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Ignite Talk (Ethics): 2015 Mandela Fellowship Assignment

During the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship, towards the end of the program, every fellow in my school, University of Nevada-Reno, was tasked (challenged) to write an ‘Ignite Talk’ on Ethics. There were no rules, as long as the subject was ethics. The goal was for every school in the fellowship to present a talk during the DC presidential summit. Each school would end up choosing one submission and one person to present. Below is my Ignite talk on Ethics. This is how I put it together to present so it may not flow like an article. Three years ago, I would have never imagined standing here, ...

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Ghanaian ‘Day Names’ in Dagbani

There are over a 100 ethnic groups in Ghana, and all take pride in naming children. Most names have interesting meaning. An example is Niendoo in Dagbani which translates “old man”, and means the incarnation of a great-grandfather. Another is Bangaham, which means “those who choose”, a short proverb. Most cultural groups also name children depending on the day of the week they are born. The Dagomba culture is no different. The names are unisex in Dagbani and compiled below; Mine is Lamihi, what’s yours? 18,304 total views, 85 views today

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THE BATTLE OF ADIBO (BATTLE WITH THE GERMANS) – Ghana’s Dagbon History

(BY: DASANA PUKARIGA)   There is a popular date in the history of Dagbon that every son of Great Gbewaa knows. It is recalled by Dagbon drum historians as Adibo Dalle (The Day of Adibo). This was the day over a century ago in September 1896 when Dagbon fought a battle with German colonizers at Adibo, a village 10 kilometers south of Yendi. At the time the king who reigned was Yaa Naa Andani II (popularly called Andan Naanigoo) and he said that his kingdom Dagbon, would not be taken over by the white man, and will protect it at ...

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