Ever bought fried yam? You can probably relate! 😉 Continue reading Bayerɛnomics
Love me fiercely. Love me boldly. Surprise me with hausa koko at work. Fight for the last piece of soft wele when you buy me waakye from Auntie Adiza, just because you know my heart will smile when my teeth sink in with ease. Cover me with a blanket and kiss my forehead even though I am fast asleep. I may not be awake but … Continue reading Love me fiercely
This is a list of things I hope to do by the time I am thirty. It is more like a wishful thinking list. They are not in order of importance, just in order of what came to mind first. These lists are exciting to make and as always, I don’t know if I will get 30 things but let’s see how this goes! Xx … Continue reading 30 before 30
Mr President-Elect, Last week Friday was one of the most exciting days of my life, not because you won (no offense, that is also exciting) but because of something else. For the first time in a very long time, I saw Ghanaians unite in the most extraordinary way to celebrate your victory. From Tamale to Techiman, through Kumasi to Sakumono, people took to the streets. … Continue reading Mr President-Elect…
Please find below the text of the talk I gave at TedXCentralUniversity2016. If you know me, you will know that I am a talkative so I did a bit of ad libbing. But the essence of the talk is captured here. I chose the topic ‘Retelling the Ghanaian story’ because I am a storyteller and I am very passionate about Ghana. I hope this inspires someone to do better for our beloved motherland. Enjoy!
My name is Maukeni Padiki Kodjo. Most of my friends call me Keni for short; probably because it is less of a mouthful.
I am a storyteller. For the last two years, I have been telling authentic Ghanaian stories on my blog- www.kenikodjo.com. My stories are about everyday Ghanaians doing everyday things: from the trotro mate right through to the single mother to the potbellied landlord and the NDC foot soldier. Everything- it’s all there. Whenever I tell a story, I do my best to capture the true essence of the character so that you are either nodding along as you listen and saying to yourself ‘I know someone like that’ or thinking ‘this is something I would do.’ I cultivated the habit of reading in my childhood. I read a lot of stories. My bed time was 7pm but I was always determined to finish whatever book I was reading that day before sleep took over. If it was past 7 pm and I was in danger of breaking the rules, I would cover my head with a blanket and continue reading with the help of a flashlight. That’s how I ended up with these glasses.
So trust me when I say I know a bit about storytelling; it came with a bit of sacrifice!
Everyone knows I love trotros. They bring me too much joy. It also means I am a veteran when it comes to trotros and their seating. The best seats in the trotro are window seats. Not only do you not have to move until you get to your destination, you also have an escape route if your sitting mate has foul breath or interesting body … Continue reading The anatomy of trotro seating..
It was there when I got home. My dinner. Two bowls covered with a napkin. I hate it when she does this- plays the dutiful wife when I have been a jerk. That ‘coals of fire’ thing they taught us in Sunday School actually works. It makes me feel worse for not being there for her. These days, she spends more time staring at the … Continue reading Soliloquy
? This post is a re-cap on some lessons I learnt in blogging this year which i feel the need to share with all of you 🙂 Blogging has a bright future in Africa, where passionate young people would educate, inform and entertain the world about the realities of the African culture, the good and the bad, without the fear of reproving the ‘ugly’ in… Continue reading Be Younique
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Photo Credit: Makeni Padiki kodjo Facebook Profile I’m finally drawing the curtains down on the lessons that could be derived from the KeniKodjo Story. I must admit, it’s been fun chronicling these lessons. The final lesson that could be learned from the kenikodjo story is, We all need each other to survive. As I scrolled through her blog, I… Continue reading Final Lessons From The KeniKodjo Story
Originally posted on Pappy's Space:
Photo Credit: teamblackimage studios I’m here to fulfill the promise I made yesterday to continue with the lessons that could be learned from the KeniKodjo story.Before I do that, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who read the post,especially the amazing keni kodjo readers. I’ve never received such traffic on my blog like yesterday. It shows… Continue reading Lessons 3 & 4 from the Kenikodjo story