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The Attraction and Enigma of Cross Cultural Relationships

In ordinary marriages today it is obvious that the woman is the centre of everything. It still is a matriarchal society although it is male dominated.

Namely, men have for centuries tried to keep women down out of fear but it has been at a great cost to them and a suppression for women; just look at the countries where the customs are so alien to westerners that it is beyond comprehension.

This does not mean westerners are any better, it just means their methods of keeping women down have been more subtle.

The point is that there is often a natural attraction to women from other cultures and vice versa and the way is being made more popular and accepted by the social median networks that abound these days. Many are hoping for relationships and it is likely they will come from online connections.

For me personally this is far too slow a method as I prefer things to move faster than the often long winded online discussions and chat that sometimes lead many down the road of false hope and bitter disappointment and emotional devastation.

If I were looking for a relationship and one did develop online I would get on a plane quickly to meet her to see if it was just online banter. In fact I would never look for a relationship online; it is just not my way.

What is helpful for anyone going down this road of cross cultural relationships, whether they meet online or otherwise, is to remember that it is almost a rule with few exceptions that the relationship will be successful if the woman follows the man into his country, culture and family.

After all the man in traditional relationships is there to serve with love and the woman is there to take it with love. If the woman follows the man with love to his country then the relationship or marriage has a chance of being successful; if it is the other way around the situation will be difficult indeed for many reasons. Marriage or relationships are difficult enough and without love or meditation worthless.

For example if a man follows the woman to her country and a decision is made to reside there permanently the tendency will either be for the woman to encourage the man to follow her into her business if she has one or support the man at least until he has a job or other opportunity.

If the man follows the woman to her country and also into her business it is more than likely he will destroy the business and particularly if he takes up a responsible position in her business.

This may seem strange but there are certain invisible laws that operate beneath the surface and which time and again have proven to be true without fail.

On the contrary if a woman joins a man in his business the business has a very good chance of success with the caution of mixing business and love especially where there is pressure around survival.

In life if people were more aware of the subtle laws that operate beneath the surface much pain, heartache, loss and misunderstanding could be avoided.

Sam

Creative Cultural Industries: A Great Economic Capital For Indigenous Societies

Almost every indigenous society had a unique artistic production that is native to the people. These cultural artifacts are creatively fashioned from local materials that are readily available in the indigenous communities’ environments. They were the chief professions of the creative forebears of old that served as the pivot for their economies. In fact, those artifacts that they produced were their sole means of economic capital used for tending for families and developing the ancient societies. These creative cultural artifacts have been great parting treasures from the ancestors of numerous local communities to their present and future progeny. The creative cultural artistic industry is a potential economy of contemporary societies that settle on the soils of these indigenous societies. It can be a strategic tool for alleviating the impoverished state of the local residents in those communities.

It is true that the cultural and creative arts industries are potential economic boosting ventures in this contemporary age. It is one of the ever thriving areas of the global economy with an estimated growth rate of 4.3% in North and Central America, 6.9% in Oceania, 9.7% in Asia, 11.9% in South America, 13.9% in Africa and 17.6% in the Middle East. These estimates that show a soaring increase in global economy clearly underscores the great economic capital that can be obtained from the creative cultural industries from our forebears! Thus, today, local communities, especially the women and the youth who are mostly unemployed must tap into these industries to earn a living. It is not very difficult for residents to enter into these industries.

Limited capital investment is often required to start an enterprise in the creative and cultural industry of local communities. This is because the raw materials for the production of the creative cultural artifacts are locally stepped in the regions of the local communities’ territories. Usually, the local governments and the traditional authorities have their own effective managerial ways of ensuring the sustainable supply of these local resources for the artistic production. Individual families mostly have their family farms where the raw materials for the cultural artifacts are grown. Thus, it does not require huge capital to acquire the local materials for the artistic production.

Moreover, the local skills and expertise for the artistic productions are normally passed on from parents to children as part of the family’s great possessions. Thus, children grow up learning the skills of production from the old sages in the society. Thus, endowed with the expertise, skills, and knowledge, it makes it quite easy for the vulnerable population such as elderly women and the youth to enter into these cultural and creative industries to earn a living.

Also, there is often a ready market for these cultural artifacts since it is mostly the preserve of these local communities. Many tourists and traders usually parade to these indigenous societies to purchase their unique cultural artifacts that portray the culture of the people. For instance, the Ntonso, Adanwumase and Bonwire indigenous societies in the Ashanti region of Ghana noted for the production of the indigenous clothes, Kente, Kuntunkuni, Adinkra, and Kobene receive thousands of tourists from various foreign countries who patronize the buying of these cultural artifacts. Such is the case of other unique creative cultural artifacts native to the other indigenous societies across the globe.

However, it is sad that most youths shun enrollment into these local industries for employment. Some of these youngsters prefer white-colored jobs which often leave them in the lurk, handicapped in employment. These youngsters fail to appreciate and recognize the economic potentials of these ready-made industries! They must be coached and enlightened to realize the wisdom in humbly enrolling in this great revenue generating ventures left to them by their industrious forebears. Non-governmental organizations in charge of entrepreneurship counseling and training must rigorously engage in educating young ones and other members in these indigenous societies on the economic wealth and simple ways of setting up small-scale industries via these creative cultural artifacts.

In addition, financial institutions and credit agencies must be ready to offer these local residents soft loans to start-up the establishment of small industries in this income generating cultural industries. Flexible terms of payment must be instituted for these youngsters. The district and municipal assemblies in these indigenous communities must spearhead and liaise with some foreign donors and entrepreneurship supportive agencies such as Aid to Artisans Ghana and Export Promotions Councils to offer a financial helping hand to these local residents.

Furthermore, technical agencies like the Integrated Technology Transfer Unit (I.T.T.U.), GETRADE Ghana Limited, and GRATIS must offer technical assistance to hone the traditional skills and expertise of production of these local residents and upgrade it to meet the current demands of the market. This technical assistance would aid these local residents endowed with the traditional skills of production to know some simple technologies that can better the finishing and general outlook of the cultural artifacts.

Creative cultural industries are viable income generating employment avenues that can alleviate impoverished communities from their poverty. Thus, various governmental and non-governmental agencies, as well as the traditional councils in the local communities, must all endeavor to develop these industries that were tirelessly brought into being by the loyal, hardworking and insightful forebears.