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An Interview with Akua Pipim
Welcome to The Tonight Show I'm your host Chung Lao.

Ahh yes, Kiara.  Where do I begin?  Akua (a DC native), is a person with a unique blend of style and wit.  She is a really interesting person to have a conversation with, she's quick on her feet, and has her head on straight to boot.....   

......although I must tell you, every 17 years, she gets the urge to run into the forest and capture cicadas.  Nice. 

Posted on May 31, 2004

Chung Lao:  Hey Akua, how are you?

Akua:  I’m fine

Chung Lao:  What does the name "Akua" mean?

Akua:   It is a traditional name for a girl born on Wednesday

Chung Lao:  Give us your take on George W. vs. John Kerry?

Akua:    Hmmm…….. I’m a bit biased, considering my absolute disdain for George dubbya’s ignorance and leadership style if you can call it that. I do not appreciate the way he avoids responding to questions by answering in a round-a-bout way; why not just say “I dunno” I wasn't prepped for that. It would be an honest answer. I also do not like the way he is using his so called “success as a leader” during 9/11 as a campaign strategy. What success!!??? So you found Sadaam hiding in a whole after just about blowing up every bit of the Middle East, using that to distract Americans from the real question at hand: where the heck is Osama Bin Laden (Side note: In my parents dialect – Twi. Ghost is Osaman hmmm… i.e. Osama is Ghost. lol I digress) As for John  Kerry, I’m not really sure how I feel about him. I am still trying to get past his face J

Chung Lao:  What do you think of

Akua:  I think it is an interesting, informative, and entertaining site with something for everyone.

Chung Lao:  Name some countries you would like to visit, and why.

Akua:  I would love to visit Greece, Monaco, South Africa, Japan, Bali, and Hawaii. Each place has a unique cultural and aesthetic aspect that I would love to experience.

Chung Lao:  Sources are telling me that you can cook.  What’s the lunch special?

Akua:  Hmmm.. what sources? No but I can cook a little somthin somthin, although breakfast is my specialty. 

Chung Lao:  So does that make you, or Ama, Queen of the kitchen?

Akua:  Ama is definitely a better/ more experienced cook but I wouldn’t call her the Queen ;-)

Chung Lao:  Do you agree/disagree with the sentencing for the serial snipers, John Allen Muhammed – Death, Lee Malvo – Life in Prison

Akua:  Personally, I feel like they are equally responsible for the shootings and should be equally punished. I kind of feel a little sympathy for Lee Malvo, considering he was heavily influenced by Muhammed: one of the adults in his life that he respected and looked up to that led him to this fate at such a young age.

Chung Lao:  Give us your take on interracial marriage.

Akua:  I love to see interracial couples. I think it is a beautiful union of diversity that has both advantages and disadvantages. Forget about all that pure race crap. (my apologies if I offend anyone) Ex: Advantages: gorgeous children who are able to experience and learn about diff. cultures; Disadvantages: possibility of family opposition; confusion with identity of children.

Chung Lao:  Define the ideal church, even if its not realistic.

Akua:  Wow, I have never been to one and I don’t think one exists; I would assume that it would be a church were the love of God is first and foremost and therefore allow everyone’s hearts to be fully opened to receive of the word of God, and worship is a willing offering that ushers the believers into the presence of the Lord.

Chung Lao:  What is the role of the woman of the house?

Akua:  To love, support, respect, and care for her husband and children

Chung Lao:  What is the role of the man of the house?

Akua:  To love, support, respect, protect, and provide for his wife and children

Chung Lao:  What is the role of the pets of the house?

Akua:  Don’t know I don’t have any.

Chung Lao:  I would like to conduct a shopping with Akua Pipim piece, similar to the shopping with Paul Moses adventure.  You game?

Akua:  Definitely, bring it on. The question is – are you ready for me?

Chung Lao:  Honey BBQ Ribs vs Krispy Kreme chocolate covered custard filled donuts.

Akua:  How about both?, but I only eat the original glazed Krispy Kreme’s (mouth watering at the thought J

Chung Lao:  Do you think that the trait of intelligence is passed down from parent to child, or is it an earned trait?

Akua:  I believe it’s learned

Chung Lao:  What are the most important things in life?

Akua:   Trite but true: God, Family (even the crazy ones), friends, and having fun & enjoying life.

Chung Lao:  If a girl punches a guy.  Is the guy then authorized to return fire?

Akua:  Uhh… no, I think not.

Chung Lao:  How long until Joe Gibbs brings the Vince Lombardi back to Washington?

Akua:  Vince who? I mean just because I watch the game by default (Dad & Kwaku vs. Akua) does’nt mean I’m actually paying attention.

Chung Lao:  Name your favorites:

 A.      Shampoo:  Pantene,Herbal Essences Fruit Fusions.              
 B.      Gum:  Trident strawberry breeze and Winter fresh.
 C.      Book(s):  Anything by Mary Higgins Clark andAtonement Child.              
 D.      Movie(s):  Sound of Music, Lord of the Rings, Bad Boys II, Monsoon Wedding,            and the Count of Monte Cristo.
E.      Car(s):  Land Rovers, Acura TL, and Audi’s.
F.       Planet:  Earth, it’s the only one I’m vaguely familiar with.  
G.      Store:  Target, the Limited, Victoria’s Secret, Arden B, Gap, and Express
H.     Restaurants:  Friday’s and Frankie’s (both in Ghana), Carolina Kitchen,                          Siri’s Thai cuisine, Mayor Mayol.
  I.       Actor(s):  Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Daymon Wayans, Lucille Ball, and                   Monique.

Chung Lao:  Are we living in the End Times?

Akua:  Yes, the signs are everywhere

Chung Lao:  Give us a fond memory of your Grandmother.

Akua:  After Grace and Vinod got married, she would go up to them every Sunday after church, smiling, laughing, and chanting, “Don Doh”.  I asked my Mom what in meant and she was like, “oh its just something we say to newlyweds”. I recently found out that it actually means, “You don’t know,” (hint: what are you getting into) but she did ;-)

Chung Lao:  Do you ever walk outside, look up at the stars, and dream?

Akua:  You can’t see any stars here!! lol but honestly, I can dream my most  imaginative dreams no matter where I am.

Chung Lao:  What is something you can’t stand in a person?

Akua:  Ignorance

Chung Lao:  Describe your ideal house.  

Akua:  Plenty of land, 5 bedrooms (all master style), with furniture from around the world, a large dining room and kitchen, with an indoor recreation room, and an outdoor inground pool.

Chung Lao:  What is the best way to witness about Christ? 

Akua:  Through your life and the way you treat others.

Chung Lao:  So how is your Ghanain coming along?  How about your Malayalam? 

Akua:  You mean Twi, (pronounced Tree) which is the dialect that we speak. I still understand more than I can speak. My Malayalam is minimal, I know the essentials.

Chung Lao:  “It’s been a long day at work, and as you step on to the green line train, and glide into your seat (with your handbag FIRMLY in your grip)  ;), all you can think about is a warm meal, and a warm bed.  As you lean your head against the rail and are about to drift off, you notice a strangely dressed, but familiar looking woman entering the train, and looking straight at you with wide eyes.  Sitting down right next to you, she begins a conversation.  “My name is Hannah” she says.  “Hi, I’m Akua, my mom’s name is Hannah too actually” you reply.  “I know” Hannah replies. 

“You Know?  What’s that supposed to mean?”  After some more conversation, you come to realize that the person you are talking to, Hannah, is actually your daughter.  She’s come back from the future to see the mother that she never knew.  The only thing is, she can only stay for a few minutes, before she is forced to travel back. 

Give us your thoughts.  What questions would you ask her?  

Akua:  Nice little insert about my purse lol (inside joke) Wow, I wouldn’t even know where to begin, I suppose I would ask her about the future, why she never met me. Then I would probably be a little suspicious of a women who tells she is from the future, and I’d have to rebuke that !! lol

Chung Lao:  Lastly, leave us with a parting thought.  

Akua:  Live life for God and no one else   

Chung Lao:  Thanks Akua.  Next up on The Tonight Show is Christopher M. 


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