Joyce Ashuntantang


  • Joyce Ashuntantang

    Batuo's World Captures my world (including the unseen corners) in whatever way suits my imagination!

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February 07, 2014

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Kometa Richard

Dear Joyce.
I would have loved not to comment on Komla's death. I watched him present the BBC Focus on Africa on Thursday 15 January. He did a vivid coverage of Nelson Mandela's funeral in December 2013. I remember him saying South Africans and the world have reserved a thrilling burial for an icon (talking about Mandela). Finally, when I heard of Komla's death that Sunday morning on 18 January, my first prayer was that it should not be true. I tried to check the calendar if it was first April for me to be sure that it was April fool’s day. Unfortunately, I waited in vain for anyone to tell me the contrary. The day kept going until Tuesday when I watched "the BBC pay glowing tribute to a friend and colleague." It came on Tuesday rather late to me because I wanted quick confirmation to know what happened and where the truth laid. I wandered whether the BBC waited for Tuesday in order to be sure as well or they were pushed by the heavy influx of reactions around the world to Komla's death. Well, maybe the BBC also was simply overwhelmed by the sad news. Komla, RIP.

Asonglefac Nkemleke

Yes, Joyce...the game of life must continue. It must continue, if not for us who are still alive, then at least for those heroes and heroins that have answered the call and returned to be with the Father. And so no matter how much we regret the passing of Komla, Madiba, Achebe, and the reest of them, we must not forget that the Continent still needs every son and daughter to not(never) give up. We must never surrender to the fear of the unknowns or to the attitude of indifference. We must remain committed...use what we have to build up rather than tear down. We can...and we must continue the struggle...the struggle to give meaning to what and who we are...a people that appreciate one another for who they are...children of a Loving Creator.
Greetings and a very Happy New Year.
Asonglefac Nkemleke.

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