Saturday, May 02, 2015

Global Shapers Accra Condemn Xenophobia in Accra Discourse

Xenophobia was one of the biggest issues discussed in the global news media in the month of April. And, many would say, rightly so. Considering the scale of brutality that met foreigners in South Africa in the reprisals, concerned people have gone beyond the countries where the seven people – according to official figures – came from. The conversation may have slackened a bit due to the nature of news that pushes one important issue into the background when fresher ones rear their heads. However, the Global Shapers Accra Hub, a group of influential young people do not want the fire of the discussion to dim. “Africa needs us all, man and woman, boy and girl, hand in hand,” notes Yawa Hansen-Quao, a member of the group tells Joy News. The Global Shapers Accra Hub have a popular monthly session called the Accra Discourse, which usually attracts a crowd of 70-100 on the first Monday of every month. “We usually invite a guest speaker knowledgeable in a particular area to shed light on an issue of interest. This month, we’re doing xenophobia,” says Aisha Ayensu, another member of the hub. This month’s Accra Discourse happens on Monday, May 4 at the La Villa Boutique Hotel in Accra. But why is a discourse on South Africa important to Ghanaians who are many miles away from the killings? Beryl Agyekum, a hub member, offers her view: “We may not be government but each of us runs a small country around us. Don’t act like it’s in far away South Africa. You are South Africa.” Native South Africans will on hand to share their views and perspectives on why their country continues to face challenges in dealing with foreigners. The Shapers tell Joy News that the event will be free to all. “We would like to note that this conversational is social as well, so we’re looking to have a simultaneous social media interaction with our many followers on Twitter and Facebook, both in Ghana and South Africa,” says Gary Al-Smith, another member of the hub.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Video: The next gaming season - Fifa or Pes 2012?

Most of Africa's leagues are in various stages of completion, but the next football seasons in the major leagues start in a few months.

That brings to mind what I'll be playing. Football Manager is standard, of course, but what of the eternal battle between Fifa and Pes 2012?

I'm not sure what will take my fancy, especially with the Fifa 12 trailer looking so awesome. Have a look:

You must admit the new Pes 2012 is looking good as well. The trailer is this way.

I think Fifa has the best gameplay while Pes seem to be better on the graphics and animations.

And so the big decision: what to go for? The people have IGN went debating it.

After listening, I'm still not decided. Guess I'll get both.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Africa Magic: Adel Taarabt (Morocco) v Swansea

Few people remember he made one first team appearance for Lens during the 2006–07 season, but Adel Taarabt has truly found a home in the Queens Park Rangers setup these days.

Here's a great way to tell the big boys to come for you. And mind you, it's not his first great goal for QPR. He's making it a habit.

He's very talented, but somehow he's not found that spark to earn him a big club move. That should change soon.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Africa Magic: Djibril Sidibe (Mali) v Hapoel Be'er Sheva

Here is a spectacular strike by Djibril Sidibe (Mali) who plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli League. It took a slight defelction its way, but it takes nothing away from the golazo that it is.

Sidibe has played in France for several years after moving from the Centre Salif Keita in Mali in 1999. He's a strong player but has been unable to make a big impact in the Ligue 1. Sidibe had played in the AS Monaco B setup before having a brief stint in the senior team in 2001. He has also played on loan for Châteauroux and SC Bastia, after Michael Essien had left.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Drogba, Essien tamed by rampant Song's Arsenal

Something had to give in this most crucial of fixtures in the English Premier League.

Arsenal came into this fixture knowing that the mental advantage stood overwhelmingly in the Blues corner. Everyone kept trumpeting the Drogba stat: 13 goals in 11 games vs Arsenal in all competitions. And when the game started, the Ivorian looked decidedly intent on inflicting more damage.

Alex Song started imposing himself onto the game early on, and his efforts were rewarded just before halftime, after Fabregas looked to have been fouled by Ferreira in the build up.

The second half saw Marouane Chamakh (Morocco) thrown into the fray but not before Arsenal had gone 3-0 up. Drogba had to have his way though, as Chelsea scored a consolation through Branislav Ivanovic's header from the Ivorian's freekick.


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Michael Essien, Salomon Kalou and Mikel Obi did not do much, as per their standards, and the result leaves Ancelloti wondering what his fate would be.

Update #1:

Here's proof of how Song was instrumental fared in the game. Thanks to Guardian Chalkboards.

 by Guardian Chalkboards

Update #2:

Thanks to @Orbinho for this: the pass completion rate for Chamakh was 100%, Drogba - 63%, Mikel - 87% and Essien - 87%.