Friday, 23 June 2017

PEOPLE OF THE SAVANNAH - (HARDWORKING WOMEN)

     
Mary headed to the market to sell firewood

 

"Women of the Savannah as I have observed over a period of time are one of the most versatile group of people alive. They do not rely on only one source of livelihood but on several means of survival ".

Mma Alariba working on her farm





Though men are the heads of the family system and the women give them all that credit, they still go all the way out to support their men even beyond expectations.

Due to the low level of living and expenditure, one would assume that much is not needed for survival, but the large family groups mostly a combination of the nuclear and extended family members gives demand for extra survival measures.



Mma Adiya weaving a basket

Women from the Savannah work from day break to sun down, they would do almost anything possible at the moment to earn income, from the weaving of baskets, pottery, brewing of local drinks, farming, gathering and selling of firewood, selling of foods/ foodstuffs, and more to provide a comfortable living for their families.



Mma Azumah selling her donuts 





Most times, when a member of the family goes wayward, fingers are pointed at the woman (mother of the family), knowing this, the Savannah woman wakes up strong to stand for her family.









Clemencia working on the farm




Aside external jobs, the household chores are not left out, she still has the duty of cooking, cleaning, washing, fetching of water, bathing the children and feeding her household.
Once a Savannah woman wakes up in the morning, upon washing her face and cleaning her teeth, she remains up on her feet working all day until night fall when everyone goes to asleep, then she takes her own rest too.


The Savannah woman is a respectful, strong, hardworking Heroine.



Monday, 19 June 2017

PEOPLE OF THE SAVANNAH - (Cattle Rearing)


A yoke of Oxen  used for ploughing a farmland
   

  "The Savannah People need cows and the cows need the Savannah People"

Apart from crops being a major agricultural input the people of the Savannah offers the country, another is animal farming, majorly that of cattle. the Savannah unless during the dry season is usually blossoming in beautiful greenery, which serves as pasture for the farm animals.

Cattle is either reared in large herds for commercial purposes or in smaller numbers just to serve as domestic animals. This domestic animals are used as farm- work animals during the planting season, they also come in handy during festive occasions like Traditional festivals, marriages, offered as dowry or for family consumption.





Grazing Cattle on the field
The availability of space, large acres of land and vegetation is an advantage to the Savannah cows over those reared in the capitals where they are confined in smaller farm land areas.
It is usually a unifying moment when friends and family gather over fresh cow milk and deliciously roasted beef.

Friday, 16 June 2017

PEOPLE OF THE SAVANNAH


Clemencia planting some millet on her fathers farm
The Savannah zone of Ghana, is made up of three regions, Upper east, Upper west and the Northern region. The three regions usually referred to as the “North” singularly, is the most drought affected areas of Ghana, however, during the rainy seasons, it blossoms in beautiful greenery.

The Savannah zone of Ghana is known for its beautiful heritage, traditions and culture, its great local dishes, drinks, fruits and very friendly hardworking natives. It is also one of Ghana’s highest recording agricultural zones and suppliers of a lot of raw materials/crops both for consumption and export.

A  Cow grazing on the fields 
                                                                                                              
                                                                             Usually reported as the poorest regions of Ghana, with a high level of illiteracy, however, most people do not look beyond this possible truths when thinking about the “North”, I however, as a proud 
Daughter of the land, have taken it upon myself to showcase the Savannah in a simple yet beautiful and interesting limelight, unfolding stories of our ways of living above the widespread negative notion of “poverty, illiteracy and violence”.



A hut building
I intend to broadcast the Savannah and show the world our beautiful arts, culture, foods, amazing people and great tourist attractions.

Join me as we tour the Savannah together.                                                                         💓                





Saturday, 31 December 2016

#DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND


Find God, Find yourself, Find money, and then Find me).
#Dearfuturehusband,
I know you are doing great and fulfilling what God has purposed for you at this moment. “I miss you”. For the past few days, there has been a new trend of posts and statuses updates on social media, “#dearfuturehusband”, and my timeline has been flooded, therefore I decided to write to you an open letter, obviously longer than the tags on Facebook, and I hope, I pray, this letter gets to your soft palms.
#Dearfuturehusband,
Please, before you seek me, find God, find yourself, find money, and then find me

FINDING GOD
Is it not obvious?, if you are already stalking me or yet to, you Would have realized that I take My Jesus serious. (Are you prepared to go on that serious journey with me?)
One of my favorite cartoons from Disney ever is “Finding Nemo”. (So Nemo disobeyed his dad and went out swimming on the wild waters and he got lost, his dad went out to find him, he travelled through thick waters and dangerous sharks. On his way he encountered others fishes ( Nemo is a fish), some of those other fishes helped him, others did not help him, they thought he was crazy trying to find a son who probably did not EXIST anymore. All in all it was a very difficult journey, but when he finally found Nemo, there was all joy and laughter.
In this case you are not a fish, and God is definitely not missing and He surely exists, but the believer’s journey might seem difficult at the beginning, people might not understand the new you, some will help/encourage you and others will discourage you, but once you find God, He will reach out to you and there is nothing from there but happiness. You cannot find genuine happiness anywhere else but with God. In God you will learn to trust and be trusted, to love genuinely, to be faithful and patient, once you learn all these, then I will know that I am in safe hands. Just make the effort, and if you already are on the right path, keep the fire burning don’t quench it. 

FINDING YOURSELF
“yes you are not lost, you know yourself better than anyone else, you have things going good for you”….”BUT REALLY?”
Nemo wanted to prove to his father that he was brave, that he was not afraid to go out into the dangerous waters by himself, that he could do all things by himself, at the end he realized he was wrong, and that he needed his father’s guidance, you might have by now after finding God realized that you need Him, in all things. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
If I met you today, off course I would love the idea of my man knowing and planning towards where we will be having dinner tomorrow, or what we will be eating there (I love food so it is the best example), but, what about five years from now?, (eyes wide opened). I don’t expect you to know where exactly, or what exactly we will be eating in five years, I however expect that you are making great preparations towards it. If we eat dinner at a restaurant today, are we going to have dinner in our private yacht five years from now?....(sounds good).
 Many young guys of our generation love to chill and ball, I don’t expect you to work 24/7 without a break, but if it won’t matter in five years…”then drop it now!!!”….ooops I already sound like a nagging wife, NO my love, I am just concerned.
The last time I was a baby-sitter was about ten years ago, and then even my little brother was just five. I am not looking forward to marrying a boy, I want me a Man so please don’t come and make my breast fall faster than they should by acting babyish.
Not to say you will not be pampered my love, but only when it is necessary, find you a career, work on yourself, explore your talents and use them to your benefit and that of society, set goals and work hard towards achieving them, I will give you all the support when necessary, just don’t let me do all the work. I expect you to know and do what you should know and do.

FINDING MONEY
“Clears throat”
“Is this that scary word or topic that drives boys away?”, YES I said boys because a man knows that before he seeks a woman, he should be ready and able to take up the position of the head and be responsible.
I am not just waiting for any man, I am praying and waiting for my Boaz to reach out to me in the fields and provide me more of what I am working for. Do not think that I am just sitting around waiting on you to arrive, NO, I am on the fields (not a rice field though), I am working on myself, my career, my future and I do not expect anything less, I expect that you come and wipe my sweat and give me some rest, not to push me out to the field to do even more because you, my dear one is not ready (still a boy).
I will support my husband whenever I can, but believe me, I am not hoping and praying that you will need my support every day, “money-wise”. The main reason I remember you in my prayers, is that God blesses you with riches, but then also, my prayers will only fall on rocky fields if you do not get out there and work hard, and while working hard, be honest, spend and save wisely, pay your tithe, and help the poor, (this way your cup will never run dry).

FINDING ME
I am not difficult to find at all, I do not wear five layers of foundation on my face so I am easy to spot right away (not to say I don’t wear makeup, I do). I am however a bit difficult to please though.
Just know for now that, you cannot please me if you pretend to be who you are not, you cannot please me if you come calling me pet names on our first date etc. just be yourself off course with good qualities as earlier mentioned.
I am praying for you, you also should please remember me in your prayers for I am not perfect, and I promise you will love me if you get to know me.
#Dearfuturehusband
 Please find God, find yourself, find money, and then find me
NOTE
If you are not ready, wait a bit more, I am not in a hurry (just don’t let me get to the grey hair stage before you show up)
                                                                                                            I LOVE YOU
                                                                                                                        Yours,

                                                                                                                        WIFEY.💓



#HappyNewYearEveryone

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

WAITING FOR THE RAINS.....

The northern part of Ghana is one of the most drought affected areas. Most times rains delay and farmers have no alternative than pray and wait. Farming is one of the major professions in the Northern Region.
But its usually not only the farmers who eagerly awaits the rains, the children do too, tired of playing in the dry wind and tired of fighting the hamatan which usually leaves traces of dry skin, cracked lips and feet.....
Children, wait on the rains patiently so they can play in the mud and mould clay toys.
Little man here Nsobilla can't wait to get soaked.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

A day in my village

I met this two hardworking girls when I visited my grandmother's village.
After school they are home helping in the kitchen. ..and weekends they just do extra work (its not child abuse anyway).
I hope soon I can make life better for the children of my village. ...

Northern Heritage

Basket weaving is one of the unique trades of the people of the Upper East Region of Ghana, Bolgatanga.
Apart from  its recognition for the use of leather in producing bags, shoes and sandals, basket making has travelled wide and far.
Women and men engage in this beautiful art to make a living,  while away time and show off their art skills by designing unique and beautiful patterns on every basket they make.
The people of Bolgatanga are also known for the "smock" attair they weave.
Tuozafi* (T.Z) and Bito* soup is the popular food prepared and eaten in Bolgatanga.
To be continued. .........