An educational institution like the University of Ghana (UG) has a mind of its own. Unlike other public institutions that mostly dance to the tune of the government in power (whether good or bad), from what I’ve witnessed at UG, so far, it is a little autonomous.
In this covid19 period, for example, UG shut down before our President ordered all educational institutions to do so. This was immediately it recorded its first case of the virus. Currently, it has partially reopened for final year students to complete their courses. UG has made it flexible for these students to still work from home without necessarily being on campus and jeopardizing their lives. This was after the President called for the re-opening of schools and educational institutions for final year students (in particular).
Most African countries give toomuch a lot of power to their governments. The government of the day appoints Chief Executive Officers and bosses of organisations and most of them obey every command from the presidency (good or bad). For an institution to operate flexibly and creatively without a lot of interferences from government is difficult and for UG to take these bold initiatives is laudable.
Cumulatively, I have been at UG for about eight years (both studying and working on projects) and I love how the systems work even though there is always room for improvement. Individuals respect protocols and are not unnecessarily rude to others. For instance, an accountant may be frustrated by your actions but is still forced to be nice because he knows trouble looms when he does not treat you well.
I may not be privy to all that goes on in this institution but I can say it has space for dialogue and intellectual discussions. New systems are always being developed to improve teaching and learning and I wouldn’t mind being their brand ambassador and working there till I retire.
***This is 10/22 of the #WinterABC2020. The prompt is which institution would you love to represent and work with.***
Limiting the number of social media accounts I follow to only 4, in this post, is almost tortuous but here we go:
1. HeatherLindsey is a preacher, fashionista, vegan, mother of three and a wife. You can get a sense of her life through her posts. She is truly an inspiration to young women and I admire how she confidently posts everything (almost) about herself, family, husband and children on social media. She has a huge following and most of her posts go viral. I follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
2. Dromobaby is a page I discovered not too long ago but have succeeded in watching almost every video on their page. They feature women and husbands (sometimes) who share stories about their pregnancy journey. Some of the guests they feature are hilarious and others share sad stories. One that I wouldn’t forget in while is a woman who lost her twins after she delivered them. 😥😥 They feature Ghanaians (mostly) and I follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
3. BabiesbyBazal, Coos_n_Clicks, ElomAyayee, Twinkle_toes_inc (they are four different pages 😄)- these are businesses that take maternity shoots and family photos as well as photos of babies when they are as young as a week old till when they are about eight or nine or so. I love the creativity behind those shoots. The end product of the shoots are pretty and surreal that they will make you feel like having babies. 🙃They are all Ghanaian brands and I follow these pages on Instagram and Facebook.
4. Liezer-legacyproductions – I love comedy and this page shares skits of some hilarious individuals/comedians that we have in Ghana. The recent satirical quiz they produce is so funny that it trends on YouTube. I follow them on Facebook and I’ve subscribed to their YouTube channel as well.
**Can I add my Church’s social media accounts or you are tired? 😂😂😂
Which social media accounts do you follow and why? Do share.
***This is 9/22 of the #WinterABC2020. The prompt is 4 Social Media accounts and why you follow them.***
1. Trick us? We are aware the numbers matter so much to you – especially when you have to market your page to possible clients for adverts or for you to start earning (on YouTube). You have to gain a certain number of followers and clicks to posts but please consider your loyal consumers too. The click baits are too much. Will it be too much if we asked you to create a catchy headline/title that is still related to the post? We are tired of clicking to only see the headlines/titles have no implication whatsoever to the story/post. Are you tricking us or what?
2. Hang around Twitter and make news out of the most mundane issues? The fact that they are celebrities and pastors and presidents and known figures does not make everything they tweet newsworthy. We are now making celebrities out of undeserving people. This has resulted in people doing all sort of crazy things in order to trend. Really? Content creators. Really?
3. Take content from sites without properly citing the source? Academically, that would be called plagiarism and possibly leading you to lose your degree but in the content creation world, it seemed to be overlooked and it’s gradually gaining acceptance. For instance, bloggers take stories from other pages and slap it to theirs as if the one who created it does not even exist. It’s someone’s work, for crying out loud, please cite them.
What do content creators do that you wish they would stop? It’s a learning experience so share yours.😊
***This is 8/22 of the #WinterABC2020. The prompt is 3 things you wish African content creators could avoid***
There are several bloggers in Ghana but the very popular ones are those who create content on entertainment/celebrity/lifestyle and current affairs. You are more likely to get the names of such websites when you ask the ordinary Ghanaian for an example of a blog.
There are awesome ones in other niches but the five I have selected for this post are those I discovered recently and are quite committed to the cause:
1. Joseyphina blogs consistently. She writes Christian, short stories mixed with some series and a little bit of everything. She is one of the people I take motivation from and she writes very well.
2. Omtsdigest blogs on business and finance, parenting, Christian and lifestyle. She says she is a lady of few words and her blog portrays that quite well.
3. Floodlightdaily is relatively new in the blogosphere but has been writing consistently in the short period that I’ve known her. Her niche is Christian.
4. GoldinWords was one of my motivations for sticking to this niche. He writes plainly and is candid in his posts. When he wrote about his addiction to pornography and how he broke free, I was stunned. Anyway, he’s not afraid to share his personal struggles and I guess that is what blogging should be about.
5. Nesta Erskine is an awesome storyteller and very witty. He shares shortstories on his Facebook page. You are likely to remained glued when you start reading his content.
Do you know any Ghanaian bloggers I should be checking out? Kindly leave their links in the comment section 😊
***This is 7/22 of the #WinterABC2020. The prompt is 5 bloggers in your country***