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      Café Kwae: For the Love of Cozy Spaces, Simple Food & Ghanaian Ingenuity (I)

      There’s a throng of new coffee shops in Accra and leading the pack is Café Kwae, a one-month old business started by Yvette Ansah that is quickly becoming the preferred “chill” spot for Accra’s professionals, creatives and globetrotters. I found out about Café Kwae (pronounced kwˈaɪ), or rather its USB wall sockets, three weeks ago. My curiosity about the Ghanaian establishment pushing the envelope on meeting customer needs got the best of …

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        Guest Contribution by Thelma Boamah: Why Vulnerability Matters

          “Just picture everyone naked.” This folkloric public speaking hack has always seemed curious to me. While I’ve never heard any real live person attest to its effectiveness, the regularity with which it’s offered as advice, at least on old sitcoms, is reason enough to give it some thought. Specifically, I’ve wondered why looking out at …

              Poetry/Prose: Dirty Dancin’

              We danced. For months on end. The tango, the waltz, even salsa’d it up Amidst the swirling shadows, intoxicated by tune Daylight? T’was always the dark we craved Grinding against each other – wanting, denying, no sleeping tonight Heavy breaths in sync, bass tempo till light Staring. Breathing the other in.  Intimate, strange. Enveloped, conspiring; …

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                Poetry/Prose: Hybrid

                Grand plans. That’s what we had. Of where we’d end up, how we’d end up, when we’d end up. I mean, we said “let’s leave it to Allah, let’s wait and see”. But really, the levers in our mind had long clanked away. Breaking news: I will never be Ghanaian, African [insert whatever label] enough. …

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                  Ghana’s Komla Dumor – Insights on Courage & Embarking on the Narrow Path [Tribute]

                  Source: Komla Dumor’s Facebook Page “There’s so much more to tell about Africa than the usual stories about war, famine and disease.” Komla Dumor. Son, husband, father, Ghana’s “Boss Player”, Africa’s storyteller, BBC World News broadcaster, inspiration – courage personified. If anyone had told me that Komla Dumor’s Black Star would burst out into eternity …

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