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Nkrumah’s Ghana

So I asked myself is this Nkrumah’s Ghana?

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… The search for Ghanafuo. part 1

Where is he/she? I asked and asked and asked again, but no one seems to know who he/she is or where he/she is. The other day I was in a taxi and the driver referred to him/her again. In fact it was just one of the numerous times he/she has been referred to in a conversion regarding the our mother land Ghana.

Instances when people refer to him/her:

  • He/she is the Ghanaian who does the wrong thing but is never found out e.g. throwing of refuse in gutters, drives carelessly on our roads, steals the countries money in the name of politics #GYEEDA.
  • He/she is the Ghanaian asked not to do anything untoward to put the peace of the nation in jeopardy. #Supreme Court nsem nsem.
  • He/she is the Ghanaian who cast ‘wrong’ ballot to bring to power that political party that is the cause of our problems.
  • It is only Ghanafuo who sits in a trotro waits for thirty minutes for the bus to be full, immediately the driver starts the trotro then he/she calls for plaintain chips seller 🙂
  • Bottom line he/she is the Ghanaian we cannot trust to do the right thing.

We are always quick to refer to him/her when we want someone to blame. He/she has become to us what Satan is to Christians, the cause of their problems.

Despite these characteristics of Ghanafuo, I think he/she has some pluses, indeed I think they outweigh the minuses stated above.

I’v been searching for Ghanafuo for a long time now. I have no clue where, when or how I’ll find him but I know “Insha Alla :)”. I shall find him/her some day soon.

Until then wait for the pluses of Ghanafuo in the The search for Ghanafuo part 2.

And so my search continues abated.

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Politicians Or Statesmen

“A seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power than about maintaining principles.” This is the definition of a politician according to http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/politician.

All this while I was wondering what the secret was. Whether it was the politics that make people greedy or the profession has a greater affinity towards greedy people. That is not to say there are no genuine politicians, there are statesmen out there. Problem is the genuine ones keep reducing in number each passing election year.

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So I’ve been wondering what the catch is really. Is it the GHS7000 (with upward adjustment), mouthwatering ex gratia, state protocol, GHS50, 000 tax free rent allowance or the car allowance. Perhaps the fact that they occupy the zenith of the social strata – exactly as one MP shamefully justified.

Stories are told of people (problem solvers, politician) who become all sentimental (I care for you), visionaries (free SHS), problem solvers (having solutions to all our economic and social problems), God fearing (The battle is the Lords), the people’s man. Not to mention others who visit their constituencies almost always until they win an election then the game plan changes.

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Immediately these people win an election, there is a whole paradigm shift in their thinking and attitude. They become unreachable princes and princess staying in their uptown castles with 24/7 electricity whereas the masses enjoy ‘dumso dumso’ 24/7. Interestingly there are more fruits in their body and hair creams than there are on somebody’s breakfast plate. They suddenly realized they are lawmakers and not constituency developers. If they are in opposition every government project is bad. If they are in power then their brilliant ideas fizzle into thin air and they realized the country doesn’t have enough in its coffers to develop the country.

In all these though one thing is certain, they enjoy all the goodies that come with the office (e dey bee ke ke) and don’t give a damn about the ordinary man (grass root) who got them in there in the first place. Slowly they become unanimous in their strategies to steal the nation’s wealth and drive the people into hardship. Their game plan? One party comes to power steals and get kicked out, then another party comes in steals and then is also kicked out and it continues ad infinitum.

Collectively they are not interested in solving our problems permanently because if that happens they’ll be out of business. Therefore they focus on make shift bridges and intermediary solutions that will come crumbling in a short while so that the people will come back to them again cup in hand while they and their cronies enjoy all the wealth.

This by no means suggests that there aren’t any good/genuine politicians out there. That’ll be doing injustice to the many men and women who set out to bring us this far as a country. Indeed stories are told of people who have put their lives on the line for our dear country and I think such people must be sought after and celebrated. But their efforts are nothing if there is no collective effort to bring about the change we so much desire. This is only possible when the good men and women of the land stand up on their feet and contest for the high offices of the land unless of course these offices repel good people.

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There are lots of Ghanaians who see through this gimmick or grand scheme or mockery of a democracy that our politicians practice in this country but unfortunately there are no alternatives to vote for. A word to the wise they say is enough.

May God bless our motherland Ghana now and forever more Amen

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a free country

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I asked a couple of  friends what the phrase ‘GHANA IS A FREE COUNTRY’ meant to them. Others say from their observations, it means “you do what ever you want, and you can get away with it”: explained further – in Ghana you can get away with anything (all manner of crimes) as long as you know that man who knows someone higher up. There is no respect for the rule of law anymore right from the top to the bottom.

Other thought it meant every citizen of the land is free to do whatever they like. So I asked, even if what they do was against the constitution of Ghana? Their answer, “this is Ghana anything is possible” very funny :). I am very sure if I were to go round the length and breadth of the country and asked the same question, there will be as many different answers as there are people who were asked.

Ideal Case

This is what I think though, a free country is one in which every citizen goes about  their business within the confines of the law and that their rights are respected as much as they respect the rights of others. This should be the ideal situation, unfortunately the reality is the exact opposite.

The Reality

Talk about the indiscipline on our roads: the unruly attitude of ‘trotro‘ and taxi drivers that go without due punishment day in day out. As for children’s attitude towards the elderly the least said about it the better. If ever you listen to our radio stations in the mornings, you’ll hear the abuse and insults some callers heap on our leaders. They justify it with freedom of speech – FREE COUNTRY :). I appreciate though that some of these leaders have not acted appropriately to deserve the respect of the citizenry.  Ah! do you remember that pot ‘bellied man’ who walked into the banking premises and  refused to join the queue (because he thought  he was a better person than the rest of us (chuckle)).  He walks up to the teller smiles at the pretty teller and passes his cheque to her. In a matter of seconds he’s off with his cash and the teller with her tip. Total disrespect for fellow human beings 😦 Why is it so? It is a FREE COUNTRY they say :). As for our civil servants, I wonder if it is stated in their appointment letters to close work after lunch break. What about the recently alleged manhandling of the Daily Guide journalist by the BNI?

Let me paint you a picture so that you can appreciate the situation better.

So a company advertises a job vacancy for three weeks, a couple of people apply for the vacant position. 10 are invited to the interview, 3 are shortlisted and invited to a second interview. Finally Kofi is given the job, immediately an appointment letter is sent to him via email asking him to start work immediately. Kofi is happy he informs his friends and girlfriend about his new job at the country’s capital, and as a result will be moving to the capital in the next day to commence work. He proceeds to write his resignation letter for submission for his previous employer. He remains adamant to leaving his current job despite all the pleas of his boss to remain with them.

You may be wondering where am going with this right? Kofi’s excitement lasted but for a day. He gets a call from his new employers the following morning at the VIP bus terminal when he was ready to board a bus to accra to commence work. He is asked to retract the resignation letter he submitted the previous day, why? Because the supposed employee whom he was to replace has been convinced by the CEO who resides in Canada to remain at post, hence they are sorry they can’t hire him HUH! surprised?

Don’t be, this is a FREE COUNTRY :). You wonder, can’t he seek redress? Well I don’t know about that in our law books. What I do know is that Kofi is back on the street together with the many unemployed graduates in Ghana – his former employers refused to take him back for obvious reasons. The company got away free of charge – FREE COUNTRY – after bringing Kofi’s career to an abrupt end.

On 6th March 1957, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah declared: “Ghana our beloved country is free forever”.

Conclusion

I don’t think the situation described above is what Dr. Kwame Nkrumah meant when he declared “Ghana our beloved country is free forever” on that fateful March 6th, 1957. We have pointed accusing fingers at governments for far too long. It is time to look within ourselves and deal with the problem on a personal level. I know in one way or the other we have contributed to this ‘FREE COUNTRY’ phenomenon. Do you remember when you dropped the empty water sachet out of the ‘trotro’ window? You remember that day you were late for that meeting and so boarded an already fully loaded trotro?  And finally when you made the guy jump the queue because he is your friend? I guess you are smiling now? They may seem insignificant but its impact cannot be over emphasized. What is your definition of a FREE COUNTRY? Is it in line with the vision of the founding fathers of this country? What are you doing about making this country truly  a FREE COUNTRY in which every citizen is happy and proud to be a part of – performing their duties without fear or favor? It will take time but I know we’ll get there if we try harder. Lets discuss it further. I’m out.

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