Le Genre Mardi [day 10]

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The day started with aerobics. I was woken up by my room mentor David Edem, so I could get ready . I put on my sports cloths, brushed my teeth and went to the park place for aerobics. It was very hectic but energising. Then I had to rush to the bathroom so I could get a hot shower before breakfast which I did . I ate the usual at breakfast. Bread , eggs and sausage. And the we all proceeded to Motulsky hall. Some pictures and announcements were given and then  I went to my robotics class. 28929941952_6c72c82297_o.jpg

We continued programming the robots we had built and getting it to do different tasks. We work in pairs for programming one robot. We were asked to program the robot to drive in different shapes like squares and triangles. Most pairs did it successfully including my own. Writing code is a bit tedious at first but then you start getting used to it. We had some snacks in between the lessons. At one point all the robotics students were called unto the field to do an exercise .We were divided into groups of about seven people each . The goal of the game was to untangle ourselves while we are holding the hands of the person across from us .

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WE WON.

My team was able to do it really well . And lessons continued. Around dinner we all moved to the cafeteria to eat . Now was one of the few times your could see people from the other classes who are either in entrepreneurship or engineering.  We cherish that time now . The mentors had organised a ‘boys boys ‘ meeting with only male participants. We discussed issues which seemed important and gave advice to each other based on our experiences. It was a very funny experience . We got to ask questions which were other wise deemed inappropriate. Our only problem  was time , before we could finish discussing all out issues, it was already time for the next event. It took place in the lounge.28934843131_e159f5c5f8_o

When we got there , loud music was already playing we got us in the mood.Different cocktails were served . Some were weird with huge Fruit pieces inside. I didn’t even dare to try those .When the girls arrived the party actually begun. We all danced to the music. Some people decided to play basketball. Soo many activities were going on at the same time .It was awesome . Unfortunately someone got injured during the basketball match but he was well taken care of by the mentors and friends around . My friends and I at a point took uno cards and played around some benches while chatting . The evening was lit. When everything had died down everyone starting going back to their rooms. I went to my room and changed into more comfortable cloths. And then went to bed.

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  • Malik Aryee-Boi

Manage the Challenge [day 6]

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The design way

__________ Issa Laari __________

On Friday, 12th august 2016, we were given a challenge. It involved the struggles a migrant; Yankaza Amina, encountered in urban areas were asked to come up with solutions to her problems. Her challenges were frequent illness, body pains and lack of proper healthcare. She was from the Northern region and had been in Accra for many years without achieving her goal.

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“…and we are proud of it.” – Chantell

So in our group we were able to write down the solutions to Amina Yankaza’s problems but our group members brought so many different ideas that we got confused about which to take. So we cancelled the solutions that we had first and while deciding on another solution we realized the time was up and we couldn’t finish solving her problem. That was the reason why we didn’t win the competition. I still have hope that the next time we have a group work to do we would be able to win.

__________ Atambire Akora Richard __________

On Friday, we were given a challenge, we interviewed migrants and were asked to solved the migrant’s problem. My group and I took Amina Yankaza. She was 21 years old and was from the northern region. She travelled to Accra and worked as a head porter. She had lived in Accra for 10 years and although she wanted to go back to her hometown, she couldn’t because she hadn’t made enough money.

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A group showcasing their solution

She earned 15 cedis daily as a kayayo and fell ill frequently due to the heavy load she carried. The solution my group came up with was GO KART. It was a combination of a house and a bicycle. It worked with solar energy but without pedals and had tissue on a bed which relieved the user from pain and stress. There was a button that when pressed, lay the bed against the walls of the house leaving enough space for her to put her luggage.

______________ Nii Odai Odarteifio ______________

On Friday 12th August, we were given a challenge to find a solution to a problem migrants face when the move into urban areas. My group decided to work on Amina Denkyi, a 19-year-old girl with no family who slept on the streets. From that we came up with a solution called THE BLANKET, which could be used to protect her from mosquitoes, harsh weather conditions and also rapists.

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The chance bus

 

Before coming up with our solution my group had one main problem.  We could not work together for the first two hours for some unknown reason. The members in the groups were feeling lazy and down because of the tasks at hand. However, after Yesmin and Araba (coaches) joined us and decided to take us outside of class. We started thinking and working together. We saw a trend in some of our ideas. It was trying to cover Amina with something. After coming up with a solution, doing the other things was easy.

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An array of smart solutions to the design challenge

Ensuring contention with profession [day 5 ]

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from the left:  a Pilot, an Electrical Engineer, a Medical Doctor,a Fashion Entrepreneur, a poet and Literary Artist and a Telecom Business Strategist

Dear Diary,

I am able to control that which I am aware of, that which I unaware of controls me. Awareness empowers me. This is a saying by a great person that has been running through our minds for the past four days.

Our day began with a heartily breakfast after a good night sleep ( because we did not have aerobics ). After which we watched a video of a Sierra Leonean which made us realize that the child in you should never die because it is where creativity and determination comes from. Also, it made us realize that no situation is permanent. And then in the other light it made us realize that human beings are not perfect and so they are human becomings.
What struck us the most was the analogy of the moon which is the fact that most people do not complain when the moon shines – the moon is gentle an it brings light to darkness.

The fact that you haven’t achieved you ultimate goal does not mean we should not talk about it, we should not try and fit in society and also we should have empathy for people who are in less privileged situations. These are some of the lessons we derived from Kwasi Mawuli’s talk.
TK .pngIt was an eye opening talk given by a staff of Ashesi. His talk elaborated on the fact that we should not lose sight of our dreams but rather get closer to it and dive deeper. He summarized his entire talk by saying, in everything God first, our purpose and then determination.

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Students pair up to attempt the grow model

The rest of the day was filled with fun activities such as disney’s three rooms. One-on-one interaction with people of different professions and the drama rehearsals in our various coaching groups. Our goal setting session was the highlight of our day.

In as much as we hope to relive this day, we are glad it has ended because we know the best is yet to come.

 

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Students listen with rapt attention to a professional on career advise

 

|Sereboo Nana Akua Agyemang|

 |Benedicta Senam Agbomadzi|

 |Angela Nana Aba Bentum|

Out and Free [day 3]

 

 

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Talking in circles : A fun activity which depicts the relevance of communication

 

So today we focused on a lot of stuff such as lateral thinking, critical thinking, discussing ethics, morals and values but I’d say the most interesting part was the practical aspect which was the water propulsion challenge where we were asked to create a structure that could move in a quick and horizontal manner across the water.

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The three finalists in the water propulsion challenge

 My challenge personally was coming up with an idea. My group and I finally came up with an idea, we tested it and it worked. We actually placed third in the challenge. The next practical aspect of the day was talking in circles where we were blind folded and asked to form shapes. The purpose of this was to teach us team building and effective communication. We had a break and watched a movie: “Cool Runnings”. I personally would say that this has been the most exciting and challenging day so far.

 

________     Kwasi A. A Boateng    ____________

The day started off with the morning aerobic session with which breakfast followed at 7am. After breakfast, we the participants went to our respective classes for the first lesson; lateral thinking. A lot ensued during the class and we tried very unorthodox out-of-the-box methods to solve problems. One of which is diving a rhombus into four equal parts and also joining nine dots arranged in groups of 3 (3 by 3), by using four lines. Then at 10 am there was an ethics lesson which spoke about having core values by which one abides to ensure that there’s no cheating.

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Race between two teams

At 1400 hours GMT, there was a challenge dubbed water propulsion challenge which by given a few tools, groups were supposed to make something that can float and compete in a race. Tools were: two plastic plates, straws, kebab sticks, rubber bands, and polythene. My team lost but I still enjoyed watching how creative people were in making their structures float.  There was a movie, “Cool Runnings”, which portrayed determination which I have come to realise is key in life.

At 8.30pm, we retired to our coaching groups where we discussed our days’ activities till 9.30pm. Bedtime was at 9.50pm

________    Edudzi D. Mamattah     _________

 

Today was an insightful day, we began the day with our early morning aerobics to hype us up. Something I really looked forward to. Lateral thinking was our very first session, followed by critical thinking. I felt this was a novel experience and it helped me alter my perspective whiles tackling problems.

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The tournament site

The water propulsion challenge was the next event of the day and the very best of satisfaction for me. It was a wonderful experience, probably my best. It was challenging and helped me learn how to work efficiently within a short period. The next activity took me by surprise. It was called “talking in circles”. It helped learn how to cooperate and bring out the results. The movie was a well deserved stress reliever and inspiration. The meals were on point, as usual.

 

_______  Montel Squire  _______

 

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A debrief session to discuss both challenges

 

Into the deep … [day 2]

 

Alexis Baaba Hughes:

In the beginning, it was very tiring because I slept late and was not very prepared for the day. Asides that, I enjoyed the Aerobics training session except for the fact that I had to wake up very early for it.  Afterwards I had pancakes, sausages and hot chocolate for breakfast and I’m not exaggerating, it was amazing. The day’s sessions were insightful and I enjoyed learning about the concepts of design and the provocation approach of brainstorming. In addition, I learnt ways to improve upon my public speaking which included having a good introduction, outlining the points for the speech and also being loud and clear whiles delivering the speech. Making use of these insights, I spoke for the first time, to a large group of people I was not familiar with. For today as well, I worked in a cooperative team to pitch an idea about ways to improve urban transportation. The whole tnu7a6177_28835209066_o.jpgeam was nervous for the pitch presentation and personally, I felt it did not go too well. Overall, today has been tiring yet cool and interesting.

Adwoa Sarpong :

Starting the aerobics session today, it felt okay because I looked around and just like me, everyone was looking tired from waking up early. Still, I enjoyed it anyway because we had to jog at the beginning of the session. The pancakes I had for breakfast were delicious and it made my breakfast enjoyable. It was interesting working on the ten-cedi challenge because I liked everyone’s contribution to the team task and it was easier to come up with new ideas by building on that of others. One key thing I learnt today was the importance of understanding yourself. Another was learning about the various aspects of public speaking and their importance and this included one’s body language during public speaking. Lunch was good – although I initially did not think I would like the shito, I really enjoyed it with jollof and chicken. As we continued with the sessions, I started feeling tired but tried really hard to pay attention.  Generally, it was fun, interesting and a very good starter for the program.

Lydia Amooga:

I enjoyed the aerobic session today because I felt very refreshed and energized to start my day. Though I did not get to have bread, I had a good breakfast made up of hot chocolate, omelet and sausages. Working with my team for the 10-cedi challenge, everyone contributed and since it was my first time brainstorming, I found it a bit difficult in the beginning. I learnt that it is important to know yourself, know your weaknesses more than your strengths so you can focus on improving them. By the way, lunch was better than breakfast for me because I really enjoyed the waakye with beef. After attending the public speaking session, I learnt it was important to have a purpose for speaking in public and also have a good interaction with the audience through movement, eye contact and gestures. These few tips led to my comfortable as I helped my team pitch our idea of improving urban transportation. Surprisingly, I felt more relaxed and les20160808_202925.jpgs tense during the “pitch your idea” competition because of the singing, dancing and rapping that went alongside of it. It was a long day, uncomfortable but lessons were fun and interactive.

Nana Kwadwo Agyei Addo:

Today was very educative and insightful. My personal favourite was the public speaking session because we were allowed to give a “speech” in front of a small group, then after we got feedback. We were able to improve our speech and present again.

I believe that this is where learning and growth starts when we are allowed to make mistakes and our flaws are pointed out to us and we are then sent back to out to try again. Thank You AIX!!!

 

Yomade Matthew Oladenjoye: 

The second day of AIX was very educative and practical. img_4959_28248694724_o.jpgOur facilitators helped us in communication, creativity and public speaking.

My personal favourite was the pitching ideas and design section; I believe that AIX is where my growth begins.

 

Felix Amissah Eshun : 

The day was very interesting and educative, I learnt how to think “crazy” and how to take the good side of the “crazy” idea.

I now believe in myself and will practice public speaking without any shyness in me whenever I get the chance.

 

 

 

 

First day Blues

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My first day of AIX was a shock, not just because of the car ride there. To be honest I was very apprehensive about leaving the house and meeting new people, and never having the boring school experience made me nervous to spend 2 weeks in a room with people I had never met before. What I found was completely unexpected. I got out of my car with my heavy suitcase (I like to be prepared) and was immediately approached by a bubbly mentor who immediately asked to help with my luggage.

The nervousness faded away immediately this jolly mentor, whose name has slipped my mind (I apologise) struck up a conversation, took me through the entire registration, and in a matter of moments I found myself standing in an empty room with two very large suit cases, and within the next 15 minutes I was seated in a surprisingly spacious hall watching an inspirational video about Ashesi University College. Another hour which felt like 10 minutes and I was up on my feet once again going to meet new people; AKA Squad X who I would be with every evening for the next 2 weeks and to be honest with you once again the best part of my day (excluding the slip and slide incident on the stairs in front of the canteen). 

But the better side of the evening was with Squad X (a name I am proud to have come up with), 7 people whom I have never met before in my life. I had a meal with them and moved off into some corner to have a private discussion. I am not allowed to discuss what happened there but if you are reading this sceptically, this has honestly been the highlight of my summer.

If this is the first day, I shiver to see how the rest of it would turn out. AIX 2016 started with an earth shattering BANG!!! This isn’t all hype I am still a big sceptic Goth, but I recommend AIX to anyone in the age range and you can trust to find me within the next 5 years at Ashesi as a mentor.

Yours Honestly,

Tetteh Anno Sackey 

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When I arrived, I was introduced to the people around me by my loving, but intended to be annoying elder sister. 

After the harassment, I was seized from my parents by a coach and joined up with a group of unfamiliar faces, where we were given our first activity of the day, the scavenger hunt.

After, we were placed into groups with our assigned coaches and sent of to the place where my stomach longed for, the cafeteria.

Then, we had a meeting in our assigned groups but the build-up and establishment of all its rules before being sent to wander off in the campus to socialize. Wonderful!

Osei Kofi Wusu-Ansah

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I was much excited to be here so I decided to take a look around before the first activity took place. I took a look around Ashesi University College and I felt there was no University in Africa like it, though I have not been to all universities in Africa.

We went to the cafeteria and I got something into my stomach, I mean something delicious and a great drink. We then met in teams for an hour-long discussion about personal issues with our coaches which was very interesting as I predicted. Then after, I was finally free!!

Adongo Ephraim

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