What a Welcome, Snatcher !!!

I had always dreaded the move from Cape Coast to Accra, the simple reason being the heavy traffic, general insecurity, and probably complex organizational politics existing in Ghana’s capital – Accra. To move from Cape Coast to Accra made it extra challenging, considering the fact that I had adapted to the ancient capital and the capital of the Central Region of the republic of Ghana-Cape Coast:

Firstly I obtained my first degree in the prestigious University of  Cape Coast (University of Choice). I further did my national service in the university with a fair taste of the university community while I served in capacities related to the Computer Scienct and Information Technology Department, Center for Continuing Education, the awesome University Interdenominational Church (UIC), and a host of others. The experience and wonderful networks established was simply wow!

After a long deliberation, the giant move was made!!

I reported to work the first day at the IT department of Central University College. The welcome was extremely warm (though with a bit of skepticism). We toured various offices to announce our presence. This “tour” led by Mr Gustave Amuzu was really important to me, as it helped me gained a good overview and perspective with ease.

The early days of my work was filled with interesting events (many of which I will narrate in another post).

The most memorable one, however, happened on Thursday, 19th February 2007. The day was really long because I had decided to do some major troubleshooting on my laptop. Though I finished quite early, I hesitated my sudden departure with the hope that traffic will reduce significantly. It sure did go down after 20:00 hours GMT in line with my expectation, but with a big price!! It happened in the popular Circle Station, where I picked a “trotro” to my home in Madina.

I had gotten into my vehicle with a big sigh of releaf. I picked my MTN phone to check on a couple of messages. The busy atmosphere surrounding Circle Station was lost as I drowned into my personal world to dream of the future and the weekend’s heavy schedules. Little did I know I was being monitored by an experience “phone snatcher”. His planned entrance to my seat was the opened windown of the passenger right behind me. With absolute agility compared to the revered speed of light, he snatched my phone like a hawk snatches a chick from a mother hen. The thief walked through the countless parked big vehicles and joined a host of  other suspects of thiefs (presumably). Some passengers screamed while others kept absolutely silent in total disbelief. Many of the passengers, especially the women (who looked quite compassionate) rained insults and strong curses on the thief. The whole journey was filled with narrations by passangers detailing their previous experiences with such people. The curses from the passengers soon dwindled my self pity into compassion for the thief. I said a prayer,…and thought aloud, “What a welcom!!?”

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Shuffling UCC to CUC

The decision to switch my place of work from the relatively calm Cape Coast to the “hot capital”-Accra was a very challenging one. Endless consultations from one friend, to an elderly person, to a lecturer, to a brother, parents,and other people who mattered took place. My personal experience and long-term plans were closely considered.

My consultation with God, however, revealed the unexpected.  The confusion was fast-mounting! I was calmed down by wonderful assurances leading to a genuine peace within me.

I finally decided to spell UCC “CUC”… No regrets so far.

A New Year

Ray Boltz. Truly Created So?

As one of his classics, “I Wouldn’t Go Back”, rolled in my very serene environment this last Thursday in the month of October-the second of such a month in the second leap year of the new millennium, I couldn’t help, but ponder over the latest and famous decision of its renowned author – Ray Boltz.

I started meditating deeply on his pieces with relish in the early years of my university education. My big brother, Clemence Fomevor- a young man with so much passion and zeal for the Lord had an album of Ray Boltz. It was captured “The Concert of a Life Time”. The exquisite lyrics of the individual tracks wove together beautiful twines, resulting in a very powerful and consistent theme. Of much interest was the concise and meaningful rationale behind the various songs to further give it a vivid impression. I could almost hear myself soliloquy, “where else could such an inspiration come from?” Of a truth out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

The faithfulness and love of God is nonetheless diminished by any act or thought of man. The joy of the Lord remains our strength.

The powerful introductory section of the Book of Romans provide such deep insight:

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.(NKJV)

55 year-old Ray Boltz has truly come a long way. We are still on our knees: trusting God to give him a deeper insight into the salvation concept and life of the believer.

I am back!!!

The break was worth it.

This is life after service. I equally brought along those who walked the four-year journey. Perhaps bonded!!

Dust ain’t settled yet!

Service has officially come to end. The university has awarded personnels with certificates while the secretariat has sent questionnaires and other forms to gather data on the just ended service. The month of August is tagged the “leave period”. But can Charles define it as such?

My decision to stay on campus or move to Accra went through several phases. It is still in progress.

? What next

Choices are hard to make when they have varying consquences at all times.

The question still remains, “What is the next step, Charlie”