Treating Africa's Headaches: Beyond Monkey Solutions

By Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, PhD  My plea in this article is that, in our well-meaning effort to do something about the plight of our continent, we must first correctly diagnose the problem. Failure to do so will result in offering “monkey solutions.”And “monkey solutions” are more deadly th...

Formed of Steel, But Coated In Clay

[Click on Above Title Link for Clearer View]   A Tribute To Dr Raoul Dederen (1925-2016)  By Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, PhD [NOTE: Dr. Raoul Dederen (1925-2016) was my “doctorvater,” theological and spiritual mentor,  pastor, father, and role-model in research and teaching. I learned from him ...

Is Your Father Alive?

A Father’s Day Tribute To   Some Special Father-Figures in My Life © By Samuel Koranteng-Pipim, PhD; June 18, 2017   Last year (2016) was a particularly trying year for me. Within the span of six months (from June to December 2016), I lost my biological father and three special father-figures a...

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THE GIFT OF SANKOFA

The gift of Sankofa challenges the oft-given advice, “Never look back”—at least, the “never” part. “Sankofa,” a Twi word from Ghana literally means “go back and get it.” It is used in proverbs and symbols (e.g., the symbolic Sankofa bird, with its head turned backwards carrying an egg in its mouth) to mean, “go back to the past and bring forward that which is useful.” The Bible doesn’t begin with the birth of Jesus Christ, but with the book of Genesis (or origins, beginnings, or birth of everything)—thus, inviting us to look back. As you wrap up plans and gifts for Christmas, New Year, and other special occasions, be sure to offer yourself a Sankofa gift. Take a long, hard look at your personal, professional, and spiritual life. You can’t live in the past, but you can learn from the it (cf. Haggai 1:5, 7).—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim