Starting Over…

Hi! It is a new year again (for a full month now) and after a very unremarkable 2016 – if you don’t count the elections – I’m somewhat suspicious of this year. I had big plans I’d have loved to see grow in 2016 but my feet moved way too slow (ask Ransford).

Like all attempted failures in a person’s life, we have to at least accept a smidgen of that blame; we blame life (and others) too often.
I am guilty of treading along that particular path – avoiding the blame for my life choices and shirking the responsibilities that come along with it.

I cannot say I had an easy childhood…but it wasn’t hard either.
The honest truth? My temperament and outlook on life has pretty much bestowed upon me a laissez-faire approach to how I live life. I have gotten by quite fine but it is time I got more hands-on with my life and the decisions that happen therein.

Trust me, this year would like nothing more than to copy and paste the ole boring tripe of 2016, but I do believe we owe it to ourselves to walk down a different path.

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Winding the clock down to zero.

So then, what have I planned for myself this year? The sad reality is, my plans for this year mirrors that of the infamous 2016…but this time around I want more money and a greater life-purpose.

I can’t say I have it all figured out, but at least I know I can’t stay in this rut any longer.

Pray with me and let’s make a great big difference this year.

 

PS: Good News; This year won’t be as boring…only because I’m expecting an Xbox 360 to replace my non-existent love-life.
*sigh*…This is going to be good.

The ‘ICE DROP’ Challenge.

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Ghana is known for many things…but a country with thoughtful companies?
Better look elsewhere.
We don’t have those. OH NO!!! Not at all.
Some might say otherwise but as they say, “it only takes one bad nut to ruin the nut-sack”…or something like that.

PSST: at the end of this post, I’ll throw a challenge your way and hopefully you will take it on.

I would so love to shoot pebbles at all the incompetent companies and organizations in Ghana but today I want to focus on just one: Baron Water House Limited, the makers of the ICE DROP sachet water.

Few people might know this particular brand but a lot of Ghanaians (…and foreigners) are drinking it, without a care in the world.
To a large extent it’s not our fault; we’ve become desensitized with the over-abundance of sachet water currently on sale…to the point where we don’t check the labeling or if it has even been approved and stamped by the FDA.

We just drink away…because in the end, they are all the same to us.

Now to the few out there actually paying attention; I am sure you’ve noticed something extremely wrong with “ICE DROP” …and if after this ghastly discovery/realization you’re still drinking it, then…ummm…Godspeed.

ICE DROP is indeed unique but for the wrong reason.
Pickup an ICE DROP sachet water and you’ll notice the logo; a drop of water caught in a hangman’s noose.

At first glance, it looks rather interesting and if you switch your brain off, drinking the water would be the next step…but think about it a little more and the questions will start popping up;
why?
Why??
WHY???

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Why a noose and a drop of water?
Why that imagery??
Why would any sane company even consider this as a logo for a consumable product???
Do they not know the symbolism attached to these elements?

Some elements shouldn’t even be seen in the same frame and I shudder to think of what possible reason they could have for placing water, the symbol of life, inside a noose, a symbol that carries with it decades of terror and intimidation…a tool for murder…an instrument of death…a symbol of pure unbridled racism.

Why oh why would a company do this?
Simple;
1. They have no focus groups.
2. The hamsters upstairs are obese from the lack of exercise and probably watching G-FORCE on infinite repeat.
3. Too stingy to actually contract a thinking artist/designer.
HEAR YE! HEAR YE! Just because something looks good doesn’t mean it’s acceptable…and besides, fusing some elements is a big “No No” in the design landscape.

But how can a company brazenly advertise and sell such a product without any known complaints?
Because the people drinking it aren’t aware or are just apathetic.
They drink it anyway because, “Hey pure water is pure water”.
Ghana is a very superstitious country but boy have we lost ourselves.

This post wants to create awareness so please let it.
If you know anyone even remotely associated with ICE DROP, ask them the meaning behind their logo: that’s my challenge to you.

If you get any info please let me know.
I’d like to know their dumb reasoning…and then blast them some more.

We need to send a message to all the companies out there;
“Think before you do anything!”

It’s time we make them accountable.
We have the rights, the choice and the money they so desperately need…let’s make them earn it.

 

PS: I’ve actually thought up meanings behind the ICE DROP logo and the best one I got was:
“Life from Death!”

Dumb right?
God please have mercy on Ghana.

 

PPS: Sorry for the terrible pictures. I took a shot at an electronic billboard…in a moving vehicle.
Will do better next time. 🙂

Prayers for our Nation Ghana!

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By virtue of the internet and a boatload of logical reasoning, there are a lot of things I know in this world but what I don’t know is leaps and bounds ahead of what i do know.
As a person still finding true relationship with God I wont say I am an overly religious person but I know God led me in writing this blog post.
Basically, what I have to say is this:
“Our nation Ghana needs urgent widespread prayers.”
For years now there have been reports of prophecies that foretell tragic incidents that will inevitably occur in Ghana if the Church continues in its slumberous state…but the thing is, the Church has been resting on its laurels because, we know God is always with us.
The Church is now complacent and it is apparent in the frequency of tragedies occurring in the country.
Could it be that God wants us to learn how to view “bad things” as “good things in disguise”? MAYBE.
Do I also believe these tragic events could have been avoided if we had prayed more…as one body?
YES I DO!
But that task rests not on only me…but on every individual redeemed by Christ.
We cannot let this go on…for according to the prophecies, monumental tragedies await us.
I know so because I can feel it in my spirit.
We cannot keep staring down the barrel of a loaded gun wishing poor eyesight for the wielder when we are not even making evasive maneuvers.

We cannot keep staring down the barrel of a loaded gun wishing poor eyesight for the wielder when we are not even making evasive maneuvers.

If we don’t stand as one in Christ and pray for our nation, things will only get worse.
Thus, I write this post in the hopes that we can put aside all differences, come together and organize an Inter-Church prayer event that will bring into one place, a prayer storm that will change any ill plans for this beloved nation.
We need unity to quell the looming catastrophe awaiting our Ghana.
Please come together and make this work, because Ghana must remain the beacon of Hope to the rest of Africa. The beacon that must never go out.
Please make this work.
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Mark 9:29  And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

PS: This blog post was originally an email I sent to Bishop Dag Heward Mills, Archbishop Duncan Williams, Bishop Charles Agyin Asare, Rev Dr Mensah Otabil and Rev Sam Korankye Ankrah a little over a week ago. 
I am yet to receive a response…so if any reader knows someone who knows someone who can make this a reality, please contact that person. God will Bless You.
I love peace! Don’t you?
Photo Credit: The Black Narrator