Published on March 16, 2014
A Chat with Kunle Ogundele Inside: “It has been really, really, really good..In fact, it has exceeded my expectations...” The InkJanuary 2014 Photo Credit: Photography Club
Page 03Page 02 SPOTLIGHT Joseph Nti, Editor The InkJanuary 2014 Edition Hello readers! I am thrilled that you are reading this right now because it only means one thing, we did it! We (my team and I) have managed to publish the very ﬁrst issue of THE INK. My inspiration for this newsletter turned magazine was pretty simple; there was no student-run media plat- form that showcased student’s dexteri- ty in writing. Combine that with the great words of Barack Obama and that’s our inception story. It is my hope that students take advantage of this platform to explore and improve their talents (writing, photography etc…), address pressing issues and have an awe-inspiring experience. I want to thank student journalists and all who sent in submissions to help make our ﬁrst issue a success. In the great words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “if there is anything you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius power and magic in it. Begin it now.” Happy Reading! THE EDITORS Joseph Nti (Editor-in-Chief), Carl Agbenyega (Asst. Editor-in-Chief), Ewruabena Hagan (Campus News), Joshua Adjeman (Sports), Akyere Graham (Interviews), Ahomka Mills Robertson (Arts), Akosua Anang (Business), Mawuli Adjei (Arts) Victor Eghan (Arts), Nii Abbey (Tech), Micaiah Wiafe (Photography), Michael Annor (Design) EDITORIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Eleanora Anku-Tsede, Adekunle Ogundele, Jesse Opoku Asiedu, Nana Efua Eshun, Anastasia Bulley, Photogra- phy Club, Jeanne-Barbara Debre, Asiedua Akoto, Richard Odame, Alfred Achiampong, Senanu Fiam-Coblavie, Akpene Diata Hoggar, M-Hanif Abdulai, ARM, Ashesi Business Club COVER Photography: Ashesi Photography Club Model: Akpene Hoggar All rights reserved. Copyright © The Ink 2014 The photography club has been having a lot of initiatives this semester aimed at promoting civic engagement and social responsibility. They’ve started with the ‘Get Down Low’ initiative geared at entirely eliminating littering in the lecture halls, lobby and on campus grounds! The QR code above is link to the Photoshoot held at the end of last semester. The Ink appreciates the work they’re doing!
Page 05Page 04 "Now he stares at the glittering, arrested by beauty, and knows what he knew all those winters ago: that when faced with a thing that is fragile and perfect in a world that is ugly and crushing and cruel the correct course of action is: Give it no name. Pretend that it doesn’t exist." Taiye Selasi, Ghana Must Go "What a country it was that had exactly what a person needed, if only the person knew enough to ask." "Shelter," by Chinelo Okparanta "God when will you create a woman who will be fulﬁlled in herself, a full human being, not anybody’s appendage?" The Joys of Motherhood , by Buchi Emecheta "Despair is the one sin that cannot be forgiven." Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’O, Kenyan writer "The ﬂavour of life is love. The salt of life is also love." Mariama Bâ, So long a letter Traveling- it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller" Ibn Battuta, The greatest African Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century by Senanu Fiam-Coblavie
Page 06 CAMPUS by Junior Spio The start of a new semester comes with a commingled set of emo- tions—anticipation, hope, frustration, nervousness…Name it. This semester, more than probably any other, carried its fair share of frustration over conﬂicts in class schedules. Observing this, The Ink caught up with Eleano- ra Anku-Tsede, Ashesi’s Registrar to ﬁnd out from her the issues that surround registration and how we can skirt around them in the coming semesters. This is what we gathered. Historical Background Though at Labone, Ashesi ﬁrst had a manual registration process where students were allocated to groups for their core courses upon selecting their various majors, exceeding class sizes of 34 and moving to the triple digits required a change. It became necessary to automate the registration process although development of the schedule was kept manual. The Crux of The Matter The growing populations mean that more students are registered in the various majors. This in turn leads to an increase in the number of seats per class though the number of lecture halls remains the same. The division of classes results into multiple groups. This is the main reason why class schedules cannot be kept year after year although other factors like changing course entry requirements and part-time lecturers play deﬁning roles. When the above is coupled with the added challenge of ﬁrst years being on a different timetable than the other year groups (partly because of the wait for the release of results), complications like those experienced this semester arise. What Do We Do, Then? .Follow the system, not just your sleep schedules when picking courses [We know it’s hard!] .Look for others willing to swap courses with you. Alternatively, you can ask your lecturers to state that they are willing to take more students in. The Registrar cannot do that without their consent .Know that seniors get priority in picking courses because it’s their last chance to do so. If you don’t get it this time, relax. First degree mainly helps widen your scope and gain transferable skills. You will get the chance next year. .If you are worried about the courses not being available, be proactive and check. You can petition the school. [ A Supply Chain class set the precedent] Eleanora’s Last Words “Our doors are mostly open. If there are any doubts, come and ask; we hear some rumours making rounds and marvel [laughs]. Whatever we do is based on input from you but remember to empathise with others. Togeth- er, we can make it work. “  Just make sure that there is class interest. A class size of 17 is workable A Little Bird Whispered...by Efua Akyere Graham Page 07 CLUBS Corruption has been a persistent issue in Ghana. Often times, we ﬁnd that the individuals – our government representatives – who are in the position to protect the country, are the very ones who commit this evil. However, what many people fail to realize is that the common man also contributes to the root cause of corrup- tion. It is therefore important the common man play a key part in putting an end to corruption. More often than not, the common man waits for the government to take affirmative action against corruption. It is worth noting that the government cannot put an end to corruption without the help of the commoner. With this in mind, the 7 Pillars Of Justice initiative was formed. It was birthed with the intention of creating awareness about corruption and its harmful effects on society. We are all to blame for the state of corruption in Ghana, and we should stop pointing ﬁngers at only the authorities. We must take responsibility for our inactions. Standing up against corruption will ultimately lead to a better Ghana; a Ghana we can all be proud of.
Page 09Page 08 LOVE LOVE I loved your eyes the ﬁrst time they looked at me Couldn’t tell if you were interested or just amused Still I loved those eyes, the way they lingered uncertainly Between sleep and rousing, between staring and looking away The corners of your mouth twitching into that famous half smile Humor and sarcasm bubbling out effortlessly Yet unable to cloud the sheer genius in you I could stare back at you all day long Just take you in and keep writing About those eyes, and those lips, that genius in you … But my heart is too busy chasing the stars, My hands too busy tugging on dreams; pulling them into reality And your heart is taken by our sister Kill-joy! Here’s To Youby Nana Efua Eshun The Snotby Alfred Achiampong, Nii Apa Abbey, Joshua Adjeman Love – estimated to be used about 9 million times each day – is probably the most used word in a day. But how many of us really understand the true mean- ing of the word love? Conversations concerning the topic have grown cliché and little by little, the word has lost its value. That, in my opinion, is probably one of this world’s greatest tragedies. Love that is held above faith and hope; love that is able to cover a multitude of sins; love that is the greatest command- ment given to us by God, that’s the love that mankind has belittled? To be honest, it’s quite simple to decipher why the word has been so down- graded; it’s simply human nature. We are prone to forgetting the things that matter the most. It’s natural for us to destroy them and strip them of any depth – totally ignoring their transformative power. It’s just who we are. And it’s principally because of what we believe ourselves to be that we have failed to strive to become more. But love is more than a mere give-and-take affair with the core motive of giving only how much you are receiving. Love is not just about making the other compromise for you with conditions like ‘if you really loved me, you’d come over tonight or you’d do this and that for me’. It’s deﬁnitely not about romantic dates and deep professions of love. Love, ﬁrst and foremost, is about how much you are willing to give, how much of yourself you are willing to deny for anoth- er. Love has and will never be about ourselves. It’s always been about another. Just like I used to, I know many believe that the only reason they aren’t able to love as truly as they should is because they haven’t met that one person deserving of that kind of love--that one person that would make their life complete and bring them the happiness they have long desired. I am sorry to say, but that’s one of the world’s biggest fallacies. Love does not begin when you ﬁnd the right person, love begins in the heart. Love is in the little things we do for another, regardless of who that person is in our lives. Love is not in just passing people by as you walk to class, but in smiling and saying a kind word. Love is helping when someone has a problem. Love is in giving not only when you have enough to spare, but also when you don’t. Love is in talking to people and connecting with them. Love is in always seeking how to give more, do more, and be more not just to the selected few, but to everyone. As we enter the month of love, let’s make it one of our goals to start loving the right way. An adage as old as time says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”. In our journey of attempting to change the world’s perception of love, I entreat us all to let our ﬁrst step be making a difference in someone’s life by showing them the true meaning of love. Stay blessed everyone and may we all experience the true meaning of love this February. The L Wordby Anastasia Bulley
Page 11Page 10 ASC NEWS by Junior Spio CAMPUS I’ve been observing a particular cycle for weeks now (who am I kidding, since my freshman year). It has to do with the security personnel posted at the entrance of our beautiful campus and the obscured signage which reads “Taxi’s not allowed”. (Someone please hang the sign on a pole already!). Now back to the matter at hand, I think the way the security men (pardon my apparent misogynistic diction but there are no females in the force) handle the issue of which taxi and its occupants is ﬁt to enter the school premises is very wrong. Without any load or baggage, a student or a visitor is required to alight at the entrance and endures the uncomfortable downhill descent on foot. The security men rely on their discretion to assess how heavy a load is before allowing a student or visitor to enter campus with a taxi. On many occasions taxis are refused entrance even if the occupant is carrying a lot of luggage. I’ve had several sour experiences to that regard. Just a few days ago I witnessed one such incident which inspired this piece. A student was returning to school after the week- end and was stopped at the checkpoint. The lady requested to go into the school premises with the taxi since she was carrying load. After inspecting the load, the guard deemed it light weight and asked the student to walk. I watched on as the lady struggled juggling a loaded backpack, a small box and several plastic bags. (Before you go ahead and judge me I did not help her because I was caught up in something else). The most interesting incident happened about 15minutes after the ﬁrst one. When the student arrived at the entrance in a taxi, the guard was asleep, she asked the taxi driver to honk his horn. The guard woke up and stormed out of his cubicle asking what the taxi driver wanted. When the student requested for a pass, he refused stating that she was not carrying enough load. There was a lot of harsh exchange of words between the guard and the student after which the student had to get down and walk with her luggage. Those of us who do not own cars have in one way or the other experi- enced similar plights in the hands of the guards. This issue must be addressed soon. by Jesse Opoku-Asiedu
Page 13Page 12 ENTERTAINMENT “ ” Blackout! In short, Blackout was the best party to hit Ashesi yet, and those of you who weren’t there missed out big time. The wildest party on Ashesi’s campus was held on the 23rd of January as a back-to-school jam. Start- ing at 10:30 pm, Live FM and Campus Base TV were present to cover the event. The DJs on rotation were DJ Master J and our very own DJ Kev, DJ Carl and DJ Franklin with Live FM presenter, Antoine 360 emceeing the party. Ashesi students ﬂooded the ASC Cafeteria (renamed Club Blackout for the night), decked out in their best and were ready to jam the night away. It was set up to give us the club experience. There were dazzling lights complete with couches that put students in the right mood. The food and drinks were amazing; there were some really bangin’ cocktails, from the screaming banana to the coco batida - alcohol free, of course - and Red Bull, which kept our energy levels high! The DJs kept us on our feet the whole night, playing hit after hit. Don’t even get me started on the ‘turn up’ when the DJ hit us with Tonga! Live FM present- er, Antoine 360 could not be outdone, and got us pumped up every time, he said something on the mic. People were totally hyped during the party; lots of pictures were taken, and showcased were some of the craziest dance moves I had ever seen. In short, Blackout was the best party to hit Ashesi yet, and those of you who weren’t there missed out big time. I’m sure a lot of people walked into their 8am classes on Friday all blurry-eyed like I did. by Jeanne-Barbara Debre “ ”
Page 15Page 14 The 2014 ASC administration promises to promote a vibrant campus life along- side creating the platform for students to appreciate the core pillars of leader- ship, scholarship and citizenship. On behalf of the ASC executives, we are grateful for your support and enormous constructive feedback for the better- ment of everyone. Although, it has been approximately a month since we were voted into power, mind-blowing initiatives have been spearheaded to make Ashesi a home for all. Communication is a powerful tool that we believe is the life blood to create awareness of everything on campus. In doing so, our PR committee made good use of available resources – notice boards, emails, the blackboard at the amphitheatre and computers to accomplish this. The ASC has also signed a contract with ‘i.am.adink- ra’ to help publicize programs and initiatives using the digital display screen. We believe that posters and emails are not enough. The digital display screen will supplement and hasten the awareness of student initiatives on campus. In our quest to project the Ashesi student life and restrain the notion of Ashesi students being “geeks”, the student life page will be actively running as soon as the new website design and layout is launched. To curtail littering in classrooms, the Welfare Committee is champi- oning a Sanitation campaign dubbed “Don’t Forget That”. Cur- rently, weekly emails are sent to remind us of this campaign. The ASC has also collaborated with the photography club to make the “Get Down Low” clean campus initiative a success. Moreover, our adminis- tration has taken strong measures to support the pillar of scholarship for. There are plans in the pipeline to open the library on Sundays. We have also started the faculty advis- ing system to help encourage students to freely contact faculty for mentorship or support in enhancing their personal develop- ment. Conversely, we intend to lay a foundation, creating a culture of diverse social activities not only on campus but within the minds of the entire student body. Our plan for January was to launch the semester with “The Blackout”. Overall, the event was successful and we are reliving the memories with the video of the event, which was recorded and edited by Viasat 1's Campus Base TV. A week after our ﬁrst event, we hosted one of Ghana’s leading life coaches, CJ Buckman, and Mavis Ewa on our campus as part of the 2014 Leading Change campus tour. We ushered in the month of Febru- ary with our Masquerade off-cam- pus party, which was aimed at creating new friendships and rein- forcing old ones. There was food, live band music and performances from some Ashesi students. A major challenge we face is the lack of student participation in campus events. Out of a student population of over 600, it is esti- mated that not more than 150 people attended our ﬁrst event. An even smaller estimate of about 30 people attended the 2014 Leading Change talk, which was held in the amphitheater. Putting into consideration the time, effort, and funding that went into ASC NEWS ASC PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS by Richard Odame these events, the amount of students who attended each was very demor- alizing for the members of the vari- ous committees. As a team, we are now stuck in a difficult position. Based on the trend in student attendance of campus events, we are currently contemplat- ing, the worth of putting the same “A major challenge we face is the lack of student participation in campus events. amount of time and money into subsequent events. We are very open to suggestions, comments and ideas from the entire student body as to how to encourage more students to attend events. We would also like to encourage students to pitch event ideas that they would like to see happen on campus to the ASC. ALONE WE CAN DO SO LITTLE, TOGETHER WE CAN DO SO MUCH!
Page 17Page 16 What has your Ashesi experience been so far? It has been really, really, really good..In fact, it has exceeded my expectations What are the challenges you face running the club? Team work. It has been really hard trying to get people to work together as a unit How do you combine your leader- ship role with your academics? There is a saying that you do not allow one thing to interfere with the other so I make schedules. At every point in time, I know what I am supposed to be doing. For me, it has been about scheduling my time properly What are some of the roles you have to perform as president of the club? I am in charge of organizing meet- ings, I have to make sure the student body is engaged in all our activities and also gather the inter- national students so we share our experiences What plans do you have for the club now that you are President? Our predecessors started the International Day last year. It is a day of diversiﬁcation, Ghanaians are also inclusive. This day, set aside for celebrating diversiﬁcation, will continue. We have been going on trips and this year, there are more trips to come. We will make sure Ghanaian students are includ- ed in this as well What do you like to do during your leisure time? I like to hang out with friends, laugh and chat What is the one thing you miss about your country? THE FOOD! [giggles] …and my friends How would your closest friends describe you? They’d probably say ‘reserved’ What is the one value you would never compromise? Helping people no matter the prevailing situation Which of the football clubs do you support? Manchester United and in the school, Field Marshalls Do you have a girlfriend? [long pause...giggles] No What genre of music are you into? Hip-hop Who is your favorite artiste? Lil Wayne INTERVIEW For January’s Student Personality of the Month, our team caught up with the extroverted introvert and President of the International Students’ Association, Adekunle Tobi Ogundele. We felt that it was time for everyone to know this really cool personality, so yeah... Read away! all youshouldknowabout KUNLE OGUNDELE Describe yourself in three words: Cool. Calm. Helpful. Where do you come from? I’m from Nigeria, speciﬁcally Ogun state, but I presently reside in Lagos state Can you talk a bit about your family? I am from a family of eight; six children - four boys and two girls - and my parents. I’m the ﬁfth child. My dad is a civil engineer and my mum is a business woman. I am the only one who is presently in Ghana. Why did you decide to come to Ashesi? I wanted to study Mechanical Engineering. After my A-levels in 2011, I wanted to study in London but that did not happen. I found myself searching the internet for prospective schools and found out about a ‘Ghanaian institution that acts like an American one’, bringing up future lead- ers-- but that wasn’t what intrigued me. I found something unique about the owner of the school, I read about him and found out that he worked at Microsoft and that urged me to give it a try by Asiedua Akoto
Page 19Page 18 Are you a good dancer? *giggles* I dance but I am not a professional dancer What has been your favorite course so far in Ashesi? My favorite course so far has been Finance for Non-Finance What are you passionate about? I would say I am passionate about software Design and Engineering (The next section is called the hot seat, basically I am going to ask you a few more questions and your answers are supposed to be spontaneous and fast. Go with whatever pops into your mind) The Hot Seat Hottest girl in the school? Whitney Idea of a romantic date? A stroll on the beach wouldn’t be bad Light or dark-skinned girls? Light skinned girls Stay at home woman or career wife? Career wife Favorite feature? Lips INTERVIEW Don‘t Leave me Behind. Throw me away. Powered By Welfare Committee
Page 20 GOOOn the docks of a nearby harbor... People do not turn green. At least that's what I thought. Until now. I mean, if it were not an uncom- mon happening, there'd really be nothing special about the extra-huge, uncomfortably hunky monster Stan Lee thought up. And 'green with envy' wouldn't be so much of a sapid idiomatic expression. And yet this young lad half-standing, half-slouching before me, stared right back, green as ever. And I'm not talking about a light green tint. This was green as spring leaves; green as the plasma blade of the lightsaber Luke Skywalker occasionally wielded. I studied him cautiously for some time, not knowing what to do as he peered back, through his half-open eyes and with a horribly swollen upper lip. And then with an unannounced jolt, he lurched forward, lips suddenly drawn apart as if to swallow the whole environment he soiled with his pres- ence. His larynx seemed uncomfortable in its habitat as it pushed against the walls of his throat and stretched it to inconceivable size. And out of his mouth gushed a much greener substance. Rather viscous too, as it turned out because for bloody Santa's sake, I could not jump out of the way. Right after hurriedly wiping most of the stuff off my face - and in the STORY by Joshua Adom Adjeman Photographyby:PhotographyClub LatifahLamptey’17 Page 21 process, picking out a half-digested ﬁsh bone - I went down on my knees and nudged the seemingly lifeless body lying face down on the ground with my left palm. "Sir, are you alright? Sir? Sir?" And quite unlike those moments you see in movies when the protagonist has someone die in his arms as he calmly watches on, morose and expe- riencing many doleful emotions; quicker than I could think of saying "Crap, it’s a zombie", the weary young man turned around and grabbed my arm with such force, I thought it would snap. His eyes were sunken now and he stared even harder as he breathed in loud rasps. The effect was frightening, eerie even. And then, with one loud gasp for air, he fell back to the ground. Dead. I stared at the limp body - which was still grabbing my arm by the way – very much shaken and confused. His body was cold, strange for the newly dead. The stinging cold of the ocean nearby didn't help the situation. And the sticky stuff on my face smelled of seaweed and dead rodents. Ugh. -- Somewhere in Antarctica… Pelt took every step carefully. Clutch- ing the gas mask tightly to his face with his right hand, and securing his notepad with the other, he avoided every single shard of green-colored glass he could see on the ground. When he ﬁnally reached the door, he mustered all the energy he possessed in his 62-year old body and yanked it open, letting go of the gas mask in the process as he rushed through the door and closed it ﬁrmly and quickly behind him. He had stepped into a hallway, spotlessly white on every side and painfully cold. He leaned against the door and took two deep breaths. In the process, he loos- ened his grip on the notepad and it fell to the ﬂoor. He bent down to get the book and the many loose papers that ﬂoated around. Engulfed in his activities, he didn’t notice the clickity-clackity sound of heels against the marble ﬂoor slowly closing in on him. “Well…?” He looked up towards the source of inquiry. She had her auburn hair up in a bun, was about six feet tall, with stern eyes still visible through her round-rimmed glasses and so skinny, the creased lab coat envel- oped her middle-aged body. Underneath the faintly wrinkled skin and graying hair, there was evidence of beauty in her youth. “Dr. Gibbs, I’m so sorry,” he clamor- ed as he hurriedly gathered the few papers left. “It’s ﬁne Dr. Nashton. Quieter would be better though,” she replied, motioning to him to keep his voice down. “So… What does it look like? How bad is it?” [to be continued...]
Page 23Page 22 RANT People always seem to start speeches with some renowned quote so here goes mine; opinions are like noses, everyone picks them... I think. I have never written a piece for an audience this wide --crickets chirp in back- ground--, so please go easy on me, or not. I honestly do not care. "Are you my coequal?" On this lovely day --how do I know it's lovely when I wrote this days before publishing? I don't!--, I would like to talk about something very close to my heart; series. Unlike human beings, series don't stab you in the back, or nag, or cry, or do other annoying human things... or do they? I recall the prime times of "Vampire Diaries". A show almost perfectly released to feed the growing hunger for vampire fantasy brought about by the "Twilight" saga craze, much like "Wiz- ards of Waverly Place" to "Harry Potter". I never really cared much for it, but after a bit of coaxing and my inabili- ty to avoid it at every turn, I gave in. And all I can say is, "It was superb". .... it’s better than yours! WAS. Nowadays I can't stand it. It seemed like after every challenge was thwarted, a new one arose out of the blue. I mean, really? By season three, I felt like a sad guy being strung along by a girl. Thus, I severed the rope, and you should too. Let it go. What nkwaaa can happen? When the main charac- ters, who seem to stare in the face of death more times than death does a mirror die, let me know. Until then, no thank you. With this said, I ironically begin my next paragraph. Ironic because I am here to tell you to tie yourselves to "The Origi- nals". For those unaware, "The Origi- nals" is a spin-off show from "The Vam- pire Diaries" which focuses on the lives of to tie yourselves to "The Originals". For those unaware, "The Originals" is a spin-off show from "The Vampire Diaries" which focuses on the lives of the original, ﬁrst, top shatta, vampire family. Why tie yourself to this? Because I said so. Duh. But in all seriousness, the show carries along nicely and smoothly. Perhaps because it is in its ﬁrst season, nothing feels rushed and forced. You know the feeling when you watch a show and something random, like a new enemy, just comes up and you feel like the writ- ers were running out of juice? This is the opposite. I believe a piece should speak for itself anyway, so do yourself a favour and dive in. "Winter is coming". If by now you do not know what that phrase means, (insert clichéd phrase here). "Game of Thrones", a series based on a book saga known as "A Song of Fire and Ice" is an amazing, brutal, saddening, cheerful, worthwhile experience. When you have hateful love for a show, you know it is deﬁnitely doing something to you. If you have to watch any show at all, let it be this. Please. I nearly forgot about "2 Broke Girls"; a show I could've written myself. Most likely not, but I like to believe I could. The reason I say this is because I've done, and still do jokes containing sexual innuendo. They come too easily. See? And like most jokes, they get old fast. So has "2 Broke Girls". When you begin watching a sitcom, time and time again, with a straight face, it's time to let go. Finally made it to the end of my piece. I don't get paid enough for this. Actually, I don't get paid at all. Herh. Look below for notable mentions on awesome series to try out! And if you see me around or anything, don't talk to me. I don't care Almost Human, The Tomorrow People, Sherlock, Da Vinci’s Demons, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time, Homeland N O S Q T R by Nii Apa Abbey ADVERT about you and your opinions at all. At all!! Take your ideas and skelewu out of my life.
Page 25Page 24 CLUBS ASHESI BUSINESS CLUB ABC refers to the initials for Ashesi Business Club. As executives of the club we chose to internalize these initials in order to make it easier for members to identify with. ABC therefore also stands for Ambition, Boldness and Creativity, which represent the core values the club seeks to uphold. ABC existed in the time of Kwadwo Owusu-Adjei and was run by him. It however collapsed and was revived by our Patron, Dr. Esi Ansah early 2013, where new executives were recruited. The club was started because it was recognized that a business foundation is essential for all with desires of entering and surviving in the corporate world in the near future. ABC hopes to have a positive and long-lasting impact on the Ashesi commu- nity. It hopes to bridge the gap between academia and industries out there and build sustainable relationships which can be explored for the beneﬁt of all. ABC hopes to equip its members with tips, etiquette and the practical experience necessary to help interested participants to succeed in the working world. Currently ABC has about 50 members, according to registration done through the use of Google membership forms. These members must howev- er be committed to the cause of the club and consistent in their efforts to help the club to succeed. Contrary to the belief that the club is a preserve of Business students alone as the name may suggest, it is open to all. Learning about business etiquette for instance is not something that only BA students require but something that is beneﬁcial to everybody, regardless of your major. One can join by following the link given in the sent email to register to be a member. The club offers an array of opportunities to its members. These range from networking opportunities with members of the corporate world to educa- tional seminars meant to enlighten our audience. Such opportunities to work occurred last year at our Breakfast meeting where various owners of corpo- rate entities were present to share their experiences and provide useful advice for us to tap into. Certiﬁcates will also be handed out for some of the upcoming seminars to show proof of participation. This can go a long way to help one gain that edge over one’s competitor. Internship opportunities are also available for grabs from some of the institutions ABC is partnering with. You do not want to miss out on these exciting prospects, join ABC now!!! *that annoying 2D mobile app game, about a bird passing through gaps in green pipes, that everyone is playing low key and only make noise about it when they hit a new high score*
Page 27Page 26 SPORTS LOL FC Current holders of the Ashesi Premier League, the League of Legends have a reputation to protect and seem to have the players to back it. They had a fairly impressive campaign in the FA Cup and were only knocked out by way of the unpopular penalty shootout in the semiﬁ- nal. Characterized by a solid, creative midﬁeld and a potent strike- force, they are deﬁnitely a force to reckon with in the upcoming season. The Ink’s Man to Watch: Lawrence The Ink’s Possible League Finish: 2nd Red Army For a long time, this team had been used to dominating Ashesi foot- ball time and time again. With the graduation of the Class of 2013 however, manager Kweku Arhin has been left with the unenviable task of rebuilding the team from bottom up, with a handful of experienced players to his disposal. He hasn’t done too badly so far, it seems, as “The Ants” ﬁnished second in the just ended FA Cup. Perhaps his tactical knowhow can cause problems at the top of the pile this season. The Ink’s Man to Watch: Koﬁ “Dra” Tamakloe The Ink’s Possible League Finish: 3rd Berekuso Babies It seems this team has begun to live up to less than appropriate name as “babies” of the league. Under the management of Ekow Spio, Berekuso Babies experienced a torrid time in the FA Cup, ﬁnishing with a goal difference of -14. But the sun only rises after a period of darkness, and the tides may just turn for our league minnows. A morbidly herculean task though. The Ink’s Man to Watch: Nsiah The Ink’s Possible League Finish: 6th Arab Money It still baffles many how such an experienced side has failed to perform above expectations with every season that comes our way. After years and years of purchases, training sessions and just pure effort, the oil-rich side has failed to gel on the pitch, and this has been characterized by their inability to score goals. You could probably count their goal tally for the past season on one hand. But it’s a new season; newer mentality perhaps? The Ink’s Man to Watch: Delali The Ink’s Possible League Finish: 5th Walabele FC They had threatened then recurrent league champions, Red Army, season after season. It is quite a shock that their ﬁrst piece of silverware was acquired in the just ended FA Cup. But ﬁnally, they can call themselves the best in the league and not get a stare down. Equipped with the best strike pairing in Ashesi football history, it would be quite the ordeal for anybody to stop them this season. Grab your umbrellas people, it’s about to rain goals. The Ink’s Man to Watch: Nana Yaw Akonnor The Ink’s Possible League Finish: 1st Field Marshalls Credit must be given to the management of this team for how quickly they turned their fortunes around in the league. Previously known as Azumah Blow, they were generally considered league whipping boys. The inﬂux of 2016’s brightest and best have introduced a whole new ball game (pun very much intended) for the club. Let’s see what they have to offer this season. The Ink’s Man to Watch: Albert Eyison The Ink’s Possible League Finish: 4th by Joshua Adom Adjeman It’s a new year; we’re in February, and arguably one of the biggest highlights of every semester is about to hit us again. The Ashesi Premier League has managed to garner loyal fans over the years and the drama never ceases to ﬂourish season by season. This year brings a new look to the league on the back of victories to previously trophy-less Walabele FC and LOL FC in the FA Cup and APL respectively. These sudden changes in the order of things in Ashesi football have made way for potentially more exciting football and slightly different title odds. In this issue of The Ink, we will discuss these odds as they pertain to each team in the league. We’ll also be sure to include our opinion of players to watch out for. Enjoy! APL: WHAT TO EXPECT
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