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My 1st Information Graphics

I spotted a couple of infographics that caught my attention and tickled my fancy in 2013, they were very cool- cool enough to inspire me to explore making them- but after many tries I didn’t seem to be getting it till after the JHR DataViz 2014 (#jhrDV14) training by the Journalists for Human Rights team. The 2 day intensive data and visual journalism training and competition brought together journalists from top media outlets in Ghana to learn and practice telling visual stories. It was an opportunity for me to develop data skills, update my source of information, understand to enable me communicate it through visual stories. 🙂 worth the attempt!

I have moved from struggling with data to making data look beautiful and being consumable information. Infographics aren’t new though- they have been around since 7500 BC (cave men drawing on walls..lols). In simple words I say they are “visual representations of information or data”. You can have a live and interactive feel of my work here.

My first Infographic

I am grateful to Ghana’s Biggest Network of Bloggers and Social Media Enthusiasts – BloggingGhana, for the opportunity to build my capacity especially Nehemiah Attigah and the InformGhana team:) not forgetting Curious Minds Ghana & Y4CARMMA for the push and sparking the idea behind my first infographic… as well as you! Get ready to enjoy a blend of me in infographics, Thank You!

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!

 

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2014: Let The Blogging Begin!

Dear Reader,

I hope this post reaches you in good health. I welcome you back to my blog – yes, hope your year has been good so far too, how are the resolution going already- any progress? Yours truly, has been quite busy- you are not forgotten though… I have starved you enough already, I will make up for the miss 🙂 Thanks for your support, especially last year. May we continue to engage to ensure our world is a better place!

Cecil SM

My year has been good though- some amazing ups and few down moments, I will share all with you so do stick around and share your thoughts on my posts….. I appreciate you and will be rewarding you soon! What’s up for 2014? I will let my blog do the talking… Expect fresh frequent content from me here in Ghana and across the world! Once more, “Akwaaba” – welcome to my blog in 2014. I am Cecil Ato Kwamena Dadzie – let’s make Change happen! Wishing you the best for and of 2014…. Cheers! “Let’s make the best of life, grace, opportunities as well as the challenges life throws our way- brace yourself!”

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!

 

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Tender!

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(Tender Performing on South African Pop Idol stage)

Tenders’ voice alone floored me. I was really lost for words… she had it all, the looks, intelligence, humility and voice- gosh! The judges even testified she gave her all whenever she performed…phrases like ‘’…you are a star my baby’’ and ‘’…I think in my opinion it’s safe to say, you really do epitomize a diva, and probably the best diva we ever had” clearly proved it!

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(Tender Performing on South African Pop Idol stage)

I was left with no choice but empathize with ever sweet, caring and beautiful Tender as I screened ‘Love in a time of HIV’. On 20th September 2007, as a pop SA idol amongst four finalists she openly announced her HIV status – (such brave and right thing to do) She was evicted two weeks after disclosing her HIV status and went from stardom to any normal regular citizen, it made me also ask “where’s all the glitz and glamour”… the Press said all they wanted to, many even mocked her for disclosing her status and the loss of her premature baby “destiny”.

She spends quality time with her family (her mum- Mildred and other two sisters); they accept and love her as part of the family… Lilly, her youngest sister seems to be heading the same route, at age 17 she has had countless unprotected sex with guys even though she is fully aware of the dangers. Tender and her mother both fear she may end up making the same mistake and ending up infected!

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(Tenders’ younger sister Lilly, checking herself out in a mirror)

Tender found a new boyfriend, Godfrey, they’ve been going out for two weeks and he has no idea about Tenders HIV status. Tender realizes the need to reveal her biggest secret break the news to Godfrey and finds it tough but a must do- she describes her expectations as either “the end of something new or a start of something”.

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(Tender revealing her biggest secret to Godfrey, her new boyfriend)

She then tells him; making him aware of her status and the risks involved if they would want to continue going out.

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(Godfrey looked shattered after hearing what Tender had to say)

Tender received an sms from Godfrey the next day after informing him on her status- Tender seemed excited, but it would sure take more than a text message to prove he really wasn’t walking away. Tender blamed the spread of HIV in South Africa on men and particularly their attitude towards sex- She mentioned young women, 18 year olds are out looking for boyfriends, something they could hold on to… and married men are out taking advantage of them, these men move from girl to girl and only God knows what they take back home to their marital homes (wives), Tender had lost her faith in men, and it would take time to change that feeling.

                       It pays to either Abstain, Be and remain faithful to your partner or use a condom and stay safe and alive! I have founded and been running an initiative for sometime now: “Youth Against Stigma” – reaching young people with the aim of training them with relevant age-appropriate education on HIV & AIDS; making them Ambassadors so they reach out to others to make this world Stigma-free and contribute our quota to the Global AIDS response! You are gladly welcome to join and support this cause. watch out for our blog soon! 🙂 and check out what we’ve been up to and many more!

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Issues!

 

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Mummy’s Day Art

Mummy's Day Art

For that Special Woman

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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EDUCATION! EDUCATION! EDUCATION!

Education

I would start this blog item with a quote: “Educated people- Educate people”- Cecil Ato Kwamena Dadzie (Ghanabakwamena), 2010. Certainly, aside living, education is one of our basic rights to personal and societal well-being; it’s a means for knowledge transmission to generations and it goes a long way to enhance the potential contributions of individuals to national development.

I can’t talk of Education without making reference to MDG 2- Achieving universal primary education. Similarly, MDG 3- Promoting gender equality and empowering women. I believe Education is the best tool or way to reduce poverty, child labor, promote peace and development, empower a female, and even achieve the rest of the MDGs. Agree? Yes, every boy and girl child must be educated, but the quality of education is indeed questionable, esp. ‘public education’. The quality of education determines how sharp the skills and attitudes of people will be in future. The foundation, Early Childhood Care and Development, if not strong may bring down years of hard-work and input by other teachers along the way.

It is sad yet bad to know that around Ghana, over seventy-five (75) schools still hold classes under trees; we can’t let this be-never. Others fortunate to be sheltered lack books, at times teachers, teaching aids and vital learning tools that would make learning attractive, comfortable and easy to understand- these are few of the numerous factors that drive children away from school, aside poverty. Even that is no excuse to starve the brains of your child- basic education is free and compulsory. Teachers will surely reject postings to rural areas if the environment doesn’t look appealing- no electricity, water hard to come by, accommodation and incentives etc.

It is obvious therefore that, I call on us all once again to serve as checks of our society. Secondly, we all make up the ‘government’ and have roles to play in achieving every single goal of the MDGs. Again, the best investment a nation can make is in its children and education- lets build more schools in communities and encourage schooling by all people esp. children, so they can educate others when they grow. At the same time attention must be given to teachers- we need them!

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2010 in Issues!

 

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