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THE GHANAIAN HIGH SCHOOL CULTURAL FESTIVAL OF NORTHERN GHANA IN PICTURES.

THE STORY OF MOLE DAGBANI The founder of the kingdom was called Naa-Gbewaa. He had several children, but the popular among them were Zirili, Kufogu, Tosigu, Shitobu, Mantanbu and Yentura (the only female who was popular). Yentura which was the name of the lady meant “which part of me can be insulted?” She left her […]

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PULL AND LET ME PULL, A SHORT STORY BY AMOAFOWAA SEFA CECILIA

    Mma Adjara stands in the middle of the compound wondering what is going to happen. Is she to support Wadudu or Watara in their bid for kingship? She was the first wife of the late king, their father, and loves them both. Fate had dealt her a nasty blow so much so that […]

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OCEAN BEINGS

One drop can be no mighty ocean It needs a welcoming hollow land, Which will accommodate her in his bosom It needs another’s hand It needs watery leggy droppings It needs others’ drops It needs the bubbly water stars Which annoyingly parade their beauty Before joining his growing kingdom Above all, it needs the most […]

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HAILING TO LET GO

Sing to the birds of one tree And they will make it their hobby to sing to birds of many trees Your very private song Will be heard everywhere in the sky before long Some songs must not be sang in the face of collaborationists We must turn into worry abortionists To do away with […]

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PERMISSION TO FALL OUT THIS WEEKEND.

Because I was travelling on my birthday which was last week, I’d take this weekend to myself without any work on my blog. I’ll be back on Monday. I plead to be pardoned on any inconvenience. Thank you.

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THE DEFORMED

She was a dab hand in many things And received beaming from many satisfied mouths Until that cataclysmic rendezvous for good Saw her losing her capable tools. With no ‘lings’ on her hands, She tries her best to maintain her smile And be no burden Respect must be given to who respect is due Bow […]

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THE NALERIGU TOUR

THE NALERIGU TOUR After the 2014 cultural festival of the northern region of Ghana which took place on the premise of the Nalerigu Senior High School, we visited the chief’s palace which is at the market square. In the palace.  The seeds on the ground are shea nuts and millet. The shea nuts being prepared […]

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YOUR OWN BE YOUR OWN

He says he will wear no “fugu” He will never drape himself in “Mmarintama” Neither will he wear “Ahenemma” He will always look smart in alien shirts and trousers And his well polished shoes will command the respect of all He emphatically said these wrappings are fetish The drapings of his fathers and forefathers   She […]

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SKULLY TANKS

Breathe in the flesh suffering, no attention A breathless being ready to join the earth, full attention It’s time somebody thinks If this selflessness in making skulls money sinks Is enough to quench our thirst by serving as storer of drinks. Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2014.

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DANCE WITH ME

When the moon dances in the flirting sky With the stars giggling and cheering their mother on And the wind making love with the leaves  In the clear view of all shapes of eyes without a care And the fireflies light in love and happiness I shrink into a little ball, hiding in the dark […]

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WHEN THE MASTER SPEAKS

“Agya ahunuabobirim Okokroko Odumgya Kasapreko Akasa” The waters are still.   “Agya ahunuabobirim Okokroko Odumgya Kasapreko Akasa” The farms are quiet.   “Agya ahunuabobirim Okokroko Odumgya Kasapreko Akasa” The land is shaking!   “Agya ahunuabobirim Okokroko Odumgya Kasapreko Akasa” Mouths are shivering in hiding.   “Agya ahunuabobirim Okokroko Odumgya Kasapreko Akasa” Thoughts are wavering with […]

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THE STORY OF THE APONKYES

Languishing in thoughts Of failures of satisfying ardent passions under a moonless sky, Ama Okom sits under the talking tree of doubts and anger Little did Kwaku Aponkye know of the words Boiling in her crying bosom He stirred her doubt and suffered the burns Of her hot carefully boiled and arranged words He thinks […]

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SOFTER NOT HARDER

Red petals Yellow petals One needs no metal Just these will be instrumental   Smooth words Beautiful words Those are no puzzled surds Just pour these into ears and bodies will satisfy heads   The fist may break The land may shake But words spoken can have no brakes Hence no control once it from […]

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THE TEACHER MADE YOU

Standing like a peacock On a pulpit of deceit Forcefully opening mouths of pockets To afford a golden bed and disrespecting them, No matter what you’ve become, the teacher made you!   Sitting and being fanned like an angry lesser god ready to explode On a stage of many eyes Spewing commands upon commands, Belittling […]

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YOURS IS YOURS

Even vultures know Yes, vultures sympathise with their village corpses Like their own families, they eat but leave a little to be seen. On other lands, new meat, different taste If care is not taken, even bones cannot be seen. I was told but I thought not And just like a child viewing a beautiful […]

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A STORY LIKE A POEM

I met my first love at the age of eighteen She was as fresh as a blooming flower She exuded the scent of womanhood And her charm, like a magnetic wave, threw me close But she had few words for me “I don’t roll with babies, begone!”   I cried and cried  Time cleansed this […]

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LOVE IN ODDS

Close trees cross paths Lovingly, Harshly, Both needs make love.   Close trees share a space In little, In abundance, Both needs make love.   Close trees share a risk Lightly, And in severity, Both needs make love.   So in the worst whirlwind Hold my hand   In the craziest storm Hug me tight […]

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WE ALL LIVE

Seeking for the huge When we can do with the little Like the greedy creatures we are   A huge room with a huge bed May be comfy but we still sleep on a little portion of the bed at a time Like the greedy creatures we are   An expensive cup with water May […]

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THE BEST’S BEST

The teacher calls that teacher “A teacher” Because the teacher cannot teach what that teacher teaches   The preacher calls that preacher “A preacher” Because the preacher cannot preach what that preacher preaches   The singer calls that singer “A singer” Because the singer cannot sing what that singer sings   The wise man calls […]

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STAGES OF LIFE

Green Light green With no blemish Clean slate   Green Pure green With little holes Soiled slates   Yellow Sickly yellow With white edges And an unusable slate   Brown, Earth brown Dried to break Breaking to enter its root, no slate.   Such is your stay On this hardened earth Now read it again. […]

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THOUGHT ARREST

Verbal assault  Wearing clothes Coming directly at you From the mouthy house Of unsuspecting heads? Arrest them with your thoughts.   Feisty fist Wearing iron gloves Coming directly at you From the lovely arms Of unsuspecting shoulders? Arrest them with your thoughts.   Like an empty monkey Some empty heads Think of your head Making […]

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REFLECTIONS

I’m looking at you Looking at me I’m not sure I like what I see But then again, I’m not sure you like what you see either Many may say I’m you And you are a reflection of me But wrong, I can never be you You can never be me You’re just a picture […]

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UNSYMPATHETIC TIME

Tick, tock Tick, tock Time travels like a programmed machine Whose only command is to go forward It does not look side ways, Does not look backward, Does not wait for even a second on anyone, We go at its pace. Time feels no sympathy, Hears no pleas, Cares not a hoot about bribery We […]

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FALSE PROMISES

When fathers die Other fathers live Such words pouring like honey onto dry bread On hearts shattered with uncertainties, Minds lost in fear, Eyes crying rivers of tears, Mouths wailing shamelessly and pouring words of desolation, Rested hearts and consoled affected parts Reassuring security, Protection and love Little did they know Delivering Words Is a […]

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LOOK IN AND NOT OUT

Strange! Booming sound Loud cries Pungent smell Failing visions Broken legs sapped hands Runny noses Cloudless sky Sunless sky Hollow dark sky Painful hearts, Where are all these from?   Don’t look at me Don’t look at him Don’t look at her Don’t look at them Look at you Let me look at me Let […]

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THE SAFE SHELL

My mother was left in a tiny web In an occupied shell Its corner had no space for two So as I came she had to go That is how  I was left in a little corner of an empty shell   There were no lessons on talking, No lessons on singing, No lessons on […]

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SINGING POETRY

The air is blowing Branches are swinging Happy birds are singing Happy birds are singing Singing on the swinging   The face is glowing Happy thoughts are flowing Smiley mouths are singing Smiley mouths are singing Singing on the glowing   Now you are smiling Your nice face is shining The pretty sun is shining […]

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DOGMATIC CANCELLATIONS

Staying cooped up? You’re not a store crap Cut the doleful mien and wake up! Revolutionize and fly with wings.   Living a gossip? You are like the cow oblivious of being taken to the abattoir Cut the repulsive trait secure that foul gate and carefully ruminate   Living for fun? Life is a journey […]

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LOTUS METAMORPHORSIS

The scent of lust The acrid scent of backbiting The bad odour of hatred The awful scent of theft The foul scent of murder I want to be the lotus flower to disinfect it all   The atrocious scent of ethnicity The pungent scent of oppression of women The unpleasant scent of racism The poor […]

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TOURING THE LARABANGA TOWNSHIP AND MOSQUE

It is a small village in Damongo, only a stone throw from the Mole National park. This is a village of Islamic wonders, though it is a very, very, humble village. But don’t be disappointed, this is the place a devout Moslem settled. He was called Ibrahim; an Arab, and lived by his spear. Wherever […]

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AT THE MOLE NATIONAL PARK’S MUSEUM

At the museum; a cub of an elephant which was preserved after its mother was killed by poachers in 1982. I cannot believe this has been here on earth longer than I have. The frozen remains With no locomotion A wonder. I watch… This is the balloon or global fish. The guide told us that […]

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LET’S DANCE ADOWA

Hit the atumpan Hit the agyegyewa Hit the apentenmma Hit the dawuro Hit the nnawuto Hit the dondo, let the bells and rattles sing As we dance adowa. We will dance and give thanks to Otweadeampong Nyankopong Then move on to speak in languages only a royal like you will understand Both hands of mine […]

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GIRLY WITCH

 Looking at her worn out face with a tyre around her neck, Many standing and watching, a mob holding petrol and matches With all hope lost as she sadly looks on, My questions jump from my mind. Before I had time to ask, They were dangling in the air.   What has this poor girl […]

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HIDE UNDER NO THREAT OF BLASPHEMY

They say you are the living God Whose name must start with a capital letter Because you sit in the heavens above And preside over this global earth. They say you created everything The earth, the plants, animals, water etc… And you have so much mercy, your children lack none I will ask then, Why […]

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DEBTS RUNNING ON LINE

Large humorous haunter school fees drums With its feisty nails on my skull. Extravagantly dressed rent bills stand Threatening to pierce ejection sword in my heart Light bill maniachically taunts with thoughts of darkness Water bill with its compiled many zeroes sit still, peeping in my vision Making me watch a video of no drinking, […]

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STORY TELLING WITH A MORAL

Once there was a little goat Who went along a vast shore It couldn’t resist the huge boat Which seemed to take people on a tour   It climbed aboard the boat at the dock And smiled to itself at his polished tour It loved the fact that there was no one to give it […]

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I WISH, I WISH, I WISH, I WISH

I wish I could stand on the stairs of the future And stare down at my cloned self  in nature To see if there is any doom or happiness awaiting   I wish I could be an acolyte of the goddess of love In a far off land of forever happy ever after To see […]

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NO COPYCATTING

My wick is burning down my candle On the realms of a little conflagration Must I abase myself with the knowledge of extinction? Am I to sit watchful in this ticking competition in an exciting cabaret For fear of my wick being pulled out by a cabal of lovers within my cycle? Am I to […]

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TOURING THE WILD; MOLE NATIONAL PARK WITH THE GEOGRAPHY STUDENTS AND STUDENTS WHO WERE INTERESTED.

This is the entrance: And the signboard: We drove through until we saw this sign: It was a sunny day. The warthogs came to welcome us. We were briefed on the dos and don’t of the place; No littering, no feeding of animals, no touching of animals. We were also educated on how the place […]

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CHILD RHYMES

When I wake up from my bed Guess who I see in the sky Roaming up and down are birds Up and down in the sky   I need you to take I need you to wake For fitness sake Let’s bath in the lake. Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2014

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NEWS FOR YOU

I am that being that is cursed To live life that many have rehearsed I’m there to be taken In trouble to be forsaken Carrying all the problems like a cow on its way to the abattoir.   I’m that being that is cursed Never ever must my voice be heard I must act like […]

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IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY!

The time has come, to have your say It’s a beautiful, beautiful day!   Know all your pain, is experience’s pay It’s a beautiful, beautiful day!   It’s not that bad, it’s just a flay It’s a beautiful, beautiful day!   Don’t cry no tears, don’t hide away It’s a beautiful, beautiful day!   You […]

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LET IT GO WITH THE WIND

How much time do we have? At which age do we part? Could be years, could be a year, Could be days, could be a day, What ever the problem, let it go with the wind.   A life so sweet A breeze so beautifully felt A face like yours, must be looked and be […]

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MUST BE A SWEET APPLE

How will it taste like? What will it be like? Could my heart be a pump? Must be a sweet apple.   I shiver when I see I run without a fee Could my heart be a pump? It must be a sweet apple.   There are those goosebumps It is me who get the […]

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TO MY FOLLOWERS WITH LOVE

It is difficult getting someone to trust in you It is difficult having someone cheer you on It is difficult getting the support of your very own So I’m kind of overwhelmed that you’re here for me   With every post you view my heart skips a beat With every post you view I feel […]

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

If you knew the future of all living humans Their happiness and sadness Their hurts and pains Their failures and successes From day to day Until they join the ghost union What will you do?   If you knew exactly when the world will end The disasters and turmoil Frantic efforts of ‘inhabitors’ and ‘reliers’ […]

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SWEET IN-LAW

Once I had a sweet in-law Who was as sweet as sugar He filled the boring gap Of my very messy partner   He made me laugh When he made me sad I never saw a problem Until he travels for a tour   Little problems then Became huge ones No matter how stuck I […]

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OBIARA Yἐ OBI/ EVERYONE IS SOMEONE (AKAN/TWI AND ENGLISH)

Yἐ woowo too sie so Enti wanyini ntἐm Ediἐn nti na ἐwↄ sἐ asaase awodeἐ kutuwo? Wo were afiri sἐ w’ataredeἐ ahoↄden faribae ne fam anaa? Ahokyerἐkyerἐ bebrebe yi, ἐdἐn na  wo pἐ akyerἐ?   W’ako abrokyere aba Enti wo krom yἐ wo tan Akonwa a wo bἐ tra so koraa, agye ahwanhwandeἐ adikan Kasa […]

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WAKING UP

Like humans taming cubs of the wild We have been caged by our minds so mild we sit in the blessings of our wealth and beg When salt and cocoa Bauxite, diamond and gold are but a few of our wealth Whose fault is it that we have eyes but cannot see? Whose fault is […]

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BRAGGING ABOUT MY FATHER

My father did not just breed He begat completely besotted with us Knowing we are his seeds And are parts of his being and must be treated thus   My father knows no mistrust Our words are his bond Our only whips of words stemming from his being just Holding our hands through storms to […]