Sunday, June 07, 2015

Some #QotD from "Through the Gates of Thought" by @NDamoah

IMG_20150526_110325My thoughts go out to the people of Ghana who have been affected by the recent floods and terrible petrol station explosion.

Through the Gates of Thought by Nana Awere Damoah

This collection of reportage, poems, stories, and reflections makes for interesting reading for an American visiting Ghana.

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In the Twi language, we have a proverb: “Yɛ obi deɛ yie, na wonso wo deɛ ayɛ yie”, meaning “If you treat someone else’s property well, yours will prosper as well.”

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It has been said that the reason why most parents have kid parties is to prove to themselves that there are worse kids than theirs!

“The bird’s chick watches its mother fly before it can fly (we learn by example).” Akan proverb, Ghana

As I read somewhere the other day, “hope is hearing the music of the future and faith is dancing to its tune today”. To all who dare to look Africa’s way, I say, come let’s dance.

In Africa, we have had thinkers like Kwame Nkrumah and Patrice Lumumba, people who are usually described as being ahead of their time.

Kwame Nkrumah declared that “revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought”. He should know - he led the independence struggle for Ghana, culminating in our independence from British colonial rule in 1957. We are where are today as a continent because of our thoughts, and the extent to which we will go as a continent will depend on the quality of thoughts that drive leadership.

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