Friday, November 25, 2011
After the success of BarCamp Cape Coast 2011 on November 12 at the University of Cape Coast, the attention shifts to Tamale for Barcamp Tamale 2011. Barcamp Cape Coast brought together about 150 attendees for a free networking event centered around Cape Coast, and featured a presentations on Startup Cafe, Social Media & Blogging, Google Maps and Google Apps, as well as various breakout sessions organized by attendees. Congrats to the UCC-GTUG and crew. (http://www.barcampghana.org/)
Barcamp Tamale 2011 will be organized by the GhanaThink Foundation in conjunction with the Tamale Google Technology User Group (GTUG) at the Tamale Polytechnic on November 26. The Barcamp will feature multiple sessions about web tools and products, entrepreneurship driven sessions as well as breakout sessions on topics relevant to the Northern region and beyond. Like all Barcamps, there will be user-generated sessions and discussions where attendees get to set the agenda and topics for the day. Local experts will share knowledge on different technologies and successful entrepreneurs and innovators will share their stories to serve as models for participants. (http://www.barcampghana.org/)
I set off in the early hours of Friday the 25th November 2011,with a very good friend heading towards Tamale for Barcamp Tamale 2011. I kept asking myself why I really wanted to sacrifice a lot for this program.. hmmm I couldn’t really say but I must say this was gonna be my first time in tamale and there has to be something else. Ok I have an idea. I think it has to be my insatiable desire to always do something social, to join as many social gathering and oh I couldn’t also wait to meet Ato Ulzen-Appiah and the award winning blogger MacJordan.
We had to spend almost six hours from Kumasi to Tamale and I must say that was very impressive. The road was very good and the ride was very smooth. We had to take a stroll around to visit some senior colleagues in the noble profession..lol. We really saw a lot and we finally retired to our residence that night after a treat at Ebony Fast food…
Friday, May 7, 2010
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
"Hope" is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest sea,
Yet never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu a Ghanaian engineer with the US space agency, NASA, has been awarded the prestigious NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal in 2008.
The NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal is awarded for significant engineering contributions towards the achievement of the NASA mission. This award may be given for individual efforts or applications of engineering principles or methods that have resulted in a contribution of fundamental importance in this field or have significantly enhanced understanding of this fiel
Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu is a Fellow of the IEE (U.K. ) and a Senior Member of the IEEE (USA ). He was born in Accra,Ghana . He currently works on the Mars Exploration Rover Operations Team. He is a Member of the Integrated Sequencing Team (IST) as a Rover Planner (Rover Driver) responsible for Surface Mobility/Navigation Planning, IDD Planning, and Command Generation , and Member of the Spacecraft Rover Engineering Team (SRET), Mobility/IDD Subsystem (Both Spirit and Opportunity ). Pre-launch he worked as Flight Systems Test Engineer were he performed V&V on major functional capabilities of Mars Exploration Rover. These include Impact To Egress, Instrument Deployment Device (5 DOF robotic arm), Surface Operations Processes for driving the rover and operating the robotic arm, and Ground Data Tools used for traverse and robotic arm planning.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Barack Obama, the charismatic US president, whom I like and much respect, came to Africa bearing a message and a gift. Both spoke of Africa's need for self-determination.
This was part of his message: "Governments that respect the will of their own people are more prosperous, more stable and more successful than governments that do not ... This is about more than holding elections - it's also about what happens between them.
"Repression takes many forms, and too many nations are plagued by problems that condemn their people to poverty. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery.
"That is not democracy, it is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end."
But it is the second offering - the gift that Obama brought to Ghana - which I take great exception to, because it casts a shadow over, in fact paralyses, talk of self-determination.
People cannot achieve self-determination, if their most basic human right – food - is controlled and determined by others.
Obama's gift was the $20 billion agreed last week for financing food security at the G8 L'Aquila meeting.
No more handouts?
This marks a pronounced shift in policy toward food and Africa. Africans, we are told, will now be helped to farm their way out of hunger, rather than rely on handouts from overseas.
And Obama's message underscored this: "I have pledged substantial increases in our foreign assistance, which is in Africa's interest and America's. But the true sign of success is not whether we are a source of aid that helps people scrape by - it is whether we are partners in building the capacity for transformational change."
This is where I think Obama got his wires crossed or confused. Not because I think his message is wrong; I think the message is to be lauded.
The problem is how he aims to achieve Africa's "transformational" change which, if anything, is contradictory to his spoken intentions.
agree with Obama that governance, democracy and good policies are crucial for Africa's renaissance. But unless America, and in particular northern countries, change their policies toward African agriculture, then the continent will always just get by, if that!
"Food security" will never lead to African food sovereignty and independence until Europe and America do something about their own agricultural subsidies, which they pour on their own farmers.
These subsidies out-compete and ravage Africa's agriculture.
Ghana was single-handedly picked out by Obama as being a shining light of "good governance" in Africa. It's a shame he never mentioned what American farm subsidies did to Ghana's farmers.