Thursday, 28 June 2018

Ras Bobo's Artworks Part 2

The purpose of this post is not only to feature more of Ras Bobo Anuah's artworks but also to list how much it actually costs to send them overseas to interested customers:

ITEM
WEIGHT
UNIT PRICE
SHIPPING
SUBTOTAL
OVERHEAD
TOTAL
Painting
11g
25.00
6.31
31.31
4.70
36.01
Carving
80g
25.00
18.72
43.72
6.59
$50.31

These prices are for shipping the items to any country in Europe or North America.  Prices to other countries may cost more (or less), and we can research and provide such information upon the customer's request.  The overhead is 15% of the subtotal, and the grand total (in bold) is the subtotal plus the overhead.  All prices listed are in US Dollars.  Also grand total prices can be rounded to the nearest dollar, so a painting can be purchased for $36.00USD and a carving for $50.00.

I didn't feature any pics of the carvings in this post, but feel free to have a look at some in the first part of this series.  However I do have some more paintings to display, so please enjoy and also note that the "GHfind.com" watermark on the bottom-right of the pics are not present on the actual paintings:

Funny Face by Ras Bobo
Ghana Canoe by Ras Bobo
Island by Ras Bobo
Lion Face by Ras Bobo
Mama Africa by Ras Bobo
There has also been an update in my contact information as I can now be reached via email address malcolm@ghfone.com yet still the same telephone number of +233-54-769-4322.  These pieces are a lot more valuable, especially in foreign markets, then what we're selling them for, so capitalize on the opportunity to own original, authentic African artwork at a fair price by giving us a call today.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Importance of Obtaining Original Files When Dealing with Graphic Designers

I often find myself in the position of designing a website or other form of documentation for a client that requires use of his company's logo, but he'll only have the logo in the form of JPG when a transparent GIF or PNG is preferable, and even with the latter two it's virtually impossible to make any kind of significant adjustments except for cropping and overall color changes.

When consulting a graphic designer for any kind of design it's always better to obtain a copy of the original graphics' file if you perceive you'll use it again in the future for any reason.  In other words if the product was designed in CorelDRAW then the client should try to obtain a copy of the original CorelDRAW file, even if he has no idea on how to use the program himself.  Yet I can't remember ever designing a website for anyone who had access to his original logo unless he designed it himself.  I think there are a number general reasons this happens:

1 - The graphic designer intentionally withholds the original file.  In other words the graphic designer may retain the original file so that whenever the client needs a modification he'll have to consult him, or it can be a scenario where the client hasn't paid in full and as such the designer desires to keep copyright over his work.  If you're a corporate or large-business entity it's advisable to even have the designer, if he's not an actually employee of yours, sign a contract giving you full copyright over the logo or whatever original work he has produced in your name. 

2 - The client never asks for the original file.  I believe this is the main culprit, as in this is what usually happens as opposed to the designer intentionally withholding information.  The client may be ignorant that he even needs the original file, thinking instead that if modifications are necessary he would just consult the original graphic designer.  But in some cases he may decide to use a different designer or even make modifications himself in order to save money, and if the original designer proves to be stubborn when asking for this data it can cause a serious headache as in having to get the work redone altogether.

CONCLUSION

I've found that most people seem to be shy in asking for the original file from a graphic designer after the work has already been done.  Therefore it is ideal to let the designer know, even before the work begins, that you expect a copy of the actual graphics' file once he's finished.  Some designers may charge extra for this, but I think in general once they realize the client is wise enough to even request such they'll just comply with little to no hassle.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ras Bobo's Artworks

Ras Bobo @ his new shop @ Ko-Sa Beach Resort in Elmina
GHfind is currently teaming up with Ras Bobo Anuah from the University of Cape Coast to feature and sell some of his original African artwork online to an international audience.

All paintings and carvings shown cost only $25.00USD.  Shipping is an additional charge, and we're currently researching to find out how much each item costs to send overseas though according to my calculations sending a painting over regular post to the States or Europe shouldn't cost more than $10, and as for the carvings I don't think they weigh even 1kilo.

The surface of the paintings are canvas, meaning they can easily be rolled up like a scroll and sent safely and affordably over regular mail.  The names of the pieces are simple but the artwork exquisite:
Black & White Mask by Ras Bobo
Carrying a Pot by Ras Bobo
Carrying Firewood by Ras Bobo
Culture Dancers by Ras Bobo
Efutu Village by Ras Bobo
Here are some of the carvings, paintings done over the carved-wooden shape of the African continent.  What I really like about them is that they even feature Madagascar:

 
Contact me for more information via email address ghfind@ghfone.com or telephone number +233-54-769-4322, and pieces can also be sent intranationally to Ghanaian residents.  Each piece is a one-and-only original, so if you see something you like give make sure to give me a shoutout ASAP.  Money can be sent preferably using PayPal, a credit or debit card via WorldRemit.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

SoundHypeGH.com

SoundHypeGH is a blog founded by Ceasar da Sniper, a music promoter from Somanya in the Eastern Region.  I was working on the site a few months ago, stopped but have now resumed since the beginning of this month.  Ceasar has moved on to start a new site called CeasarPromo, so now I have basically unfettered control over SoundHype, a blog whose primary purpose is to promote Ghanaian music artists.

Previously the site focused mostly on musicians from Kroboland, but I'm trying to spread the net more over the whole Ghana and indeed internationally hoping to feature artists, like my homeys Espresso Blaque, from Stateside soon.  My main goal as of right now is to be able to feature a new post daily in order to build-up regular viewership and expand the featured artists' chances of going viral and finding better recording deals, and my secondary goal is to get the logo redesigned since I don't have access to the original file.

So on that note for those of you that are interested in contemporary Ghanaian music I recommend you stay tuned to SoundHype, and any artists who want to be featured, from Ghana or abroad, should give me a shoutout on telephone number +233-54-769-4322 or email address ghfind@ghfone.com.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

2017 US Visa Refusal Rate for Each African Country

It's no secret that millions of Africans would love to have the opportunity, primarily for economic reasons, to live and work in the United States.  It's also no secret that most who do make the effort (e.g. pay the money) to apply get rejected, and this situation isn't likely to improve with Donald Trump as President.
If Donald Trump actually does eight years in office then it's safe to assume that he, like his three predecessors, will also visit Ghana during his Presidency.
A lot of times I have Ghanaians asking me to help them get to the States, and I always tell them Ghana's refusal rate is exceptionally high especially considering that it's generally perceived the two countries have a pretty-good relationship - what with the three prior US Presidents (Clinton, Bush and Obama) all visiting Ghana as well as the ratification of the recent military agreement - but the articles that give the actual refusal percentage always seem to vary.  So this time I went to the US Government's website itself and decided that in the process of doing the research might as well list the American visa refusal rate for each African country category in order of percentage.

This list gives the statistics for applicants of B visas, which are "issued to those seeking entry for business purposes" and "those seeking entry for tourism or other non-business purposes" for a duration of 1 month to 10 years (single or multiple entry), meaning that it would be the type of visa most Africans would apply for.  The list is from lowest refusal rate to the highest, basically meaning that citizens of the countries at the top of the list are those which are most-likely to be granted entry into the United States, and again Ghana is surprisingly low, at least to me.  Also the country at the top of the list is kind of startling since I never presumed it would be a sub-Saharan one that isn't South Africa:

POS
COUNTRY
REFUSAL PERCENTAGE
1
Namibia
6%
1
South Africa
6%
3
Mauritius
8%
4
Madagascar
11%
5
Eswatini (Swaziland)
13%
5
Seychelles
13%
7
Sao Tome & Principe
15%
8
Botswana
18%
8
Equatorial Guinea
18%
8
Tanzania
18%
11
Tunisia
20%
12
Zambia
22%
13
Gabon
26%
13
Malawi
26%
13
Mozambique
26%
13
Zimbabwe
26%
17
Niger
31%
18
Kenya
33%
19
Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
34%
19
Egypt
34%
21
Angola
36%
21
Lesotho
36%
23
Morocco
37%
24
Benin
42%
24
Uganda
42%
26
Algeria
44%
26
Central African Republic
44%
28
Nigeria
45%
29
Libya
46%
30
Cameroon
47%
30
Sierra Leone
47%
32
Comoros
48%
32
Congo (Republic)
48%
32
South Sudan
48%
35
Congo (Democratic Republic)
50%
35
Ethiopia
50%
37
Cabo Verde
51%
37
Sudan
51%
39
Chad
52%
39
Rwanda
52%
41
Ghana
57%
41
Senegal
57%
43
Mali
59%
44
Togo
60%
45
Guinea
65%
45
Liberia
65%
47
Mauritania
67%
48
Gambia
70%
49
Eritrea
72%
49
Guinea-Bissau
72%
51
Djibouti
75%
52
Burkina Faso
76%
52
Burundi
76%
52
Somalia
76%

CONCLUSION

So if an African really wants to go to the States it seems they have just as much of a chance of successfully doing so through Namibia than they would via South Africa.

Changes to GHfind Website / GHfone.com

Changes were recently made to the ghfind.com domain where now instead of pointing to a conventional, multi-page website it brings you directly to the this blog which before was only a minor component of the site.  The primary reason for such a drastic change was that in general visitation to the site had dropped dramatically in the last two months, and in response I concluded that basing it instead on CMS (widgets), which  it seems most sites are using these days, as opposed to a more-traditional HTML template would make it more-modern and attractive.  Moreover concentrating the information of the entire website into just this blog eliminates the burden of having to perpetually maintain multiple pages.

However now that ghfind.com serves as a third-party domain pointed directly at a Google blog there have been drawbacks.  For instance I can no longer upload pages I design myself to this domain.  Also it seems I can no longer use email addresses under it.


Besides this blog the only other component of the old site I couldn't bear parting ways with was the GHfind Phonebook - an online searchable databases of Ghanaian businesses - since the Phonebook is truly the heart and soul of this entire project.  So since it could no longer be hosted under ghfind.com I decided to rename that entire part and give it its own domain.  Therefore the GHfind Phonebook is now called "GHfone" and will henceforth serve as a subsidiary, as opposed to a direct part, of GHfind.  Moreover the new URL for the Phonebook, as you can probably guess, is ghfone.com.

Also the official email address for GHfind has now been changed to ghfind@ghfone.com, at least until hopefully a way is discovered to have a full-functioning email address under this domain while simultaneously having its DNS entries pointed at Blogger.