1. Why Did I Study Akan-Twi?

    A little over year after I returned from Ghana I find myself again trying to figure out why the powers that be wanted Akan-Twi on their list of important languages.

    In doing some research for American Foreign Policy Council, I started looking into some declassified documents. I hadn’t ever considered the answer to my question might be in a National Intelligence Estimate. 

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    On a whim, I paused my research, heated some leftovers, and typed “Ghana" into the unassuming search bar. What came out was a list documents named things like "Prospects for Ghana," "Heroism in Ghana," "Ghana Gamble Paying Off". Here were the documents I should have read for some historical perspective before starting my Boren Scholarship.

    I was interested to read in a November 1961 document, one analyst’s estimation of Soviet influence over Kwame Nkrumah. The analyst described the revolutionary leader and president as, “essentially vain and egocentric.” According to the SNIE, he adopted certain Soviet policies, imprisoning “large numbers of critics outside the party.” And while he and his “radical followers we attracted by the apparent success of the Communists,” he “almost certainly” believed the he could “use the Bloc to further his own objectives without becoming inextricably committed to the Communists.”

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  3. A new hobby

    Thanks to the almighty Groupon, I have a new hobby! I considered the violent ones; kickboxing, krav maga, whiskey connoisseurship; but in the end, I settled on peace and love, not war. So now, 2-3 times a week I sit in a 105F room and sweat buckets with a load of stinky half-naked people. And I love it! You share your stink with other people—that’s love. You accidentally divert the waterfall of sweat coming from your body onto your neighbor’s mat and neither of you bats an eyelash—that’s peace. 

    I will be signing up for the full membership.**

    imageTwo things I can never be without for practice. An hour in, it’s Bert’s face that keeps me from passing out.

    **But I’ll only be able to afford it if I find some awesome discount.

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  4. Puppies!

    Puppies!

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  5. Walking to Elmina

    Walking to Elmina

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  7. Photo cred @notgavin

    Photo cred @notgavin

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  8. Ghana money! Cedis! Photo credit: @notgavin

    Ghana money! Cedis! Photo credit: @notgavin

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  9. Follow up to my earlier mattress post: a popular mattress company in Ghana

    Follow up to my earlier mattress post: a popular mattress company in Ghana

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  10. Getting ready for the Ghanaian Dinner Party

    Getting ready for the Ghanaian Dinner Party

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