[Update](of the)[Update]


Remember my previous post? well, turns out my post before that is coming on:

Fellow Python Enthusiasts

ImageOk so come Saturday, March 30th April 6th, a group of python enthusiasts plan to meet up to you know, share ideas, learn from each other and network. These “pythonistas” are based in Accra, the meet up is in Accra, but it is not limited to only “Accrarians”. I should have posted this earlier but I’ve been a bit lazy. Sorry. But pass through if you can; you never know.

Anyway, the meeting is at the Open University of West Africa campus in Osu. There are directions here, or you can simply call Victor Ofoegbu or Courage Mabrey on +2330200217650 and +233207508668 respectively; they’re actually nice, they won’t bite, ok maybe Victor would, funny guy. lol.

You can look up this page for more details.”

So yeah, do well to pass through. Its on this Saturday chale!!!

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Fellow Python Enthusiasts


ImageOk so come Saturday, March 30th, a group of python enthusiasts plan to meet up to you know, share ideas, learn from each other and network. These “pythonistas” are based in Accra, the meet up is in Accra, but it is not limited to only “Accrarians”. I should have posted this earlier but I’ve been a bit lazy. Sorry. But pass through if you can; you never know.

Anyway, the meeting is at the Open University of West Africa campus in Osu. There are directions here, or you can simply call Victor Ofoegbu or Courage Mabrey on +2330200217650 and +233207508668 respectively; they’re actually nice, they won’t bite, ok maybe Victor would, funny guy. lol.

You can look up this page for more details.

Oh one more thing, I’m sure you’ve probably heard of these guys?

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Yes? No? Well they’re an awesome organization who are all about the alternative -never the norm- and projecting Accra, showcasing the rich culture (troski life, music, fashion, that waakye etc) and all the aesthetics the city has to offer. You can check their blog.

So there’s this social thing they do together with their interns [me included] where they we take turns with cameras, learning how to take beautiful photos thereby creating content to share with everyone. Our little gig is aptly and funk-edelically called Foto Klub.

We’re taking shots around the lighthouse at Jamestown, so if you happen to be in the neighborhood, you can always drop by and you know, interact. Begins at seven (7) am though, but you can always catch up nonetheless. We’re awesome people, like really. Heck ada brought you !ndie/Ind!e Fuse, Chale Wote and still bring The Talk Party Series which is on tomorrow at the Passions Cafe in Osu. I won’t be there sadly, but it’s all good.

:). Ok I’ve talked chao already, nti you dierr, just make it to anyone of the three hangouts.

Good evening.

Nurture, Start, Start…Start it Up


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For a long time i have wondered about start-ups, investment opportunities and such in Ghana. I wondered if there weren’t any rich people in this country who were interested in investing into other people’s ventures. Perhaps they are just selfish and don’t see themselves doling out major investment money to others?? But c’mon, the word is INVESTMENT!!!

Anyway, I’ve been following the activities of Peter Thiel, venture capitalist, hedge fund manager and founder of Thiel Fellows, yes Thiel Fellows! What Thiel fellows does is admirable, and risky. But what is any venture without risk? This is a quote from their website:

“The Fellowship brings together some of the world’s most creative and motivated young people, and helps them bring their most ambitious ideas and projects to life. Thiel Fellows are given a no-strings-attached grant of $100,000 to skip college and focus on their work, their research, and their self-education. They are mentored by our network of visionary thinkers, investors, scientists, and entrepreneurs, who provide guidance and business connections that can’t be replicated in any classroom. Rather than just studying, you’re doing.”

Skipping college in Ghana might be too much of a hurdle perhaps, but something like what the Fellows are offering is worthy. Across the world, cities abound in tech incubators, start-up hubs and many a platform for bringing to fruition the dreams of young and innovative entrepreneurs. Not too far away, in Kenya, there is a bubbling over into this transformative space, a good initiative considering technology is the new economy, and Africans would be cheated if we don’t venture into this by ourselves.

Unfortunately, Ghana doesn’t have much to offer in terms of start-up incubators and venture capitalists. This link is a list of a few of the incubators in Ghana. There should be other ones, but these ones are prominent. OUWA offers an incubation programme as well.

Walk in SliceBiz, a start-up incubated by OUWA. What SliceBiz wants to offer is similar to what KickStarter and other popular crowdfunding sites have on offer. I am happy that a company with this vision has been set up in Ghana. Only problem though, it is a fledgling company, no wait, it is a start-up in itself.

At the moment, it is trying to garner funds. They recently won the second edition of Startup Weekend’s competition. At the moment, they are in a global competition to garner more funds to make their dream of being the next KickStarter, a reality.

They currently have 686 votes, and still need more if they are to be in the top 15 contenders, and eventual winners (hopefully). Please go over to this link to vote. I think they’ll be a good addition to the prosperity of this nation, Africans and the world at large. After all, ideas abound all over; the resource to implement them is usually the only drawback. Why don’t you help draw back this drawback??

Oh quick entry. There is this other great initiative i want to quickly mention; it is called Yeboao a crowdsourcing service. What this service does is to bring together textual and graphic creatives in an environment social platform where they can contract jobs. Think of it as a kind of deviantART or Behance network for Africans, except with revenue. 🙂

Check this page out to track the growth of start-ups and incu-hubs in Africa.

On our path ↑, it would be best to nurture our engines, start it up, and drive on to infinity and beyond; no pit stops :D.

Flying With The Circus


ImageSo you’ve heard of MOOCs and wanted a bit of the pie. But here you are in Ghana, where everything is an exaggerated cost. From internet to clothes to whatever else you can imagine.

If you’ve patronised internet cafes for a long time, then you can agree that it isn’t a conducive environment for academic pursuits. [i often wonder how people are able to do their assignments using them]. Thus MOOCs would be a bit annoying and frustrating for you if you don’t have internet at home; and don’t even think of modems [unless of course you don’t mind the cost].

Oh well, so you want to benefit from the likes of Udacity, Coursera, CodeAcademy, Coursehero, edX, CodeSchool, TedEd amongst several (most of the above listed focus on computers b.t.w., mostly Python), but here you are without an affordable resource to access this wealth of knowledge.

well if you can, these few tips should help you get started.

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tiGO

Buy a tiGO modem, or SIM if you possess either an Android or iPhone. Get a computer (laptop) with Wi-Fi (not necessary if you have the modem).

If you use either of the smartphones, then you should be aware of the tethering option by now. If not, Android, iPhone check your manual and learn how to do this. (Blackberry and Windows Phones inclusive). [you can also just opt for the usb method. long process]

Activate tiGO‘s internet bundle. You can either opt for the daily option,GH¢0.99, weekly, GH¢5.99 or the monthly, GH¢22.99.

You’re good to start learning your courses online now. If you don’t possess a computer however, but own one of these devices, you can still learn to some extent. Android’s stock browser as well as Apple’s Safari are pretty capable browsers and should allow you visit these sites, at least stream the videos effortlessly.

You would still need to get access to a computer in order to do some of the exercises though. ( My phone runs Gingerbread and browsers such as Chrome and Firefox aren’t available to my phone, I bet they’ll let you input effortlessly).

If you want to know more about MOOC’s, heck just Google it or check out one of the pioneers (first and later), or click here to read more, or here, or here or here or just frigging Google it!

oh did i mention you would be at an awesome advantage if you own a tablet?? 🙂

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John, Victor and the whole team. Awesome!!

If you can’t afford any of these alternatives, then check out OUWA.