The various types of Ghanaian instagram-mers

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1. #professionalphotographers&models.
Everything is quality and posed about their pictures, they hardly take random shots. It’s always pictures from photo shoots. They make Ghana look very nice. As to whether they are professional, professional or just instagram professional, we don’t know …

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2. #teamLoveBirds
If you are single, don’t follow them. They are more than Siamese twins. They both appear in all the posts, its like a joint account. When they are separated by distance, they will use picmix. They are always either driving,eating, holding hands, making out, sitting on a bed,lying on the bed etc. And their captions and hashtags, #IMissMyBoo #TheBooIsEating #LoveIsSweet #MadeForEachOther #TheBooJustFarte… never mind. But yeah, those people.

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3. #teamChowLovers
They instagram everything they eat. Everything. Hey, I’m about to eat some fufu, Rice going down. Waakye about to die. Cheeseburger on board. I wonder if they pray before eating -__-.

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4. #EventAttenders&CelebrityJunkies
All their posts are at parties or weddings or outdoorings or funerals or social events, with the event name in the hashtag. #teamChillingGang. #teamMovenpick. Always posing with some celebs at parties or events or being in the middle of some pretty girls giving him a peck on each cheek. They hardly take pictures alone, they are always with friends and they attend weddings a lot. In fact, every saturday, expect a post from them. You hardly see a picture of them outside a party or an event.

5. #teamILoveMyFamily/Pets
Captions: “baby just walked”, “baby is growing tall and strong”, “I love my son/daughter so much”, “My parents are the best”, “Meet matt, our new dog”, “The dog was naughty today”,”my son goes to school today”. etc etc etc. Instagram is more of a family album to them.

6. #teamNoteSharers/JokeSharers/BirthdayWishers
When you see them online, it means its someone’s birthday. Or they have a joke to share. Or some inspirational note to share. Or a snapshot of their conversation with a friend on whats app. You hardly see pictures of them, they are just some faceless deep people.

7. #teamNewbie/AbaFresh
They don’t really know what instagram is about. They just come and follow a few people, like a few pictures, ask for follow backs in comments, and flood the timeline with as many as 20 pictures at a time.At the same event(Don’t you just hate that). And they don’t understand why no one wants to follow them, they then become occasional users. They struggle a lot till they get the whole concept. Forgive them

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9. #teamSelfie
They have a routine; stand in front of a mirror, pouts,take selfie, upload, another selfie upload, another 3 selfies at the same place showing different angles, picmix, upload.If they have 10 posts, with their faces appearing thrice in one post, that is 30 posts of the same face in all. I’m sure you are thinking its only girls who do this,no,there are guys too. The selfie people take one part of their face always(that’s their best part they say) and the only difference is in their dressing. Their hash-tags are #goingToChurch #LectureMode #workflow.They have Selfie deep too, they take a selfie, write some random deep quote under(I get confused trying to get the relation) *takes selfie, captions “The house fly who doesn’t listen to their mother will follow the corpse to the grave”,uploads* 100 likes. I don’t know if the likes are for the picture or the quote.

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10. #creepGangIncorp
They create an account,post 2 or 3 pictures or some random pictures yearly. They have just 2 or 3 followers but follow 1000s. If you follow them, you will see them active in the following section, always liking people’s pictures(the beautiful people) and commenting. There are some members of the creepgang who “follow” you without following you. They have seen all your pictures, read all the comments but don’t follow, don’t like, don’t comment. You don’t even know they exist. They get pissed when you lock your account but will never follow you. They are just there for the beautiful people and the gossip. They know it all.

There you have it, 10 types of instagrammers in Ghana. Which do you belong to?

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How to behave at a Ghanaian party

This post is a party “apo” not parties where there are only drinks and plenty dancing, I’m talking about parties where you are allowed to eat, no restrictions. Before we begin, let me correct this, if you aren’t the one putting the food into your plate, its not a “serve yourself” party. I’m talking about golden tulip buffets and the parties MPs and ministers have where food flow isn’t restricted.

When you attend these parties, don’t you wish for more space in your stomach? Or at least wish you had 4 stomachs like the goats we feast on? Ever been to a party where a full goat was on fire and you were allowed to cut as much as you want? Those are the days you become fully aware of the limitations of the human stomach. But I have a few tips here to help you get the best out of these events.

1. The morning of the party, eat nothing. Or take something light, don’t go to the party having food already in your stomach, eat nothing, offload everything.

2. Have you realized that at these parties, water is served first, then the drinks, before the food? Smart people, the liquids just occupy unnecessary space in the stomach cavity. Sip some of the water and throw the rest away. Leave the drink for now, it should be the last thing you take or just pour it into the empty water bottle(you can drink it at home) but in case you want to drink everything, take it in sips, don’t gulp it down like a fish (wait, fishes don’t drink water, or do they?).

3. When its time to serve yourself, avoid the liquids(I will stress this a lot), its not best to start with starters, just go to the heavy food first. And don’t take too much, it doesn’t work that way. Because you like jollof a lot, you will go and fill your plate with jollof, you will waste your stomach space.

4. Don’t start with food you aren’t familiar with, fill half of your stomach with a variety of foods you are comfortable with before you move to the unknowns (thank me later).

5. After the 2nd round of serving yourself, get up and take a walk around the building or walk to the washroom. This would allow some of the lighter food to digest else you will last only 2 rounds. After the 4th round of serving yourself, by then the party should come to life, go and dance some of the food away, take a walk around and join the queue for another round.

6. Remember to eat a bit of everything. Some of the foods being served are expensive and you might not get another chance to eat them for free. One ladle of each type of rice, a slice of yam, a bit of banku etc. Then after you have eaten everything, you can fill your stomach with some salad, meat and drinks.

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These 6 points are the most important now, practise them and stop wasting food at parties. You will notice that you will eat, drink and have fun at the party.

Thank me later,

Corgito Ergo Sum,
Achere

Africa Android Challenge

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Android king

The Africa Android Challenge is an annual competition organised by GDG and Java communities in Africa for android developers across the continent. It provides a platform for devs to build apps relevant to the African continent, give recognition to the devs and win prizes. My friend PK Opoku and I decided to take part again. We took part in previous years, the first time we built an hausa to english dictionary, the second time I worked on a phone locator using GPS, but we didn’t win 😦 so when the email came February this year, we didn’t want to take part because we had school projects to work on. The deadline for submitting apps was however extended to April and our lecturers went on a strike.

The apps were in 2 sections; native android apps and apps using the Google Apps Api. Previously, we built native android apps, this time around, we decided to challenge ourselves and use the Google Apps Api to build our app (Google’s documentations can be a little difficult to understand if you are a beginner like us, we spent three-quarters of the development time reading and understanding them). At first, we wanted to build an app using the Google Drive Api but file sharing permissions was going to be a problem, so we used the Google Plus Api (Its really cool, you should try it). We decided to build a social app running on the Google Plus Api that would facilitate football banter (Africans love their football). The app we named VUVUZELA has 2 sides; a news side where users are kept up to date with football news across the globe and a social side where a user can share a post and have a discussion with other users of the app. The nice thing about the app is, whatever you share can be viewed by everyone in your circle so people not using the app can banter with you. We shared the workload, integrated the various classes and submitted the app, beating the deadline by 3 hours ( we did all this in 2 weeks) 🙂

We patiently waited(Checking emails 20 times a day), the day to announce winners came to pass and we heard nothing. A week and a few days later (after I almost died), the results were announced and we won for Ghana (the 1st round) in our section. Next, we had to work on the app and resubmit it for the final round, the African platform. We had 2 weeks, we did some throwaway prototyping and built again. The final results came and sadly 😥 , we didn’t win. We however made the top 10 apps for Africa ( which offered some consolation but we didn’t even think we would make it that far). For the first round (Ghana winners), we won 1 tablet(which we had to sell because the prize was for only one person even if you develop as a team) ,some t shirts and had dinner with some members of GDG Ghana to celebrate the winners.

It was a wonderful experience, we worked with an API we hadn’t used before. For the app, we are still working on it and would release it soon. An important lesson we learnt was, interface design really matters, users really pay attention to the look and feel of apps.

Thanks to GDG and Java communities across Africa and Max Bonbhel for organizing this wonderful event every year. I pray it gets bigger and better.

Cogito ergo sum,
Achere

Tech needs girls

Tech needs girls
This is a post I should have posted a long time ago, but I guess its never too late to share. Tech needs girls Ghana is an event I took part in on the 1st of June 2013. It started like this, an email came about a technology event for girls in Accra, Rasheeda and I who were on the same mailing list said why don’t these things happen in Kumasi? We were students of KNUST back then,we recently graduated. Let me not bore you, thankfully Rasheeda wrote about everything The Beginning and The Event Itself. Just click on the links and read more.

The event was successful in ways I never imagined, we were a bit hesitant because the worst could happen, no one would come or the worst worst(excuse my english) too many people would come and the food won’t be enough or the terrible worst, black out the whole day. But thankfully, none of them happened. I had the opportunity to work with amazing female devs who developed amazing things and I finally met Regina Agyare, I had heard about her a lot but never seen her. It was a great day, meeting girls from different schools and sharing our passion with them. My team and I created a website and almost lost the innovation challenge. We were close to the bottom, but I particularly enjoyed the brainstorming session.

The day ended with the mentors going to have a small get together at a restaurant nearby. I learnt a lot from the event and I hope more would be organised in different regions. Technology really needs girls and this is not a sexist statement.

To know more about Tech needs girls gh and to contribute or help in any way, visit our website Tech Needs Girls GH

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