personally, I have had several disappointments. This was because, my expectations we largely not met by relatives, family, friends and colleagues at work.
Many people have the perception, that probably their dad or someone somewhere has to give him/her a monthly stipend by force! Or owes you a job or something.

2015, has come with several disappointments and I can list a number of them to myself. I believe you can do that too. However, we ought to learn from these disappointment.
There are lessons we learn from financial difficulty, betrayals by friends, a cheating boyfriend/girlfriend or even a NO from a relationship proposal.

I want to encourage you today reader, to have the NO ONE OWES me mindset. It causes you to build walls against disappointment and also causes you to strive to engage in legitimate thoughts and actions that would lead to you realising your purpose.

Don't worry if she turned you down
Don't worry if you failed that paper after contributing in class
Don't worry if your siblings don't support you financially or anyway
Don't get disappointed because things are bad low

Identify the gifts you have
Try to introduce self change mechanism into your lifestyle
Drop the friends that don't help
Trust more in God
Be solemn and pursue that dream.


I love you and pray that you reflect on these words!


Bibiara bey3 fine

Monday, 28 December 2015


How far are you willing to go?
How wide are you interested in searching?
What are you unique challenges?
Your dad might not have a regular job or perhaps you share your chamber and hall residence with 8people.
Shy of this? Naah.. others have been through worst. I met a young surgeon back in shs who lost his dad at age 4 with just his mum catering for in a mud single room residence somewhere in the Dangbe area. How did he become a surgeon?

He had scholarship throughout his education. He knew nobody but made studying his priority. With his unflinching faith in God, he ended up as not only a surgeon but as the youngest in his specialty.

I am unaware of the gigantic situation confronting you and your family but tell you what. I have one of my own. One or more that makes me sleepless at night. One that makes me want to fight hard against and defy the odds.

What do you succumb to?
The evil men show you? The poverty ridden situation you find yourself in?
A sinking G.P.A?
The relationship that keeps holding you back?
That guy/lady who would not let you have your peace?

Recite these words with faith meaning NOW/ SING IT; (A little prayer)

Come inside my heart
Come inside glorious
Come inside spirit
There's nothing more, there's nothing less
Come inside my soul
Come inside my glorious
I can make you whole
Want nothing more nor nothing else
Beautiful spirit
Wonderful spirit
Marvellous spirit
(Culled: MOVIE-"LIFTED")

Most times, that small ounce of faith can get the spirit lifted. Go on your knees and say a prayer.

#3 days to the 2016
There is a lot to think about. Conduct a self-appraisal and ask God to charter a path and then follow.

The love I have for you is DEEP!

Enjoy your day. Good morning.



Sunday, 27 December 2015

3 F'S and 1 S

As 2015 comes to an end i want to share some important keys we ought to have in other to succeed in the following year(that's if you don't have them already). Even if you do, please spend sometime to ponder over them and perhaps there could be some changes you would need to make or some improvements you might want to consider.

lets go!

The 3 F's and 1 S.

In this fast changing world, many extended family units are breaking down to nuclear family units. considering the fact that this post is not an academic essay i wouldn't want to argue its merits and demerits. however, `its important to note that considering the constant reliance of mass media on loads of foreign content, we are gradually losing the importance of family. Most youth of our days spend so much time with our phones and television or internet which is peculiar to our age and time. The family offers very good opportunities for socialization and also networking. In the days of our grandparents, families relied on each other for support and resources. For instance, family A could offer family B a plot of land to farm because of long standing friendships and bonds but based on trust. A lot has changed, today even at funerals, weddings etc jobs are been contracted. How, its about networking. Sometimes you need to pay attention to the family and see it as a network. Get close to the family, get to know their friends, spot one or two people who you think can help and pitch a plan to them or tell them about what you do, seek advice and work your way to the height you are seeking to attain.

Are you oblivious about the consequences of the choices you make when it comes to food. Some foods can kill! Wondering why food is important? try drinking from a fractured well and see if you would survive without been told of your intestine "corrupting". In other to succeed in 2016, you need to watch the kind of food you eat. Some foods make you fat and lazy. They add absolutely nothing but trouble to your human system. You know them, so WATCH OUT.

- Friends:
I recall my mum beating the 'hell' out of me anytime i sneaked out to play with the area boys. My parents never encouraged me associating with them. They were older and their bones were/are ''hard". They believed their company was bad for me and would always ensure they either kept me in doors reading a book cover to cover or sleeping. In tamale, where i spent most vacations, my friends were the folks from Dad's office. I learnt how to ride a motorbike in his office compound. I became tech savvy there too. I gained the trait of empathy and acquired a sense of purpose from the lessons i learnt during the travels i made with him to most rural communities. I did enjoy the tutelage. Back in Accra, i made some friends in my Alma mater and i must confess, they have been really good just like the one's i made in University. My advice to you is to carefully and jealously select friends. They can make and unmake you.  A quick referral is the television series "things we do for love" and currently "yolo". There are classical case studies there.


S- Shelter

If you live with your parents then you might consider this as a bullet or a guide for the future. I believe that sometimes the places where we choose to live our lives has a lot of influence on our lives. it includes the type of building in which we live. whether a shared apartment or a semi-detached flats, it could be your key to a comfortable life or a miserable life. if you rent a room in a very noisy neighborhood or a compound without making the necessary background checks, consider yourself doomed. Never put your safety at risk. In making a selection of the place you want to stay, you might want to consider asking for help from family,friends or research on the internet. Always know who you are, what you want and how much you can afford.

That's all i can share with you today. I encourage that you share this with your network and also give me feedback as well. 

Thank you for reading!

Saturday, 8 August 2015


For a while now i have been thinking and i got lost on one of my thinking escapades as i flashed back my days in Primary/Basic School. Have you read my post on WHY I STOPPED LITTERING IN CLASS SIX?

During my days in primary school, there was this system of grouping which was aimed at ensuring not only good behavior but sanity as well. The system of check which i guess has gone missing in our schools. Wow! Those days were superb. None wanted to be the losing SECTION. 

Welcome! to my primary school days where there once existed the SUPREME SECTION SYSTEM...

It was one of our fresh days in class six and we had to be grouped into colours. I guess that's where i fell in-love with GREEN. This is how the system worked. There were rules and it included sweeping your allotted plot on time before silence hour. We were also made to sit according to colours and if your teacher caught anyone messing up or talking in class you would loose marks from your daily score which would be culminated by midday Friday for the special assembly on Friday. During the assembly we gather this time not according to our classes but colours. It was very interesting and most of the time the LOSING SECTION WAS- yellow! 

I don't know why but they always lost. During Physical Education periods marks were also given to sections who had their sportsmen excelling. The section system was gradually molding us to not only law abiding and hardworking studious pupils but also sharping us to be very responsible and accountable people. It was simply amazing. Whilst i know some people hated the experience i don't think it did any harm to anyone. There have been a lot of testimonies from my friends on how useful the system was. 

Today, Ghana is faced with a lot of problems, children been disrespectful, violent and carefree. We are also faced with big issues when it comes to sanitation and hygiene- COULD IT BE AS A RESULT OF TAKING AWAY THE SECTION SYSTEM? During my internship at Joy News last summer, i got exposed to some serious health threats in some areas where basic schools were located. Children in some parts of the capital city don't care anymore about scrubbing the washrooms they use. Unlike our days where the last on the score tables of the section system was either made to scrub or weed WHICH has helped us to be responsible adults today.

Kweku Sintim-Misa also known as KSM ( King of Satire in Ghana), in his letter to the Youth has entreated us to change the MEMO, i have started what of you? 
If you are a Head of any institution or you know one, please do whisper into his/her ears '' Bring OUR SECTIONS BACK''

Tuesday, 28 July 2015


July 28, every year is observed as world hepatitis day. the day is aimed at raising global awareness of hepatitis thus a group of infectious disease known as Hepatitis A,B,C,D and E. It is also encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. World Hepatitis Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization. Approximately 500 million people worldwide are living with either Hepatitis B or C.
A free screening exercise was held today at the Radaach Lodge and Conference Center in Tamale for the people of Tamale and its environs. The team, made up of 5 doctors and 10 nurses and other health personnel. The team screened over 500 people today and gave counselling as well.
According to health experts, if left untreated and unmanaged, Hepatitis B or C can lead to advanced liver scarring (cirrhosis) and other complications, including liver cancer or liver failure. Dr. Nii Ayeh, Vice President of the Hepatitis Society of Ghana, indicated that today's screening exercise is the first of its kind in the Northern Region and was held under the theme: " PREVENT HEPATITIS, ACT NOW".
Remember Hepatitis B is curable.
But Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting primarily the liver, caused by the hepatitis C virus. The infection is often asymptomatic, but chronic infection can lead to scarring of the liver and ultimately to cirrhosis, which is generally apparent after many years. In some cases, those with cirrhosis will go on to develop liver failure, liver cancer. HEPATITIS C KILLS FASTER!
Visit the nearest Health Centre to test now and lets SAVE LIVES.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


Education is key for development. However, access to good, quality education hasn't been the lot of many people in most parts of Ghana. Unfortunately, my trip on the Reach Beyond Outreach program has revealed to me that there still exist some ''schools under trees''. Jangbaragayili is a community in the Central Gonja District of the Northern Region located about 29 km away from Tamale heading to Kumasi on the Kumasi-Accra road. The community is faced with a lot challenges and education is no exception. The school currently has a two-room structure with a third been a tent made out of straw. During the raining season, teachers and students have to scramble for the little space available.In an interview with the assistant headmaster, he revealed that this structure accomomdates pupils from class 1 to class 6. Student without furniture have to lie on their belly to read and study. He made a passionate appeal for urgent help to salvage a situation which he describes as has no end in sight.(If you read this post and you are interested in helping please contact me and i would be glad to assist with further details)

Saturday, 11 July 2015


The workshop kick started with a prayer by the facilitator Joseph Kebbie after which he welcomed us to the training program.
Joseph Kebbie
Zooming straight into the workshop he highlighted on the word IMPOSSIBLE which he read as I'M Possible. He explained that the word IMPOSSIBLE does not exist in his dictionary and shouldn't exist in that of the participants too. He explained that ''with God all things are possible'' so if we were created by God then we are possible. He challenged the workshop participants to get rid of the mindset of IMPOSSIBILITIES and put on the mindset of 

He went further to delve into the main subject of the day- SUSTAINABILITY.
He revealed that sustainability is in three forms and it includes SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY,ORGANIZATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY and FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY. He went on to explain each of the forms and highlighted majorly on how a radio station can take advantage of that. For social sustainability, he shared the importance of community ownership,quality of programs and the development of good local content. In terms of organizational sustainability, he shared that a good organizational structure, a clear framework for internal regulation, strategic planning, dynamic and inspiring management and leadership.

It got so interesting when we got to the financial sustainability segment. Joseph then asked the BIG QUESTION: IS THERE MONEY IN TAMALE OR NOT? 
The whole room came alive with two schools of thoughts certain. THE YES and NO. Participants then advanced their points.

Before break the two schools battled it out to convince each other if indeed money was in tamale. Joseph led the discussions and it took a different turn when the guinea fowl business analogy became the topic of the day.Mrs Kebbie chipped in her perspective about wealth existing in the city of Tamale. She says, though its her first visit in Tamale, she has noticed so much business potential in the city for instance the coal/charcoal business.

Joseph explained that instead of running on where the spirit leads the organization, one needs to have a realistic budget. Don't have more expenses than income. An effective financial management structure cannot be over emphasized. There must be a good step by step strategic plan.

Time for BREAK. Guess what, i am bringing you the action. ta da!

Wow, the participants's food look very delicious.
After the break, Joseph raised the question, 'How many of you rear chicken?' which brought us back to the guinea fowl analogy. He decided to answer the question about making money in Tamale saying, "If there was no money in Tamale, would the Chinese be here". Joseph made it clear to us that, after we have talked about everything pertaining to radio, we would discuss entrepreneurship. 

We then went straight to talking about funding sources for a radio station such as community based fund generation, commercial side activities, sponsorship, state funding, partnership, donations, advertisement. He broadened the participants minds with different avenues of generating money for a radio station while adding value to the community. He also talked about looking for sponsors for the radio station.
The participants were motivated that the radio station was not the building people see but rather the people that run the station

It came to the participants attention that radio stations tend to target the few big companies in Ghana than the market women we find everywhere around us. Joseph gave us the Sustainability formula: 
  1. Great Program IDEAS + Great Delivery = More Listeners. 
  2. More Listeners * Great Marketing Team = Interested Businesses 
  3. Interested Businesses + Advertisement = Happy Station
This formula in addition to clear communication between presenters, management and listeners of the radio station would then make a Sustainable station. 

A concern raised by a participant was that there needed to be transparency between management and staff/presenters of the radio station and that as the listener rating of a radio station decreases, then they would need to focus more on getting them back. An encouragement was given by Joseph for him to try the formula. Joseph then directed the workshop into the more practical side where we looked at a case study about another community radio station in India, similar to BISHARA, and what they did to become sustainable. 

We saw that, the radio station in the case study charged $0.10 for 5 mins of  advertisement every hour for 12 hours.  Imagine they had 15 clients, now you do the maths; one thing is sure that they would generate a lot of money. The discussion became alive when the issue about unnecessarily long adverts that people brought to the radio station and their unwillingness to pay for it being aired. 

Let's pause a while for a 5 minutes break...
Now for the last part of the workshop Participants minds were stretched when a little maths was done in the case study:

After which a little entrepreneurial advice was given by the workshop facilitator who urged us to think beyond and outside the box of just making our lives so routinized but to think of businesses that would make profit but link the radio station and add value to the community. We should not be scared of the future but we must be ready to take risks, we should look at life squarely and say, I AM POSSIBLE. 

With this statement and a closing prayer our facilitator brought the workshop to a close. 


( thanks Van for helping me finish, follow her on facebook; Vanessa New Creation Aryee ;-) )


What would make you change your mind and attitude towards the job you are doing.

Is it money?

Is it the amount of time you get to rest or spend time with family?

One question that has been on my mind, would you leave your job to heed to a calling to go into missions?

Today I tell the story of Pastor Jacob Owusu, a former  magician now an evangelist who goes on missions to very deprived and "overseas" areas in Ghana. Currently residing in Jangbaragayili in the Central Gonja district of Ghana, where the people don’t have access to bibles, he engages the community to knowing the truth about the gospel and is happy about his calling.

I was lucky to have come across this beautiful missionary burning with the fire to spread the gospel and his story has inspired me.

Please follow this link https://soundcloud.com/sampson-adotey-jnr/pastory-owusu  to listen to his 11mins story and your life would never be the same. If you are interested in supporting his mission please send me a mail on skadotjnr@gmail.com. 


Tuesday, 30 June 2015


Ever heard of Salaga? what comes into mind when you hear of Salaga. Is it the slave trade market? On 26th of June, 2015 i rushed at dawn to the metro mass station after i realized i was 30 mins late to getting a ticket. Fortunately for me the bus was delayed for two hours for reasons my inquiry proved futile. We set off at 8:40am and arrived exactly 3 hours later. 


One hundred and twenty kilometres to the southwest of Tamale is Salaga, the capital of the Gonja East District which used to be the biggest slave-trading center in Northern Ghana.

The original slave market was moved south from Salaga to a settlement called Kafaba. Unfortunately, much of Kafaba is now under the Volta Lake. The present road from Tamale to Salaga is rough terrain. Salaga has a pond called “Wonkan bawa” (a Huasa word meaning “the bathing place of slave”) and a young Baobab tree in what used to be the Slave Market.

This existing Baobab is a replacement for an original tree to which slaves were chained and displayed as wares for sale. Merchants from farther north and the forest regions of the south would come and barter salt, cola nuts, cowries, gold, and Europeans drinks for slaves. This historical market presently doubles as a public transportation terminal.

So i visited some volunteers on my trip to salaga. Volunteers Ghana is currently undertaking an outreach project in the Gonja East district. These volunteers shared their experiences with me and after several hours of interview i had a ride from the base camp of the leadership of Volunteers Ghana. Check out my amateur video.


Monday, 29 June 2015



 My heartbeat Akosua Boahemaa -:),

 It’s been a long while since fate separated our ambitions. How are you faring and how are my in laws?
I really miss seeing you and especially the beautiful things you do when I am around you. It’s chilly over here and guess what I have been wearing clothes on top of clothes. Do you now get the reason why I always wished you were here?
I go to the park mostly alone and I am forced to take up two jobs just to keep myself busy and occupied. My new jobs is very interesting and guess what, it’s voluntary. You remember the last event we attended at the AICC, and the decision you helped me make towards that dream of serving my community.
As a lawyer and an advocacy journalist, I mostly deal with big corporations especially the effects of their operations to the environment and how we can impose restrictions and fines on them when they flout any of the international protocols when it comes to protecting the environment.
Babe, the kids at this center are so amazing and intelligent. It’s as if they were born with positive attitudes towards ensuring a clean environment but my pal from Japan doesn’t share that thought though. XIN CHANG says in his country the responsibility of ensuring a clean environment is nurtured through training from infancy of a child and I want to belief that’s the same over here too. He is kind and has given me some products of recycled materials. Mind you,I am bringing them home- I don't want to use then J..I have been thinking and having sleepless nights. I want to come home and I know this would excite you. Yes!! We have got to have kids of our own but the feeling that our lot as a country might not be anything to brag about is something that hurts me as a citizen. I have started some savings though for that project but I need your assistance in getting this done. You know how difficult getting capital is. Join me save towards this. When we have kids of our own we would instill in them this attitude and many forward looking ones too.
Not forgetting the amazing thing you are doing with your clothing line. I am so proud of you and can’t wait to have my latest kente sewn by you. Though an HR Manager, your passion to do something with your hands just like my Mum drives me crazy. Hopefully, we would visit mum together on my return and I am very sure we would have to name your fashion house after hers and still maintain your trade name.
Just before I go, I hope you are educating people about the effects of littering and irresponsible behavior? I am eager to see how your company is dealing with waste especially after my proposal was accepted by your board. Possibly we could make some modifications too. I can’t say bye without my usual tagline



Kofi Tigbonka

Friday, 26 June 2015


TIgBoNkA: WHY I STOPPED LITTERING IN CLASS 6: Recently i read a letter to one Serwaa written by Manasseh Azure Awuni about reasons why he would wash her pant. Not many people would do t...


Recently i read a letter to one Serwaa written by Manasseh Azure Awuni about reasons why he would wash her pant. Not many people would do that though. This got me thinking and made me assess my life. Especially if i have done anything out of love or obligation which has had a lasting effect on my life. Today i want to share WHY I STOPPED LITTERING IN CLASS 6!

Back in the days of basic school education was very funny and bubbly. I really did enjoy my days in school because aside learning in the classroom, i had the opportunity to join the school band where i learnt to play music instruments and play with the mass band on independence day. However, one thing that i must confess kept me lively was the thought of meeting her every morning at assembly. She was the girls prefect, very intelligent and beautiful. She was my CRUSH, she was the talk of campus and every guy was interested in ''befriending her". Her name is Hamida and she was in Block 5 class 6 when i first spotted her. I was in Block 1 too and her classroom was next to mine. Before then i had interacted with her severally and i must admit that i was always shy of approaching her. 

Nosy as i am i did my own investigation about her. Where she lived, what she liked and all that.... On one occasion when i had the opportunity to talk to her i really smiled the whole of the day. I always made it a point to use our land-line phone in calling her and soon My dad noticed a particular number on the monthly bill. Soon i had to come up with a different plan(cover-face).

Later on another occasion i had a shock of my life when one day during one of my usual visits to her class i noticed that she dropped a toffee wrapper in side pack of her bag, i queried and she shyly said its no big deal. Initially some of her friends had said to me its a habit of hers and they have been complaining. I decided to have a look and to my surprise she had kept wrappers,toffee sticks,sachets and plastic waste in there. Her reason was not brought up to litter. She would always keep these until she found a dustbin to dispose them off. She was always particular about waste disposal and this CHANGE ME. I was a notorious littering expert just like many of the pupils in my school since we thought it would be swept off and later dumped in the rubbish pit and burnt.


I Have no idea what is stopping you from making a decision to stop the habit of littering our environment. LETS ALL MAKE IT A POINT TO STOP LITTERING TODAY for a safer society!

#watchout for my video on how to keep waste in a side pack

Sunday, 21 June 2015


In recent times, especially the aftermath of the unfortunate flood and fire incident, we as a people have come to appreciate the need for attitudinal change. Day to day, we walk past several heeps of waste on our streets, neighbourhood or even workplaces. As a people we have wasted too much time on complaining about the ills in society and i want to suggest that we waste time instead on waste. 
Waste recycling has been recommened by several experts as one of the ways to solve Ghana's increasing and worsening sanitation situation. What is recycling then? Recycling is a process to change waste materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling).Though Ghana has not banned plastics, governments over the years have taken some steps to curb the plastic menace. For instance in 1996, the government tasked the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to explore the feasibility of a plastic recycling programme in the country.

I think the first thing to do as a country if we really mean business in solving the issue of sanitation is the formulate and enact a law just like our brothers in Japan have and this first step is very important to encourage and serve as a road map for a cleaner Ghana. The following are the reasons why we must recycle/ why we must waste time on waste:
1. Good for our economy
American companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products.

2. Creates jobs
Recently my boss at work received a book from a friend in Japan which was a recycled product. Today whilst we face unemployment challenges, jobs can be created in this sector to cater for the employment deficit.

3. Reduces waste
The average American discards seven and a half pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into to landfills, where it's compacted and buried.

4. Good for the environment
Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.

5. Saves energy
Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials. Manufacturing with recycled aluminum cans uses 95% less energy.

6. Preserves landfill space
No one wants to live next door to a landfill. Recycling preserves existing landfill space.

7. Prevents global warming
In 2000, recycling of solid waste prevented the release of 32.9 million metric tons of carbon equivalent (MMTCE, the unit of measure for greenhouse gases) into the air.

8. Reduces water pollution
Making goods from recycled materials generates far less water pollution than manufacturing from virgin materials.

9. Protects wildlife
Using recycled materials reduces the need to damage forests, wetlands, rivers and other places essential to wildlife.

10. Creates new demand

Recycling and buying recycled products creates demand for more recycled products, decreasing waste and helping our economy.

The cleaner our streets and homes, the safer we become.

Saturday, 20 June 2015


In recent times northern Ghana seems to be one of the fastest growing areas in the country. A lot of progress and strides have been achieved. You might have seen them on your screens in Indian movies back on TV3 or perhaps anytime you had the opportunity of watching a Nigerian film. In Tamale today, what is known as 'tuk tuk' by the Indians and 'marua' by Nigerians is now trending on our streets. On the streets of Tamale, its known as 'Yellow-Yellow'. Lets take a trip in the 'yellow-yellow'