Bible vs GOT – Reality or Fiction?

Last Friday, I posted a clip featuring a conversation between Ria Bossman and me relating to Game of Thrones and its sex scenes. It was based of an interview at Oxford between two of the shows male cast and a student audience. Kit Harington who plays the part of Jon Snow in the series commented on the sex scenes and their necessity in telling the Game of Thrones story.

I for one do not know how the show will have progressed without the sex scenes depicting the nature of the characters and its impact on the narrative. It is clear that the show though graphic has a greater goal than pornography with its raw images of sex and nudity that are displayed.

Interestingly enough I read an article on the internet that suggested that the Bible and Game of Thrones share a commonality especially with regards with the raw blunt nature of each script.

As a Christian, it is difficult to deny that the Bible is a very graphic text containing evidence of sexual immorality from the beginning of time. The sexual immorality and violence is comparable to that of Game of Thrones and begs the question, “is this reality or fiction?”

I guess the Internet and Social Media have to be given credit for exposing our true nature. We seem hypocritical in our assessment of reality and are unwilling to accept that our morality as a race has been in a constant state of decay. Though the Bible reflects this more accurately, many do not view the Word as a reflection of man but just of his past.

Its a shame Game of Thrones is not an African story (I can imagine how that will play out with African countries). Nevertheless, it strikes parallels globally because of familiar themes that reflect the true nature of man. The greed, violence, sex, immorality, wisdom, kindness and other colors of the human behavioral spectrum are similar to what we find in the Bible. (With the exception of dragons of course)

The Bible, however, is more than a story of fiction. For many, it is history and inspiration. Game of Thrones, however, is a fantasy novel. Within it lies no prophecies relating to the real world. Both touch on the nature of man and relationships and should be seriously considered for the reflection on reality both throw at the human race.

If the content of the Bible is similar to that of the Game of Thrones narrative then why is it not consumed with such fanfare? After all, what difference is there in Meschach, Shadrach, and Abednego surviving the furnace of fire to that of Daenerys Targaryen aka Khaleesi being immune to fire?

Budget and Hollywood is surely part of the reasons for the fanfare but it also seems to mask the idea that the events told in the story are closer to reality than meets the eye. Winter is coming is about terrifying a term as global warming.

The Bible and Game of Thrones serve a purpose in the world today. Be sure to take away wisdom and lessons from the words these documents provide than just awe and entertainment.

Keep it One Hondred!

Justice Where Are You?

I’m an African but I don’t feel proud to be one. Roll up in my streets and you will feel foul to be one
– Hondred Percent

The statement above comes from my track titled Akola Boni of my album WTF? I never thought I would refer to this specific line but the situation I find myself fits perfectly into that sack of words.
Today I am ashamed to be called a Ghanaian. I feel no confidence towards our justice system. There are tortoises instead of hares in the system and disgusting lacks the foul stench I require to describe how this unfortunate crime to a four year old went past six hours without the necessary action taking place.
This is just some plain old BULL SHIT!
When I first stumbled upon the story it was so horrid that I expected obvious action to take place. I didn’t see the need to voice out my thoughts because I felt we lived in community of love, a community that wants progress, a community that has billboards saying the future is exciting.
Sorry to burst your bubble but this right here is some messed up matrix without Neo or Morpheus. Ghana is a hypocritical society where we know how to pray more than take action. We have become numb towards crime that we don’t even see what’s wrong with it and I have to say that I am ashamed.
I am ashamed because I expected there to be action by now. I hoped that the hashtag #Justice4Her would have stopped appearing on my social media channels as a result of justice being served. Rather I am met with the opposite reaction and I have seen too much that I can’t be quiet anymore .
So I am voicing out my complaint and enquiring through this blog post to ask a single question.
Why has it taken so long for justice to be served?
The necessary authorities at this point need to have the facts of the matter and offer options to the family for action to be taken. I feel that there is a lackadaisical attitude to this whole crime and it’s more irritating than scabies.
Justice I know you are on vacation but please come back to Ghana.
If you’re looking at making a difference tread through and sign this petition.
Keep it One Hondred! 

Nude Videos, Judgement and Jealousy

Over the weekend a WhatsApp group informed me of a nude video of Rashida of “Mala**ka fame, painting the internet red with some three flies. 
You don’t need to watch long to declare the video offensive and disgusting. Even without the flies its disgusting and unfortunately quite sad. (Those poor flies)
Later that evening as I scrolled through my timeline on Facebook, I came across a post from Ghanaian actress and media personality, Ama K Abrebese reiterating a point she made about Rashida in a previous post where she quoted a section of an article written by Manasseh Azure Awuni about Rashida.
The quote termed Rashida a deviant deserving public sympathy as opposed to praises. You can read the original post here. It also has a link to Manasseh’s article as well.
I agree with Manasseh statements especially the part about her deserving our sympathy. Unfortunately however, some saw this post by Ama as a jealous attack. 
If you scroll through the comments you will see some very ridiculous sentiments that makes you wonder whether they understood the context of the post.
I had to reply to some comments and later realized that there was an army of Ghanaians that my logic wouldn’t penetrate through. I realized that the behavior displayed through the comments is a reflection of the moral decay in our country.
A good bunch of us are hypocrites. Lets admit it and stop pretending. This is the problem with Ghana. We don’t like to call out wrong doing and when someone does, instead of us applauding, we rather call the person jealous or a hater.
Such ignorance is sometimes displayed in conjunction with religion where by some via comments on the post, called Ama out for passing judgement. That’s when I realized that people are really confused and begun wondering whether we read the same bible.
Just because you call out wrong doing doesn’t mean you are judging. Its just acknowledging that wrong has been done. It is good for society to call out wrong and right more often for it sensitizes the public on morality. 
Just take a look at the nonsense that goes on in our society. Traffic manners, sanitation and sex videos or nude photos being sent out by Mr. Anonymous. This practice of wrong continues and is encouraged by us and our silence is evidence of our recommendation. How are the vulnerable to know something is wrong if we don’t speak out?
I say this not claiming the title of saint, for in my life time I have changed my wrong ways because it was called out.
I acknowledge that there are different opinions on what’s right and wrong; that majority is also not always right. I however prefer a society of varying arguments on what is right and wrong than a silent one that leaves the vulnerable and younger generation with little choice in the area of reason. 
Lets all speak out against wrong doing. Even if we are proved wrong we learn from it.
Keep it One HONDRED!

Are We Sure We Know Who The Victim Is?

This is my final thought on my female abuse series which I started last week beginning with I hear rapists love mini skirts, followed by Park and chop kiss
Today I conclude by looking at the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Isaac Addo, the acting FA General Secretary, and Nanabanyin Eyison, a member of the GFA’s Executive Committee and also chairman of the management committee of the national female Under-20 team, ban for sexual harrasment by FIFA.
Media covering the story said that ban is as a result of remarks the two passed comments about a female laison. Check out the details of the story here.
After reading the story I am highly concerned about the whether the GFA officials are being wrongly accused. 
In addressing this two things catch my attention. The seriousness attached the sexual harassment in Papua New Guinea compared to Ghana and possibility of punishing someone for something they didn’t do.
Sexual Harassment in Papua New Guinea
A quick internet search on this topic will reveal shocking results. Papua New Guinea is apparently perceived as the worst place in the world for gender violence. So you can imagine why their sexual harassment laws are stringent.
I guess it is only natural that it is so but it begs the question, should sexual harrassment laws be stringent all over or only in the countries that are known to have cases of sexual harrassment?
I believe that the law should be the same regardless of what opinions are. People should be sensitive towards others and know that their actions may cause discomfort in a manner that is really disturbing.
Unfortunately this message is not echoed enough and leads to us as individuals taking it for granted and not having a unified voice to fight myths about sexual harrassment and abuse. This leads to assumptions on the issue and makes the issue worse.
I didn’t do it
In the GFA officials case, the story being told by the officials makes it seem as if they are victims of miscommunication. It sounds as if the laison misinterpreted their communication as part of what they said was in a local Ghanaian dialect.
As I read this I thought to myself how do we tell who the real victim is? Without evidence its my word against yours. We sometimes tend to sympathize with the one who is abused and harrassd due to their plight absent of the possibility that there may be more than meets the eye. 
There are a few cases of people who have been wrongly convicted for abuse and harrassment due to failure by the bodies responsible to judge fairly.
It may sound like a pretty insensitive thing to do but I believe every harassment or abuse case must look at both sides of the story very carefully to seek the truth. Without the truth its difficult to understand the details of the story. 
Its not always about who is to blame or arresting or punishment. In my opinion every harassment or abuse case is an unfortunate opportunity to understand what causes these incidents. This helps in knowing how best to deal with the issue to prevent future incidents.
In conclusion we must all do more to understand the issues surrounding abuse and harrassment. It happens to both sexes and is surrounded by a lot of assumptions. Lets educate ourselves to aid the future generation in mitigating these incidents and make the world a better place.
Keep it One HONDRED!

I Hear Rapists Love Mini Skirts

I think a bunch of people ganged up together and decided to piss females off in Ghana or around the world these past few weeks.
From the Marwako incident, the Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba remarks on rape and clothing, policeman kissing female driver and Ghana football Association (GFA) officials being charged with sexual harrassment by FIFA (I must admit after hearing both sides of the story its a tricky one), this here is more than just coincidence.
To top that all off women are pissed; and when women are pissed you better duck for cover. 
This however is good grounds to discuss the issues at hand and educate those ignorant in areas that the world finds unforgivable.
I am going to try and tackle three issues in three different blog posts. I shall start by looking into the Ministers comments on rape and clothing.
Now this really pissed a lot of people off. It pissed them off to the extent that some are calling for the Minister to be replaced. Below was the comment made
“In conclusion, I want to say to you, be bold, be confident, be respectful. If you wear a short dress, it’s fashionable but, know that it can attract somebody who would want to rape or defile you. You must be responsible for the choices you make,”
(The article detailing the comments and Ghanaians outrage can be viewed here)
The fact that she is a female and also the Minister making those remarks hurt many women. I hadn’t read the comments she made at the time and reserved my comments until having read the article.
I however had a long and interesting conversation about the issue before reading the article. It was with a female friend and I must say that the conversation changed the lens in which I viewed the whole matter.
Initially I did not see the big deal with comments of clothing having a possible correlation with rape; as long as clothing wasn’t perceived as the sole reason for rape.
The more I tried to justify the possible correlation however small, the more I realized that it probably had very very little to do with rape. 
I don’t have statistics but I do have a number of close friends who have been raped. These are not girls who are indecent or love to show skin. Yet they were the victims of rape. 
Truth be told unless you have been in a victims shoes, dealt with such issues on an intimate level or bothered to honestly know more, it is hard to understand why the comments made by the Minister are wrong.
In fact, this is notion about clothes and rape is a global myth and not one unique to Ghana. So though I am sympathetic to her flaw, I equally understand the pain that her words caused.
So yes, maybe you do need someone who understands victims of rape better as a Minister; but maybe this is grounds to educate people and dispel a myth that unfortunately has sunk its teeth deep into the minds of people all over.
I can bet you that a number of high ranking officials, both male and female from all walks of life assume that there is a correlation between clothing and rape.
The conversation on this issue should be encouraged to eradicate the ignorance that exists. The rants to curb such discussions with the notion that it “justifies” the excuse by the culprit is something I disagree with. 
There is no excuse for rape by a sane person. Discussing possible causes for rape provides an opportunity to those discussing to learn and rid the notion of a correlation that doesn’t exist.
So lets engage each other and read more about this issue to dispel this painful myth that suggests that rape victims “ask for it”. 
If you do believe that there is a correlation lets talk and learn from the discussion without emotions. It is hard but once emotions are brought in, it seems like more of an attack than a discussion. 
Lets keep it One HONDRED and dispel the myth because rapists are not particularly interested in mini skirts.
Look out for my posts on the next two issues

Being Gay Is Unnatural But So Is Walking On Water

“Homosexuality is unnatural..” says this book, where snakes talk, apples set an eternal curse, people come back from the dead, a guy walks on water, and a virgin has a baby!


I saw this post on social media and I must applaud whoever came up with this argument. Its well crafted (just next time give the Bible the respect it deserves and call it out instead of referring to it as “this book”).
I say its well crafted because for a second there, the logic within seems to cement the idea that natural is right and unnatural is wrong. (Thank God that only lasts a second)
As a Christian I realize that such posts have a tendency to ruffle the feathers of Christians throwing us into a so called frenzy of name calling and bashing with phrases like “God save you”, “Burn in hell” and the likes. 
I always get embarrassed when I see such online simply because Jesus would not act like that. 
So How Will Jesus Act?

In other words what will I do as an ambassador for Christ. Well, I have acknowledged the statement and complimented its craftiness. What I am about to do is point out why its a weak argument to justify homosexuality.
Is Natural Good?
The post seems to suggest that unnatural as a concept runs throughout the Bible and that some unnatural events are seen as good so how come homosexuality is not seen in that light? 
Great use of logic. Unfortunately if I flip the argument around it renders the original argument as weak.
Lying is natural to someone that needs to get out of a tight spot. Adultery, premarital sex or any sort of sexual interaction outside marriage is natural. Even eating more than you need to consume is natural. Does this mean all these are good? All these natural acts according to God is sin.
There are natural and unnatural things that are considered sin and natural and unnatural things that are not considered sin.
There are unnatural things that are cool to view such as someone flying or walking on water. We even see these when magicians pull tricks and create illusions. Its all perceived as unnatural yet not a ‘no go area’ concept. (Thats not to say the miracles and unnatural Godly events was a magic show) 
The idea of homosexuality however, is disturbing and unnatural. Especially the idea of two members of the same sex mating (for females its more understandable though still wrong) .
But sin is sin. Be it natural or unnatural, understandable or not, right is right and wrong is wrong. 
As a Christian, Homosexuality is wrong in God’s eyes. The same goes for adultery, rape, lying and a host of others acts. Each of us is dealing with ourselves to become better people. 
So lets call a spade a spade and also realize that none of us is perfect. In our journey towards perfection as humans, it is important to do your part and focus on being a better person and not worry about whether someone is living a moral life or not. 
The Bible summarizes this well
““Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:1-5‬ ‭MSG‬‬
If you are not a Christian and interested or curious about the path to Christ, just message me and I will hit you up for a chat. It doesn’t matter how bad or off the moral map you have gone. God accepts all kinds and I am proof of that.
Keep it One HONDRED!

Sex On My Mind – Baby Making Music

Would you blame me if after watching or listening to a good selection of both local and international popular music I declared that I was horny?

I want your body sleeping in my bed…..

Excuse me to say but I have come to the simple conclusion that a lot of the current popular artists on blast are sex experts.
That’s Actually Inaccurate.
A more accurate term will be sex enthusiasts with a lot of pride and a somewhat narrow vision that human beings can’t get down on the dance floor if sex is not involved. 
Though Robert Kelly is not exempt from this label, his style seems to have been duplicated and become more raw as opposed to flavored by those following or continuing in his footsteps.
This is not to say that music from the past or before I was born did not face the issue I raise this day. For purposes of this post, “Baby Making Music” shall refer to songs discussing sex.
Past Baby Making Music
Horny” released in 1998 by Mousse T, Hot ‘n’ Juicy and Inaya Day;”Shoop” released in 1993 by Salt-N-Pepa;”Sweat” released in 1993 by Inner Circle; “Turn Off The Lights” released in 1979 by Teddy Pendergrass; “Feel Like Makin’ Love” released in 1974 by Roberta Flack and “Sexual Healing” released in 1983 by Marvin Gaye are but some of the hits that are rife with sexual connotations.
What I love about all these songs mentioned above however is that they do not express, (at least to me) the explicit nature of the sexual act. This does not apply to song like “Sweat” by Inner Circle or more popularly known as “A la la la la long”. 
This karaoke favorite explicit nature comes alive in the chorus when the lyrics go “push it, push it some more” and yet when I was a child, when this song played at social gatherings, I had no idea what was being said let alone that it was inappropriate.
Music in the past on sex had a somewhat suggestive tone or an agenda towards foreplay than the real act. The creativity, lyrics and production went hand in hand, creating classics that cemented the artist as talented as opposed to being a sex enthusiast or for lack of a better word, a freak.
Raw Sex Music
Unfortunately music today on the subject of sex is too raw. It diminishes the value of the act and portrays it as something cheap to be given up easily. This contributes to the general attitude towards sex by all especially the youth. 
Sex is portrayed as a phase in the adolescent life cycle and given the same green light provided to alcohol. The sad thing is that even alcohol has some value and “drink responsibly” labels. Sex on the other hand, along with the current trend of music as a prospectus or background music, is a to-do-list item with no string attached and not enough explanation of the consequences and responsibilities that come with it.
But We’re Just Having Fun
The music is so raw sometimes that when couples dance to it, refusal of sex afterwards by females sounds pretty irrational. After all when the lyrics played and bodies moved, everything about your actions were promiscuous and suggested that both of you were down for mating.
Socially and morally this is a problem. The more this goes on, the more it seems that music today can not be successful unless it is about sex. 
Music is for everybody to dance and enjoy; I strongly believe that there are tons of concepts to stimulate our mindsets to enable all have fun in a manner that is not degrading. 
It’s The Musicians Fault Then
Artists or musicians sometimes forget that with their art they are communicating. Society perceives you as your music. The youth consume this art and sometimes even live by it as a code. We owe it to them to communicate things that will challenge them and lead them to the truth. 
That is not to say that music on sex should not be made. However, if baby making music or sex is the idea or theme of the project or track, then it should be done in a creative, inexplicit manner that doesn’t degrade the act.
In the current trend of local and international music where the definition of what is cool is almost equivalent to not making sense, artists need to rewrite this narrative to portray their work as one spurred by a blessing, talent or creativity of sorts as opposed to a silly set of mindless actions over a beat with half said words with anyone barely hearing what was said being passed of as music and much worse a hit.
So After All Is Sexed And Done
All I am saying is that we can do better and even if it is sex we want to talk about there is a better way it can be done than what is currently dominating the airwaves.
Is sex or baby music bad? Keep it One HONDRED! and share you thoughts

It's a Boy!

“So is it a boy or a girl?”, I asked my wife. “A girl”, she said. “The doctor can’t see a penis down there and he has tried saaaaa, so I believe we have a girl”.
(saaaa: a word in Twi which describes how long something has occurred usually emphasized by the number of “a” used)
I had always wanted a girl as my first child before a boy. (Look at me acting like I was in control of that decision) I had my reasons, which I will explain later as this isn’t the purpose of my post. 
I was pleased with the results after numerous scans pointed in my favor. I was however hesitant in accepting the gender verdict as I heard of surprises from other parents.
Thus baby shopping was always in neutral  colours. Except for the Manchester United onesie I bought earlier in the year. (What a proud purchase)

Manchester United Onesie
Manchester United Onesie
 
Unfortunately when the baby was delivered I wasn’t around. It was in the early hours of the morning and I was asked by the hospital staff to go home and rest assured. It was my mother-in-law who called to deliver the news. 
It’s a Boy! 
😳
(that emoji was my face when I heard the news)
I was surprised but not disappointed. Laughed my head off at God’s way of playing pranks with me and started thinking of what to call my new born son.
Fast forward into the future, I get surprised at people’s reactions when they are told of the baby’s gender.
“Chale you force oooo!”
“You have done well!”
I may sound unappreciative but I found those comments at times disappointing. Especially when I mention that I was looking forward to a girl and receive an opposite reaction.
In 2016 I thought Ghana’s views on children will have changed but it seems the old ways are still present. 
A girl and a boy are different and each bring something different to a family. However it is God who provides these blessings and knows what is best for us. 
Hondred Percent and son yawning
Hondred Percent and son yawning

As much as I was looking forward to having a daughter, I am ecstatic about my son. Never did I know the feeling of pride and happiness he will bring into my life. I just don’t like the idea that boys are still perceived as major achievement and girls as a minor one. Maybe it’s just because it’s my first child.
I liken this to a football match. You always prefer your team to score first and win as opposed to being scored first and then winning from behind.
I just worry about the social and cultural pressure placed on women who had daughters first and how they must feel. I mean, that could have easily been us. Makes me wonder the reaction to the gender some would have given if my child was a girl.
Maybe I am viewing this all wrong. I however feel these perceptions should change. So as you keep it One HONDRED! What’s your take on this?