All posts by Jemila Abdulai

  • What Does It Mean To Be A Woman…In Sports?

    What does it mean to be a woman? That question might seem out of the blue, but given the whole gender saga concerning South Africa’s 18-year old 800m athlete Caster Semenya, I think it’s a pretty valid one. Many women would have numerous responses to that question, as would many men. It could range from …

  • Ramadan Special: Islam in Ghana

    “So-so and so sent you a Ramadan-Mubarak/Ramadan Kareem card! Send one back!” Even facebook heralds the Holy month of Ramadan. In the past, I’ve written about what Ramadan represents to me as an individual and the difference between observing Ramadan here in the U.S. (in college) and back home in Ghana. (You can read a …

  • School & Work (Afi Writes…)

    Dear Diary, I have just had the most upsetting experience in my entire career as a student, my entire career as a living being even. I never understood why the Cowries Television Network insisted on airing that segment on strange happenings but I do know that my experience ought to be aired on their show. …

  • School & Work (Mash Writes…)

    Dear Diary, Hey yourself, I just got back from work and boy, am I tired! On the whole, work is pretty cool but (there’s always a but), it does get frustrating as hell. Talk about “hard to please” customers, rebellious machines, power cuts etc. Working in a café ain’t easy; especially with the special group …

  • School & Work (Bolade Writes…)

    Dear Diary, I still can’t believe that in barely a year, I’ll be in university. I mean, how did this happen so fast? It was just yesterday that I was kidding around with my boys after the BECE. Anyways, I have been doing some thinking with regards to my tertiary education, Thinking about what I’ll …

  • School & Work (Tungtaeya Writes…)

    Dear Diary, Have you ever felt like you just want everything going on around you to stop; if even for a second? Yea, well I’m feeling like that right this moment! What’s it about this time? I’ll tell you: its about people making a choice to be dedicated to a cause and failing. Its amazing …

  • The Death of Traditional Journalism?

    Over the past couple of weeks I have been contemplating switching back to real journal writing ie. using a pen and a notebook made of paper. For some reason, I find it more personal, more enjoyable and more artistic than sitting at a PC typing away. Especially considering the fact that the ideas for my …

  • The Era of the Gadget-Kids

    Meet Ruby Mac. She might look like an ordinary mac computer, but she’s far from being commonplace. This special kid has got a mum and a name. The origins of her name reside in the ruby-colored cover on her back and the fact that she’s a…take a wild guess…mac! And as to having a mum, …

  • ‘Spring’ Cleaning

    It’s about 3am, and I think last night was a night well-spent. As you’ve probably noticed (or haven’t, if you just got on here), Circumspect is all cleaned up, tucked away in drawers, and operating like clockwork. I finally came across a template I liked which was also user friendly and quite classy. For those …

  • Something Different in Staying True

    I’ve been feeling a pull for a while now. A pull towards something else. Something new. Something different. A pull to writing about something non-developmental. Sure development will always be a part of who I am, and inshallah I will pursue my career in that area. But right now, writing about development is missing something …

  • Family & Friends (Mash Writes…)

    Dear Diary, To say I love my mom would be an understatement, I totally adore her. Whenever I have a problem I just gotta run to her because she’s so understanding, like most moms are right? Besides, dads just don’t understand, do they? A couple of times (maybe more than a couple), I felt she …

  • Family & Friends (Afi Writes…)

    Dear Diary, It’s kind of hard being second to last amongst nine siblings, you know? By the time you have learnt to ride a bike, seven others would have already done it. Your ‘great achievement’ would only bring back fond memories of the time Juma rode hers, or the zillion times Hisham fell off his, …

  • Family & Friends (Bolade Writes…)

    Dear Diary, I’ m positive my voice has gone hoarse from all the screaming I’ve been doing today. No, Arif and the guys didn’t come down here for another screaming match though I’d rather that was the case. The thing is that mum and dad went out…sans those little devils. Okay they’re my kid brothers …

  • Family & Friends (Tungtaeya Writes…)

    Dear Diary, Responsibilities, responsibilities. God! Sometimes I just hate to hear the word. I mean come on, what’s up with the “you’re the eldest child in the family so you have to set a good example for the others to follow. You have to be more responsible.” Honestly, I’m tired of all that. Because of …

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