Heeding Haiku With HA: Till Death

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Done for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Heeding Haiku with HA. Today we are to write a Tanka with the picture below as inspiration

Woodcut illustration (1919) of the young lovers from Gottfried Keller's original story, which became Delius's opera A Village Romeo and Juliet

Woodcut illustration (1919) of the young lovers from Gottfried Keller’s original story, which became Delius’s opera A Village Romeo and Juliet.

Till Death

lying by meadows

awaiting the morning dew

you and I are one

even as the sun sheaths skies

and Lord Capulet decrees

 

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(23/04/14)
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom

Bastet’s Shadorma Photo Prompt #4: Moon

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Done for Mindmiserymenagerie, BastetsShardorma photo prompt.

A full moon is often interpreted in the romantic sense, other times with something involving magic,  sometimes with evil or maybe just the wrong time to cut one’s hair or plant certain plants. Keeping in mind all the variations associated with the full moon here is my offering:

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Moon

you and I

on a moonlit night

the leaves sigh

your witchcraft

playing havoc with my will

impotent, I yield

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(21/04/14)
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom

Easter, and Paragliding in Ghana

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Today, I bring my wonderful readers an entirely different post. :-) A little something about my country. :-) Hope you enjoy it :-)

In just a few short years, the Ghana Paragliding Festival has become an integral part of the annual Easter celebrations in Ghana. Easter is one of the most popular holidays in many regions throughout the country, attracting both Ghanaians and foreigners alike for more than 3 days of spectacular aerial fun, ceremony and music

The history of the festival goes back to March 2003 when the then Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the capital city Accra, Mr. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey visited the Kwahu Ridge in the Eastern region as part of his familiarization tour of the country, and by chance crossed paths with the festival’s organizer, Walter Neser. The first Ghana Paragliding Festival, in 2005, was launched by the late  Alhaji Aliu Mahama, then Ghana’s Vice President.

Tandem paraglider pilots gather from around the world to fly local Ghanaian spectators and foreign visitors. The festival is open to solo pilots as well; and boasts consistent flying conditions that begin around mid morning and remain soarable until late in the day. The thermals are consistently large and mild and offer a fantastic opportunity for both newer pilots to gain valuable experience and airtime as well as for seasoned pilots who want to enjoy hours of “stress free” flying.

There are many reasons to attend the Annual Ghana Paragliding Festival, as either a participating tandem pilot, a solo pilot or a non-flying guest, chief being the sheer magic and exhilaration of it. An experience that one would otherwise never have access to.

The Festival brings together the international flying community, by providing a well-organized opportunity to visit Africa. It can be a challenge to travel in Africa; especially flying sites, which are usually off of the beaten tourist paths. But the superb organization of the festival makes it fun and easy for tandem and solo pilots to show-up and enjoy a fully catered trip; complete with arranged hotel accommodation, transportation, meals and cultural immersion via local day trips. Some pilots also coordinate their itineraries to stay longer, beyond the festival dates, in order to travel together and experience more of the beauty that Ghana has to offer.

The festival strengthens the local economy by creating opportunities for local business proprietors, like taxi drivers, hotel owners, food vendors and souvenir sellers, to earn much-needed income. For more on this kindly visit here.  So lovely friends, do you think you could  make it next year? The beauty of it too is that it would be a fine opportunity for us to meet finally! (all images courtesy of http://www.ghanaparagliding.com

 

Haiku Horizons: Empty

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Done for Haiku Horizons.

Dear friends, I trust you had a lovely Easter as I did. Over here, today Monday is a day of picnics all over to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.

Empty

power of faith and

beauty of resurrection

is the empty tomb

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(21/04/14)
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom

Review: The Watchman’s Daughter and Other Stories from Ghana by Rukaya Ibrahim

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Title:    The Watchman’s Daughter and Other Stories from Ghana
Author: Rukiya Ibrahim
Genre:  Fiction – Short stories
Edition: Kindle
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Pages:    116
Publication date: August, 2013
Reasons for reading: Received this book as a gift from the author for a candid review.
 
 

Blurb

The Watchman's Daughter and Other Stories from Ghana, West-Africa by Rukaya IbrahimThe Watchman’s Daughter and other stories from Ghana, West-Africa is a collection of stories about modern Ghana;the place, the people and culture. The stories, though fictional, could very well be real. They cover all themes of life in Ghana and offer the outsider an unbiased view and understanding of contemporary Ghanaian life. The book covers such issues as Family, Education, Corruption, Politics, Crime, Health in entertaining, reflective and thought-provoking stories with realistic characters and settings.

My Thoughts

Actually the blurb says it all. 15 uniquely written stories from Ghana that made me at once identify and empathize with the characters. Real characters that reflect the unpredictability and caprices of life. The stories are well written, moving, engaging, funny, silly, deep and give the reader much room for reflection. One moment I was laughing; another moment saw me yelling in anger and yet another saw me trying in vain to stop the tears. And I did ask myself a series of questions about the meaning of life and the decisions we make. Long after I put the anthology down, I couldn’t shake off the impact it had on me.

The setting of the stories is placed within various locations within the country and without. I was startled to notice authentic descriptions of scenes and settings and of places that I am familiar with. Just like the blurb indicated, non-Ghanaians reading this collection would love the authentic Ghanaian feel of the different plots.

I must say that the author Rukaya Ibrahim is relatively new to me; but I was impressed with her writing. She’s good. The only snag is that the collection has no content page. I don’t know if that is a style or an omission! :-)

I recommend the The Watchman’s Daughter and Other Stories from Ghana, to all my followers who would love to know more about Ghana :-) For a copy of the collection please visit here.

About the author

Rukaya Ibrahim is a Ghanaian born writer and physician. She has been writing since she was in her teens. Her short stories have been published in The Mirror, Ghana’s most prestigious national weekly newspaper. The title story, “The Watchman’s Daughter” was published in Crossing Borders Magazine Issue Eleven. She aims to share realistic, thought-provoking, entertaining, stories about contemporary Africa.

Carpe Diem: Revise That Haiku – Mirage

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Done for Carpe Diem. We are to revise Shiki’s The Snow Has Melted in the same spirit. Well since there’s no snow in my country, I’d better give my revision an African touch! :-)

the snow has melted
on one shoulder
of the Great Buddha

Mirage

on coconut leaf

the sizzling sun shimmers

forming a mirage

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(16/04/14)

I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom.

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