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Today’s Featured Music From Ghana

Ghanaian music from the Northern Region is gaining more grounds everyday and it’s great that these artists are able to project culture through modern music. I particularly like these videos because they are not over the top with cars, types of cigarette they’re smoking, half-naked female models, type of champagne they drinking, etc. Instead these 2 videos focus on repping tradition and depict normal surroundings in Tamale, which is reality. The lyrics do not marginalize women either, it does the opposite. Sherifa Gunu Salamatu Israhim – Tamale ft Sharifa Gugu   10,854 total views, 5 views today  

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Fix Issue With Logs Not Showing Up in Android Studio 2.3 Update

Google recently updated android studio to version 2.3, and just like most updates in the past, this came with some changes that caused a bit of confusion for developers. One of the main issues I encountered was not seeing my logs and debug messages in the debug console, especially when running my app from an emulator. This was actually an intentional change from Google but none the less caused a bit of a distress. If you are facing this issue don’t panic! It’s an easy fix; 1. Go to Run -> Edit Configurations 2. Select the Miscellaneous tab and select the following options; Show ...

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Android Development: Styling Google Maps

Google has a reputation for making development easier and efficient for developers who use their tools and APIs with detailed documentations and well taught free courses. I recently tried implementing styling and reducing how much information is shown on a map via android. My initial approach was to figure out how to remove certain elements from the maps api instance I was using at runtime. This approach would have been quite messy, but also mainly because, I was still figuring out the API. I did some searching and found out that Google actually makes the whole process easier. To implement styling and ...

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Hidden Figures Movie Review

If you are familiar with my blog, then you know I have been waiting to see Hidden Figures since it was announced in August last year and even blogged about the trailer. I live in West Africa and it took over 4 months to be distributed in cinemas here. It was a very very long wait, but definitely worth it. I finally saw the film on the 24th of February and every frame was detailed and entertaining. It was an absolutely amazing, well told story coupled with great acting! I’ll give a review of what was going through my mind during ...

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Make Gmail Do More For You With These ‘Awesome’ Extensions

Gmail is probably the most popular email service in the world with over 1 billion users. The service, developed by Google is one of the fastest and most intuitive email provider, and integrates seemingly into almost everything we do on a daily basis. With one gmail account you can access several Google products online or via your android phone, such as syncing photos via google photos across multiple devices, google maps, youtube, and google drive just to mention a few. Gmail is my most visited daily site since I access over 5 email accounts on the platform, which means, a need to keep things organised, tracking ...

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Ghanaian Song of The Week (in Dagbani): Don Sigli – Dicheko Bang

Yes, I know I have been MIA for a while. It’s been a packed couple of months, however, since I want to keep this blog alive, I’ll start posting weekly on topics that don’t require much writing, at least till I’m able to free up some time to blog frequently. I come from Ghana and there are several ethic groups in Ghana (over a 100 to be exact), and as a result I’m a Dagomba! Dagombas are an ethnic group of the Kingdom of Dagbon (mainly in the Northern Region of Ghana) in the sparse savanna region below the sahelian belt, known as ...

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Software Review: Snapso Shutdown Manager S2

Okay, I admit, I am reviewing this software because it was a simple app I built back in the day. Nonetheless, I think it is a fantastic piece of software any pc user should have, especially, those who sleep off while playing videos or music. SnapSO Shutdown Manager is a simple program that allows users to schedule the time they would like to shutdown, restart or put their computer to sleep. It has a simple and comprehensive interface that will quickly guide you through all its features. You should definitely check it out!  freeware (free software). The video below gives a brief ...

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Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of A Black Female Genius – The Upcoming ‘Katherine Johnson’ Biographical Drama Film

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Female empowerment? Yes! Black empowerment? Yes! Black female empowerment? Yes!  If you haven’t heard of the upcoming American movie, ‘Hidden Figures’, then you are in the right place! I will give you the gist and why I am excited about this movie. Hidden Figures is an upcoming 2017 American biographical drama film based on the non-fiction book of the same name. The film recounts the story of the African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson and her two colleagues, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson (engineer), who helped NASA catch up in the Space Race. Using their calculations, NASA was able produce the first American astronaut to make ...

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8 Burning Questions From The First Season of ‘Stranger Things’

8 Burning Questions After The First Season of Stranger Things (1)

  If you read my previous post on 10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Stranger Things you’d know where I stand with the show. Stranger Things is one of the best series this year and after watching and re-watching the first season, there have been a couple of questions I keep asking. You might find these questions intriguing as well; *spoiler alert! What’s Eleven’s Back Story? I am obsessed with this question and there are so many unanswered questions about who she really is. Where is Eleven from? How did the ‘bad men’ get her? Right now, we sought of have a clue as to who ...

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Getting A New Driver’s License In Ghana

Getting A New Driver's License In Ghana

  Getting a driver’s license can be a gruesome process, however, very rewarding. I recently went through the process of getting a driver’s license for the first time and there were a couple of things I wish I knew before starting the process. I hope you’d be able to learn a few things from my experience and be better prepared for the process. I started the process by first registering  at a driving school for lessons. You will need to go to a driving school before you start the process at DVLA, it’s just easier that way. I already knew ...

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Stranger Things: 10 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Show

Stranger Things: 10 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Show

  I haven’t binge watched a show in a long time till Stranger Things came along. After watching the first 20 minutes of the pilot on a weekday, I knew I had to pause and binge over the weekend. Stranger Things is an American science fiction horror web television series released on Netflix on July 15, 2016. The show is set in 1983 Indiana, USA, where a young boy vanishes vanishes mysteriously. In the middle of the show, I got a ‘Fringe’ vibe, but they played it out nicely and realistically to the 80’s.  The ensemble cast portrays the best acting I have seen in ...

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10 Awesome Facts You Didn’t Know About Bananas

10 Awesome Facts You Didn’t Know About Bananas

  Banana is one of the easiest grab-to-go fruit snacks and have a good reputation thanks to their high levels of potassium, fibre, and magnesium. Banana is an edible fruit, botanically a berry, produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa. Banana is also packed with awesome facts you might know; The word banana is thought to be of West African origin, possibly from the Wolof word banaana, and passed into English via Spanish or Portuguese. Bananas may have been the world’s first cultivated fruit. Archaeologists have found evidence of banana cultivation in New Guinea as far ...

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Before The Experience – The 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship

On the 24th of May, 2015, I received an email from the Mandela Washington Stuff congratulating me on being selected for the the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship program for Young African Leaders. How I got to be a fellow? it almost didn’t happen. I was excited about applying for the fellowship, so I took my time and tried my very best in communicating what I wanted to say during the application. I received an email a couple of months later inviting me for an interview in Tamale. It was great news and I was excited, but at that time I was in Canada and wouldn’t ...

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New Music (Beat) : Aim High

aim high instrumental

Hello! It’s been a while. I have new music to share with you. I made this beat on the bus to visit my grandmother in Tamale a couple of months back. I love making music whenever I find the time. I also sometimes sing and write. Just started trying out beat making. My colleagues at work are incredibly amazing and play the piano and guitar. We usually have freestyle jamming sessions, and you can say I’ve been inspired to pick up a new hobby. The beat is chill and relaxing. Let me know if you use the beat for anything awesome ...

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Baked Plantains and Vegetables [Recipe]

Yesterday I was feeling really hungry and didn’t want to buy food outside or eat anything with oil and pepper. Fun fact, my stomach dislikes pepper and I get sick every time. It has never disappointed, but my tongue loves pepper, and shito is my favourite must have food accessory. I didn’t feel like getting sick today and I had been craving vegetables all week, so I decided to prepare something different from my usual raw or boiled vegetables. I checked the fridge I had an awesome amount of vegetables I could use. I took them all out and realised I ...

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