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As the kids are getting, creating and manifesting life at #AfroPunkFest2015 in #Brooklyn #NewYorkCity; Meanwhile the kids in Ghana at #chalewote2015 are getting, creating and manifesting life in art and technology in #JamesTown #AccraCity #BlackStarNation #Music #Culture #Fashion #Art #Technology #OurGlobalFusion #MyTwoNations

A bit of history via #Repost by @globalfusionist.
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February 24, 1966- While President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was on a state visit to North Vietnam and China seeking peace talks to end the Vietnam War, his government was overthrown in a military coup led by Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka and the National Liberation Council with the assistance of the CIA - whose “files were declassified in 1999 showing that the USA had been trying to influence people to overthrow President Kwame Nkrumah since 1964 - 7 years after he brought Ghana to Independence from British colonial rule. The CIA backed coup in Ghana was part of a Cold War conflict of the times as President Nkrumah was seen as an ally of Soviet Union and Eastern Europe” - Today the decapitated body of Dr.Nkrumah stands in memoriam as a symbol of Ghana’s Brain-Trust downfall, while Ghana’s international airport is named after the man who deferred Ghana’s dreams at a time when its 1st president became the 1st democratically elected Black African president to have a seat at the global table from East to West, as he spoke the words into the mantra of his nation with …“ We face neither East nor West, We face forward… Forward Ever, Backward Never”! Forward in a nation who had the most development in manufacturing, education, energy, agriculture and the arts- still unmatched til date in Ghana. Without a balance of patience and push in the process of progress and collective diligence in the work toward the types of development that serves the basic needs of the collective- no nation, people nor community can ever reach its full potential… Sometimes we do not see the brightness of our stars until we are steeped in complete darkness… #BlackStarNation #BHM #BlackHistoryIsGlobal #FromDreamsDeferredToDreamsRealized #OurGlobalFusion “Overcoming colonialism wasn’t just about African countries gaining independence. It was also about African countries taking back control of their resources” - Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

Sometimes when you have too many options in outings, you end up overwhelmed and choose none when it’s too hard to decide on 1. Sorry BK - See you for the Labor Day Fete!!
Everything seems to be coming up #Ghana so until the final decisions are made- we chop for #BlackStarNation cravings: Kenkey/Komi/Dorkunu (cornmeal sourdough style ball or dumpling), Slightly fried and baked porgie, tomato and onion pepper sauce, Shito ( Palm oil, dried shrimp based pepper sauce) and sliced avocado… #EatWell #TravelOften #EatHowYouTravel #EatColorfully #OurGlobalFusion

With all this Amanda nonsense and showing the worst of us to the world in dimming our #BlackStarShine that is flooding Ghanaian media outlets, I’m happy to see City And People’s Magazine of Accra showcase two of my favorite Ghanaian women @aduamani + @belindabaidoo who represent the culture, beauty, grace, style, respectfulness and the fervor of entrepreneurship known the world over from our Makola Women that was once Ghana’s badge of honor at home and abroad. They are our #GreaterGhana agenda and we should be supporting them in taking up the mantle toward our collective and global shine! I shine, you shine, SHINE! #BlackStarNation #NoShaking 👆🏿🙌🏿👏🏾❤️

“Countrymen, the task ahead is great indeed, and heavy is the responsibility; and yet it is a noble and glorious challenge- a challenge which calls for the courage to dare, the courage to do, the courage to envision, the courage to fight, the courage to work, the courage to achieve- to achieve the highest of excellencies and the fullest greatness of man. Dare we ask for more in life?…I made it quite clear that from now on- today we must change our attitudes, our minds, we must realize that from now on, we are no more a colonial,but a free & independent people…the new Africa is ready to fight his own battles & show that after all, the Black man is capable of managing his own affairs…It has often been said that Africa is poor. What nonsense! It is not Africa that is poor. It is the Africans, who are impoverished by centuries of exploitation and dominations. We are today the richest and yet the poorest of continents, but in unity our continent could smile in an era of prosperity and Power…” -Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (September 21,1909- April 27, 1972) -Founding Father of Pan-Africanism & the 1st Republic of Ghana #BlackStarNation #HappyFoundersDay … Unfortunately we have failed in his vision & have yet to realize & value our power. Crisis after crisis the beggar continent remains helpless with no solutions of its own in handling its own affairs. We walk around and say “God willing” without recognizing that God is always willing to bring us to our greatness, but it is “we the people” who are not willing to be our greater selves! As we await the UN General Assembly let’s put fire to the rain in asking our leaders about real African solutions in solving African problems. We have seen time and time again that power is in cooperative economics. Marches & protests alone has never brought the type of lasting change that wielding economic power has. When we finally learn to wield our economic power thru the Pan-Africanism solution of cooperative economics, then we will see change. This is the difference between the swift change that has come to the NFL crisis and the lack thereof in Ferguson and much of the continent of Africa. #CooperativeEconomicsSpeaksLouder (at Republic Of Global Fusion)

“The best way of learning to be an independent sovereign state is to be an independent sovereign state… Freedom is not something that one people can bestow on another as a gift. They claim it as their own and none can keep it from them…The secret of life is to have no fear.. We face neither east nor west - We Face Forward” - Dr. Kwame Nkrumah -Ghana’s 1st President … Thank you to my #BlackStarNation for the love, culture and upbringing in nature and nature… One of my grandmother’s favorite sayings and the best lesson that she and Ghana taught me was to make sure that I could always ‘paddle my own canoe’ out of dependence to independence… It is the best lesson for Ghana today in moving the nation forward beyond the legacy of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah! #GenerationNext must create our own legacy. #GhanaAt58 #BlackStarsShine #OurGlobalFusion (at Republic of Global Fusion)

Missing The Boss Player in these times of crisis, forward movements and football. He had a way of brining it all together with jokes and hard hitting news representing a balanced, deserving and dignified perspective of Africa. A true Ambassador and native son of Africa and the #BlackStarNation… Komla Dumor ( October 3, 1972 - January 18, 2014) Rest In Power … Will always be 1 of our greatest and brightest shining stars! (at Republic of Global Fusion)

It has often been said that Africa is poor. What nonsense! It is not Africa that is poor. It is the Africans, who are impoverished by centuries of exploitations and dominations. We are today the richest and yet the poorest of continents, but in unity our continent could smile in a new era of prosperity and power" Dr. Kwame Nkrumah #Ghana #BlackStarNation #ForwardEver #BackwardNever

Today was the 3rd and last day of mourning for the victims of the #AccraFloods… May the effected/affected find solace as the #BlackStarNation politicians and citizens alike hold ourselves responsible and accountable in rebuilding #AGreaterGhana… In Mourning and Celebration… We pour libation and chop and quench!
Red Red ( spicy black eye peas stew cooked in palm oil with fried ripe plantains), Boiled egg, Avocado slices and Grilled herb seasoned fish! #EatWell #TravelOften #EatHowYouTravel #EatColorfully #OurGlobalFusion #PrayForGhana #RebuildAccra … If not us, then wh? (at Republic of Global Fusion)

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#HappySaturday from the #BlackStarNation … We may have lost the football match but we stay winning at #Azonto - LOL! “We gotta keep on dancing… Gotta keep on dancing” #NP #TheBlast (at Republic of Global Fusion)

Finally getting through all the episodes! We need to speak of how we set ourselves back by not investing in ourselves..With all these new global African millionaires and billionaires -you would think we wouldn’t need to beg others to fund us in telling our own stories! 

Self Validation above all is the way forward! So proud of Us!!! B4 America/ Hollywood was introduced to Lupita - she was part of the great cast telling the story of another African City called Nairobi, in one of the greatest productions of our generation on the continent entitled “Shuga”. Now Accra City is being spotlighted in An African City! As the great Chinua Achebe said “ If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own”… instead of criticizing the doers! 

#NR #BET.Com 

“Some may criticize this series as showing a one-sided perspective of Ghanaian life: these girls are educated, relatively affluent and worldly. What would you say to those who feel you’re not accurately representing the population?…. ” I think that all the times that I have seen Ghana represented on mainstream media, that has not been a fair representation. There’s more to the story than that . When Hollywood shows Africa, it’s poverty, war & disease, & that’s only part of the story. They have not given you the full picture. I wanted to change the dialogue…“ #ChangingTheConversation - I hope BET will take heed now that it is in Africa that there are great African productions that should be incorporated into their line up at home and abroad instead of selling an entire continent and beyond the same ole same ole! I said this to the VP of BET Africa when they first came into the continent that they must invest in Africa and African productions not just feed us their usual past dated content- It’s the digital age-we have access to that already!  Black Entertainment is Global and should be as inclusive as we tell others they should be! We have always been educated, relatively affluent and worldly… If you didn’t know then get you some learning because there are young street peddlers that can speak with you in a multitude of languages & tell you their history and yours on any given day without having had the western idea of formal education! #LivingByOurOwnStandards #BlackStarNation #KeepShining #IfYouBuildItTheyWillCome …

<3 how the world is coming toward this series…. It maybe cliche but we too are the world in our failures as well as our greatness!