Thursday, September 26, 2013

Something Inside So Strong by Lira

My favorite album right now is whichever selection of Lira songs I am playing in the #vimride these days. Talking of vim, none of Lira's songs gives me 'vim' quite like this one -

The version I listen to a lot (and on repeat) is the live in concert version, which includes the audience reaction and people singing along, with the backing vocals and all the lovely instrumentals. The version you would listen to here is lovely but it just doesn't do the song justice like this one does. So, go get that album - Captured Tour (A Concert Film). I have a signed copy of the CD and then the DVD too.

So I decided to write a blog post sharing the lyrics. You can find the lyrics for the original in many places, but you can find the lyrics to Lira's version in a few places. And now, here, on the MIghTy African blog.


The higher you build your barrier
The taller I become
The farther you take my rights away
The faster I will run
You can deny me
You can decide to turn your face away
No matter 'cause there’s...
...Something inside so strong (this must be also called vim)
I know that I can make it
Though you’re doing me wrong so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone, oh no
There’s something inside so strong
Something inside so strong

The more you refuse to hear my voice (u-way u-way u-way u-way :-D)
The louder I will sing (uuuu)
You hide behind Walls of Jericho (u-way u-way u-way u-way :-D)
Your lies will come tumbling down
Deny my place and time
You squander wealth that's mine
My light will shine
So bright... it will blind you
Because there’s...

...Something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though you’re doing me wrong so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone, oh no
Something inside so strong
Something inside so strong...
Oh yeah!
...Brothers and sisters
When they insist we’re just not good enough
Well we know better
Just look them in the eye and say
We’re gonna do it anyway
We’re gonna do it anyway
We're gonna do it anyway
We're gonna do it anyway ay ay ay! Heee! :-)

Ngizophumelela
Ngizofinyelela
Ngizophikelela
Hele le le iyo!
Ngizophumelela
Ngizofinyelela
Ngizophikelela
Ngeke bangiqede mamhlanje

Cause there's
Something inside so strong
See, I know that I can make it
Though you’re doing me wrong so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone, oh no
There’s something inside so strong
Something inside .....
I've got something inside so strong
I know that I can make it
Though you’re doing me wrong so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone, oh no
Something inside! .....
Something inside me so strong
Something inside so strong
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Something inside so strong
So strong, so strong, sooooo strong........ !

Cause there's
Something inside so strong




Let me translate what is probably my favorite part of the song, the actual South African language lyrics. Ngizophumelela means I will succeed. Ngizofinyelela means I will make it. Ngizophikelela means I will get there. Ngeke bangiqede mamhlanje means They will not destroy me, not today. How can you not absolutely love this song?

This song is known as one of Nelson Mandela's favorites. Actually, Lira sang this in honour of him. Madiba is truly admired and loved. I love Lira's music. I lover her too, she's just so cool. I met her once too; I will never forget that day. She's Siyabonga's second crush after Terry Pheto. Actually, I think I just moved her to number one until I actually meet Terry Pheto. Anyway, enjoy the music.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Promoting National Volunteer Day (September 21st) #NVDay

Earlier this year, we at the GhanaThink Foundation had an idea. What if we could get many people in Ghana to volunteer on the same day with a unity of purpose to make Ghana better? We've gone many iterations of how to get it done and we are almost there. The date we chose was September 21. It's interesting to note what % of people in Ghana actually know it's Founder's Day.

On September 21, different people in Ghana would be organizing or participating in volunteer activities. You can find out more info about these here. Stay tuned to #NVDay on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Watch the video promoting it and see our press release below.

Many thanks to +Estelle Akofio-Sowah +Antoinette Benneh +Nana Amoah and Nana Aba Anamoah for participating in the video. I was surrounded by some awesome Ghanaian women :-)



National Volunteer Day is being instituted by the +GhanaThink Foundation to come off every September 21st in Ghana. The initiative is to get as many people as possible in Ghana to volunteer their time or do community service on the Founder’s Day Holiday. While volunteerism is not very popular and part of our society’s fabric, many individuals and organizations volunteer occasionally. National Volunteer Day is to increase these numbers and unify efforts in volunteerism in Ghana.

Different individuals and organizations have planned volunteer activities for September 21st. Utopia Wishlist is organizing a
kids career fair in Omanjor near Accra. Some others with +Kuukuwa Manful are greening a school in Madina while others with +Ela Asare paint schools in East Legon, also in Accra. Some friends including +Ali Bukari Maiga are gathering other friends to donate blood on NVDay in Accra and Tamale while others including +nathaniel ALPHA gather to clean up a taxi rank in Ashaiman. Young people including +Prince Boadu are coming together to mentor SHS students in Kumasi while others including +krystabel vorsah organize a reading clinic for orphanage kids in Kasoa.

We expect at least 233 different activities on the day. You can find info about these activities and more on
nvday13.eventbrite.com. If you need more info on what to do or how to contribute to National Volunteer Day, visit the same link. Interested groups,organizations and individuals should register/RSVP at the National volunteer Day eventbrite website (nvday13.eventbrite.com). National Volunteer Day 2013 has the following media partners - The Diva Show on TV3, Focus 94.3 FM, Sunsum 98.7 FM, Anidado 97.9 FM and MPWR Show on Y 107.9 FM. Join us to move Ghana forward.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Join me to teach kids at King Jesus Charity Home in Kumasi on September 21 #NVDay

I've been to the King Jesus Charity Home in Boadi, Kumasi a couple of times to talk to the kids there and donate some provisions to them. Here's a blog post I wrote after going there in 2009. This next time, I will be volunteering to teach them some skills to help them become smarter. It's lovely to know some people I've not even met yet will be joining me.

I am gathering some people as part of +Barcamp Kumasi's activities for this year to volunteer for a day. We'd be at the King Jesus Charity Home on September 21st.


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You can join other volunteer activities happening around Ghana as part of National Volunteer Day. Learn more about this initiative at this link - nvday13.eventbrite.com

+Barcamp Kumasi happens on Septemebr 28. You can register now for free - barcampkumasi13.eventbrite.com

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