Paulina Opoku-Gyimah says: Beautiful Marian Touré is uber new to La Ghana Rising Blog's radar but I’m already a fan of her chic style and her must read Wordpress at: http://mntoure.wordpress.com/
Marian Touré is a producer, director and news anchor at Joy News in Ghana and I might add --a very elegant lady with a big heart. The following words are taken from her must read Wordpress and give us an insight into this very special lady’s heart:
Friday night in Accra — Ghana’s Capital — and I’m on my way home from lectures after a long tedious week.
Thought I had it bad but someone else had it worse. Am crying (figuratively) because I use public transport and the road network is in so deplorable a state — as if to say there’s been a time when it hasn’t – that I wish I could develop wings to fly. Traffic on the La Paz-McCarthy Hill road is at its peak, yes, even after 10pm.
Am sitting in my chartered taxi, contemplating my fate and the choices I had made. Is being in Accra a good idea? Maybe not I kept thinking to myself. When will I get home? Sigh – I need a shower and some sleep, come on, move already!
Sudden through the chaotic traffic a little voice: “Yeas peor, yeas peor wota”. I suddenly became present in the moment; it was as if someone had woken me from sleep. I hurriedly scanned around to locate the person behind that angelic voice.
It was the voice of a child, couldn’t have been older that 10 years. My heart sunk. To say it went into a pit of sorrow will surely be an understatement. My eyes welled with tears, my head thumping – headache the size of the rock of Gibraltar — I could feel the veins on my forehead throbbing and pulsating under the skin.
Why? Where is her mother? Has she a mother? Relative? Who would send a child she’d bore for nine months into these crazy streets to hawk and worst of all, at night? No! Oh my God! Huh? I couldn’t believe it. Flashback – what was I doing at 10pm when I was her age? I was screaming inside, I wished I could take her off the street and take her home with me. No responsible parent, no matter how poor would send such a precious little girl into the streets at night.
What is our world coming to? I was angry. Was I angry because I was a woman with maternal instincts? Certainly not! I was angry because I was human and I have a heart. This little girl is our future. The future of my beloved country rests on the shoulders of children like this one.
There certainly is nothing wrong with teaching our children how to be entrepreneurial but there is a time and a place. The days of birthing half a dozen children to serve as farm hands are over so also, the days of slavery and child labour. Children, as young as 8, have become wage earners for families, when it shouldn’t be so.
We need to do something about this as a society and fast. Bring back the days when childhood was about fun, play and innocence. The sooner the better!
I pledge to do my bit, however small. What are you doing? Always remember that every little helps. Be a voice for the voiceless.
“Yeas peor, yeas peor wota” (English) Yes pure, yes pure water — A hawker’s call for attention to their wares.
Apart from checking out her fab insightful Wordpress at: http://mntoure.wordpress.com/ do LIKE her Facebook fan page via: https://www.facebook.com/mariantoureofficial and Twitter via: https://twitter.com/mntoure
More Info:This is the OFFICIAL fan page of Marian Toure - Communicator, Producer, Director and Anchor at Joy News, a television news channel of the Multimedia Group Ltd based in Accra, Ghana.
BiographyAn African, a Ghanaian and a citizen of the world, Miss Toure describes herself as: A Christian who values her religion and spirituality -- the deeper kind that leaves you bare and connected to the most High God. She appreciates its sense of fulfilment and beauty.
A world traveller. Master Conversationist. A Social Animal and a ball of fun. Daydreamer. Lover of the underdog. Soul Searcher. A wanna-be adventurer. Domestic Goddess. Admirer of all things beautiful. Soldier of Love. Deep Thinker. Nurturer. Leader. Culinary Artist. Luxury Goods Lover. Carrie Bradshaw from Sex And The City (in her mind). Freedom Fighter (though born a few decades too late). Comedian. Trendsetter. A Mother (have no kids but all women are mothers).
She has recently relocated to her home country--Ghana--to pursue a career in PR, Journalism, Communications and other interests to leave a legacy for future generations. As a journalist this quote is the driving force behind her work: "Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience."
-Henry David Thoreau
**Photo Credit: all photo come courtesy of Marian Toure