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“Be controlled from the inside of you. Be controlled by your standards. Be motivated by your decisions. Have high standards of behaviour that ride over the negative noise of others. Laugh with those who laugh, mourn with those who mourn, but don’t mourn when you don’t want to, and laugh at those who laugh at you if you want to. Determine not to be a photo-sensor that brightens the lights only when people are nice to you.”
Nana Awere Damoah, Excursions in my Mind
“We love to quote the saying “Rome was not built in a day” but we fail to remember that Rome was eventually built, and it must have been so magnificent that when people admired it, they were told that it didn’t happen in just a day. The question, then, is: if Rome was not built in a day, how was it built? Answer: It was built every day.”
Nana Awere Damoah, Sebitically Speaking
“Stupidity, once it overcomes its initial state of inertia, is sustained by its own momentum.”
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“My cardinal belief is that it is the natives of the land that till the land best, with passion and meaning. The advanced nations of this world built their countries by the sweat of their indigenes.”
Nana Awere Damoah, I Speak of Ghana
“It is only by our hands that we can build this continent to the standard that we envy and admire in the advanced countries.”
Nana Awere Damoah, I Speak of Ghana
“This stupidity of sounding a siren and speeding through traffic with a coffin must be an African speciality.”
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“If your strength is small, don’t carry heavy burdens. If your words are worthless, don’t give advice.” Chinese proverb”
Nana Awere Damoah, Through the Gates of Thought
“I learnt years ago not to use logic to understand African politics.”
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“Social media has helped make the world flatter and reduced the degrees of separation, leading to the situation where many can interact with people who, but for this platform, they may never have had the privilege to meet or speak with. That is the opportunity social media brings.

But it does come with responsibilities. Not to take this opportunity for granted and not to throw decorum to the dogs. The line between virtual and real life is getting thinner and is lately made of morning dew.

Manners matter on social media.”
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“What a man says when drunk, he thought about whilst sober.”
Nana Awere Damoah, Sebitically Speaking
tags: drunk
“Nkrumah declared that we faced neither East nor West but we faced forward. But, see, we can face forward and just look at the horizon. Sometimes, as I think of Ghana, I am tempted to believe that we kept looking East and West and never made up our minds, so we just stood still.”
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“Come to Africa and help! Wherever you may be in the world, there is something you can give back to the continent that gave you a name and an identity, at least.”
Nana Awere Damoah, I Speak of Ghana
“You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any.” Bill Cosby”
Nana Awere Damoah, Through the Gates of Thought
“The youth. The youth of Africa. The youth of this world. Are we harnessing the potential of the youth enough? Are the young ones… giving off their best to the continent, the nation, the universe that is giving us so much? Why do we think we can only contribute something after age forty? Are we not causing wealth loss to our generation?”
Nana Awere Damoah, I Speak of Ghana
“Looking around today, I see a lot of young people who act as if they have all the time in the world, and older persons who think this attitude is alright. It is unfortunate that there are young citizens who still believe life begins at forty and that life before forty is non-scoring, and older citizens who still insist that unless you are old, you have nothing to offer, equating age with wisdom.”
Nana Awere Damoah, I Speak of Ghana
“Young men and women are causing wealth loss to their generation because they are sitting on inert ideas, bottled-up potential energy and scratching the ground when they should be gliding the skies and perambulating with the stars. These people are so disillusioned they live life without any urgency.”
Nana Awere Damoah, I Speak of Ghana
“Don’t under-rate the scope of your influence in your youth. Don’t think you have all the time to make a difference in this world. Recognize that both brown and green leaves fall to the ground.”
Nana Awere Damoah, I Speak of Ghana
“Don’t wait till you have grey hair before you believe people will take you seriously because scientifically, grey hair is a sign of old age and not necessarily of wisdom.”
Nana Awere Damoah, I Speak of Ghana
“Don’t cause wealth loss to your generation! Life is too short to be little. You have an impact to make on your generation and the time to start was yesterday.”
Nana Awere Damoah, I Speak of Ghana
“Oral tradition is practised in most African cultures: ideals, family histories and legacies are handed down from one generation to the other physically or verbally. However, this system is flawed in the sense that a lot of African innovation, experience and culture have been lost, undocumented.”
Nana Awere Damoah, Through the Gates of Thought
“I grew up in an environment where the onus of raising a child was not on the parents alone but of the entire community. The logic is in that a child who becomes a burden or an armed robber becomes a threat not only to the parents but to a whole society!”
Nana Awere Damoah, Through the Gates of Thought
“A big nose does not necessarily mean a sharper sense of smell.”
Nana Awere Damoah
tags: nose, smell
“Loss taught me the strength of faith. Faith in a God who understands. Faith in a Saviour who gave His all. Faith in a Comforter who walked by my side.”
Nana Awere Damoah, Excursions in my Mind
“We should learn as a people to pay good money for the food that feeds the soul and mind, same as we do for the food that feeds the body.”
Nana Awere Damoah
“In Ghana, many issues start with the vim of boiling beans and end with the dignity of a fart.”
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tags: issues
“Remember what Christian Bovée said: “Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear and understand.”
Nana Awere Damoah, Through the Gates of Thought
“When you teach kindness to animals, you teach reverence for life in general. The youngster who is taught concern for animals will grow up being kind to his fellow man. It follows, too, that he will not become callous to widespread suffering in any form.” Bernard Beck”
Nana Awere Damoah, Through the Gates of Thought
“When you have defined yourself, circumstances don’t define you – they only refine you.”
Nana Awere Damoah, Excursions in my Mind
“Our beliefs about our abilities and the capabilities we have are usually the limiting reactants in the chain reaction of our lives.”
Nana Awere Damoah, Excursions in my Mind
“have used two days to sit and write this essay. In this period, I would have had free time if I had not written this. That free time will be lost forever. Time wears and makes no noise, the English say. Watch time, utilise it, fill up the small spaces. You can do much, much more with it.   And no, the days and years are not getting shorter: the value to each one of us is just not the same. The value depends on you. Charles Richards encapsulates it beautifully: “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you made use of it. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.”
Nana Awere Damoah, Through the Gates of Thought

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