A quick glimpse at the world today and you would count not less than a thousand leaders! They are found in our homes and families, organizations, societies, companies and the list goes on. Now take a quick look again and you will observe that our families, organizations, firms, corporations etc. are all but dignified by their leaders. They are found in every span of our lives, we see good and bad leaders by their consequences or results, either positive or terribly negative. Over the years and in our generations, we’ve had experiences with various kinds of leaders. Some achieve results while others in the same positions have accomplished absolutely nothing. This phenomenon is explained as Effective Leadership. Since leadership is result oriented, one thing that must be clarified is that, not every good leader is an effective leader. As Stodgill writes “strong evidence indicates that different leadership skills and traits are required in different situations. The ability of a mobster to control a criminal gang is not the same as the ability enabling a religious leader to gain and maintain a large following”. The above assertion seeks to illuminate the concept of effective leadership in the sense that effective leadership is all about exemplified lives.
Different definitions of effective leadership abound, but one that strikes all the phases is “Effective leadership is leadership by example thus, an effective leader is generally one that leads other people who follow because they believe what they do is the right thing”. It is affirmed by Mike Henry on the Lead Change Blog. He said and I quote “an effective leader could be defined as one who exerts influence to get others to achieve the leaders’ objective regardless of the quality of outcome” (Henry, 2010). He also emphasized that the leader only becomes effective if his followers allow themselves to be influenced. It is the ability to translate intention into reality. Effective leaders not only say they want to do the ‘right’ thing, they follow appropriate actions (Ayres, 2004).
To the observant, just like dogs, humans are limited to the wisdom of their kind and we are shaped by the experiences of our one life. Although disappointments of any form or sort may shatter us as surely as hard thrown stone would destroy glass, it is important to know that they are not God, Allah, Buddha or Asaase Yaa’s deliberate attempt to put the human race under a pall of sorrow. These deities (God especially) do not seek mere sentiment, nor is our pity their intent.
This article is not a remedy for the pain that accompanies any kind of disappointment. It only attempts to address a terminal condition being treated like a headache. The subject of disappointment is one that requires ponderous consideration. Continue reading
If you’ve never listened to Ashun, then get ready to hear stories of real life filtered through imaginative lyrics and beats that just might make your head nod. This Qatar based Ghanaian Singer, Songwriter and Performer is unmatched when it comes to blending Hip-Hop, Progressive House/Electro (South African and European), Afro Beats, Trap Beats, Reggae and Live instrumentation and if there is one thing you can definitely say about his lyrics, it is apparent that every word, every line comes directly from his heart.
It is good to see a Ghanaian artist do some things differently. His single Some Way, is a house anthem for the ages. Ashun is very candid about the fact that he simply cannot explain how his attraction to a young woman makes him feel. The hook and track (featuring a simple, but crazy syncopated beat) are so infectious. Don’t believe me? Just take a listen and get ready to pump your fist and nod your head.
This is Ghana our motherland. Where the fathers dominate and the reverend ones procreate. In this land of misleading leaders, we traded our law-makers for money takers, sold out our oil and left the economy in turmoil. Religiously covered in sin yet everyone is a preacher, we reach out to all but the needy. Everybody is a coach when no one is playing. To heal their pockets, our Doctors are always on strike but actually have more patience than patients. Boys and old men are in an unending and unyielding tug of war with the girls stuck in the middle. Bearded meat! We speak more English than the British, kiss longer than the French and curse better than the Yankees. #GhBaby
Gone are the days when the affairs of a nation were controlled by people from faraway lands, now we can proclaim that we are liberated and more confident as a people. From every corner of the nation, on that fateful Wednesday the 6th day of March 1957, there was joy and a feeling of nationalism that transcended every tribal and family affiliation. For once we had a sense of national pride and hope of achievement that we as a people were entitled to the right of freedom and justice. Finally the ‘Blackman’ was good enough to manage his own affairs and ceased to live under the shadows of the master. This immense feeling brought about opportunities of achieving something that we can proudly possess and wield in our hearts as individuals and a nation as a whole. Truly, freedom and justice was at its peak and so was patriotism and hard-work, the tools to propel this nation into the future we had long sought-after. Ghana had finally taken her spot in the league of independent nations and this sheer action heralded a revolution all across the continent. Things were looking good and the future, brighter than the Sunday afternoon sun. Our country was the golden gateway to Africa.
Fast forwarding to more than five decades later, can we honestly claim that we have arrived at the place we anticipated? To deliberate on this question will take volumes of writings of contrasting human opinions and analytic contributions. A rather major concern is whether we have failed our nation as a people or has the nation failed us, the people. I think we should put as much emphasis on what we can do for our nation as we do on what the nation can do for us. In the wise words of former American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, “Think of what you can do for your nation, not what your nation can do for you”. Those words are the blueprint to the crafting of the fortunes of any nation that wishes to achieve a utopia or something close to that. These few words are rooted to the spot with inspiration. Ghana has extensive natural resources at its disposal and a decent human resource base which is highly underdeveloped. Yes, the human resource is the most important to us as a nation and any nation on the globe since human resource is ever increasing with respect to mineral deposits which are depleting at an enormous rate due to their high demand on the world markets. Continue reading
I don’t think life was meant to be fair for Christians after Adam and Eve. Neither was it meant to be fair for Muslims after 9/11.
“Life’s not fair” – The origin of this phrase is not quite known but for the Christian believer and the traditional skeptic alike, it touches a nerve. From Europe, Africa, Asia, the arid Middle East and the parched sands of Saudi Arabia, the “fairness” of life is questioned. Even by young adults who have nothing to burden their minds with except what they would want to become when they grow up. Just like the less privileged, the filthy rich sometimes use this phrase now turned cliché simply because certain things did not turn out the way they had expected. Maybe they lost a child, spouse, business deal or poor dog. If you ask me, I’d say they’re just not used to disappointment.
On his first offering, Fricky undauntedly goes to war, with thought-provoking, witty lyricism serving as his weapon of choice. Each verse is a bullet in the barrel and each hook, the firing pin that sends the song hurtling through your ears. Judging from his love for big bass beats (predominantly provided by Sticky & Miguel), it is clear that the young rapper has little tolerance for quiet.
With over 5000 downloads within 4 to 6 weeks after its release, the first official single off his Resume Mixtape was his “6 foot 7 foot Freestyle”. Released in late 2010, it is still his highest recorded download till date.
Unlike the others, this lad finds as much meaning in writing metaphoric rhymes as he finds in being unhesitant in devouring a beat. The next single “Grinding”, is arguably the most commercial tune on the tape. It was easily the favorite of the masses because of its Afro-pop beat and catchy chorus by Mr. Poa.
His third one was “I Got Next” that features Billy Banger and Drilickxs. Two budding virtuosos, capable of blowing up in a Hip-Hop world marred by overhyped acts and lyrical mediocrity.
Then came the “Enigma Freestyle” produced by Don Jazzy and mixed by Mantis Beats, an established Ghanaian Sound Engineer who is based in the UK. Mantis also mixed about half of the songs on the Mixtape. “You say your money talks, but your wallet never said it/ And I’m so sick, I give painkillers headaches..” he brags. “It is the most lyrically expressive track I have ever done. Some even say it is the hardest flow I have ever spat because it has enough punchlines, wordplay and metaphors. Don Jazzy himself was impressed. He liked it on Twitter.” Fricky explains.
Fricky’s Collector’s Item is pure, unadulterated “beast mode.” It is a musical representation of Fricky’s thoughts, feelings and experiences picturesquely expressed. It is also his sophomore project and that simply means it has all that his debut project “The Resume” had and didn’t have, plus more. While the overall mix of his debut was good, his sophomore effort (when listened to on decent headphones/speakers) throws the listener into a harmonious auditory environment. From every pluck of a string to each tap of the glockenspiel the album has a majestic feel.
The mixtape opens with “Dedication”, an open invitation and a nice epic sound that speaks to his complete and wholehearted faithfulness to rap music and it features Ekay’s soulful sound as well as 3Kube’s signature as the Executive Producer of the Mixtape. This anthem urges everyone to rise above their struggles and never give up. The hook explained it better, ”Life can be hard and it beats you down but you must have hope/ Hustle hard and never break down If you wanna have the dough/ You must work hard so you can play hard when you have your own/ Praise God, don’t forget your people when you run the show”.
“One Day” follows and it features Shardey. A slow but catchy tune that doesn’t only detail some of the difficult choices Fricky had to make as a rapper on the come up but also how his journey into rap music began. He combines his bold rap flow with a penchant for remarkable metaphors. “Industry’s messy, I need this Industry’s mercy/ Microphone legend, I’m this Industry’s Messi/ Incase I gotta go, I gotta raise the status quo/ And yet the question still remains, Will this Industry let me?”