Karib Shabbazz is a journalist based in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. He is a professional NGO/Non-profit development practitioner and freelance writer/journalist. His areas of specializations includes international relations, cultural development, diplomacy, community development work and journalism. Also attaches special focus on agriculture, economics, social issues, arts, and entrepreneurship. He has over the years worked with a number of development organizations, some of which are the World Bank Institute in Accra and the British Council on the Debate to Action Project as a Volunteer Community Project Facilitator on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Poverty Reduction Strategies. He holds membership of some prominent civil society an human rights organizations such as the Amnesty International Ghana, Red Cross Society of Ghana, Voluntary Work camps Association of Ghana. He is an alumni and a holder of Diploma in Freelance Journalism from the Writers Bureau College of Journalism in Manchester - UK. He also holds both professional and academic Certificate in Organizational Management (NGO) from the premier Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA) with Distinction, he is also an alumni of Fredreich Ebert Foundation FES, a social democratic institute, trained in International Relations, Governance and Leadership Skills. He is also a proud recipient of Canadian Education Training Awards for Africa CETAA Scholarship of the Canada International Development Agency (CIDA). My works as a Freelance Journalist and a Development Practitioner is inspired by my experiences in the northern zone of Ghana. Specifically the Upper West region where i come from and also having the privilege to attend High school there. The three northern regions of Ghana remain rich in culture, tourism, investments and many other potentials that has not been tapped yet!
On a fieldwork with the Essential. The Essential is an International Video Art Project, based in the Netherlands, that collects compelling stories of people around the world.
Africa led, others followed. Africa was smelting iron when Europe did not even have the faintest idea of what a furnace is. Cambridge, Oxford, La Sorbonne, Harvard or Yale, had not even been imagined when Africa's universities at Timbuktu were already teaching maths, science, astrology and astronomy. However, Europe's crude intervention in Africa blunted the continent's march to progress and we can only imagine to what heights Africa might have ascended, had it been left in peace to pursue its own destiny. Africans must beware and rid themselves of Western hypocrisy and double standards. We need to stop being copycats and develop our own economic and political ideology as well as our own system of governance. Kingsley Basuglo Accra, Ghana
Commanding Heights THE quest of every society is to thrive and identify itself within the ambit of its cultural values be it social economic or political. The development of every system is deem incomplete without a total economic transformation in the lives of its people. The African society is a case in this context. Africa is considered as the richest continent in mineral resources however, it remains impoverished, economically poor and politically fragile. The woes of Africa cannot solely be blame on itself because the continent has suffered and continues to suffer from the deficiency of lost identity and inspired ideology which is paramount in establishing a free and prosperous society. Centuries of chattered slavery and colonialism and more than fifty years of neo-colonial and imperialist machinations perpetrated by imperialists against progressive forces has been the greatest bane of the continent, some examples includes the gruesome murder and abrogation of p
Globalization – A Half Baked Pie. “SINCE the Sumer & Indus Valley Civilization established trade links in the third millennium B.C., cultures have engaged in an exchange of culture and economics. Over the past 5,000 years, this exchange has given way to wars, genocide, and disease, but has also enabled the spread of religion, agriculture, and advancements in science. Society has given a name to this seemingly unstoppable advance: globalization”. Daniel Wilson. Globalization is said to be a method for promoting inter-cultural values, understanding and to ensure integrated development among nations, irrespective of their size or population. This principle is internationally accepted and seeks to enhance diplomacy for a sustained partnership, which is prerequisite to development and peaceful concomitant among nations. However, this much touted ideals are repulsively violated by the very signatories to this convention. Africans particularly, in their desire to travel to the west
Covering a Workshop/Seminar on Governance Forum, organized by the Historical Society of Ghana at the University of Ghana, sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme.
With a TV crew from Metropolitan Television, who covered a Debate-to-Action project under the auspices of the British Council in Ghana.
On a fieldwork with officials from the British Council office in Accra, for monitoring and evaluation on an Millennium Development Goals project sponsored by the World Bank office in Accra, carried out in a community within the Greater Accra region.