Showing posts from May, 2016

Boy slaves and forced marriage on Ghana's Lake Volta

Enforced child marriage generally conjures up images of young girls being wed under duress to older men. But on Ghana's Lake Volta, in the central region of the country, one charity is saving young boys from the practice.

Challenging Heights is a not-for profit organisation that focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating youngsters - mainly boys - who have been trafficked into various forms of slave labour. The list includes fishing and household domestic work.
The charity's founder Dr James Kofi Annan was trafficked aged six and forced to work in various fishing communities along the lake but managed to escape seven years later. His story is remarkable because he not only taught himself to read, put himself through school. And in spite of his challenging beginnings, he ended up working for Barclays Bank - only leaving to establish Challenging Heights in 2003.
Teen marriage
So why is there this problem in the Lake Volta region? Well, the main issue is poverty but also ignorance. Th…

MisBeee Writes in the media

Here is a selection of MisBeee Writes articles that have made it into the press
Afrocenchix - Back to their roots Voice Online 12 - 19 May 2016
Meet Nino, Ghana's opera singer Music in Africa 11 May 2016
Ghanaian gay right activist on why she rejected the Queen's honour Kuchu Times 19 April 2016
Health risk link to black hair products Voice Online 9 April 2016
The Voice - Desmond's Star Leaves A Lasting Legacy in Ghana Voice Online 7-13 January 2016 An Interview with Ghanaian author Frances Mensah Williams Me Firi Ghana 29 January 2016
London documentary maker to probe language endangerment in Ghana News Ghana   18 April 2016
Ghana's Gitmo Dilemma Modern Ghana 12 February 2016
Ghana's Gitmo Dilemma GhanaWeb 23 January 2016
Ghana's Gitmo Dilemma Me FIRI Ghana 21 January 2016
Unmasking the Truth Behind Côte d'Ivoire's Sculptures Globe Entertainment UK 5 January 2016
Ghana's Gitmo Dilemma Globe Entertainment UK 19 January 2016
Desmond's Star Leaves a Lasting L…

Africa's diaspora generation - making culture their business

It may not be a new phenomenon in the UK but it is refreshing to see so many second-generation Africans embracing their cultural roots and turning that appreciation into successful businesses.
The trend is most visible in the melting pot that is London where African migration easily dates back to Tudor times. Subsequent waves of migration have followed with people of African descent making an indelible mark on Britain's landscape over the last 60 years.

The move for some of my parents' generation in the early 1970s came with an unconscious decision to assimilate and stay under the radar while they furthered their education or boosted their employment prospects. Many had every intention of returning home and that meant sucking up the racism they encountered, and not speaking out. However, for those that chose to make the UK their home, this mechanism of 'survival' was passed on to their children.
For many from my generation, we were subconsciously schooled in the art o…

'From Pasta to PigFoot' Reloaded

Ghanaian writer Frances Mensah Williams is due this month to launch the sequel to her book about Ghana-born Faye Bonsu and her journey of self-discovery.

Her new book is called 'Second Helpings'. Here's a sneak peek synopsis from Williams:

Faye Bonsu seems to have it all; a drop-dead gorgeous and successful boyfriend, a bourgeoning career as an interior designer and a rent-free mansion in leafy Hampstead to call home. But with all her friends shifting into yummy-mummy mode, a man who seems to have no desire to put a ring on it, tricky clients, and a very attractive and single boss, things are not quite as simple as they might appear.  

Hoping to escape from her suddenly complicated life and revive her wilting romance, Faye returns to sunny Ghana for what she hopes will be the time of her life. But life doesn’t always offer second chances and when disaster strikes, she is forced to confront the biggest question of her life and to make a choice that comes with consequences s…