DUS: Ghana Grill Party In The Park


The first ever organized Open Grill Fest in the Heerdter Freizeitpark in Düsseldorf was a major success. The party was live yesterday. People attended in numbers, the weather was nice, the music was good and the atmosphere just amazing. Positive vibes with many children bouncing to afrobeats and challenging their dancing skills in a cypher. Since the event was organized quite “last minute” the advert about it was minor, as the amount of Ghanaians living in Düsseldorf and cities around, could have filled the place twice or triple times more. But so far so good, as this had taken place the first time ever, the results are encouraging for the organisers to make this happen on a regular basis. Ghanaians love dress codes for no reason I can give, but it was good to see the majority reppin´ the white on jeans look.

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It is always good to have the community together, having good times. Events like this can be seen as an opportunity in the future, to raise awareness on certain problems that affect the African diaspora in Germany – which in that sense can be targeting the Ghanaian community first. Instead of making the big fuss about development policy issues and the wellbeing in all senses, Ghanaians love to party and party hard, too much at times. I am not judging or condemning it, as I am a typical Ghanaian who loves “enije” (good/fun times) too, but there is so much more potential, which can be used to pave the way for the second generation.

One minor example out of many – it is a struggle to find participant, who are actually in need of learning the German language, in order to manage their life without depending on the help of others, but wherever there is a community based party – all problems are put aside and celebrated “small, small”. Number wise in 2009, there are about 40.000 Ghanaians documented, for living in Germany, which builds the largest migration group of Subsaharan-Africans, followed by Nigerians and Cameroonians. Now in year 2015, we are surely more people to make that last availabe statistic irrelevant. So, with more people “on board” now, I think it is highly about time to put us on the map properly with bigger and greater achievements in our personal developments or as a collective – just for example; instead of going down at all parties advertised.

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Question time: philosophy of life

Do you believe in luck or hard work?

Who inspires/d you?

What is your philosophy of life?

Laura Heilanen: “I believe in hard work, willpower, stamina and karma. Good luck can help you as you chase your dreams, but personally I have a very bad luck, but I always find a way to overcome the failures  People who inspire me are those who have a positive approach on life and don’t whine too much about bad things that happen to them. After all, life is what you make of it and comparing yours to others won’t make it any better.  And especially people who have left everything behind and maybe moved to a whole new country to pursue their dream.
My mom said there’s two types of people: “the talkers and the makers”. I get very frustrated with the “talkers”, they keep talking about what they would like to do, but never really get up and do it. When I moved to France by myself at the age of 19, my friends said they are amazed how “brave” I am. I think it takes a lot more courage to actually stay in one place…” (10 Dec 2011)

Aunty Nora: “Let me start by saying that there many starters in life-but very few finish what they start.when the going gets tough, most people fold. they don’t persist hard enough. they don’t have a red-hot flaming burning desire to succeed. they don’t make it their DEFINITE MAJOR PURPOSE. they don’t take enough personal initiative to make it happen. they don’t go to the extra mile and don’t want it bad enough,that is people who believe in LUCK. and as long as you think that your destiny is in the hands of the other people then your situation is hopeless
you will need to confront your problems with courage, boldness and actions through HARD WORK.
so therefore my dear i believe in HARD WORK cos i want to make it happen nd not to sit down and don’t know whats happening or to watch someone make it happen for me.People who believe in LUCK always find these things at their comfort zone.I would rather pray for a divine intervention than LUCK.
Fine, there are LUCK on peoples side only when you pray for divine intervention nd favors…other than that you will have to think of gambling, which is a NO for me.

Who inspires me?….i have manypeople in mind but to mention a few is my Pastor.he is a councellor, teacher, inspirational speaker,a husband nd a wife..he gives me the encouragement to move and not to look back.

what is my philosophy…..hhmmm ok my philosophy is just the same as my motto and is ……”anything worth doing is worth doing excessively” (9 Dec 2011)

Alexandra Lukas: “Es hört sich ausgelutscht an, aber wir sollten unsere träume verwirklichen. versuchen immer das zu tätigen worauf wir lust haben, ohne dabei anderen zu schaden.

wir sollten die goldene mitte leben. einerseits jeden moment genießen, andererseits an unsere zukunft denken. ja, meine lebensphilosophie ist die goldene mitte” (5 Dec 2011)


“‎Don’t wait for…”

‎Don’t wait for time. Make it.
Don’t wait for love. Feel it.
Don’t wait for money. Earn it.
Don’t wait for the path. Find it.
Don’t wait for opportunity. Create it.
Don’t go for less. Get the best.
Don’t compare. Be unique.
Don’t fight your misfortune. Transform it.
Don’t avoid failure. Use it.
Don’t dwell on mistake. Learn from it.
Don’t back down. Go around.
Don’t close your eyes. Open your mind.
Don’t run for life. Embrace it. (B. Volcy)