Beyond later realizing how babies are born early in the teenage years after several myths, there had been several moments of wonder about the plight of pregnant women and how they cope for nine months.   It is true that pregnancy is not sickness but a condition; however, the condition itself is tilted relatively against women in the rural areas. In cities and towns in Ghana, women can easily get tested for pregnancy, undertake further […]


On the 7th of November, 2012, I will be speaking at the 4thPan African Competitiveness Forum-PACF conference in Abuja.  In 2011, I facilitated a partnership between the Tamale Shea Cluster Initiative-TaSCi and Shea Yeleen International with the objective of creating a sustainable local and international market for women shea butter producers.   ThePan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) was launched on April 16, 2008 as a new continent-wide competence and action centre for innovation and cluster […]


On the 6th of October 2012, I will be speaking at TEDxKNUST at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-KNUST on Suame Magazine, an industrial cluster I have spent almost 7 years working. I Started as an ICT instructor for artisans and later managed the Suame Magazine Industrial Development Organization-SMIDO, a development organization for the cluster– leading training and business development programs.   Located in Kumasi, Suame Magazine is an […]


As part of efforts to deepen understanding and knowledge in embedded systems in Ghana, Kumasi Center for Lifelong Learning-KCLL, First Atlantic Semiconductor and Microelectronics-FASMICRO and Mobile Friday are collaborating on an embedded system training at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology- KNUST, based in Kumasi, Ghana.   The training is a 10 day hands – on class designed to teach students and entrepreneurs on how to program PIC microcontroller in both assembly language […]

embedded systems

What are Embedded Systems? • Embedded systems are small, fast, and very powerful tools, gadgets and equipment which have become part of our everyday life. • They form a part of a larger system or product, part of anything, from mobile phones to medical devices, from agricultural farming tools to manufacturing equipment. • An embedded system is a micro-processor based system that is built to control a function or range of functions and is not […]


Embedded systems span all aspects of modern life and there are many examples of their use.   Telecommunications systems employ numerous embedded systems from telephone switches for the network to mobile phones at the end-user. Computer networking uses dedicated routers and network bridges to route data. Consumer electronics include personal digital assistants (PDAs), mp3 players, mobile phones, videogame consoles, digital cameras, DVD players, GPS receivers, and printers. Many household appliances, such as microwave ovens, washing […]


“For several days this month, Greenland’s surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations. Nearly the entire ice cover of Greenland, from its thin, low-lying coastal edges to its two-mile-thick center, experienced some degree of melting at its surface, according to measurements from three independent satellites analyzed by NASA and university scientists.   On average in the summer, about half of the surface […]


Increasingly, Ghana has been caught on the wrong side of mining activities from almost every corner of the country. Week in and out, news filters in about pollution of streams which serve as sources of drinking water to many, death of miners from collapsing pits and huge pits that have been left uncovered from excavation activities.   In Ghana, there are over 300 registered small-scale mining groups and they constitute a major source of employment […]


During a visit to the Carpenter project site of the Northern Empowerment Association-NEA, I had the opportunity to interact with Mrs Brenda Mensah, the Deputy Director of NEA on programs and impact. She informs me that, for women in rural Northern Ghana, life is particularly harsh due to certain cultural inhibitions and a lack of empowerment. A Canadian by birth, she is married to Dr David Mensah, a native of Northern Ghana whose story as […]


Almost an hour’s drive from Ghana’s capital city Accra and just 30km south of the Akosombo Dam at the Kpong Airfield is where WAASPS is located. It is the leading center for light aviation in West Africa. This is also where Patricia Mawuli Nyekodi, a 22-year-old plies her trade as a pilot and plane builder.   Patricia’s fascination with planes started while in school, seeing  planes from the airfield fly past and wondering what it was all about.   […]

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