Breakfast Live S1E9 | SCCA Lecture Series After Thoughts

“The part that got me was the picture of train parts that was been convene from Britain to Ghana and it was in the eighties. I remember he gave the story that, he went to the road minister and he told the minister of the plan to convene some of the train parts in Accra to Tamale and he said the first thing the guy said is are you mad. And he is like this thing I am asking for is not beyond the borders of Ghana. This is Accra, take you back some decades ago, with little technology, people were able to transport that from one part of the world to another. That is very deep because you see, what he was indirectly trying to do was let him know was that what was possible from the past is possible now and that really fascinated me. When you read history well, your ability to do things right is very high. Because most of the things happening are just repetition. Most of the things happening now happened in the past.

We are not seeing anything new. Maybe it is just a few things here and there. Talk about the recession, it happened before. Like it is not new. There are so many things that happened in the past and they are happening now in a more subtle way. People would say colonisation is still happening you know. Not the chain you would think but chain you with ideology, that rob you of your identity. So the ability to tell someone that you are not thinking straight because this was done before so it can be done now with greater technology is the best thing we need now. We need visionaries, people who can look at this depressed state we are in and say this is what it is but it is possible because before it was done. Today we have three times the technology they had so it is possible. So that stood out for me. The ability to use something that happened to tell someone that it is possible” Khadijah Abdul Samed

Abdul Samed Khadija

” For me being a Northern is a pride. I think we will always be proud of our roots. There is a lot of resources in the Northern region. I think some of the challenges have always been how to utilise them effectively and how to collaborate. I think collaboration is the new way of winning and that has been the challenge. We all doing things on our own but we are not coming together. If we want to uplift the north, we need to do this together. So for me, I think we are still learning. Being a Northern is a proud thing to be. It is more about tradition and roots and also more about learning. I believe we will get there eventually. It will take the right mindset to twist the mind of other people who have the right things.

I remember at the lectures, I was telling the people by me that the recently held Northern Development Summit, Ibrahim Mahama should have been there. That is what I said. I told the people by me, I just realized he was not there and that is a huge disconnect because he is somebody that has contributed so much to the development of northern Ghana within a short period of time and so I realised at the summit the focus was more on investment and things that we’re bringing profit or the money-making and I feel like this should have been a very big showcase, and that would have been a platform for all collaborations with the Northern stakeholders that were there. That is the gap I saw.”

Blessilla Nana-afoe Aya Kandoh

” I think a lot comes to play. Talk about Religion, talk about art, music, entertainment, the fabric, the food, sport a whole lot of things come to play when you want to identify as a northerner. I think one fundamental thing I would mention is the fugu. It has travelled all over the world. It is such pride, such a joy to see how people try to claim it. If you go to Accra right now, this festive season, people prefer to be in fugu. Like I am the boss, I am rich, I am big. It is not about being in a suit.

You land at the airport in fugu and everyone is like, this is the guy, you understand and in recent times music. I will put it out there. It is me. I am a huge fan of music, very big fun and also a great analyst and critic of music and you see how big and huge our music industry is becoming. Does not the topic we are discussing now. If someone like Fancy Gadam can go to Accra on a Christmas day, stage a show the same day Sarkodie is staging a show, the same day Shatta Wale with Medikal are staging a show and he still pulls the same number and is charging huge for his gate fees, I mean, it shows that right now, we are us”

Abdul-Azeez Ibn Iliyas

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