October Fire Thoughts 

Accidents are interesting events. They seem to always occur unexpectedly. In some cases however, you can tell that one is bound to happen. Those who truly understand the risks get out of the danger zone. Others unaware of the risks or optimistic about the outcome face the same road.
Throughout 2017 I have listened time and time again to natural and unnatural accidents that have occurred throughout the world. From hurricanes, mass shootings, bombing and burning buildings; I always pray that such events never come to Ghana. I thank God that we have not experienced the above mentioned catastrophes. Unfortunately it seems that as a nation we are prone to gas or fuel related accidents.
From the flood Goil station incident around Circle in 2015 and the LPG blow out around Trade Fair in 2016; we seem to be running an unfortunate streak of having a gas or fuel related blowout once a year and last Saturday marked 2017’s entry.
Last Saturday 7th October 2017, there was a gas explosion at the atomic junction near Madina, Accra, Ghana.
I don’t have the facts on what caused or occurred during the fire. I have not even bothered to watch a video or dwell for a second on the pictures that are being circulated. Peoples reactions are enough for me to understand the gravity of what happened last Saturday. 
Despite the lack of information there is one thing I do know. Like all the other disasters that have happened in the past, we will survive this October disaster. We may loose some loved ones and many peoples lives will be changed forever by the fire but we should look towards the future.
I can’t comment on what should or shouldn’t have happened with regards to security measures to minimize damage as I don’t have information on what truly happened that evening. There however has to be some action taking place as this has become an annual disaster.
To the families of victims of this sad event my prayers go out to you. To those in hospital my prayers go out to your strength, doctors, nurses and families. 
The fire is an indication of how important life is and my question to all is whether when the time comes for us to part this earth we know where we going?
Keep it One HONDRED!

The Circus is Coming!

With the colours and picture of elephants (NPP), eagles and umbrellas (NDC), doves (NDP), chickens (CPP) and an explosion (PPP) on the streets of Accra, you can’t blame me for viewing this year’s election as a circus. I just can’t seem to find the clowns though.
(I don’t know why but I first thought PPP stood for “Pow Pow Pow” because of explosion in their logo)
It is very obvious that Accra is getting ready for something big come December. If you are not Ghanaian and arrived in Ghana last week, you would definitely ask why colours of black, green, white, red and blue are all over the place. 
It’s an election year and as Ghana draws towards its voting day the streets of its capital has been over decorated in party colours of the various political parties. 
I have always wondered why majority of political party colours in Ghana stick to the colours red, green and white. With the exception of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which has black in its colours and New Patrotic Party (NPP) with blue, all other political parties running for the presidency are stuck within the red, green and white colour prison. 
(Maybe that’s why the main competition is between NDC and NPP. The rest all just look alike)
This causes some confusion when it’s just the colours campaigning. The branding of some of these parties are very poor and could be improved to make them stand out more. 
My issue with all this hullaballo of colours on our streets is that it’s over done and seems to be done without any regulation. Lamp posts, electricity poles, sign boards, trees, walls, you name it. No object is spared in this decorating frenzy. In my opinion the trees have it better though it leaves me wondering about the tree stump in the image below. 
(I apologize for the LEAVES me wondering pun)

NPP colours decorated on a tree stump
NPP colours decorated on a tree stump

The above image however is a better looking picture of the problem. (Though the decoration could be improved)
The main picture for this post highlights the problem better. We often see it on our streets. The Olusegun Obasanjo Highway is a good example. It leaves one to wonder how the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) tolerates this mess all in the name of elections.
I blame all the parties and the AMA for this misconduct. Some of the branding done on the streets are beautiful but the flags and other things need regulation. Our streets look like a circus is coming to town. What bothers me is what happens to all the cloth and stuff hanging around after the elections. 
Who picks up after?
Election campaign poster on a wall in Ghana
Election campaign poster on a wall in Ghana
The posters pasted on walls is even worse. It is here that you find the connection between church and politics. 
Again in this scene I blame the churches, political parties and the AMA. The churches and political parties should do better in setting an example for the country to follow. 
These things are difficult to control but it is clear that when it comes to certain institutions a blind eye is turned. Regulation must however be enforced, to ensure that the streets of Ghana look beautiful. 
If our leaders do this, what do we expect the people who follow them to also do?
Keep winning and always remember to keep it One HONDRED!