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A bank robbery!

Yesterday, two company employees were returning back to our office in Adabraka after collecting a large sum of money from Fidelity Bank at Ridge. While on the move, a strange sound was being heard from one of the vehicle tires. The driver eventually came to a halt in order to investigate the source of the sound. In the mean time the vehicle was being followed by two men on a motorbike.

As soon as the driver left the vehicle, he was attacked by the men on the motorbike. Following this the other employee left the car to assist the driver and this led to the money that was collected from Fidelity bank to be snatched through the door that was left ajar.

Investigation has begun, however, the Police were not able to help thus far; BROLL Ghana, who brags of impeccable building management services, could not assist on the matter despite them being the company managing the building and finally Fidelity bank, does not even have a CCTV camera system to provide footage of the early chase.

The culprits stuck a fabricated object onto the tire when the vehicle halted at the traffic light (images attached below). The fabricated object was made of rubber, some nails and an empty coke can.

The bank manager later mentioned that this sort of crime had happened before and that there was a discussion on this recurring theft with other bank managers (DISCUSSION AND NOT ACTION) I shall not delve into the flawed security we are suffering from and how BROLL and Fidelity Bank take their customers for granted, but rather I wish to provide tips on how to avoid being the next victim.

  1. Be on alert when leaving your bank in case you are being watched
  2. Check your car tires before sitting in your car
  3. Keep an eye on your mirror in case you are being followed
  4. Be alert while at a traffic light, as this was when the object that enabled the crime to enfold  was stuck beneath the tire
  5. If at any point you hear a strange sound from your vehicle, try your best to only stop at a police station or a public area, because the moment you stop, the thieves will stomp on you.
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fabricated object stuck onto car tire to aid robbery


A taste of tropical delight

As walking through the streets of Accra basking in it’s golden sun, it is quite common to come across a coconut cart. For a traditional experience, you can have a taste of Ghana’s excotic bliss right out of the coconut. With a cutlass and a brave pair of hands, the mega nut is opened from the top to give acess to a thirst quenshing tropical experience.

Coconut cart in Accra

The shell is cracked from the top to allow to you to drink right out of the nut.

The mega nut is then opened in half for its meat to be eaten. The cracked piece of shell from the top of the coconut is saved or a small piece of its husk is conveniently cut to enable you to spoon the meat out of the nut.

Spoon out the coconut meat with a piece of the shell or husk

More recently, advanced coconut carts are being spotted in Accra. It deprives you of a traditional coconut experience but it is quite convenient. The coconut is opened using a cutlass as can be seen in the far right end of the picture below.

An innovative coconut cart

The coconut is then placed on the peaked middle area of the cart where the water is immediately cooled and then poured into a plastic cup while the coconut marrow is cleanly separated from its shell.

Machine extracting the coconut marrow

The coconut meat and juice are presented to you in a modest plastic bag advertising the healthy advantages of a coconut .

 

For an amount of GH ¢ 1 (US $ 0.67) you get to drink your cooled coconut juice out of a cup and your coconut meat sliced and clean. I must say the traditional way of eating a coconut is fun when you have time for it.

The two carts featured above were seen on Osu, Oxford Street in Accra. They were actually by each other. The guy at the regular cart made an effort to acknowledge his competitor by offering straws to his customers instead of having them drink right out of the nut. Buying a coconut from a regular cart would cost you GH ¢ 0.50 (US $ 0.33).

I did not quite enjoy my coconut juice because the cup fell as I was attempting to snap the picture for this post. My jeans did appear to enjoy the juice though, at least it did not go to a complete waste.

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KFC soon in Ghana

I’m surprised it has been on the net for almost two months and only until today that I heard about it. Guess what!! KFC is coming soon to Ghana. Maybe that’s not news to some, but in this part of Africa .. it is NEWS!

People have been waiting and asking about the emergence of the 2 giants (McDonalds and KFC) for long enough and there you go .. wish granted.

Let’s hope whoever got the franchise (whether Lebanese / Indian) made the right decision. << Turned out to be Indians.

I must say most local “fast foods” in Ghana are reasonably healthy. Yes! Healthy..this is because there isn’t much of additives that would make it more yummy and shiny in comparison with worldwide fast food chains.

Will KFC be around for long?

Well, its a bit vague to predict KFC’s future in Ghana. Many of us (in Ghana) remember when “Steers” (originating from South Africa) first opened its doors to the public..it was the HIT.. like the drive-thru experience and all the effects etc..but Steers didn’t stay around for long and closed down too soon.

In my opinion, KFC will definitely be a hit for some time .. but Ghanaians will agree with me that the national and most preferred meal is “rice & chicken”… lots of fried rice..! This is why “check-check” food joints are booming (example Epo’s).

KFC will be provided with the fries, meat etc. all shipped to Ghana..so nothing much is going to be done here expect for the putting things together…are we ready to take in the ready-made (God knows what and how its made) chicken?

All the folks have to do is deep fry, serve and we munch on more fat day after day!

I’m personally excited about it .. because I think it’s about time we had one fo the two (KFC/McDonalds) in Ghana..so I bet many will pretty much like the idea.

Prices? Taste? will it be made of cheap expired chicken specifically for this part of the world? Only time and out taste buds will tell.

Sugar.


Sarkodie, the best African Rapper

I fell in love with Sarkodie’s [a Ghanaian rapper] rapping style right after  I listened to his track “Lay Away” that featured Sway, a Ghanaian-British artist. I think he is the best African rapper and even better than some international rappers!

You can evaluate Sarkodie’s rapping style through this video which also gives you glimpses of Ghana. Enjoy!

 

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Knight and Day OR Day and Knight?

This is a picture of a pharmacy in Adbaraka, Ghana.  The pharmacy is quite old but they really wanted to put their pharmaceutical  skills out there with their name “Day and Knight Pharmacy”.

 

And here’s a movie poster for the movie “Knight and Day” starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaze that was released in July 2010.

Any copyright infringements?

 

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Zain to Airtel

Zain telecommunication network in Ghana has been over taken by Airtel an Indian telecommunication network. I can’t say I have noticed a difference in the quality of service just yet since this transition only took place a very short period ago.

Airtel has started advertising in the country but I am unimpressed with their  marketing campaigns thus far. The first mistake Airtel did was to ignore one of the immutable laws of branding; The Law of Color. This law states that the brand should use a color that is the opposite of its major competitor’s.

Vodafone is known for it’s use of the color red in its marketing campaigns hence Airtel has failed to distinguish itself from Vodafone.

Airtel has also been sending poor messages in its advertisements. It’s billboard messages only look cheap and poorly thought through. I have pasted below one of its billboards. They seem to be attempting to say avoid congestion, use Airtel.

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Don’t Drive Tired! Drink …

Surely Blue Jeans Energy Drink can post better advertisements across Ghana to market their products than this …

 

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