7/08/2005

Ghana SAIJIKI

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GHANA SAIJIKI


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The Republic of Ghana is a country in West Africa. It borders Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word "Ghana" means "Warrior King", and was the source of the name "Guinea" (via French Guinoye) used to refer to the West African coast (as in Gulf of Guinea).

Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient kingdoms, including the Ga Adangbes on the eastern coast, inland Empire of Ashanti and various Fante states along the coast and inland. Trade with European states flourished after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the British established a crown colony, Gold Coast, in 1874.

Upon being the first African nation to achieve independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, the name Ghana was chosen for the new nation to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana that once extended throughout much of western Africa. In the Ashanti language it is spelled Gaana.
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The climate of Ghana is tropical, but temperatures vary with season and elevation. Except in the north two rainy seasons occur, from April to July and from September to November. In the north the rainy season begins in April and lasts until September.

Annual rainfall ranges from about 1,100 mm (about 43 in) in the north to about 2,100 mm (about 83 in) in the southeast.
The harmattan, a dry and dusty desert trade wind, blows from the northeast from December to March, lowering the humidity and creating hot days and cool nights in the north.
In the south the effects of the harmattan are felt in January.
In most areas the highest temperatures occur in March, the lowest in August.
The coolest time of year is between June and September when the main rainfall occurs.
source :  www.ghanaweb.com


Haiku Seasons for Ghana


dry season : December to March
rainy season : April to June
cool season : June to September
cold rainy season : September to November



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Kigo from Ghana

Floods, flooding


kigo for the rainy season

animals
centipedes and millipedes
cotton stainers
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mosquitoes
snails
termites (winged types)
toads and frogs


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Non-seasonal TOPICS


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General Thoughts
Nana Fredua-Agyeman

Harmattan season

Diseases
Because the weather is dry and humid the incidence of Malaria is on the low side. Thus river bodies dry up and all breeding grounds are dried up.

Dressing
Since the weather becomes cold in the evening people wear pullovers, jackets and cardigans in the evenings and early mornings. However, during the day the dressing becomes lighter due to the hot weather.

Dam
The drying of water bodies affects the Volta Lake which has the Akosombo Dam or the Akosombo Hydroelectric Power. During this time there is most often load shedding where some parts of the country gets light and others do not depending on the day and time. This occurs mostly between August and March. The reason being that the Volta Lake flows from the North to the South and therefore depends on the Rainy Season in the North for the generation of power.


Rainy Season

Farming
The rainy season marks the beginning of the farming season. Land preparation occurs in March in wait of the rains for planting to begin.

Disasters

The most common sight of the rainy season is flood, especially in July and August. It occurs in most cities of the country and also in the Northern part of the country. In the North, it washes away buildings (most houses in the North are built with mud) and food crops. It is not uncommon to see farmers leaving their harvest on the field to rot.

Also, most roads are feeder roads and hence, traveling to the remote areas to carte food crops becomes next to impossible. Food crops become cheap as the farmers are faced with a sell or perish phenomenon.

Early morning showers are also a major problem in the country. This occurs in July. Umbrellas and raincoats become a common site.

Foods and Animals
During the rainy season it is easy to see frogs croaking and snails moving around. Every small bush would be filled with snails as well as every puddle with mating frogs. Also, mushrooms become a delicacy.


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Haiku Poets from Ghana


Fredua-Agyeman Nana

I am Fredua-Agyeman Nana from Ghana.
I have lived in Suhum a town about eighty kilometres from the capital, Accra, for all the twenty-five years I have been in this world with the exception of the time I spent pursuing higher learning. I attended Star of Suhum International School from kindergarten to the Junior Secondary School and continued to Adisadel College, in Cape Coast, to read science—a continuation that began the break in my long stay in Suhum. From there I moved to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, to study Agriculture.

I started reading any book my hand would get hold of—both literary and non-literary and writing anything that comes to my mind (after all, whoever loved that loved not at first sight—Marlowe). Some of my articles were published in a local entertainment newspaper Graphic Showbiz. To this point I have two unpublished collection of my poems: Tot of (My) thoughts and ImageNation. Some of my poems have been published in a London-based Ghanaian newspaper Ghana Today. My admirers include Pope, Keats, Dryden and Donne on the non-African scene whilst on the African soil I admire Kofi Anyidoho, Atukwei Okai, Ali Mazuri, Wole Soyinka, Immomotime and many others. I aspire to move from being an amateur poet to a professional poet.

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moss and moon —
the same old
broken hut


source : Simply Haiku, 2006


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3 comments:

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

Hi Gabi san, I am grateful for what you have done. I never thought someone would check me out at africaresource. Thanks for taking me international, I am so proud of it. I would begin submitting my entries for the kigo from Ghana.

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

Harmattan

Diseases
Because the weather is dry and humid the incidence of Malaria is on the low side. Thus river bodies dry up and all breeding grounds are dried up.

Dressing
Since the weather becomes cold in the evening people wear pullovers, jackets and cardigans in the evenings and early mornings. However, during the day the dressing becomes lighter due to the hot weather.

Dam
The drying of water bodies affects the Volta Lake which has the Akosombo Dam or the Akosombo Hydroelectric Power. During this time there is most often load shedding where some parts of the country gets light and others do not depending on the day and time. This occurs mostly between August and March. The reason being that the Volta Lake flows from the North to the South and therefore depends on the Rainy Season in the North for the generation of power.


Rainy Season
Farming
The rainy season marks the beginning of the farming season. Land preparation occurs in March in wait of the rains for planting to begin.

Disasters
The most common sight of the rainy season is flood, especially in July and August. It occurs in most cities of the country and also in the Northern part of the country. In the North, it washes away buildings (most houses in the North are built with mud) and food crops. It is not uncommon to see farmers leaving their harvest on the field to rot.

Also, most roads are feeder roads and hence, traveling to the remote areas to carte food crops becomes next to impossible. Food crops become cheap as the farmers are faced with a sell or perish phenomenon.

Early morning showers are also a major problem in the country. This occurs in July. Umbrellas and raincoats become a common site.

Foods and Animals
During the rainy season it is easy to see frogs croaking and snails moving around. Every small bush would be filled with snails as well as every puddle with mating frogs. Also, mushrooms become a delicacy.

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

Hi Gabi

the rainy season is in and would want to add unto the kigo if I have not added them already.

Animals

1. Centipedes and Millipedes
2. cotton stainers
3. termites (winged types)
4. toads & frogs
5. snails
6. mosquitoes (hoped i have added this already)