One of the things I love most about Mempeasem is how varied my neighbourhood is.
This is the left-hand side of my street:
And this is the right-hand side of my street:
There are huge mansions in my street.
And there are little shacks in my street.
The house behind me has a 50 x 50-meter privacy screen with a big swimming pool behind it – which no one uses.
(Which I stare at longingly every morning at 6:15 when the sun hits my kitchen window just as I am I make A Nice Cup Of Tea ( See Day#4 ). One of these nights I am going to scale that privacy screen. Watch this space..)
And on the corner to the left of my apartment block, there is a water pump, for those without running water.
In the mornings I sit at my window, and I watch my beautiful neighbours walking down the road to collect water.
And, at the same time, I watch the mom, at the compound to the right, get into her luxury SUV to take her kids to school.
There are fancy cars and enormous satellite dishes in my street.
And there are chickens and goats and more chickens in my street. ( See Day#18 )
This is one of the (many) things ( See Day#43 ) I wish I could take home to South Africa.
Not the chickens. The mixed living.
Our apartheid history has robbed us of so much beauty.
Here there is no “us” and “them”. Only neighbours.
“Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has lauded the introduction of Operation Calm Life indicating that it has resulted in minimising armed robberies and crime in the country. According to him, the joint military and police operation is yielding positive results, adding that the programme will be intensified.”
And crime has been (even more) top of mind for me over the last couple of days.
My sister’s house, in Johannesburg, was burgled a couple of days ago.
The thieves literally chopped down the security gate and back door.
The next day, when I received a link to the South African crime stats recently, I deleted it without opening it – I don’t want to know. ( See Day#43 )
Feeling as safe as I do here ( See Day#5 ) has made me aware of the constant state of stress us South Africans live in.
Dear President Cyril Ramapoza, pleeeeeeeease can we have a “Calm Life” for Christmas, pleeeeeaaassee?
“..is a Ghanaian-born producer and reggae-dancehall musician. He is known by his stage name Shatta Wale (formerly Bandana), his best-known song is “Dancehall King”, which led to winning the Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Ghana Music Awards.
“What some people say “The Dancehall Messiah” started in Nima a small community in Accra, Ghana a place that harbours a lot of energetic Muslim youth and ghettos. It was there he amassed a legion of fanatic fans by giving them lessons and empowering them through his dancehall songs. “Everyday I and I still recording beca I know my music is solving problems way keep evolving inna family and relationships solely”
“..known by his stage name King Promise is an award-winning, born 16th of August. Ghanaian recording artist who had several songs on the charts at the same time in 2017.
“King Promise hit song ‘CCTV‘ reaches 1 million views”
DJ Vyrusky (I met him last week!)
“.. popularly known as DJ Vyrusky is an award winning Ghanaian disc jockey, he was the Commercial Media Manager at EchoHouse, before he becoming a full time DJ on Starr Drive in 2014. He is currently the 2017 Ghana DJ Awards Best DJ of the Year and Best DJ from the Ghana Music Honors.”
“..known by performing name KiDi, is an award-winning Ghanaian highlife and afrobeat singer-songwriter. He is signed to the award-winning record label Lynx Entertainment and is best known for his hit single Odo which was one of the biggest songs in Ghana in 2017.
MzVee ft Yemi Alade – Come and See My Moda
“Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda, better known by her stage name MzVee, is a Ghanaian singer, Afropop, dancehall and R&B artiste. Her debut solo album features several hit singles including ‘Borkor Borkor’, ‘Natural Girl’ and ‘Dancehall Queen’. MzVee is signed to the record label Lynx Entertainment and was the winner of the New Artist of the Year award at the 2015 Ghana Music Awards.
If you want my body, then come see my Mummy
I no like your money but I know you want my body
My body, my body Ha le le le body
Come see my mummy
Make it official, if you really mean am
Come and follow me, all the way to Ghana o
Enrique Iglesias – Hero (Blame King Appiah and Godfred/Innocent for this one!)
Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler is a Spanish singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He is widely regarded as the King of Latin Pop. Iglesias started his career in the mid-1990s on an American Spanish-language record label Fonovisa Records under the name Enrique Martinez, before switching to the stage name Enrique Iglesias and becoming one of the biggest stars in Latin America and the Hispanic market in the United States.