This is Ghana For You – 3 Weeks at the Gold Coast

Etisen, my dear reader! I just got back to Ivory Coast from a 3 week trip to Accra. Hence “etisen”, meaning “hello” in Twi, the principal native language of Ghana. Over there, people naturally express their fear for God in writting. Stores, companies, buses, simple and complex objects, in fact nearly everything in Accra carries a verse of the Bible or the Koran or is named after a verse or a statement in one of these Books. I was particularly marked by the ever present “Gye Nyame” (Except God) symbol. A craftsman simply told me “everybody here knows this: It’s except God.”

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Gye Nyame symbol. Meaning Except Gog.

Another experience as JCI certified Assistant Trainer – It was a wonderful experience to have my first international audience being the participants of the JCI Presenter course that was organized by JCI Ghana on October 21 2011, ahead of its 2011 National Convention. I was next to Fidel Adjovi (the Head Trainer) who came from Cotonou, Benin and at the end of the course, we approved 16 participants as JCI Presenter graduates.

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At the trainers’ desk during the JCI Presenter class in Accra Ghana. Fidel Adjovi, the Head Trainer from Cotonou.

Preparing annual resolutions – On November 4, over 20 members of JCI Accra Royale chapter, a local organization of JCI in Ghana, took part in a training session they where hosting. They invited me to deliver the content of the training module I designed – “Resolution 365 – plan and achieve annual objectives”.

After processing the session evaluation forms, the participants awarded me a score of 76.8%, with all of them saying they will recommend the course. Don’t wait until it is December 31 to think about the changes you want to bring in your life. It might be too late.

Invite me to share with you and the members of your organization, simple and practical tips and tricks that will help you end the habit of unfulfilled resolutions.

Below a re few pictures I kept from the trip to Ghana.

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Graduation ceremony of the JCI Presenter course. Standing in the middle (front row) with a gold chain is the 2012 present of JCI Ghana. Can you see me in the picture?
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This is the side view of a beauty saloon in Accra. It is called “The Lord is my Shepherd.” I pray God to bless the owner with regular clients.
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On the Kokrobite beach, this is a canoe on which it is written “Psalm 23: 4-5” [ 4 – Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.]

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