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Open Your Mouth Only At A Time Of Need

Abdur Rahman Odoi Anum Pobee



We're quiet as he rants

The saddest recurring moment of the life of a less fortunate and desperate man is when people keep questioning him about the intensity of hardship which has plagued all his opportunities and leaving him decapacitated in this economic turmoil! More grievously when his cohorts may not have seen the sterling efforts he has copiously endeavoured to make the hardship malleable, but all they had harboured is that he prefers being an idle civilian in this blistering city, awaiting manna and quails to fall from heaven like it rained whoopingly to the Israelites then! When an economy is crippled and riddled to the tunes of widening the gap betwixt the poor and the rich, and if you breed below the hierarchy of a good standardized life, you are being stratified! High class people and middle levelled income earners are grouped as cash cows and stars. In the eyes of the people, those of us struggling to keep our head above water are considered as dogs and nuisance, culled from the supplier preferencing matrix which is inversely proportional to the word stratification.

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It has become a societal trend of some self-acclaimed counsellors in the communities we do find ourselves in whose specialty is to question by taunting how less instrumental or influential we are in the society because we are not assorted together with those who drive flashy cars around, flaunts the pictures of the futuristic mansions they had built and sleeping in the arms of voluptuous women! So they rather pester us that when at all are we going to make it in life; they just open their mouth at the wrong time and badger us with the wrong questions and this rather infirm us! Anyway, they have forgotten that words of encouragement are a spirit to the human soul! It is very factual that men hardly cry but there are some words which make them completely wounded for life! However, Martin Luther king rightly said: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. So instead of being rueful about nature and the tiff from your colleagues, it pays to go the extra mile and do what Napoleon could not do. You must be self-motivating and godly, and welcome the spirit of entrepreneurship into your life by taking advantage of the least opportunity that may fly across your nose! Also, pray and follow your prayers with more efforts; for God would not do by miracle what you ought to do by responsibility.

Simply put, nothing is difficult for God, supposedly he wants to open your path for you and remove the impediments. Stumbling block would be there and that is nature, but one ought to remember that there is nothing like a smooth mountain in this world. Before you will climb to the top of a mountain, you would have to cross thorny branches of trees and reptiles as well. Hardships are inextricable in the life of an oligarch; they have suffered and struggled hard before they had gotten to the zenith now. The obvious books have motivated us to despair not and by doing so, all incendiary comments from people who would consciously jab an innocent mind get debunked. “And Allah will provide for him from sources he never could imagine, whoever puts his trust in Allah, and then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose, indeed Allah has set a measure for all things” [Qur’an 65:3]. This verse should invigorate us that the Almighty knows our plight and at the right time He would answer us!

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Economic turmoil is mostly immitigable but to fight tooth and nail until success is met has its own bearings in an individual’s eyes who is inspired and has promised himself to survive albeit any pull-him-down comments he may be disincentive with! Ideally, in any tempestuous moment, we have to look at those that by the grace of God we are a bit fortunate than them. If you always compare yourself with people in a higher position than you, without mincing words, you would always perceive your abilities us paper tiger and would not give honour and adoration to God! Abraham Attah had never dreamt about the life which God had bestowed on him today. The biggest he could have ever dreamt of could have been something better but not to this extent. Looking at him, I hope it has become conspicuous that the grace of God can locate anybody He chooses.

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And have you perchance seen anyone who has sown apples and reaped coconuts in return before? Even Kumawood cannot produce such a movie, trust me! Being affluent in this world does not necessarily mean that you would be rich on the day of reckoning and vice versa. For us, we are firmed in His revealed book which has left nothing unanswered, that is why we have now understood why even Prophets of God underwent severe torture from their own confidants. So, we must be glued to Qur’an 94.4-6 which hindsight the triumphant end of all goodly people: “And have We not raised your fame. Verily, for every difficulty comes ease, and indeed, along with every hardship is relief”. But for those who always torpedo desperate and unfortunate people by parrying words of discouragements against them, mind you; words of encouragement are a trillion times spectacular than disparaging comments. If you do not have a solution, then do not accentuate the privileges you have gotten in the presence of the less fortunate! And ensure that you would only spew inspiring words to cool down an already palpitating heart. Its essence has been entangled in the wise saying of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): “I will guarantee Paradise for him who safeguards what is between his jaws from frivolities”.


Your best friend ever. If you want to be successful in this life and the hereafter; prioritize Allah and live a moral life. Remember that there's grace in disgrace so don't be disgruntled...!

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Your Brother Must Be A True Reflection of You Beyond Any Mental Derailment

Abdur Rahman Odoi Anum Pobee



Photo credit: Confidence Timpoh

Our society is veering from its hospitable sense into breeding compatriots with a kind of heart harder than rocks! We see our brethren, known as drug dependants, standing but sleeping, and while walking, talking to no one except themselves! Also, yearning for Tramadol; an extra power just to cheat nature in doing what their natural strength could not do. Others have had a second look of their God given posture due to excessive intake of the Biblical mocker, alcohol! So what have we done with the limited resources we have at our disposal to attempt in getting things bridle, or because they are not bloody-related?

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Ideally, if we had taken our colouring from Allah it would have reoriented our mindset amicably towards the lack of interest we have developed in the affairs of our brethren from other mothers. I have learnt that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “A believer is the mirror of his brother”! I was quiet optimistic to get this litmus test fulfilled, so I stood in front of a mirror; And, Oh, I saw no one but my very self! Then I comprehended the basic message, ‘I am and as a matter of fact to love everyone just as I love myself”. Words of Prophets are infallible unless one is suffering from a deliberate intellectual dishonesty and that, he believes not!

A mentally derailed man being neglected

Now that we are exposed to technology, even on our phones, we get to hear news of people suffering from all kinds of mental derailment, some are just an arm’s length away from us! We have neighbours who are drug addicts; weed smoking and lovers of cannabis, Tramadol enthusiasts and alcoholics of the kind, their amorality is so dreadful that dignifying their own conscience has become a turbulent! Okay, let us borrow the ‘Mirror Perspective’ in here, he is a reflection of me or you, right! The least we should do is to advise them but not to repel, this would serve as the first rehabilitation centre which is very scarce in Africa today. We have been bewitched by the advantages of the nuclear family and have let go of the extended family system which is known to us. So helping each other is now a taboo, especially, if the recipient is so far away from our gene, but immediately when he dies, we would exaggerate about his personal profile and send humongous amount of money to cater for his burial service! Instead of fraternizing with them, we rather mimicked the way they talked, walked and do slept while standing and gave them various names to suit our laughable interest! Yet, we see them as nuisance and liabilities, thus they have declined in the moral nuggets of self actualization and righteousness! No wonder, we are the angels of the 21st century, Ayekoo! We have forgotten that this unconcerned and hostile attitude of ours is a rather languishing factor to them which is inimical to their return to ‘home or common sense’!

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Many of us have penned down new resolutions already. It is my imploration that we would not forget to factor being caring to the said unfortunate people into it! We must revive our brothers who may have deplorably gone beyond the lowest ebb. You love yourself and, for that matter, you would not compromise falling short of the glory of God. How could you feel comfortable when your other self is going down? If you have bricks of wall where the next bricks are weak, automatically, the bricks would slid in utter ruin. That is the essence of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) tradition which says that “you are a brick to another brother, supporting each other”. We must show unflinching support and love to those people without not only extending our time and conscious efforts to those among them stemming from rich homes!

Is it the society that has failed us or we have failed the society and ourselves? I would agree to the latter, the scriptures are impeccable but man is always in contention. As for the state, the least said, the better! Today, I have begun to see everyone as a true reflection of me; I will wish for him whatever goodness I prefer for myself, and callousness would be far-fetched of me; if you look at me, I will smile passionately in return to exemplify the togetherness of bricks entangled in a lofty construction. I will not be resentful but will feel your pain, accommodate your worries and keep my covenants to you, O my unfortunate brother!

The development of me must have a correlation to you and the society at large. Let us imbibe this Mirror Perspective into our life and from today we should be breast that apathy anywhere is a threat to sympathy everywhere!

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Do not be a self centered man only but love yourself and provide a livelihood for people around you. That makes you a better human!

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A Thoughtful Moment For A Jilted Man

Abdur Rahman Odoi Anum Pobee



Mr. in the wilderness

Every situation on this earth that comes our way has its own level of pertinence no matter how dreadful it might seem.

Some come and strips you from the hands of people you thoughtfully affectionate but they, ideally love you not; which you are arrogant of! When you are bedevilled and all alone, you may negate the intelligence of a seemingly destabilizing condition! And one of such is being denied love! Especially, a condition that most men strictly abhor! A test that tastes bad certain times and good most often to only a conscious mind!

Little do we know that loneliness attracts discernible thoughts and probably liberates and thus repel the mind from hazardous relationships! It even teaches great lessons to the soul that is ready to transform all its sorrows into happiness by inclining to a positive drive, and at the same time, forgetting the bruises and wounds it may have suffered from the hands of yesterday’s terrific situation which was spearheaded by thy fishwife! Never walk away from a condition without learning absolutely nothing from it. That, in the future, would be more excruciating than the previous Armageddon you have encountered because you have wilfully detached yourself from acquiring experience!

Making learning a priority is an appetite for a definite resolution, firmly triggering success, this is vital in the life of ours. And have in mind that no situation should penetrate your conscience and arouse any negligence of the sought. Make firm decision as a man and remain steadfast and visionary!

And let us not forget the famous Korean mores on common sense which says that “even a fish would not get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut”.

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NHIS To Have A Facelift As President Akuffo-Addo Launches Mobile Renewal Tomorrow

Abdur Rahman Odoi Anum Pobee



President Nana Akuffo-Addo

After being in existence [National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)] for a decade and more, or precisely 15 years, it has evident that only 42% of compatriots of Ghana have signed unto the free health care service which the Republic of Ghana provides to its faithful citizens. Although it aims at giving a free medical delivery which is essential to man’s life, the scheme, in the days, has come under severe condemnations from the Ghanaian people. Some of these vituperations are that it does not cover most prescribed medicines, cannot settle the bills of certain laboratory tests, delay in registration, the period of its renewal and many more.

Sample: NHIS Card

President Nana Akuffo-Addo is said to launch the new service of Mobile Renewal of the National Health Insurance Scheme card to augment its services, and to subvert the very challenges subscribers undergo when their cards get expired. This eventful day is slated for tomorrow, 19th December, 2018.

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We are well assured that after the piloted project of this mobile renewal at West Mamprusi and Asuogyaman districts of the Northern and Eastern region went successfully, subscribers would now and after its launch, be alerted when their cards are getting nearer to expiration to be abreast that their cards could be deranged if they fail to renew. Renewal fees is been made simple for subscribers to use their mobile money accounts to do so. The launching of the project will start the  implementation of the electronic renewal of NHIS cards with a dedicated short code of [*929#] available on MTN, Vodafone, and AirtelTigo networks.

This means that citizens of Ghana could be at the office or on the comfort of their cozy beds and just dial the digits [*929#] and simply get their National Insurance Scheme Card renewed. There is no more need to waste productive hours to cue for  only a card renewal. Also, more workload is going to be lifted from the staffs of [NHIS], meaning that efficiency would be boasted.

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We [] wish the President of Ghana, Nana Akuffo-Addo a successful event tomorrow, and extend solemn thanks to the manager of the Obuasi branch of NHIS, Mr. Confidence Owusu Kontoh who made it fair seeming to the Public on December 4, 2018, of the Scheme’s offing initiative for introducing a mobile renewal.

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