Saturday, January 09, 2010

Not quite famous...yet! But I will be. And That's a Promise.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I did, and I'm on vacation from work, so I'm still chilling, hence, the silence till now.

But I've got fila.

Did you know that some people we know were reading blogs at Christmas? I shock sef! No joke. And if they were lazily browsing and just happened to peek at the blog, I wouldn't be on their case but charlie, they were agrE! Constantly checking, sending me messages, sending me topic suggestions. People! I know. I know that you in particular are too cool for that. I know that you were not one of them. hehe. I mean, you need no reminding that Christmas is for spending with family and friends, and remembering the birth of Jesus and its significance (for those of us who believe) not staring at a computer screens. I know you didn't do that. So I'm not talking about you.. haha. I'm talking about those other people :)

It's good to be back!!!! Happy New Year!

This past Christmas, I felt rather famous. I met about 7 new people who came up to me, introduced themselves and then gushed, "I read your blog". Every time I heard that, I was like wow, you're able to make me out from that little picture? And I met them all at very different places too. The first lady was in line with me when me, and my friend Raphael were attending the "Joy-fm -Vodafone night with the stars" event. Another guy, I think his name was Richard, was at Rhapsody's. Then I met a lady (Michelle?) at a wedding, and another one, a guy, at the busy internet at the mall. And yet another at a AfroChic party. And a few at BarCamp Ghana. Of course, I'm like everybody else who can never find the perfect words when you need them, but then think of 10 smarter things I could've said only after the people are gone. hehe. But If you're one of those I met, be assured, that even if I don't say much, I'm always very excited to meet facebook friends and blog friends in real life. It's also a little scary though 'cos now if I'm dii-ing bad (tr: being bad) somewhere, I can't be completely sure that no one knows who I am.

Anyway, so I was feeling like a mini star (not the beer) :)

Then two days ago, the man I'm going to marry got sick at my house. So sick I had to rush him to the hospital. I live within walking distance of a one so I took him there. It was 8 pm. The nurse we saw said there was no doctor. So I put the sick man back in a car and off to a bigger hospital. Between his aahing and oohing I was wondering, what if he died on my hands? What would I tell his parents. He'd just thrown up the food I'd given him. The next hospital had an emergency ward. So I took him there. That's when I stopped feeling famous.

The nurses. They didn't even bizz us. Well, one told me to go make a card, whilst the man was still hurting. The sick guy protested, saying he already had a card for that hospital and that he even knew the number. But nooo, the nurse said "Gentleman, make the card". Okay, fine! I put him on a nearby bed and left to make a card for him. Thank goodness I knew all of the details. Like his birthday, age, phone number, and address. I paid 7 cedis. I got back to the nurses with the card, and was expecting them to attend to him pronto. I've never been to an emergency ward before so maybe that's why I was expecting swift action and as I wear my emotions on my face, the nurse took one look at me and asked me "why do you look surprised? Don't look surprised" The doctor is with someone so when he's done, he'll attend to him. I nodded. My husband to be (ouch) was still groaning and I could do nothing but wait. How I wished I was famous right then!

After what seemed like forever, they finally beckoned for us to come. They took my husband's ( temperature and blood pressure. Then he called all three nurses by name! They were shocked. Heck, I was shocked. Apparently he knew the nurses when he was little. He introduced himself to them...and one of them was like oooo, you're Dr. So and so's son. Ei, ena w'enyini sei. (You look so much older). So like magic, these nurses suddenly started being so nice. Calling him my son, my this, my that. They quickly gave him some injection and medicines, and a doctor was promptly summoned, who checked him and wrote down some prescription drugs for us to get. We were out of there in no time. My husband introduced me to the nurses as his wife, and the same nurse who has rudely asked me why I looked surprised said I should come and greet her, and when I greeted her, made a joke about how warm my body was and asked if she should be expecting her grandchild! Ei, how people can change so quickly once they know you're "important"

I was thankful that my husband felt better and I was able to take him home alive and well. But I couldn't help thinking about the nurses and how differently they treated us once they found out who he was. I kept that's how people are going to treat you when you're a nobody and that's how they'll treat you when they know you and that just makes Me Want to be Famous, Or Rich Or Both, Goddamn!

So that was a nice reality check. Now I'm not feeling quite so famous:)
But i'm still psyched for the new year and hope you are too!
I'm off to Fanta's Folly next week and will be blogging from there.

2010's gonna be a good year. Believe it!
Oh, and you know how the way the nurses treated me made me wish I was famous?
I was like fine, i'm not famous...yet. But I will be! And when that day comes, you'll remember the t-shirt in the picture below.Another thing that makes me want to be
rich or famous or both is err, long lines at airports and passing through the business class section
of airplanes to go and sit in the cramped economy section. haha.

What makes you want to get even? Or just be better than you are?
What makes you wish you weren't just little old you?

On a different note, yours truly is profiled in the February 2010 edition of Marie Claire. It's on new stands in the U.S. Get Yours!


  1. Hi Famous! I hate it myself when people treat you like a nobody unless you are "famous"! Personally, I'll treat you right whether you're famous or not, unless you treat me bad because I'm not famous, then I'll treat you like crap whether you're famous or not!!! Welcome back! I wasn't one of them peeking at your blog because you're on my blogroll!! That's not peeking!

  2. Yea I peeked, but that just goes to show how good the blog is really!*no, not ass-kissing* I actually think I saw you at the mall sometime in December and wanted to come up and say hi. I wasn't sure whether it was really you so I didn't. Damn! My name could have been on your blog and then i would be "semi-famous" hahaha.On a more serious note, name dropping seems to be the norm so you better know somebody or be known. And even though it shouldn't be that way - it makes things so much easier and faster in some cases. Happy New Year Esi and may you have many more blideas aka blog ideas.

  3. Congrats on the Marie Claire profile. You're going places and I'll know someone famous. LOL

  4. Off topic-but Esi,this had my head spinning. can you check out this link
    and tell me if they are for real? Pay special attention to the descriptions of accra and kumasi and see if you can make sense of the lingo.

  5. sorry if I double posted, but this is a better link

  6. Anthia out of curiousity I went there and I would say somebody had a field day with a thesaurus. You know how in school when you want to plagiarize someone's essay you find similes for the important words ... not that I am accusing you of ever plagiarizing, lol!


  7. Congratulations on making Marie Claire! Awesome.

  8. Who owns And who allowed such ludicrous and grossly inaccurate descriptions of Accra and Kumasi on that website? It's amazing how, in this age of improving efficiency and marketing, some people still like to cut corners to make a buck. I'm curious if the business owner(s) aren't aware that such bad grammar actually undermines their business... This is really sad. Can someone find a way to talk to owner(s)? This is too ridiculous for me!

    Anyway, Esi, welcome back. I did check the blog many times during the holidays for updates. I must have forgotten that you also needed a break from writing, just as I do from work- especially during the holidays. Glad to know your man is better.

    Regarding the fame aspect, I think real effort should be expended in improving customer service across the board in Ghana. Period! That way, famous or not, we all can receive the best service we pay for. I'm first to acknowledge, though, that we have a long way to go.

    Congrats on your Marie Claire profile. I'll peruse through one the next time I'm in line at a grocery store here in DC.

  9. You are funny. It would be great once in a while to be famous so that you could jump queues and generally have people tending to your every need. I'm afraid I'm far too blunt though. I'd be in the newspapers every day for putting my foot in it, saying the wrong thing and generally pissing everyone off!

  10. @annon, ITA- the thesarus. Especially when you are'cito'(govt school)and you dont know the context in which words shd be used.
    @nanasei,I thought it was a practical joke at 1st, but the truth dawned on me - slowly,that someone is in earnest, trying to make a quick buck.
    Sorry again Esi to hijack your post to hijack your post like this. I still waiting for your comments.
    Ah,if you're on marie claire, then fame has found you.

  11. Oh dear! Ignore all the typos. This is what happens when you spend too much time on dodgy websites that are 'gbaa-ing shots'.

  12. There is a very beautiful and worth seeing country in West Africa which is known as Ghana it remained the center of focus for tourists visiting this part of world every year. Number of ancient kingdoms and emperors played an important role in making it a living place and making it inhabitant.

    hehe. Anthia, how did u find this site?! Are they doing business already? Maybe that's just dummy text they put in as a place holder for the real text to be put in later? I'm not sure that anyone will give them business after reading this.

    But there's their disclaimer from the webmaster that says "All images, graphics and statements found on this site are believed to be in the "public domain" if you are the owner of any material used and object to its use on our site please contact the webmaster at and it shall be removed promptly from our servers"

    Which i guess means they just copied stuff from the web and it looks like the copy and paste job wasn't done well.

    Sucks but as more and more people create web content, some of it will be good and others not so good. Your job is to sift through them for the better ones. Maybe we shd do a blog on the top 10 websites with Ghana focussed content and then the worst 10. lol

  13. Oh Esi, you make me want to be famous too! Hmm,Marie Claire huh? Will be sure to look out for it.That is amazing. Glad Kweks is doing good.Hugs!

  14. Esi, I was trawling through websites looking for cheap flights to Ghana hahaha! I'm coming in Feb - I hope, but it won't be via
    Oooh yes please, do a post on the top 10 & worst 10 websites on Ghana. Just remember, I've contributed mine already.

  15. Worst:

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  17. looool @anon truth be told ghanaweb is at fault. Before I go off topic, Esi can I have an autograph? since you're rather famous now hehe. Nurses are always like that mmmttcchhhewww, strutting their stuffs like peacocks in heat.

  18. Esi, happy new year o! I am SO envious...reminds me of the time when people at MaxMart and shoprite would say "you're the guy who writes in Sunday World"...felt so on top of the world then...but anonymity is kewl.

    Famous is, too, but too many sycophants around to make anonymity worthwhile! Incidentally, really glad your "husband" is far better--what was wrong?

    Kewl 4 u that ur on Marie Claire!

    btw, am having comments from cheapflightsinghana...every time i make an entry!

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    Pablo from Argentina

  20. Hehe, I confess--I was definitely more than peeking at the blog over Christmas. My excuse being that well it is good writing! There, I said it.

    Afehyia pa!

  21. ohh Esi, you are my hero..i love your blogg. I read it all the time. I know your house, i was parked outside last night..ohh how i love you so. To me you are famous. You are a star. not a mini, you are a whole keg. i was logged in everyday of Christmas waiting for you.why did it take you so long.ohhhh!!