Thursday, November 3, 2016

A hilarious political play in Ghana? #ICantThinkFar

My friend and Presec yearmate +Latif Abubakar has become one of the best playwrights in Ghana. We didn't have to do #DivorceOrSuicide after seeing #WhatCanComeCanCome so we went ahead to #ThankGodForIdiots anyway. And then we eventually had to go see #MallamsAndPastors because in this Ghana, its the thing to do.

If you didn't realise, these hashtags are all plays that Latif has directed and his Globe Productions has produced. There's also Gallery of Comedies. But you've deciphered this by now, Latif stages really hilarious plays - comedies. He's back with another play - #ICantThinkFar. If you said "#ICantThinkMadness" after you're in tune with the times and trends in Ghana. So surely, you can imagine that this new I Can't Think Far play would be timely, trendy, terrific, teary-eyed-funny and tantatlizing.

The best part for me about the play is that there is a tour and it would be showing in Accra, Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi and Ho. Wanna get free tickets? You might want to pay attention to +Barcamp Accra +Barcamp Kumasi +Barcamp Tamale +Barcamp Takoradi and +Barcamp Ho on Twitter and Facebook.


Here are the details for #ICantThinkFar for you to see this play. 

The play features Ekow Smith-Asante, Bright Kekeli, Adjetey Anang. 
Accra | November 5 | Accra International Conference Centre |₵60 | 4 & 8pm shows. 
Kumasi | November 12 | Golden Tulip Hotel | ₵50 | 5 & 8pm shows.
Tamale | November 20 | Radach Hotel | ₵50 | 5 & 8pm shows.
Takoradi | November 26 | AkromaPlaza | ₵50 | 5 & 8pm shows.
Ho | December 2 |Ho Technical Univeristy (HoPoly) auditorium | ₵50 | 5 & 8pm shows.

You can read the press release about the play so you get the synopsis, or better still, the jist.


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PRESS RELEASE- A NON-VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN
LatifAbubakar is at it again with a hilarious political play dubbed I Can’t Think Far. It is his 1Oth play and his dedicated it to the promotion of nonviolence in our society. An agenda one cannot over emphasize during this political season, hence the writing and producing of a play with a theme on Anger Management.

The objective is to help curb violence by equipping people with the skills needed to control their anger and that of others. This play will be staged in at least five cities (Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi, Tamale, Ho) across the country. Also election reporters and people within the election hot spot communities as identify by the police will be given opportunity to benefit from this innovative skills training. 


I Can’t Think Far tells the story of a politician who is blind to the consequences of his bad temper. A few days to the long awaited nationwide presidential debate, he realizes how things are getting out of hand. He successfully seeks help from Reverend; an anger therapist. How far can they go?

Watch Adjetey Annan and Ecow Smith-Asante live in all the regions named above starting from the 6th of November in Accra at the AICC, 12th , 20th, 26th, and 2nd in Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi and Ho respectively . Further details of the play can be found on Facebook page “Latif Abubakar”.

I Can’t Think Far” is brought to you by Globe Productions in partnership with Graphic Showbiz. Sponsored by Star Ghana, Carnival Strawberry, Yomi Yoghurt and Unibank
Media partner 3FM, Citi FM Online, TV3, GH One and Graphic Communication Group. For ticket delivery call 0275027000. Globe Production: Experience the best!

It's #WuzuTime! The Uncompromising Passion book launch is here!

I've blogged about my longtime Eyram Akofa Tawia several times. You can read some of the blogs here. Living An African Success Story. Leti Games - building computer games in Africa. Leti Games named amongst Ghana's Innovation Heroes. Leti Games unveils iWarrior (iPhone App) & Kijiji (J2Me). I helped inspire +Eyram Tawia to write a book! Yes, a whole book! It has been published and it is being launched on Friday. Yes, this Friday. One of these blog posts is in the book. So you have to get the book :-)

You'd hear Eyram and the +Mighty African himself on the +Citi97.3FM Business Edition with +Benkoku Avle tomorrow on the Citi Breakfast Show. You can't miss the book launch at +Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology on Friday @ 6pm. Eyram has touched many people, at +Barcamp Ghana like Barcamp Ho and +Junior Camp Ghana events like Junior Camp Ketasco!

You can order the book via this link on Amazon. I wrote this press release to announce the book launch, etc. It's like another blog post :-)



Uncompromising Passion - The Humble Beginnings of An African Video Game Industry is a book that tells the story of a young man who chose to pursue his dreams with unwavering focus. This young man is Eyram Akofa Tawia, the CEO of Leti Arts and one of the most accomplished, celebrated young entrepreneurs in Africa. This book tracks Eyram's journey from Buroburo Road on the KNUST Campus to the present day, putting Ghana on the world map of video game development through the amazing creative work being churned out at his company, Leti Arts. The book will be launched on November 4, 2016 at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology. It will bring together important players in the Ghanaian startup ecosystem, distinguished guests and important role models and supporters of Eyram’s entrepreneurial journey.

Uncompromising Passion  - The Humble Beginnings of An African Video Game Industry is a great example of documenting an African success story in a way that will educate, inspire and even entertain readers. Co-authored by Samson Ojo, it chronicles Eyram’s journey but also sheds a lot of light on the support (from friends, family, acquaintances) to grow a company and more. The book talks about the entrepreneur ecosystem and the education system engendering it, which will make great reading and provide great insight to interested parties.

In the book’s foreword, Ato Ulzen-Appiah, a longtime friend of Eyram, wrote: “Journeying through this book, aptly captured by Samson Ojo, is like experiencing a comic from Leti Arts .The book has the jovial DNA of Eyram, it can be likened to an entertaining and educative road trip from Accra to Ho and back”. Eyram talked about his inspiration and motivation in the book’s introduction, “I believe Africa needs to accept new directions to grow; and Gaming is one of the major directions we can take. I am inviting you to share in my journey so far. The highs and the lows, the laughter and the tears; the unfolding story”.


The book launch would be chaired by Mrs Jane Kwawu. Jane is an independent international consultant and a gender activist with a great reputation in the UN. As a relative of Eyram, she would shed light on the family support that shapes such an awesome success story. The event would be emceed by Winston Amoah of 3fm Sunrise.  In attendance would be a number of distinguished guests such as the Netherlands Ambassador H.E Mr. Ron Strikker, Bright Simons (mPedigree), executives from Telcos amongst others. Some important people who have been part of Eyram’s community growing up would be present, including Prof Kwesi Adarkwa, Dr Rudith King and Prof Mrs Victoria Dzogbefia.
The event on November 4, 2016 would be a celebration of African ingenuity and innovation. The dress code is appropriately African in addition to white. The event at MEST would start with arrivals at 6pm and it would run for 3 hours. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Eyram Akofa Tawia will present some excerpts from the book and lead a slide show presentation talking about the Leti Arts journey and the African Video Gaming industry. After a Q&A session, some invited speakers would give short speeches.

This  book launch is also a fundraising event. 1000 copies of the book would be distributed to educational institutions in Ghana for reading, motivation and inspiration. The book was also launched briefly at +Barcamp Ho 2016 on October 29 in Ho since the Volta region is dear to Eyram.  

For more information on the book launch, contact Abena Addai Boakye on 0245900458 or Bernard Kelvin Clive on 0244961121.

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