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The Human Predicament – A Reflection on the Meaning of Human Life Pt. 1

  The brevity of human life, the vicissitudes of life, man’s power and weakness, his dignity and misery, his joys and sorrows, his finitude, his experience of suffering, sickness, disease, death and decay, his anxieties, fears and worries, are all starting points for reflection and deep thinking.

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The human person is the most marvelous and most complex being in the universe. The marvels of the human person by far surpass those of the physical universe.  The brevity of human life, the vicissitudes of life, man’s power and weakness, his dignity and misery, his joys and sorrows, his finitude, his experience of suffering, sickness, disease, death and decay, his anxieties, fears and worries, are all starting points for reflection and deep thinking. Buddha’s philosophy for instance arose from his reflection on human suffering – old age, disease, death and decay. Reflection on these phenomena of human life gives rise to some fundamental questions about the nature, purpose and meaning of human life on this earth.

What is man? He is so strong, yet so fragile, so powerful, yet so weak, so great, yet so miserable. He is so curious to know, and knows so much about the physical universe, yet he is so ignorant about himself. He is in fact a problem to himself, a mystery beyond his comprehension; he cannot answer his own questions about himself. From time immemorial, man has been preoccupied with questions about his origin, nature and destiny.

What am I? Why do I live? What is the meaning of my life? What, in the final analysis, is the ultimate value of my life? Where do I go from here? Am I heading for nothingness? There are of course many people who do not bother asking themselves such questions about the meaning and purpose of their lives. They just go on from day to day living unexamined lives. They work, eat, drink, struggle for money and wealth, marry and beget children among other desires. They just want to be like ‘others’ and they are submerged in their daily routine, without ever asking themselves what it all means in the final analysis. Man is a being who does not understand himself; and puts his own very being into question.

Man has natural desire for continued existence; his strongest instinct is that of self-preservation and self-perpetuation in existence. Yet his life span is brief and is often terminated contrary to his deepest desire. All his efforts to resist the imposed termination of his life are futile – off he goes whether he likes it or not. He is forced out of this world without even knowing where he is going. He did not choose to come to this world. He simply finds himself in this world without knowing why and sooner or later he will be forced out of it.

What then is the ultimate meaning of man’s existence? What is the ultimate value of man’s life? What is he living for? Has his life any ultimate meaning? We all know that we eat to live, but what do we live to do? Why do we live?

Albert Camus, a renowned French philosopher tells us that there is only one truly serious philosophical question, and that is, is human life meaningful or meaningless? This is also the most serious problem about human life. Albert Camus is quite right. Many people do commit suicide because they find life meaningless. They feel that a meaningless life is not worth living. They therefore terminate it.

Part three comes up next week.

Credit: Inusah Awuni – MPhil, MA, BA (Lecturer – AUCC & DUC)

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Nashberry Beats Maccasio To Become The Savanna’s Most Streamed Artiste

…Nashberry’s relevance as one of the most-streamed artistes from the savanna of Ghana, especially on Spotify.

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Nashberry readies a new banger titled “shame on you” featuring Best Gally. However, the affable act is already in the news for very good reasons. Reasons that demand another look at the success of musicians in this era of digital domination. The world of tech is now dotted with digital music sale platforms. And by the day, the need for a deliberate attempt to make sales via these platforms is resounding in all marketing ploys for musicians. The era where stage performances bring the bulk of revenue is gradually creeping to an end. Digital streams are far more enduring, and a guarantee for a lifetime source of revenue for all musicians.

The entire savanna belt of Ghana has arguably 3 big musicians, Fancy Gadam, Wiyaala, and Maccasio. These three have proven strong due to the impressive following they have. However, a cursory look brings up names like Fadlan, WizChild, Don Sigli, Mani Mandela, Teflon Flex, Soorebia, Rockcity, Honcho Negga, and many others. These are very amazing artistes. But the question is, how much does their impressiveness bring when it comes to streams on platforms like Spotify?

A few days ago, OneMuzikgh carried a story on Nashberry’s relevance as one of the most-streamed artistes from the savanna of Ghana, especially on Spotify. Whilst it may not be news to many, an artiste from the Upper West Region scoring such huge streaming numbers is definitely worth celebrating. Nashberry comes in 3rd with over 145,000 streams. Fancy Gadam who is obviously a bigger artiste also has some over 300,000 streams, making him 2nd. Interestingly about half of his streaming numbers are coming from a collaboration with Sarkodie. Wiyaala sits at number one with around 400,000 streams. These statistics suggest Nashberry is a major force to reckon with. No matter how his stature isn’t viewed as a Fancy Gadam or Maccasio, his drive definitely transcends a visit to the studio.

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Asonya Gh, a blogger who doubles as a digital music expert called on musicians to create a thriving digital presence. This for him was a way to make revenue at a time the world was on lockdown. Now, going outside the scope of a pandemic, success on the back of multiple streams of income is easier. So, given the opportunities available online, the call is prudent.

Having identified what can be a panacea for the poverty-stricken music industry of the savanna regions, the know-how is also a challenge. Asonya Gh has therefore availed himself to assist all interested musicians to create this digital presence. Nashberry is actually one of the first musicians he signed on. He has indeed taken Nash’s relevance from zero to over 145k streams. You can reach Asonya Gh on Facebook for any dealings.

Considering the dynamism that governs the business of music of now, artistes must make major incursions to own a market share. In the process, expanding on the financially rewarding aspects of the industry. Suffice to say, the opportunities that come with technology today are one every artiste must take seriously.  

Nashberry is a budding musician from the Upper West Region.

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Gospel Songstress Wegeiwor teases with First Love, ahead of EP

Christendom is at a point where the message of repentance and salvation appears to dwindle. Many latch on to the message of prosperity, and prophecies that seem to beef up their desires. Unfortunately, the riches that come with accepting Christ Jesus as Lord and savior demand for the faithful to be repentant, pious, and ever-willing to pursue Godliness.

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2021 is almost done; and Gospel singer Wegeiwor calls for a revival in her new single, First Love. Christendom is at a point where the message of repentance and salvation appears to dwindle. Many latch on to the message of prosperity, and prophecies that seem to beef up their desires. Unfortunately, the riches that come with accepting Christ Jesus as Lord and savior demand for the faithful to be repentant, pious, and ever-willing to pursue Godliness.

In this new song, First Love; Wegeiwor reiterates the challenges of the time, reminding all of who is true. The simple message of repentance, and avoiding a reliance on false messages is the driving force behind this impressive reggae tune.

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For believers, First Love is the song that gets you asking yourself a pertinent question. “I’m I ready for the second coming of Christ?”. Call it a test-my-place in Christ song, and you won’t be faulted.

With production from another gospel great, Koda at Koded Studios, one can understand how the song hits the soul. First Love is the first single off a yet-to-be-released EP.

Stream and Download First Love via the Link below.

Wegeiwor is an affable personality who has resigned her every interaction to an opportunity to preach. Despite her busy schedule as a senior lecturer at the University of Ghana Business school, she makes it a point to preach the gospel in unconventional ways. Through her Foundation, Ex-Glo, she has supported students in deprived communities with items ranging from Furniture, Books to Sanitary Pads. A major feature in all of this remains her call for people to rely on the Holy Spirit (freely given to Christians by Jesus Christ). To further reach the world, she has capitalized on her vocal strength to reach many through music. For her, the world is not just the beautiful cities but includes communities seen as unbelieving. Thus, she performs her music in languages that can easily be mistaken as heathen, especially when one considers mainstream gospel music in Ghana.

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The wait is over, The Experiences EP By Honcho Neggar sets a new standard

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The most anticipated musical work of art from Navrongo is finally here as scheduled. Honcho Neggar promised to drop an impressive musical memoir a day after his birthday, and true to his words, he has. The Experiences EP by Honcho Neggar is now on all major streaming and music service platforms. With the options of either streaming or buying, fans can wholly own or always return for a nice dose of LIFE in the eyes of Honcho Neggar.

The Experiences EP is the journey of a man born in Navrongo. A man whose journey transcends travel time, endeavors, the pursuit of education, the struggles of being a Ghanaian, and the desire to belong. This has informed his view of the world, which probably may be alien to me and you. It is the true-life story of one of Navrongo’s finest rappers, Honcho Neggar.

For nearly two years, the talk of chronicling his life in an album has dominated his social media timeline. Despite jumping on several songs with other artistes, Honcho Neggar apparently kept the focus on what is arguably his biggest project yet. Released with the Apprise Music Distribution label, The Experiences EP is setting a standard.

Whilst releasing music on commercial platforms does not necessarily mean a major feat. The Savanna Regions of Ghana is yet to fully appreciate the business of music. Whereas many release their music on platforms for free, they still assume music sales who shoot up. It is therefore commendable that, from the onset, Honcho Neggar has chosen to see this as a business.

Whilst I am yet to take a listen to the full EP, I believe songs like Bloodsuckas are an indication of the heart put into this body of work. I’ll be doing a review of the album in the coming weeks.

Stream it, buy it, and leave comments.

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