In these times where it is so hard for young people to get access to the older generation, I got the chance to meet the ever amazing woman that we see in most of the best films in Ghana. I have had many people call me “Anima Misa” just because I bear the name Anima. I never thought I would ever come so close to such a celebrated talented actress. Anima Misa won the hearts of many movie lovers in the 80’s, with the movie, Love Brewed in an African Pot (a must-watch directed by Kwaw Ansah). Some of her recent movie however was Shirley Frimpong Manso’s, Adams Apples. She currently runs Sapphire Ghana Limited with Kwaku Sintim Misa of the KSM show.
We had a good talk about religion, education, and life in general. Such a great time it was. To see myself sitting on the table with someone I had admired for a long time was everything in the world to me. I believe it goes with the saying that, “A child who learns to wash his hands well, dines with the elders”. There were a few lessons that I picked up from our long conversation that I would like to share with my cherished readers.
Having your own opinion, she said, was something she picked up from her dad. He was always ready to listen and answer questions from young Anima Misa. This practise allowed her to form varied ideas about life. Also, he never shoved any information down his children’s throats which made them independently minded. To her, it is rather sad that young people today have been made gullible to accept information which are no more relevant in our times.
Learn to research information. According to her, there was no sure way to knowledge than searching for it. She acquired the name Groovy Granny because she is known for always looking for new information about events and happenings on the internet. This to me, is a very key lesson for young people and even the older folks who think that they have nothing new to learn.
Stop living in fear. Too many people are walking in fear because of religion and superstitious beliefs. In such a modernized world, holding thoughts about witchcraft, demons and superstitions is a backward way of thinking, she mentioned. I couldn’t have agreed less. She said that instead of channelling our energies into fighting unseen spirits, we should rather learn to live with a positive mindset. Our fear of these unexisting forces is what makes us impoverished in our societies. People develop hatred and so much negative attitude towards their neighbors for fear of the unknown unknown which is not good for both personal and national development.
To wrap it all up, our whole conversation was narrowed across the fact that life has to be lived in your own way. It takes a few set of people to think and act differently from the norm. Although choosing such a path could be challenging, it also allows you to enjoy life. It all boils down to being open minded and free thinking. People may call you names like crazy and wierd but that is the only way you will stand out from the lot.
Dear reader, cheers to an amazing life full of positivity and happiness. Pass this to someone out there who you think might need to read this. Together, let’s make the world a better place.