You Can’t Even Buy Plantain Chips!

Day after day, our actions as Africans scare me, and perhaps God even! I once boarded a bus for a journey of fourteen hours or more, with the destination been Accra. Approximately fifty people sat in the bus. It was an air-conditioned bus and as such all windows were closed. I thought it were just closed until we reached a point I thought I needed to open the window. To my shock, the windows were immobile. There was no way you could open it. It was same with all windows on the bus. Only one thought ran through my mind throughout the journey; what happens in an emergency situation? Hours of trying to find answer to this question proved futile. I reached out to the driver at a point in time trying to find out if indeed the windows were meant not to be opened. His answer was yes. “It’s an air conditioned bus, we don’t need the windows”, he said proudly and arrogantly. (You should have seen him). Just then, I wanted to ask him what if there’s an emergency. But this I didn’t, I shouldn’t be seen as the pessimist and devil who’s expecting something evil to happen. I decided to only ask him that question when we have arrived.

For the rest of the journey, so many questions kept running through my mind that I never seem to have answers to. Did it take a white man to manufacture that bus? Will the white man permit such a bus to be used in his country? Or was that the reason why they were sent to Africa, Ghana my motherland?

Oh Africa, we are prone to every form of accident and disaster at any time yet we never take precautions. We present our world to be a perfect one, when in reality imperfect could be an undermined word.

A bus vehicle whose windows you can’t choose to open even in an emergency situation, is that safe? You know the irritating part? You can’t buy plantain chips!

Written By: Asamoah Eli

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Never Too Important

When Andrew Carnegie was building steel empire

And Bill Gates building Microsoft

Brands that will affect million lives

Successful stories I’ve lived my life reading

All happened when I knew not I existed even

My sweat never involved

My intellect non existing

People made him his success

Nothing I added up to it

Yet it happened

Why then do I think of myself that people won’t make it without me

Or the success of others need my permission

Oh my helpless poor thoughts!

Spare me this confused arrogance Lord!

Knowing this;

Everything I do

I do it as a privilege it is

Knowing that there is always a better someone

I choose to call it honor

The honor to live an impact in lives

An impact that will transcend generations

Making successes possible

Not because I was too good for it

But because I made myself valuable for it

“I’m never too important

I’m only privileged and lucky to help write a success story

And leave an impact”

Lord embed in my heart this truth, Never let me lose conscious of it

Lest I crush myself with pride and the relevance never my reality

Today I live

According to each day the privilege it is

And each moment the blessed I am

Written By: Asamoah Eli

#8DNetwork

Image credit: Apagraph

Never Too Important

When Andrew Carnegie was building steel empire

And Bill Gates building Microsoft

Brands that will affect million lives

Successful stories I’ve lived my life reading

All happened when I knew not I existed even

My sweat never involved

My intellect non existing

People made him his success

Nothing I added up to it

Yet it happened

Why then do I think of myself that people won’t make it without me

Or the success of others need my permission

Oh my helpless poor thoughts!

Spare me this confused arrogance Lord!

Knowing this;

Everything I do

I do it as a privilege it is

Knowing that there is always a better someone

I choose to call it honor

The honor to live an impact in lives

An impact that will transcend generations

Making successes possible

Not because I was too good for it

But because I made myself valuable for it

“I’m never too important

I’m only privileged and lucky to help write a success story

And leave an impact”

Lord embed in my heart this truth, Never let me lose conscious of it

Lest I crush myself with pride and the relevance never my reality

Today I live

According to each day the privilege it is

And each moment the blessed I am

Written By: Asamoah Eli

#8DNetwork

A Deep Arsenal of Ambition

Wants and Ambitions are unlimited; man is ambitious by nature.

Our society considers great ambitions as a thing negative, because they mistake this characteristic for greed or allure of power. However, this is not the case. It’s just the desire to escape mediocrity.

We all have this perception at certain point in time. Why? Because we are afraid to see where our own ambition can take us.

We all have ambitions in life to achieve and impact others, yet these ambitions crash in their early stages with fear causing us to give up.

Ambition is that which sets us with a strong desire to achieve something unique in life.

Ambition gives us a sense of direction, steered goals and target pursuits in life.

Why don’t you identify your ambitions and work on them?

We all have ambitions. Set your priorities right and then you will discover your ambitions. I think being ambitious requires five major doings;

– setting goals in life: the purpose of life is life of purpose. But to have purpose is setting the right goals on a piece of paper not just by words of mouth. It helps to review it when necessary

– willing to take risk: some of us are risk averse, others are risk lovers. The latter have the willingness to take risk in other to achieve the stated goals in life.

– avail yourself to new ways of thinking: new ideas always comes with scepticism, so is new way of thinking. But without opening yourself to the new way thinking how will you know the benefits in New things;

– compete with yourself, not others: set standards for yourself not with others. Desist being in the rat race and have time to develop your personal capabilities.

– surround yourself with ambitious people.: surrounding yourself with positive thinkers affect your way of thinking likewise is surrounding yourself with ambitious people.

Written By: Emmanuel Adjei

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Gif source: work-mammoth.

Haunted Realities

In the groanings of a disturbed soul

Is the pouring out of anxiety and a heart soaked

With bleedings covered by a cloak

Disappointments and expectations stroked

Perfections afar only crooked

The reality we fear proficiently coaxed

Covered by a tongue smeared

Smeared with “faithful” lies

Lies that won our hearts

Seemingly mounted by fate

Yet disregarded with hate

Perfections afar becoming ever-chasing imperfections

Blinded by our own expectations

The faithful and gentle lies that we gave in to

And the scary hearts covered with beautiful bodies we never realized

Haunted realities rarely imagined all around

Oh a pierced soul:

A pure heart turned coal:

Indifferent from a foal

Who can hear my cry

Before my tears dry ?

Do not be blinded by your own imposed expectations

Your expectations from afar never any right!

Everything is beautiful from afar. The person you admire from afar: That organization you longed to work for:

That church you think is perfect;

it is only admirable, beautiful and perfect because you’ve not face it as it really is yet.

Just love and revere things

Not because of what you see

But because you choose to.

Written By: Asamoah Eli

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