Author of this post:
CBS Project Manager Melanie
Even though I have been back in Navrongo since four months already, I did not feel much like blogging about work at CBS and life in Navrongo. In the coming months though I’m going to make some efforts to keep you up to date with what is going on – not only by text and pictures, but even with vlogs once a while!!
We started July celebrating Republic Day. It’s a statutory public holiday that commemorates Ghana becoming a repbulic on 1 July 1960. The territory of todays Ghana was the location of the Ashanti, a very powerful tribe in the region, before the arrival of Europeans in the 15th century. The area had an abundance of natural resources, including gold and ivory, which attracted the attention of colonists. While the Portuguese had been the first to establish a settlement in the region around 1470, the attractiveness of the local riches led to a struggle for control between many European nations. It was the British who gained control over parts of the country in 1874, naming them the British Gold Coast. Weakened by the efforts of World War II and a rising desire for independence, Britain began the process of reducing its colonies around the world, including those in Africa. As you might know, Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to attain independence, on 6 March 1957. Three years later, Prime Minister Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah was sworn into office as the first President of the country and the republic was proclaimed on 1 July 1960. So apart from celebrating Independence Day on 6 March, Ghanaians also celebrate Republic Day on 1 July – and it’s always a very joyful day!
It was around 5.45am that morning when I received a call – and no, I no longer get irritated by calls at an hour like that! I was invited to do “Aerobics” and even though I could not really imagine what that means here in Navrongo, I accepted the invitation and was picked up not so much later on. The “Aerobics” turned out to be an outdoor workout held on the St. John Boscos College of Education – campus. As I then found out: the aerobics is organized by the “Keep Fit and Healthy Club Navrongo” and takes place every Saturday morning as well as on public holidays. The members also celebrate the public holidays and the birthdays of the members together. It was so much fun I immediately registered as a member! This is how come I automatically had a programme for the Republic Day – apart from the Speech Competition of course, which we organized at CBS that day!
After the CBS Speech Competition, Vivian, one of our participants at the Speech Competition and also member of the Health Club, and I were picked up by our friend Benjamin, or how we call him: “Scooby”. We drove to Tono, a part of Navrongo where the biggest dam for irrigation farming of West Africa is located. The scenery is just beautiful!
At the Tono Club House, we celebrated a “Fruit Party”. All members brought lots and lots of sweet fresh fruits to share – perfect for me, who is used to never get a share of food when people share something during celebrations, because it’s most often just meat, meat and meat!! The fruits were washed down with ice cold beers, fruity wines or local drinks like “Origin” and enjoyed to loud, lively music!
Another culinary highlight of the day for me were the Kose Scooby had brought along – and they were the most delicious I had in a very, very long time! Are you curious, what Kose are and how they are prepared? Stay tuned – we are soon going to tell you more about it!
About the author:
Melanie is a social anthropologist and holds a MA in Development Studies with a focus on Local Development Strategies from the distinguished Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She is a qualified trainer of youth leaders in Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation and has led youth projects in Switzerland, Ghana and Kenya.
Melanie is a Co-Founder of CBS Business School and the Co-President of Sono