Tuesday, 30 June 2015

UNSCRIPTED: SA-LA-GA

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. 

KNOWING SALAGA 

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.


MY TRIP:
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.


video


Monday, 29 June 2015

INTERCEPTED: KT's LETTER TO AKOSUA BOAHEMAA

                                                                                                                     29-06-2022

 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

“HELP SAVE A LIFE! KEEP OUR HOMES, SCHOOLS, OFFICES AND ENVIRONMENT CLEAN FROM WASTE”

Love,

Kofi Tigbonka

Friday, 26 June 2015

TIgBoNkA: WHY I STOPPED LITTERING IN CLASS 6

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...

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 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.

EVER SINCE,THAT ENCOUNTER I HAVE MADE IT A POINT NOT TO LITTER DESPITE THE DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING. I AM PROUD OF THIS HABIT I PICKED UP! I LEARNT THIS FROM MY CRUSH. I STILL LIKE HER THOUGH

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

WASTE TIME ON WASTE

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.



RECYCLING- THE OBVIOUS WAY TO GO IN SOLVING OUR SANITATION ISSUES.
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.
(Source:http://nrcrecycles.org/)


LETS WASTE TIME ON WASTE! AND MAKE SOME MONEY! 
The cleaner our streets and homes, the safer we become.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

"YELLOW-YELLOW" CRAZE

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'