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Last Wednesday I gave my fourth Rotary presentation to the Rotary Club of Accra-Dzorwulu. Here’s a look at my interaction with the Rotary Club.
I’m no stranger to the Rotary Club of Accra-Dzorwulu. My professor, a member of the club, took me as his guest to one of the meetings last semester. The president, Ms. Yvonne, also invited me to take part in a fundraising walk last year. Needless to say I was happy to return to club, this time as the main speaker.
|Wish I could remember what I was laugh-talking about here! February 2, 2015|
There were some familiar faces as well as new ones. This time around, I revamped my presentation to include a more extensive list of my hobbies and interests and activities I’ve taken part in while in the country. The club seemed to enjoy hearing about the regions in Ghana I’ve visited. So far, I’ve been to seven of the 10 regions: Greater Accra (which is where I live), Central, Eastern, Volta, Ashanti, Northern, and the Upper East. There are interesting stories to share about my visits to all the regions, but for the sake of time, I gave an overview with photos from the regions and gave more detailed information on the Upper East and Coastal regions.
|An attentive crowd, February 2, 2015|
The club members were attentive and showed great interest in my adventures at home and here in Ghana. Some members were surprised at the amount of travel I’ve been able to experience and shared that they had not been to as many regions themselves. They also had questions for me after my presentation about my views on Ghana, the people, and the culture. The President Yvonne asked me if there was one thing I could change about the way people perceive Africans and Africa, what would it be. I told her that several people back home watch news reports on regions of Africa that are biased and incorrect. I went on to say that large stakeholders of many media outlets have certain viewpoints and agendas when supporting news stories, and those opinions and agendas often come out in reporting, whether they are accurate or not. Therefore, folks back home (and all of us) should always consider the source of where we’re getting our information from about other cultures, and not just accept what we see on documentaries and reports. Several of the club members nodded their heads in agreement.
After the meeting I was able to chat with the club members and pass out my business cards. The members said they looked forward to getting me engaged with projects for the year. All in all, it was another great time of fellowshipping with club members.
|Presenting my sponsor club banner to President Yvonne, February 2, 2015|
This week I’ll share a little on an old traditional genre of Ghanan music, known as Hi-life.For other uses, see Highlife. Highlife was born in Ghana in the late 20th century. Its roots are found in the Akan (a Ghanaian people) ethnic group and its popularity is known throughout West Africa. Drums, guitars, and lots of singing is typical to the style. I’ve been in Ghana long enough to identify Highlife music when I hear it. Unfortunately, I don’t know what the artists are singing about unless one of the locals are near to translate for me! However, I was able to find one song that is typically Highlife. Not sure what they’re saying (let’s hope it’s nothing bad) but the music is wonderful to listen to. Take a listen by clicking (or copying and pasting in your browser) the link below:
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This ends this week’s blog post. Next week, I’ll discuss giving my 5th presentation to my first Rotaract Club—the lively Rotaract Club of Accra-East!