Lesson I Learned From Asking My Little Brother For Help


Are you scared to ask your little brother for help?
Don’t be. Ask and Trust your little brother.

Today I accomplished one of my biggest fears and obstacles in life: swimming to the buoy at Coronado Beach.

Years ago when I was on the water polo squad in High School, our weekly exercise routine consisted of swimming to the buoy and back at Coronado Beach. But once I graduated from water polo, I found that task to be impossible.

Three years after I graduated from water polo, I suffered a panic attack when I swam to the buoy with my little brother. I was devastated and disappointed that day and I never took the initiative to try it again. However today, after three years from suffering that panic attack, I took back my courage by swimming to the buoy with my little brother Asante.

I did it! And most importantly, we did it!

Asante and I

Photos from Asante and Kojo Sefa-Boakye’s Graduation Party


Sefa-Boakye Brothers

Congratulations again to Asante and Kojo Sefa-Boakye on graduating from their perspective schools: Cal Lutheran University and Coronado High School.

Here are the photos taken from last weekend’s celebration at the City of Coronado Boat House Club Room. To see them, click on the link below.

Flickr: Asante & Kojo’s Graduation Party

Congratulations to Kojo Sefa-Boakye on Graduating from Coronado High School


Kojo Sefa-Boakye (princesdailyjournal)Congratulations to Kojo Sefa-Boakye on successfully graduating from Coronado High School–Class of 2015! I am very proud to say that he is the last Sefa-Boakye in the family to graduate from Coronado High School, especially on it’s 100th year anniversary! Kojo is planning to pursue his musical career, in the Fall, at a two year university where he will be studying Jazz Music and Piano Studies.

The Sefa-Boakye Brothers (princesdailyjournal)

Congratulations Kojo! You made your older brothers very proud!

A Big Thank You to Mom and Dad for making this monumental moment possible!

To see my pictures of Kojo’s Graduation on Flickr, click here

Here is a YouTube clip of Kojo singing “Ordinary People” by John Legend while playing the piano.

 

Congratulations to Asante Sefa-Boakye on Graduating from Cal-Lutheran


 

Asante's Graduation (princesdailyjournal)

Congratulations to Asante Sefa-Boakye on graduating from Cal-Lutheran University. Asante went through three schools before he can finally earn his college degree. His grandfather Bernard Strickland got to see him graduate at the age of 93 years old. His immediate plans after college is to continue coach Water Polo at the High School level and travel to Europe, where he will compete and play professionally with the national leagues.

To see my photos go to my Flickr account or click here.

A big thank you to Mrs. Betsy Schofer and Tommy Schofer for attending Asante’s big day!

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In Loving Memory of Uncle Kwasi “Ernie” Sefa-Boakye (1950-2015)


Uncle Ernie Sefa-Boakye (princesdailyjournal)

It is with deep sadness that I say our family has lost a beloved father, uncle, friend, and son, Kwasi “Ernie” Sefa-Boakye. Uncle Ernie, as referred to many, was an entrepreneur and a man of many hilarious tales. Everyone in my family can proudly say that Uncle Ernie touched them with his lively humor and animated personality. I met my Uncle for the first time in 2007 at Kumasi, Ghana, the birthplace of my father, where he lived all his life taking care of my grandmother’s home. It was then he said to me, “while all your uncles and aunt are in America, running the rat-race, I’m here in Africa enjoying life.”

The last time I saw him was two years ago, here in United States, at Grandma’s home. And it was then that I began blogging. Thank you again Uncle Ernie for you kind hospitality eight years ago, and I am glad to now call you as my ancestor. May you rest in peace.

Uncle Ernie survived by his two children Jeffrey and Jennifer Sefa-Boakye.

Here is an eulogy given on my behalf of my family.

Tribute to Kwasi Sefa-Boakye: A Man For All People

Here are two eulogies given by two brothers:

“The earliest memory I have of my uncle ernie was in the living room of my grandma’s house. He was showing my brothers a picture book. I remember never seeing this person before in my life and was quite confused. I remember staring in disbelief at this person who I had never met that looked like my father. I listened very intently to his voice and it was very welcoming. He pointed at one picture in the book and his voice changed–it was filled with wisdom and knowledge. At that age I was very shy, I was not even aware that 10 minutes had past when he said, “Well are you going to come over here and meet your uncle?”

The reason why I remembered my uncle’s voice so well is that he taught me how to laugh and enjoy life. He saw a lot of things in me that I had not figured out yet. He stressed to me that I was different. My uncle’s voice was so filled with joy and laughter. Even in the face of fear and disappointment. I know this because my uncle broke my state of shyness and anxiety from the first moment he saw me.

My uncle taught me many things, communication being the most important. He taught me how to carry a conversation. Uncle Ernie’s tactics of speech definitely rubbed off of me. I used to be very quiet and listen to what others say. Uncle Ernie would start a conversation with a joke, to comfort everyone’s soul, and then would end it with words of wisdom from his heart and mind. He definitely contributed to my growth as a young man.

God, in deed, works in mysterious ways. And as I grow day-by-day, I notice that I draw from some of his attributes in myself, especially his love for music.

Although my times I spent with uncle were numbered, I still feel him everyday because he is with me. I feel comforted knowing that I can speak to him whenever I need to.
In these sad times of death and mourning, I pray we all come to understand that our loved ones continue to live through and with us–even though they are not here physically.

I know that my uncle ernie is earnestly with us.” –Kojo Sefa-Boakye

Here is another eulogy given by brother Asante Sefa-Boakye:

“It is indeed with a heavy heart that I write this tribute to my Uncle Ernie. However, with each passing there is life, which brings the chance to reflect on the joy his life brought and the legacy he will leave. During my time in Ghana, he made each day exciting with his humor and his vibrant personality. To me, he will forever live on in my heart and memory as a teacher who humorously taught me multiple phrases in Twi, (most famous of those being “I’m hungry/kwame dime” which became his endearing nickname for me). As I’m sure many can relate, there was never a dull moment or a time without laughter whenever in his presence. At any time I am able to light up a room and fill it with laughter, I know there is no question where I inherited this trait from. With his memory in my heart, I strive to make people smile and forget their worries as he was able to do effortlessly.”  –Asante Sefa Boakye

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Birthday Surprise!


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Today my dad, myself, and my two brothers surprised our mom. What she thought was Asante’s birthday was actually her [surprise] birthday. Not only did we surprise her with a cake but a new Marc Jones purse and perfume. She was totally surprised. This was my dad and my brothers’ way of saying “Thank You” to a wonderful and beautiful mom–and how much we appreciate you.

Happy Thanksgiving


 

Thanksgiving Dinner

#whatsprinceeating: “Chinese Take Out–Pork Fried Rice and Boneless Ribs”

Happy Thanksgiving, from my Home to yours! And a special Happy Thanksgiving to my family back home in California. I’ll be spending my thanksgiving at home with my law school books and a tale of Sherlock Holmes to keep me company. Remember to give thanks for what we have (and not we desire) and to the people who helped us along the way.

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Prince in the City w/ Asante Sefa-Boakye, Water Polo Team Captain and Student at Cal-Lutheran University


In this interview I get to really connect with my little brother Asante and learn just how he went from sitting on the bench to being team captain in the rigorous sport called “Water Polo”.

Asante started playing water polo when he was in 8th grade–and at that time, he says, he really wasn’t the most “athletic” individual in the water. Backpacking off of his older brother, Asante did everything he could to avoid getting in the water. However, it would not be until a few laps around the block with his team, which he always he came in last, that he decided to turn his life around and be the best athlete that he is today.

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“Never give up and keep working hard. The more work you put in, the more reward you will get in the end; it will pay off. Everything does work out in the end.”

Today Asante is training for his last water polo season at Cal Lutheran University this fall, as Team Captain, where he is also completing his major in Psychology.

 

His future aspirations is to play pro at either Australia or Spain!

If you wish to contact him for training tips or comic routine advice, you can do so via Facebook at www.facebook.com/asante.sefaboakye

For more people and politics you can also go to my radio show “Prince in The City” at www.urbusinessnetwork.com

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