Tuesday, December 31, 2013

This is the 233rd blog post I'm writing in 2013

I set a target of writing 233 blog posts this year. This is the 233rd blog post of 2013. Thank you all for giving me vim to do so. Here are a selection of tweets capturing some of what I blogged about. 

Next year, I'd do 233 blog posts again. Thanks so much for visiting, reading, commenting, sharing and liking my blog posts. I write things I'd love and what you'd love. Thank you!

A year of #233moments - moments that made us think of Ghana

233moments was started as a hashtag where we'd share where we are and what we are doing at 2:33pm and 2:33am in honour of Ghana. This year, it's become more than that. People have shared various things they call Ghanaian moments as #233moments. In fact, it's become a hashtag to promote and brand Ghana, as captured by +Donald Ward & +Edward Amartey-Tagoe in a tweet below. Here are a few top and selected tweets to capture the essence of this in 2013.

Huge props to +Efo Dela who's really helped drive #233moments and added more flavour to it. There've been many other contributions from +Nana Fynn Class-Peters +Enock Seth Nyamador +Kofi Kafui Kornu +Kobe Subramaniam +Kajsa Hallberg Adu +Prince Boadu +Claude Ayitey, etc

A year of #233moments - posts at 2:33pm & 2:33am with Ghana in mind

2013 has been a great year. Here is one of the recap posts I am writing. For this, am choosing to share some favorite #233moments tweets. Praying and will work to make 2014 an even better and more interesting year :-)

Join us. I don't set an alarm to post at 2:33pm or 2:33am but if I happen to see it approaching, I make sure to post it as close as possible to that time. :-)

Learnt how to say "Happy birthday" in 13 African languages

Today is my birthday. For all of you who've been wishing me Happy Birthday, I will like to say Thank you in these 23+ African languages and in these 16+ non-African languages. I asked my friends for how to say Happy Birthday in African languages. Some exist. Now you can wish birthday celebrants in an African language. With some help from my African friends, we have a list to work with. I wish I could get to 30 but I've tried ahh. 
  1. Akan: Mema wo awoda pa. Mema wo awoda mu anigye.  You have another version? Add it in a comment. :-) The +kasahorow gurus like +Paa Kwesi taught me this.
  2. Ga: Afi o afi. You have a better way to say it, Let's hear it. Otherwise, this from +Naa Oyoo Quartey & Naa adjeley hold.
  3. Ewe: Dzigbeza bɔkɔɔ nawo! h +Enock Seth Nyamador of +Planning Wikimedia Ghana wished me this via Twitter today. So I didn't even have to ask gurus like +Seyram Freddy Ahiabor & +Doris Anson-Yevu yet :-)
  4. Swahili: Siku ya ulizaliwa njema. I've used this for a long time. I think +Eric Mibuari taught me this. I'm sure there's another way.
  5. Xhosa: Min'e nnandi kuwe. That's what Nomcebo said o. 
  6. Siswati: Lusuku lwekutalwa loluhle! Imini emnandi yakho yokuzalwa! +Phelele Fakudze told me this once on my birthday. Orgasmic! :-)
  7. Setswana: Letsatsi la matsalo le le ntle. A bit long as +Manteba S'rurubele herself would admit. Am sure it sounds really good when said. 
  8. Yoruba: Ku ayeye ojo ibi. I learnt this from my friend Mimi as well. 
  9. Igbo: Gbaa ubochi omumu gi nke oma. I learnt this from +Chioma Ileagu who shares the same birthday as me. Isn't that tres cool?
  10. Lingala: Mbotama elamu. My buddy +Mandi Nanga taught me this one. 
  11. Kinyarwanda: Umunsi mwiza w'ivuko.  Learnt this from +RICHARD RUSA, who I know my Google times.
  12. Bambara: Sambe sambe. Aminata Niang said there isn't really anything like in this Malian language but this comes close, it stands for benedictions.
  13. Dagbani: Naa dwam dali. +Jemila Abdulai learnt this from her mum and then taught me. Like just some minutes ago.
This follows the "Thank You", "Let's Go, "Money", "I Love You", "How are You and I'm Fine" "Yes & No" "I'm hungry" & Please posts in this series. Share how to say "Happy birthday" in other African languages via the comments. I wish I could have gotten to 23, but I just haven't gotten and I want to post this today. So we are stopping at 13. Lucky 13 eh? Help us get to 23 by adding comments.

A poem for the The Mighty African

Look at this cool poem that Cecilia Amoafowaa. This is too awesome!

Ɔdadeԑ bԑsene abrempong
Ɔdadeԑ a ↄde neԑmapa wuso wiase
Yԑbԑfrԑ wo nnyuma akrobԑto

The unsinkable ship,
The unshakable great tree,
Your birth must be noted with grandeur!
The MIGHTY AFRICAN with the spirit ‘CAN DO’
Lie on your back and take a rest
Yes! A well deserving rest
In just a day out of the many,
Where you restlessly fret to see life’s best for all.
Celebrating life’s celebrant must be done with sewn wordsthat sparkle
This is the only gift from afar I can give
For you to see the impact of your birth
No need to say more, the sun is shining it out
Beckoning the world to pay its respect
On the score of the MigHTy AfriCan!

Ɔdadeԑ Ato Ulzen Appiah a ↄsene abrempong
Ɔdadeԑ a ↄde neԑmapa wuso wiase
Yԑbԑfrԑ wo nnyuma akrobԑto       
Happy, happy birthday!
      Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia for the Mighty African Ɔdadeԑ Ato Ulzen Appiah.

Guess who's also born on a 31st December?

I share my birthday with some awesome people. Here is just a number of them.

+Emmanuel A. Gamor is someone I've known since Presec and we've done many things together. We are both members of the Global Shapers Accra hub. +Mac-Jordan Degadjor & +Jemila Abdulai wished us both today.

Just discovered Gloria Buckman Yankson of Plan IT Ghana Events is also a 31st December born. I met her briefly at TEDxSpintex Women and she was a speed mentor and panelist at the recent +Barcamp Accra+Elijah Ekow Atta-Aidoo & +Kuukuwa Manful let me know.

I met +Chioma Ileagu at +Barcamp Cape Coast 2011 and we've been close friends since. We've seen our ups and downs too and our friendship is going strong.

Yaw Owusu of Ghana Cyber City was also born on a 31st December.

Also discovered today on Twitter that Raquel Soni, who interviewed me on +Homeboyzradio HBR in Nairobi in 2011 was also born on this special day.

I also share the same birthday with a mate from MIT - Hubert Roberts and then one from JSS - Nana Asantewaa.

Guess who else is also born on 31st December? The greatest manager of them all! Sir Alex Ferguson. +Lolan Sagoe-Moses reminded me about that today.

I am going to ask my mum how come I was born on this day. 

More vim birthday wishes from GhanaThink members

I work with a really awesome team at the +GhanaThink Foundation. Seeing the team come together this year to do more than +Barcamp Ghana has been really great. Now we have +Junior Camp Ghana+Ghana Volunteer Program+Party Crew, #FiestaDebates and more to come. Kudos to the whole team. Thanks for making this year a great one. More vim to all who've been involved in the +GhanaThink Foundation's +Barcamp Ghana events - +Barcamp Accra +Barcamp Kasoa +Barcamp Kasoa +Barcamp Tema +Barcamp Ho +Barcamp Koforidua +Barcamp Kumasi +Barcamp Kumasi +Barcamp Sunyani +Barcamp Sunyani +Barcamp Tamale +Barcamp Takoradi +Barcamp Cape Coast.

Thanks so much for your birthday wishes! Here's a selection of some. I'd be adding more.

Thank you for your Happy birthday wishes on Twitter

Just a selection of Happy birthday tweets so far. Thank you all! Accept my gratitude and thank yous in 23 African languages.

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