Q is the male version of me. And the cartoon above is an artist's attempt to capture his essence. I think it's about right. Q really wears those hats, and reads strange books . Conversations with Q usually centre around Ghana things, funny stuff, songs etc.When Q talks, I listen. If he recommends a book, I read it. If he recommends a movie, I watch it. If he recommends a fashion trend, I try it.
Q and I have been friends since 1999. Eleven years is a long time. He's one of those people that I think of and I laugh out loud, because invariably I'm going to be thinking of something funny that he said. If you think i'm local, Q's like 10 times that. Funnier too. He actually inspired many of the very first blog posts.
As things have gone on, he's gotten busy with his new books and life as a student in New York. But every once in a while, he pops in to check on me and to point me in new directions.
So I got an email from Q. Brief and to the point as always, it read:
You have to watch this and maybe write about bus preachers in Ghana.
So I watched it, and loved it. And scratched my head thinking...how could my writing possibly do this justice? Some things can only be experienced. So I'm sharing the video with you. Enjoy it. It's a slice of the Ghanaian life:
And if you really want to read what I might write if I were to write about bus preachers in Ghana, read my account of a trip from Tarkwa to Accra that I took in 2006.
But as I said, writing has its place.