More Than Just A Structure

December 07, 2015  |  By John Siisi Annan , Ghana


During a recent trip to James Town – one of the historic coastal towns in Accra Ghana, members of Voices of the World group reflected on the imposing figure of the lighthouse and it’s practical representations in their own lives.

VOW- What is a lighthouse?

Amina- A light house is a physical structure often built not far from the shore to guide vessels at sea- especially at night.

VOW- How can you relate the function of a light house for fishermen to an individual in your life?

Amina- I see a light house a representing a source of guidance. In my life, that person who plays that role of giving me guidance and direction is my father- Mr. Sefah Mohammed. He is not living in Ghana currently and has not been back home for about 8 years now. He is currently in Chicago in the United States of America.

Regardless of the distance and the length of time he has been away, he has made sure my mother and I do not entirely miss his presence. He always calls during the weekend to find out what we have been up to. And anytime he calls I spend hours talking to him about school. He is very interested in my studies and my social life.

He always wants to know how I am doing at school, who my friends are and often he calls my teachers just to ask about my performance in class. And if I ever go wrong my father will surely hear about it and will call to scold me; just as he will congratulate me when I do something right. He is a constant figure in my life always giving me advice and encouragement. Through him I have come to value the principles of hard work and responsibility. MY FATHER IS MY LIGHTHOUSE.

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