Saturday, 4 April 2015

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“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”
                                                                    -Taylor Swift.

Well, everyone eventually gets to the moving time. No matter even how much you may dread it or how joyfully you embrace it, its inevitable.

From season to season, draft to draft, post to post, segment to segment, its been a wonderful growth process and experience. Here is the time to move to the next stage of growth and fulfilment.

Trust me, I have enjoyed being here. For the commitment, support, comment, interaction, sense of belonging, I say

As "Yibellla Journal" moves from being on blogspot to its own domain, our love even thickens the more.

This is the time our bond even grows stronger because you have been a big part of this wonderful journey. As family as you are, you are always welcome to visit and link up.

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Young Legends of Inspiration - Prince Akpah

Though the youngest to be featured as a “Young Legend of Inspiration”, Prince Akpah is undoubtedly inspiring.  Only 21, Prince founded “Be A Girl”, an empowerment initiative focused on empowering young girls who are excellent in their academic endeavours. He recognized the need to motivate young girls who are doing very well in their academics but lack the motivation to do better. He then initiated “Be A Girl” to be used as a platform to appreciate achievements of young girls by awarding them citations and souvenirs. He did not let financial constraints hinder him from actualizing his idea and started this brainchild of his with the GHS 10 he could afford. This suggests that not having money isn’t a good excuse for not materializing your dream.

So far, “Be A Girl” has been to 3 regions where about 300 girls have been recognized from 20 schools. One of their most memorable events was when a 46 year old woman who was still in primary school was honoured, this led to her story to be featured in an international documentary.

As hard work always pays off, “Be A Girl” was recently shortlisted for the World Youth Summit, it has also been able to bring very influential women in Ghana to some of the schools they have been to and was also featured in a documentary by Viasat1 which paved a way for Prince to make an appearance on “The One Show” hosted by Anita Erskine.
They hope that this project would have the award winners inspire their other colleagues to take their academic work more seriously.

One beautiful thing that strikes me about Prince is his great passion for volunteerism. He believes volunteering is a great way to network and learn a lot of things he wouldn’t get the chance to learn in school. Through volunteerism, Prince happens to be the Director for projects at Synergy for Success - Ghana, Head of Media Relation for the Sangy Foundation, Ass. Director for New Media, African Achievers Award, Technical Director for Generational Thinkers, Ass.Treasurer for the Ghana Writers Awards and is also involved in Accra Youth Summit, Success Africa Conference, Global Hand washing Day, Diplomat101 and a lot others. All these positions are on voluntary basis.
Prince also thought about how he could help improve the presence of Ghanaians and their brands on the scene of social media. Starting the Ghana Media Rankings helped encouraged competition of the representation of Ghanaians and their brands on social media.
In the field of writing, he has authored a book titled “Determined to Conquer” which he plans to publish on his 24th birthday.

Prince believes that disappointments doesn’t come to end dreams but rather create opportunities. For financial reasons, he couldn’t make it to the university even though he had an admission to pursue Computer Science at the University of Cape Coast. That has not  deterred him from adding value to himself. He took action and has been pursuing his initiatives.

Making good use of his time is one key to his success. He mostly spends his Saturdays attending workshops, seminars, conferences or networking events to learn more and get inspired by other people’s achievements.

Prince aspires to be a successful Public Relations personality and also hopes to craft, develop and perfect concepts into international trademarks.
Prince was born on 24th April, 1993. He attended Amazing Love schools and furthered at St. Paul Senior High where he studied General Science and graduated to be the 21st out of 329 students who sat for WASSCE 2012 in his school. He hails from Avalavi and Wheta in the Volta Region of Ghana. He comes from a polygamous nuclear family of 27 comprising of 6 wives and 20 children of which he is the 16th born.

His favourite quote is “Poco a poco, uno viaja lejos” - Little by little, one travels far – J.R. R Tolkein.

Prince Akpah can be reached via:
Twitter: @tornyeli
Phone number: +233576274980
Google+ and Facebook: Akpah Prince

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Super Wednesday - 3 Relevant Things That Would Make You A Champion

1.Avoid Excuses, Get It Done.
Excuses are probably the most commonest stuff you can ever hear. "Due to this and that...", "I couldn't complete it because..." and a whole lot. They might save you  from being blamed and getting disappointed in but the truth is excuses won't get you to your dreams. They will only help you procrastinate instead of actually getting done what needs to be done. Remember, "no efforts, no progress". Say goodbye to excuses and get those goals achieved!

2.Don't Give Up (Easily).
No achievement is without hindrances and challenges. I guess you have heard nothing good comes easily too. Well, that's true. There isn't any assurance that great thing you look forward to doing, getting or achieving would come easy, but there is that certainty that with  conscious efforts to be tough-skinned, determined, persistent and hard work, you would surely win. Don't give up, yes don't give up.  You can make it!

3.Don't Neglect Your Passion(Talent).
Find that thing that makes you tick, that thing that excites you which you can naturally do. Its not enough having it, its needs to mature. Nurture and grow your talent for it would lead you to your fulfilment. Look for materials available which will help you develop it. Search for people who share same passion as you and learn from them. Then you can become valuable to others!

These 3 golden tips will surely help you on your way to becoming that champion you desire to be. Has any positive practice helped you too? Feel free to share!

Monday, 23 February 2015

5 Blessings Keeping A Diary Can Be To You

Has there been a point in time in your life when you felt your chest heavy with matters you wished to get off but then not to a person? Have you ever "cursed" yourself for forgetting something you should have remembered for a very important moment?

1. A Bank Of Memories

Would you be able to remember what happened yesterday in 15years time? This thought used to scare me a whole lot, however, not any more. Keeping a diary has made keeping and reliving those special moments that shouldn't be forgotten very easy. How fun and nostalgic it will be digging back and sharing those great with your kids years and years later!

2. A Sweet Companion

Wondering what could be sweet of a diary? It won't judge you!. No matter what experiences and choices you write in your diary, it will never tell you back what it thinks! You are at total liberty to truthfully record exactly as it is unlike trying to polish up when telling a person for the fear of being judged. You can pour it all out!

3. Better Decisions
Once you are able to record your experiences as they come up, you will be able to make better decisions when you find yourself in similar situations. You don't need to get stressed thinking your brains out on what to do when there was a similar situation you conquered in the past!

4. Boosts Creativity

Practice makes man perfect indeed. This has been a true secret of mine.(no more a secret because I just told you). I have kept diaries since 2007 and it has only made me better at writing. I have watched my writing improve year after year and its been amazing. Writing regularly in your diary will go a long way to sharpen your writing skills.

Your diary shouldn't necessarily read "Dear Diary". C'mon, it could be a story, a sensational poem, a striking observation or an amazing artwork. Go wild!

5. Brings Joy

Everyone has got a "down" moment. Joy fills me up whenever I read about some happy moments from my diary when I'm sad. It works for me, I bet it will for you too!

Do you have any benefit keeping your diary has brought to you? Feel free to share.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Apps that make life better in Ghana

There are several applications that exist in recent times with more being developed at a rapid pace. These apps which are mainly web and mobile phone applications can most commonly be found on platforms such as Google play store for Android and the app store for IOS. Mobile phone apps cover categories from such as games to health and finance to organisation. Nonetheless each app has its own relevance and plays diverse roles for the millions of users that troop the app stores.

With the sharp rise of mobile penetration in Ghana, many apps have been developed in and outside Ghana that are enhancing the quality of life in Ghana. These apps are enhancing the quality of life in areas such as communication, education, agriculture, finance, governance etc. This article will look at some of my personal favourites.

MPower (Finance)

MPower is a payment system that is built to work with any preferred wallet or bank account in Ghana to offer a safe and convenient payment experience. These wallets could be in the form of Airtel mobile money, MTN mobile money, Tigo cash, master card, speed banking or Visa electron to name but a few. This app offers online and mobile payment transactions to enable consumers and businesses send, spend and receive payments.

Money can be loaded from any preferred electronic wallet that operates in Ghana or bank account to MPower to shop online. Money can also be sent from a PC or mobile phone device to be transferred and from anyone in Ghana. Individuals and business owners just have to integrate MPower into a website, phone or store to start accepting payments.

It’s sometimes a hassle accessing one’s money but with MPower there is a payment system that helps offer a solution to this by giving Ghanaians the platform to perform many types of transactions with ease.

As a witness to its achievements, MPower emerged as the most innovative new app of the year with the Top app award 2013
ESOKO (Agriculture)

Esoko began in 2005 as “Tradenet” and was renamed Esoko in 2009. The name is derived from “soko” which is Swahili for “market” and the “e” represents “electronic”. It is a Ghanaian innovation that uses a text messaging system and online platform to bridge the information gap faced by farmers within Africa. There are currently 6000 farmers using the Esoko platform across 16 countries in West Africa.

Due to high transportation costs, some farmers in rural areas have problems selling their crops at the local market centres. They are then left with the option of selling to other local sellers around them who most at times buy at low costs since these farmers have no idea of the current prices at the markets. Esoko seeks to provide solution to this by providing news of current prices of produce via SMS to farmers and keep them updated with current prices. This goes a long way to prevent them from being cheated once they decide to sell to other sellers around instead of going to the local markets.

In addition, Esoko sends weather forecasts and market trends to farmers to help them make informed decisions regarding what to plant at what times. Aside these, farming tips are also sent via SMS to educate them on good farming practices. This platform helps farmers stay informed with consistent and accurate knowledge of the supply chain they are part off.

Farmers who use Esoko have reported 10%-30% extra income annually. Esoko is therefore a great application that enhances lives of farmers and helps boost productivity in the agricultural sector of Ghana.

Esoko emerged as the winner of the agricultural app category of the Top apps award 2013
Easy Taxi

Easy Taxi is a taxi booking app in Ghana which helps people (passengers) to get connected to a taxi when they need it. Once the app is installed on your mobile device, a cab can be booked anytime and anywhere in Ghana. This app finds an ideal taxi for you when you tap the app button and confirm your location. Easy Taxi has a cool feature which allows you to see the identity of the driver and car as well as their location relative to your position.

There are times when finding the right cab to your destination can be frustrating and hectic, this is where Easy Taxi comes in, offering a convenient solution to that problem. Ghanaians have so far embraced and are patronizing it due to its safety nature and the fact that one can get back items left behind in Easy taxis with ease. You may also be in for a treat from Eaxy Taxi if you ever see a Roverman productions play by Uncle Ebo White (our proposed Nobel prize laureate)

Easy Taxi is available for Android, iOS Blackberry and on Windows phone devices.


Snoocode is a mobile application that solves the problem of poor address systems in developing countries like Ghana. It provides everyone in rural or urban areas with a unique geolocation based code which can be used to provide directions to any location in the country. In a robust and easy way, SnooCode uses a GPS enabled phone avoiding costly bureaucracy, even where there is no telephone infrastructure.

Snoocode allows you to obtain a private code that one can share with the general public (eg. restaurants, shops,laundries etc), send privately to friends and family( inviting them over), share with service providers ( food delivery, Ambulance, police etc) and navigate easily to these addresses using a smartphone.

Once you have your code, it serves as your address. You can also use your code when opening a bank account, by simply providing the code to the bank to serve as your address!.

One can easily find his way wherever to his or her destination in Ghana as long as he/she uses the unique snoocode generated by the app and available to the person. As such aggregating these codes can greatly improve logistics in everything from eCommerce to public health.

Snoocode has been selected as part of the 40 great apps from 178 UN-member countries by the World Summit Award-mobile Global Champion 2015.
Bibioo Expense Tracker

Bibioo is a simple smart expense tracker and manager which helps an individual to able track his/her expenses on a daily basis. With this, one would have to input his daily expenditure within various categories ranging from food, clothing, entertainment, airtime, automobile, fuel, groceries etc . Bibioo expense tracker has an inbuilt notification and transaction reminder. Bibioo keeps a summary of users transactions and alerts the user especially in situations where more than 80% of their budget is spent before a set time (14:00 hours) and also when they spend beyond the set budget.

This is a handy app which helps Ghanaians regulate spending, thanks to the ability to not only track your expenses but also what you spend on.

This is a selection of my personal favourites, will like to hear about your favourites.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

5 Influential Books You Should Read In 2015

There is no magic to being knowledgeable and resourceful in the mind. If you have ever wondered why that person knows so much or why that person seem to smart in a lot of ways, go no further- READING.

Its a new year and a very smart resolution to make is to read more than you read last year. Well, I have it on my resolution list, it would pay of if you have it on yours too. With this in mind, here are five great books you should read this year.

1. Emotional Intelligence- Daniel Goleman
A brilliant book that offers insight into our "two minds"- the rational and the emotional and how the two together shape our destiny.

2. Outliers- Malcolm Gladwell

An amazing book that takes you on an intellectual journey through the world of the most successful, most famous and the best. This book will definitely transform your understanding of success.

3. 7 Habits of Highly Effective people- Stephen R Covey

Your life doesn't just happen, Its designed by you, your CHOICES!  This book reveals principles that gives us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

4. Acres of Diamond- Russell H. Conwell
Among many other insights, this book will challenge you to seek opportunities to find true wealth right in your own backyard without getting sidetracked by selfishness and greed.

5. Man's search for true meaning- Viktor E. Frankl

"We cannot avoid suffering but we can cope with it, find meaning in it and move forward with renewed purpose".

These are five great books on my list. Do you have other great ones you want to suggest? Feel free to comment!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

5 Significance of saying 'I Love You" to your partner.

"Hearing him say " I love you" to me especially during hard times in our relationship pumps some sort of emotional energy in me which refreshes me with a reassuring feeling that aside every storm he got my back", a lady friend told me.
" I really feel happy when I hear those sweet words from him especially when its done out of the blue" another revealed to me.

How you treat a person you love is important, it usually shows how you feel within.Though there are different ways through which "I love you" can be said, people still want to hear their loved one say " I love you" to them.

Saying "I love you" is usually a sweet thing to say to your partner in a relationship. Most people feel happy and appreciated when they hear these sweet words from their partners. However, some people do not get to hear these words from their partners at all.

Here are some reasons why you shouldn't underestimate these words:

Reaffirms commitment
A relationship often has its ups and downs which sometimes causes partners to doubt their love for each other. Occasionally saying "I love you" to your partner brings a refreshing feeling to him or her which reassures him/her that in spite of the challenges, the love still abounds.

Its romantic

"Its so romantic when he suddenly pauses during a serious conversation we are having just to whisper "I love you" to me, a lady told me. Whispering these words to your partner create a romantic atmosphere which brings joy.

Its humanly comforting

Your partner might be facing personal issues not necessarily related to the relationship. saying a simple "I love you" may go a long way to comfort him or her.

It boosts self esteem
A person hearing that he/she is loved over and over again can help change how he sees himself/ herself. This can help bring some sort of self love if they were feeling unloved, undervalued or unappreciated. It could shoot out some positivity and self value within the individual instead of self underestimation.

It brings joy
Hearing your loved one say 'I love you" to you could bring smiles on your face which eventually grows into joy that stays with you the whole day! Imagine in between your  hard and busy day, your partner calls just to say "I love you"!