Monday, March 23, 2015

Bitchy Boss, Yep That's Me

An inevitable part of living in Ghana is fighting. Not necessarily, the ratchet World Star Hip Hop battles you are used to seeing, but more of a mental fight.....which sometimes does include a few choice words that end very clearly in the Ghanaian word, Kwasia, aka fool.

After living here for four years, I have just chalked it up to part of life. I mean after all someone is always trying to take advantage of the pretty, independent American girl. If it's not my money they want to chop then maybe its the coveted invitation letter. Whatever the case may be I have found that in many cases there is always an ulterior motive with interacting with me. Mind you, this is not in all cases. I have met some pretty awesome people during my time in Ghana.

However, I have noticed that over the years I am becoming bitchier. Now I know for some of you this is a huge surprise, can I get any bitchier? And yes, I too am alarmed because I feel like its too much. Like really, its too much, I mean hell, I'm tired of being upset and mean all the time. Can't I just ever have a day where smiling is the only thing I do.

But then I realized I was not the only one. The other day after speaking with another female entrepreneur, I found out that she too too suffers from boss bitchiness. It is the bitchiness that results in having to watch everyone's movement and actions, clearly explain to them 10 times not to waste your money, which is almost unavoidable...because of course foreigners have money trees we regularly pick from and having to deal with people that just don't fully understand your high level of sacrifice. Add that the inappropriate actions of men you are doing business with, your crappy or non-existent dating life and just a constant feeling of being overwhelmed, then you have the perfect mixture for the bitchy boss.

Now I am not proud of myself, but admittance is the first step to recovery. Which is why I want to publicly say, my name is Cordie Aziz and my bitchiness is on a a whole new level. So as I go through this transition, please excuse my short temper and snarky remarks. Let's just hope for better days, where the only thing I am fighting for is to ensure they have my chilled champagne on my private jet.

In the meanwhile though, if you see a female entrepreneur, especially one that is single. Give her a hug. Her life is a lot harder than you may think.

Until next time smooches.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ghanaian Shade

Shade. It is the polite way to say something impolite. The way of making a statement and leaving it open for others to interpret or a word or phrase that belittles an individual with a cool, smooth statement. Now although, it seems all of the Housewives have perfected shade, we too  throw shade in Ghana. Today, I have compiled several phrases, which can serve as key indicators that shade is being thrown. So my friends, let the shade begin.

1) Paa. Now paa is a funny word because I still haven't quite figured out its exact meaning, but it stresses a point. So paa and even the word kra can be added to the end of phrases where you want to really stress a point. Paa is the most common way of throwing shade in Ghana, especially since it allows you to take someone else's statement and add shade to it.

Example: First Person: I saw Afua at the club. She was really enjoying herself.
                Second Person: Hmmm, that girl she likes to party paaaaaaa. I think that is her job.

This leads me to Number 2 

2) Hmm or Teeth Sucking- Now saying Hmm before making a statement, shows disapproval or disagreement almost instantly. If the person really wants to stress a higher degree of annoyance they will suck their teeth making a high pitched sound. This sound often indicates the words, "not serious" will soon follow,

3) Not Serious- Not Serious is the ultimate shade phrase thrown in Ghana. Being "not serious" is almost has bad has having the Ibola virus. When someone says someone a person is not serious, it means they think the person is a joke. Get enough people calling you "not serious" and see how the dominoes fall.

3) You Are Enjoying-  Whenever you are out, undoubtedly, when someone approaches the first thing they will do is scan the area to see how many liquor bottles you have. If there are at least two bottles at the table, the phrase, "I see you are enjoying yourself ," comes out. Now let me be clear, I don't think this phrase is always shade. However, it is shade if the person who says it, is someone that you don't typically associate with and they note that, they, themselves are not drinking. 

4) I beg- Now I remember when I first moved to Ghana, I could not bring myself to say I beg. Because after all, I am American, and we never beg. However, 3 years later I have learned that I beg can have two different meanings 1) It really can be a plea, letting someone know to consider your circumstances before making a decision. 2) It can also be used to show that you are being dismissed. This is the more aggressive way of throwing shade. This shade requires an individual to cut a person off  mid sentence throw up their hand and say, "Boss, I beg". This is an indicator that the person has deemed whatever was said irrelevant or inaccurate or you just think someone is a complete fool and you can't waste your time in discussion.

5) The Frown and Nod- Ghanaians have mastered holding their tongues in most situations. I attribute this to the frown and nod. The frown and nod, followed by the words, "Yo mati" (I hear) pretty much let you know the conversation is over.If the point is not received by the other party, the frown and nodder simply repositions themselves so that they are no longer facing the person.

I may not have everything figured out about Ghana, but I do know shade.

Until Next Time. Smooches.


Monday, December 29, 2014

Back for More

Well, as most of you know I really didn't blog a lot this year. And although, I thought many wouldn't notice. I have gotten an overwhelming number of questions about why I am no longer blogging. Well, the answer is simple. My blog started to be read in Ghana!

Now, for those who know me, I like to be relatively private. Most people only have a small glimpse what is happening in my life. However, I soon realized that I had a Ghana audience, who knew me both in personal life and blog life....and well, it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Especially since most people in Ghana are judgmental and will take one small piece of info and then create their own stories with it. However, in the New Year I thought it was unfair not to let these watchers really watch all that is going on. After all I do have a lot of share. So I have decided not to be bothered and to blog my heart out.

I know you are all super excited, Because yes, I am funny and entertaining.

So just to give you a recap of my year. It was the Age of Jesus for me and I did find my calling. This year I successfully started Environment360, a ngo that works with children to teach them recycling behaviors. For those of us who live in Ghana, we know this is greatly needed. Not only is it needed, but I love it. There is nothing more rewarding than getting a letter from a class of children discussing how they enjoyed their time.

My love life is still bare. I chalk this up to a huge cultural misunderstanding that I am just now starting to grasp. Although I have a full grasp on it, I am still not sure I will be playing the game. I really don't think its fair to lure a person in on one context only then to find out there is more to them..and their bad habits. And yes, I do have plenty of bad habits. I also think it's do to the stalkerish behavior of some men in Ghana. I don't care how much you like me...please dont call me 5 times a day and whats app me pictures every two hours; I'm not that interested in your every movement..we just aren't there yet.

I would be worried, however a random psychic has assured me this is my year for love.....whatever that may mean. She also assured me he would be wealthy. So let us thank God for that. I also didn't have to pay her nor did she ask for a donation, so maybe this one was real.

Overall it has been a quiet year. Plenty of disappointments, but some highlights as well. The most important thing, I survived another year and I know 2015 is the beginning of greater things.

Have a great New Year and will be blogging again soon. So please share!

Until Next Time Smooches.