Posts

Showing posts from February, 2009

Biggest rivalries in the NBA today and fantastic playoff matchups

I watch a lot of basketball. In fact, it's about the only thing I've watched on American TV in the last 6 years. I even watch games on atdhe.net, myp2p.eu, channelsurfing.net when some mouth-watering games are not on TV. There is the added bonus of catching Golden State Warriors games, the team might not be that good but every single I seem to watch of theirs is a good one. I'll like to discuss what I think are the biggest rivalries in the NBA today, circa my time of sustained basketball interest. It's easy to identify some rivalries but to rank them was definitely not easy. Here we go.

1. Los Angeles Lakers - San Antonio Spurs
These two teams have the most dominant in the NBA this millenium with 3 and 4 championships respectively. The Spurs lost to the Lakers in the 2001 and 2002 playoffs and the latter went on to win the title both years. In 2003, in David Robinson's last season and Manu Ginobli's first season, the Spurs broke their duck against the Lakers and …

'Run Baby Run' and 'Kwame' win at Pan-African Film Festival (PAFF)

Before I fell in love with 'Life and Living It', there was 'Run Baby Run'. The folks from Revele Films, who produce the local television series 'Home Sweet Home', hit a home run with their first feature film, 'Run Baby Run' on the Ghanaian market. 'Run Baby Run' just won the best narrative film at the 17th PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL (Programmer's award). This follows its success at the Africa Movie Academy Awards 2008 (held in Nigeria) where it picked up the Best Director (Emmanuel Apea Jnr), Best Screenplay (Emmanuel Apea Jnr and John Apea), Best Child Actor (Evelyn Addo - 'Nina') and Best Film. Edward Osei-Gyimah's Kwame won the Best Narrative Short at the PAFF as well. Congratulations to Emmanuel Apea (and the Revele Films Crew) as well Edward Osei-Gyimah for making Ghana proud.

'Run Baby Run' as a movie scores on many levels. It addresses the drug trade that is throwing dust on the goodwill Ghana is building, and it com…

African commercials/adverts - in the spirit of Valentine

I know Valentine's day has already passed but this is never late. Besides, everyday should be valentine's don't you think? It is pretty commercialized now. It's even National Chocolate Day in Ghana. I didn't get the chance to munch on some Golden Tree on Saturday but I did get some on Sunday. That right there is fulfillment for the weekend. A friend and I happened to be checking out commercials and it reminded me about some African commercials I had found and was going to share with y'all. Well, here they are. I picked up some that revolve around the Valentine Day themes. Please don't tell me I have to tell you what those themes are.

First up, we have an ad from MTN Nigeria. I fell in love with this advert when I first saw it. For all the long-distance lovers, this is for you. You need to be in Africa and have MTN though - so that even when you're apart, you're still together. In fact, the Nigerians force on this one. More props. They should have ch…

Different kangaroo dances all over Africa - Black Stars, NPP, Kenya

The Kangaroo dance was probably the most popular dance in Ghana in 2008. First the Black Stars unveiled it when Michael Essien got on the end of Sulley Muntari's freekick to score Ghana's first goal against Morocco in the African Cup of Nations at Accra's Ohene Djan sports stadium. I was at the stadium that day and believe you me, I was so ecstatic to see the goal that I was making so much noise jumping up and down to pay any attention to the Black Stars' celebration. They did the dance again after Sulley Muntari scored Ghana's second and the next day, a new dance craze was born. The NPP employed it in their Election 2008 campaign as well. Do you know where the dance originated from? Do you even know that it was a dance craze in Kenya as well? Now you know.

The Kangaroo dance celebration became a phenomenon during the CAN 2008. In fact, Ghana's dreaded rivals, the Super Eagles, actually used that same celebration when they drew first blood in the quarter-final a…

Embed Museke playlists on your site, blog, homepage, etc

Museke.com is working on releasing widgets and giving users the ability to embed playlists from Museke on various sites.

Museke.com is an African music website, seeks to be the home for all African music fans and has lyrics, audio, video, playlists (like those below), interviews, blogs, forums, polls, artiste information, etc.

Here are a few playlists I tried to embed
Seems the full window did not embed, use the back and forth options to choose different songs.

Conscious music from Africa - patriotic, nationalistic, socially conscious songs collection



It's Valentine's Day soon, so celebrate the time with some African love songs



And if you need some slow jams, easy listening, soothing songs - Africa got some for you too




More playlists coming, the embedding is still a work in progress.

If you are interested in getting some of these playlists, contact the people at Museke.com

Dangerous Highway – a short story

So I've given you guys some poems to read on this blog, but how about a short story? I was going through my stuff and came across a short story I wrote shortly after I finished Presec. I was a new Odadee. It's titled - Dangerous Highway. Reading it reminded me of how we used to write when we were in secondary (high) school, using all the biggest English we could find and playing with the language to prove we had an excellent command of the Queen's language. In fact, some of the words and phrases I used had me laughing hysterically and I don't understand some of the words (anymore). Well, here it is for you to enjoy.

"Dangerous Highway" - I am not going to give the story away. Just read. This piece has never been edited, it's important for us to read it at its untouched stage to appreciate the beauty of the writing. Or the horror, if you may. I wrote this piece on paper, in 2001, I wasn't used to Microsoft word so this piece doesn't have the benefit…

African football team of the 90's and beyond: Africa XI

I am a big sports fan. I remember as far back as 1992, I started following football (soccer) very keenly. Yes, I know I started the other blog with that statement but hey, it's worth saying again. I presented my first eleven of players I have seen play. In this post, I will present my winning eleven first-team squad (with 5 reserves) of African players I've seen play. Positioning in football has changed, where we have players wearing jerseys 80, but we have the 11 positions on the field of play.

I think it's great we have African players challenging for world best these days. George Weah is still the only guy to do it (in 1995), but Abedi Pele, and Roger Milla were very good in their heyday as well. Samuel Eto'o was adjudged top 3 in 2005 too. Aight, first 11 is up.

#1 - Goalkeeper: Africa has always had some great goalies, but none have really gone to the pinnacle of club soccer (at least in Europe). Essam El-Hadary has been excellent though and he's been doing it …

25 random things about me

This is for my Facebook notes really - nice excuse to blog anyway

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you. (To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish


1. I used to cry a whole lot when I was young. I was a crybaby proper. I cried mostly because I was very remorseful and because I couldn't handle punishment well. From about 2001 to 2007, I never cried (or don't remember doing so). That one time in 2007 that I cried, I remember it vividly. I was watching Coach Carter and it was the time that the Timo Cruz character started reciting "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate&qu…