Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Back to School Pt 1

I simply struck while the iron was hot.
There was a window of opportunity; I took it.
A long standing desire, it was not.
Surprise, surprise, I got it.

This is my little poem of how I managed to enroll for an LLM at UC Berkeley.
When I was called to the bar 3 years ago, I breathed a sigh of relief and I told myself that I will not set foot in a classroom for another five or so years, if ever at all.
But the opportunist and competitor in me did not allow this.
All of my formal education has been in Ghana.
I have quite a number of friends who had their undergraduate studies abroad.
I realised that their outlook to life is somewhat different from that of the average Ghanaian.
So I convinced myself that it had something to do with their education outside Ghana.
I decided if I want a piece of the pie they were having, I should also take steps to study abroad.
I simply searched for the top 10 law schools in USA, had a virtual tour and chose Berkeley.
There was no epiphany or some burning desire to go to school again.
There is no romantic story about it.
It was simply making use of an opportunity and being competitive.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy New Year

Dear Readers,

Have a very blessed and happy New Year.

All my love,

Iris Kay.xx

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pollution here, there and everywhere

Last week my mother told me that when she was at the Nurses Training College in Korle Bu in the early 70’s, the Korle Lagoon was one of the best places to get fresh Tilapia from, in Accra.
I don’t know if algae can even survive in there now. Not to mention fish.
Very sad, really. (I hope I don’t say same of the Volta Lake some day.)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The lazy blogger

Its not writer's block (not that I qualify as a writer)
Its just laziness that kept me from my beloved blog.
I'm back.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


The date for the Accra Milo Marathon is out!
A week from today.
But I'm ill-prepared and scared to take part.
1. What if I can't finish?
2. What if I'm jostled out of the way by all the 'veterans'?
3. What if I faint or fall in a cringe-worthy manner?
Hmmm, we will see what the week brings.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

City Sighs

Last Friday, I spent 4 hours on a 4km stretch of road.
*Big Sigh* I wish I didn't have to ply my trade in the city.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What are they learning in school?

8 March 2011, 2100hrs
Traffic moving at 20
Janelle Monae crooning from the radio
Cruising home
I catch a glimpse of people on the sidewalk
I look again
JHS? pupils clad in their uniforms and backpacks
Looks like they are from school
I muse, what on earth are they learning till this late?
Unless 1 + 1 is no longer 2,
Unless ‘subjects’ and ‘verbs’ no longer have to agree
Unless plants no longer use photosynthesis
They are just skiving in school…for 12hrs.

Monday, February 28, 2011

28th February -v- 14th February

63 years ago -v- 1515 years ago
Happened in Accra -v- Happened? in Rome
Celebrating the beginning of a revolution -v- Celebrating er… love?
Revolution brought forth our independence -v- Er…er…ummm
One accurate account of events -v- Many inaccurate account of events
No mention of today until... today (on page 3) -v- 14th February fever launches as soon as Christmas is over
I wish the Ghanaian media would make more of a fuss about our veterans and how they (servicemen) fought (and still fight for us) than they do about er… umm... 14th February. 
Happy Veterans Day.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Fiery, Gutsy
Marching, Chanting, Fighting
Libya firing into riots