11 Dec 2015

Blind Belief!

"Touch not my anointed. And do no harm to my prophet." --- Psalm 105:15

You will often hear this quotation whenever somebody tries to question the works of a "man of God." Many false preachers of our time are hiding behind this biblical phrase to blindfold people. They call themselves the anointed ones and tag the rest of us as the gullible candidates for hell if we refuse to heed their message.
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Once upon a time in South Africa, a self-acclaimed "man of God" made his followers to eat green grass, claiming it was a revelation from God. It was not long when this same man made his congregation to consume live snakes with the promise that the snakes will taste like chocolate (such weird promise) because God revealed it to him!

I wonder what on earth would make someone in their right senses to believe in these kinds of revelations. It is clear in the Bible that many false prophets will arise when the world is finally about to end. Could it be that we are finally in the last days? Could it also be that people are ignorant or they just don't care?


A pastor was also seen on live television in Ghana stamping on the belly of a pregnant lady all in the name of delivering her from evil spirits. At another time, he went and attacked a radio station with a carpenter's crowbar because the panelists were discussing some of his nefarious acts on the station. And in the process of forcing his way into the radio station, destroyed several property belonging to the station. And I asked, where is humility and forgiveness? When is God supposed to take over as the judge?

Considering all these people who parade on our streets and the media as "anointed men and women of God", it is true we are in the last days. And in the last days, just as the Bible says, many false prophets will appear from nowhere and lead many (believers) astray using the name of Jesus the Christ. Some will even say they are the Christ. Others will say if you say anything negative about their modus operandi you will surely be a candidate for hell.


But, why do people who claim to preach God's message scare their congregants into believing them? And why are people too afraid these days? What happened to searching the scriptures and finding the truth?

Let's discuss.

21 Nov 2015

Make Black Lives Matter

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, some people are asking why Africans seem to be sympathizing with France when they have witnessed more of such killings at home by similar insurgent groups as al-Shabab, Boko Haram and the like but did not show such sympathy.

They label such people as being hypocritical because all lives matter, be they Indian, French, African, British or any other life for that matter. In the Charlie Hebdo attacks early this year, European leaders gathered in France to show solidarity with that country. Surprisingly, African leaders were not in that picture.
Terrorist attacks in Kenya
Image Courtesy of Wikipedia.org
By the way, who prevented African leaders from gathering to sympathize with each other in times of disaster? Why do African leaders think they should be spoon-fed every time? Should the European leaders come to sympathize with Africans before we learn to sympathize with each other? If our lives actually matter, why are our leaders sitting aloof and allowing terrorism to thrive in leaps and
bounds? When all continents are working round the clock to safeguard the lives of their citizens, what are our leaders in Africa doing? They will rather steal state resources than ensuring security of citizens.

Let's also not forget what happened in South Africa some few months back with the xenophobic attacks on fellow black Africans. Lives that mattered were lost.

Besides, hunger is devastating many households in Africa. Many children whose lives we claim matter to us are dying every day from hunger and thirst. What have we done to stop that?


My question is, if black lives indeed matter to us, why do black people continue to kill each other because of politics? If black lives matter to us, why do we wait for people to suffer and die so we can later organize a grand funeral performance when we can help them live by spending less?

What do you think about this? Share your thoughts here.

Mahama's "Changing Lives" Message

President Mahama's speech during his "Changing Lives" tour, in which declared boldly that only people who have been presidents are those who can label his administration as 'incompetent', is not a message I would ever expect the whole president of my nation to ever give to citizens.


The president's supporters have come to his defence, saying the president was directing his message at the opposition party's running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. I however think there is more to it than simple message to members of the opposition party, the NPP. I think members of the opposition are first and foremost Ghanaians and therefore have a bonafide right to tell the president of their country how they feel about the way he runs the country's affairs.

President John Mahama
The president is intentionally denying the citizenship of members of the opposition NPP.
If you can say stalwarts of the opposition New Patriotic Party are not fit to criticize the president of their country because they are in a political group, who am I, an ordinary member of society, to criticize him?

Mind you, I have also "never been anywhere near the presidency." I am just a mere public sector worker whose voice only gets heard if I am frustrated to go on strike. Why do you think I, instead, would be in a better position to criticise the president? I have also not been anywhere near the presidency before.

So why does the president think I am rather in a better position to assess his performance than other Ghanaians in other political parties, whom I consider as stalwarts  when it comes to politics in our country? Could it be because I can easily be confused and convinced to accept all the lies he may tell me?

26 Oct 2015

Agriculture: A Solution To Extreme Poverty

It has always been said that about 70% of people in Northern Ghana are engaged in farming one way or the other. Most policy makers know this fact. They also know the impact it can make at minimizing rural poverty and reverting rural-urban migration. The problem, however, is the lack of willingness to take steps to ensure its viability in this area.
Image Courtesy of The World Bank


We have a system of governance where budgets are drawn just for people working in a ministry. Nothing tangible is done to support struggling subsistence farmers. Governments often boast about fertilizer subsidies. What they may not know (or pretend not to know) is that such subsidized fertilizers don't often reach the targeted beneficiaries. Some of those entrusted with the sole duty of distributing fertilizers either sell them to make cash for themselves or discriminate in their distribution based on political party lines.

Many people who should know better are not willing to use their knowledge to bring the needed positive change to the situation of northern Ghana. They are busy grabbing whatever they can lay hands on, including government approved funds designated for key projects!

A case in point is the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority's (SADA) allocation whose funds were grossly misapplied and no tangible project has been completed. These were funds entrusted into the hands of people of northern Ghana extraction who were supposed to have known and seen the state of abject poverty in the area better. Up to date, the joke still remains that some of the guinea fowls that were being reared as part of the authority's projects have flown to Burkina Faso and remained there.

If we are really serious about developing agriculture, we should make it attractive in the first place by providing the basic resources needed for commercial farming. Farming machinery should be readily available at affordable prices for hiring to farmers. Fertilizers should be subsidized and made sure they reach the intended beneficiaries and not party henchmen. Over-reliance on natural rain should be revised.

Artificial rain should be possible if natural rain stops. We have an agrarian economy and must be able to invest in new technology if it would improve our economic figures and reduce food scarcity. An all year round farming season can be possible with dams and land for irrigation farming.

Last but not least, there should be ready market for farm produce all year round. With all or 80% of these in place, many youth will gladly go into farming and those already in it will expand and make better yields. In the end, poverty will be forced back into its hole.

What do you think about agriculture's role in ending extreme poverty in Africa?

24 Oct 2015

Borders: A Bother To African Unity?

The thoughts shared by most Africans is  that the white man is the cause of our numerous problems. We believe the white man's partitioning of Africa is the cause of our African disunity which I partly agree with. I think we are the cause of our own problems. How long have we been 'independent'?

The white man is no longer ruling us but the borders he erected are still there. We are those now tightening security at our various borders which the white man created. We are those still keeping the borders in place and adding more every day.


First OAU Leaders
The African continent was not a united and properly structured one
before the dominance by the white supremacists.
By the way, was Africa united before the coming of the white man? I don't think so. If we were, we would have been able to ward off white dominance on our land when they first tried to settle on it.

How long are we going to continue to blame the white man for our problems? I think it is about time we look internally for solutions to the problems we face instead of always finding an easy way out by blaming others. If I may ask, was it the white man who taught us how to retard each others progress? Did the white man teach us greed and selfishness?


The African man is always ready and open to the white man than a fellow black man. Meanwhile, the reverse is not true. We can't even hesitate to disclose to the white man what our next-door neighbor does which gets us vexed.

And the most interesting thing about it all is that, we now prefer to spend our holidays and weekends in the white man's land. We seek healthcare there. We go there to borrow money for petty things which we could do on our own with the right thinking and attitude. We prefer what the white man does and how he does it than our own ingenuity.

People we once labelled as being enemies are those we now go for advice on how to lead. We never consider a brilliant idea from a fellow black man unless it is backed by the white man. We are patient to listen to the white man when he talks but rude to a fellow black man.

Is the white man the cause of bad leadership in Africa? What do you think about the problem of African unity?

17 Oct 2015

The Secret Is Being Content

We sometimes worry about what we don't have without taking time to assess what it would take to have that. Instead of thanking God for what we have, we get worried about what we lack and forget that we have something valuable to thank God for.

Consider the following scenarios:


Scenario One: Kelly And Ama

KELLY: "What I wouldn’t give to have Ama’s perfect figure! Just look at her striding majestically down the street. I’m guessing she should be about 35 yet she has the body of a 20 year old. I on the other hand look like an inflated balloon thanks to my kids. Having 3 kids took a great toll on my once amazing figure. I truly love my kids but I wish I had Ama’s figure as well."

AMA: "I get so green with envy whenever I see Kelly with her family. She has a loving husband, 3 beautiful kids and a good job. What do I have? Just a job. I have no one to come home to, no Ä·ids to call me ‘mummy’ . Almost all my friends are married with kids yet here I am, a spinster at age 36 . How I would like to be Kelly for a day, just to know what it feels like to have kids and a loving husband."

Scenario Two: Joe And Nkum

JOE: "There goes Mr.Nkum. Owner of a conglomerate- one of the country’s millionaires. Rumor has it that he is so wealthy he can can buy Maserati for all 26 million Ghanaians yet still have more than enough to last him a life time. Ha! What I could do with just a fraction of his wealth. I am the C.E.O of a carpentry shop. Yeah! even if I have only 2 workers i’m still the boss so I am a C.E.O too! I haven’t had a contract for the past 3 months. The chamber and hall I call home keeps getting smaller with the birth of each child and guess what? Baby number 6 is on it’s way. It wouldn’t hurt to be in Mr.Nkum’s shoes at all. With all that money I am certain my family and I would finally know what true happiness is."


MR. NKUM: "You only realise how limited money is when it cannot buy life. I have barely 3 months to live and it kills me to know that there is nothing I can do to save myself. I used to think poverty was worse than death but now that death is staring at me in the face, I beg to differ. I would gladly be Joe, the carpenter down the street and live in abject poverty , rather than die. Waiting for death is worse than death itself."

Scenario Three: Jane And Ewurabena

JANE: "Months into the semester yet I haven’t been able to afford a decent weave or braids- I almost never have enough money . The worst part is that I have to constantly sit in class with Ewurabena who changes her hairstyle every 2 weeks. Goodness! Her braids look so beautiful. That must have cost at least GHC 100. That amount of money could do wonders for my hair. Really! I could braid twice (yeah, my ghetto hairdresser charges very little). This world is simply unfair!"

EWURABENA: "I am the epitome of ‘brenya’ (local slang for someone who has little hair) . It’s as though my hair grows a quarter of an inch every 6 months. Jane is so hairy! She has such silky straight hair she could sell it to the less fortunate like me. Braiding and wearing weaves all year round is hard work. The heat is unbearable! If I had such fine hair as Jane, I would never cover it up!"

Sometimes the shoes you are dying to be in are much more tighter and uncomfortable than they actually look. The grass that looks so green on the other side might just be an illusion. Nothing is perfect, we all have our challenges. Wear your own shoes and keep walking. They might get comfortable with time.

19 Apr 2015

Games African Leaders Play

Africa is one continent which is well endowed with all the natural resources an individual can ever think of. This continent is sometimes referred to as the home of all mankind as it is believed that humanity originated from this great continent.

Despite the numerous blessings from the Almighty One, laziness and the reluctance to try something new has left us in a poverty situation. The leaders always try to play on the intelligence of the masses by deliberately associating with them during election years and yet do nothing to bring them out of their situation after winning the elections.
Bad leadership in Africa is a cultural problem. Image Courtesy Slideshare

They send their children to the best schools abroad, seek medical attention abroad, spend their holidays abroad, and live luxurious lives at the expense of the poor masses who pay taxes with their meager sums just to make tomorrow brighter. I then ask myself: why don't they want to be treated in our health facilities? Or the facilities we have are not up to standard? Are they indirectly telling all of us to always fly out if we want? Or they are just undermining what we have because they are considered 'big' to be treated here?


By the way, who is supposed to bring them up to the standard they want? Are they not the managers of our taxes? All they do is buy expensive cars and accumulate wealth for themselves and their families.

I think if we want to see any change in this, we would have to all say "no" to injustice on the part of these few groups who call themselves leaders. We have to sit up and learn that they are always playing games with us and our future. let's avoid acts of lawlessness and wars, and do something better and meaningful to help ourselves out of our despicable situation and forget about these people who parade themselves as our leaders but can't tell us where they are taking us.


The revolution begins with us the youth. One person refusing to be deceived is a step forward toward eliminating bad leadership in Africa. Let your vote and your voice count. Africa must rise!

What do you also make of African leaders and their role in our development as a continent? Share your thoughts.

18 Apr 2015

Political Mind Games

Ghanaians are currently facing an economic and energy crisis like never before in the history of our nation. Some say it is not the cause of the current political administration. They say it is a result of several years of neglect of the energy sector by successive governments. Others say it is this administration's lack of honesty and deceit that has left us in the current quagmire.

I think both may be right. We are currently experiencing the consequences of lack of foresight and under-investment in our energy sector over the years. But, I also think governments are elected to solve problems and not just identify the problems. If the current administration had done its bit, the problem would not have been so dire.


However, instead of doing what they are supposed to do to alleviate the situation, political leaders and henchmen are blaming past political administrations for not doing one thing or the other. What they forget is that, if all was rosy under those past administrations they would never have tasted power again in the history of their existence.

By the way, that's not the import of this article. I want to discuss the mind games that politicians play with us, especially during or near election years.
The more we continue to sell ourselves for cheap, the more
politicians will continue bargaining to buy our conscience
at an even cheaper price.
Many of us are always happy these days to hear that the government wants to buy enough electricity from neighbouring countries when we are to enjoy Christmas or Easter holidays. They tell us they don't want our celebrations to be marred with the "dumsor" we are currently facing in the country. They will go to any extent to get us enough power to 'waste' during these times. They would want us to always clap for them for doing a 'marvelous job' and 'working for us' because they care so much about our welfare. They will however not be able to get us just enough power to save patients lives in our various health facilities. They will not bother to get enough power to sustain the various industries that are folding up each passing day.

Just recently, government trained some people in hairdressing and soap making through the Livelihood Empowerment and Skills Development Programme (LESDEP). All these require electricity to operate to stay afloat. But, the government is not at all interested in providing the needed electricity to help them stay in business. It prefers to waste taxpayers money to train people who will end up sitting at home because there is no electricity to work.

I have come to know that government is providing enough electricity on holidays not because they care so much about our welfare (as they would want us to believe). I think it is because they won't be able to withstand the hot and dry conditions that we are going through during the holidays when the lights go off. And they won't be able to brag about 'working for you' when it is clear that they are working, at worst, against us.


Another mind game is the way our politicians always debate on the floor of parliament when issues which should be of benefit to the rest of us are raised. They will always swear fire and brimstone, all in the name of ensuring the right thing is done. They do this to make us think they are so much concerned about this nation. On the other hand, they keep mute and move with one accord when issues relating to their comfort are raised. Maybe, it is only things which are of benefit to the ordinary man that require due diligence.

Do yo realize there is always an upsurge in the number of new and often uncompleted projects in the country whenever elections are approaching. When it is time for elections, politicians in power desperately begin several projects with the aim of deceiving us to get votes so they can remain in power. After winning the elections, these projects come to a halt until the next election. They think we are so illiterate, dumb, and ignorant to know their schemes.
Political lies
A lie repeated continuously becomes politics, a repetition of lies.

Politicians will continue to use your ignorance of your rights to certain things to serve their personal interests.

I have also seen many politicians come on our airwaves to attack and insult each other with unprintable words. They appear so aggressive, making us believe they are arch rivals or even enemies. We end up taking on these behaviors and exhibiting same in our private discussions. After shouting and insulting each other on the airwaves, they meet in restaurants and bars to socialize. Those who don't know this are left with bitterness for each other. They fight because of politics and divisions exist. The work of the politician then becomes easier. The 'divide and conquer' rule then works well for them.

You may think they are so mean by their nature with their modus operandi but it is not true. A people will get the kind of leaders that suit them. If we have a hypocritical society, we are sure to get hypocritical leaders since the leaders are part of our society. A society cannot breed corrupt individuals and still expect diligent and accountable leadership. It doesn't work that way in any society. Life doesn't discriminate. It will give you more of what you practice.

What do you make of these behaviors of politicians? Share your thoughts here.

9 Apr 2015

Can We Stop Electing Idiots?

 Politics was once understood to be about more than winning power and serving special interests. Aristotle said governments which "aim at the common advantage are correct and just... whereas those which aim only at the advantage of the rulers are deviant and unjust.
The above quote is from the Huffington Post. Click to read the rest here .

I read an article from The Guardian website today and was amazed at the things people think about politicians. They are not the most knowledgeable people. They are just confident folks. Where they get their confidence from still remains a wonder to me. People would think that intelligent people should be the most confident but it is not true. Intelligent people rather look timid! They always want to speak the truth. On the other hand, unintelligent people feel confident and persuasive. They are comfortable with all manner of people.
Political idiots
If a country is run by idiots, what do you expect to go right in that country?


It has been said in some quarters that most politicians are idiots. Hence, they can convince the masses to follow any path with least resistance.

During the times we were lucky to have intelligent people tell us the truth, we crucified them without thinking. We don't want to hear the truth. We want to hear things that appeal to our emotions. We even go further to castigate intelligent people in defense of idiots. We are okay with the mediocrity that surrounds us as a people. We will resist the facts and rather listen to myths. We will insult people with tangible solutions to our problems but hail those who engage us in trivialities. What is wrong with us?

Maybe, it is all not our fault. Maybe, it is because the truth is bitter. Maybe, we were conditioned to not accept truth and intelligence. Maybe, we are just making do with what we have aplenty. We cannot entirely be blamed for how we do things, including electing politicians to high office.

But the truth is that we can't elect idiots and expect improved living conditions. We can't continue to elect idiots and still be too expectant of them. Confidence without intelligence is useless to a man in trouble. He may know he would get out of it, but is not assured of the time. He lacks foresight. His confidence is blind.


That is why we should stop electing people who only appeal to our conscience; people who think you are like them only when they need you to vote for them. That is why we should stop allowing ourselves to be treated like idiots by idiots.

What do you think? Share your thoughts here.

7 Apr 2015

The Gloom Of The Black Stars

I am not a big fan of football. I used to tell my friends that it was because of our national team, the Black Stars, that I watch football. I had no team apart from the Black Stars of Ghana. But recently, with the manner in which resources are wasted on the team, I have decided to withdraw my support for the team for the time being while I watch things unfold. I don't think it is wise to continue supporting the Black Stars of Ghana at this time.
Image - Black Stars of Ghana
The Black Stars of Ghana have not won any silverware over the past
three decades despite the huge investments we put in them.


We gain nothing concrete as a nation from our team. We are also getting too emotional without being objective and hence cannot track how much lavish spending is done on the Black Stars. Can you imagine spending $5.8m on a tournament that is only worth $1.5million? The last time I checked, football was business.

The ‪road linking Navrongo, Sandema, Fumbisi and Gbedembilisi (where most of our rice farming in Northern Ghana is done) needs less than half of this amount to make it less stressful to ply. Pupils who study under trees and risky venues need lesser to kiss their problems bye.

I also remember in 2013 the president said "the meat is down to the bone" and  blamed it on the public sector's "huge" wage bill. Just imagine how many public sector workers wages could be paid throughout the year with the money spent on the Black Stars for their mediocre performances they continue to render.

If I continue to support the Black Stars, all the meagre resources we have as a nation will be diverted to their welfare by our politicians, all in the name of national pride. What use is glory to a suffering mass? If I continue to support the Black Stars of Ghana, my salary arrears may never be paid and my community may never get potable water to drink.


If I continue to support the Black Stars, it may show that I am indirectly rendering support to corruption in my dear nation. Why? No account has been rendered on the resources we entrust to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

I will therefore continue to withhold my support for our Black Stars team until it regains its focus and is willing to play for pride and not just the money; until the Ghana Football Association, the Ministry of Youth and Sports comes to the realization that the team cannot be supported on empty stomach and in darkness; until the politicians stop the unnecessary wastage and corrupt practices all in the name of football and national pride.

What is your take on this matter? Do you think the attention given to the Black Stars is worth it? Share your thoughts here.

5 Apr 2015

My Difficulty With Abbreviated Writing

I know many of my social media friends will not want to hear this. But I think it will help someone out there understand me and how I hold conversations online. Apart from helping you get sharper at spelling and grammar, writing words in full can make you feel confident of yourself.
Image - Shorthand alphabet
These days, we call abbreviated writings as shorthand writings. These are the
letters of the alphabet in shorthand writing which is totally different from what
we know. Image Courtesy: Youtube

"Shorthand" is one of the common ways of writing these days, if not the commonest. It is common these days, especially with social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+. However, I find that it is not helping me due to several reasons:


  • I find it very difficult to read:
Since it is difficult for me to read, it is probably difficult for others too. There is no approved abbreviations list to follow. There is no defined order too. Hence, reading it becomes difficult and results in guessing. Guessing is not always good.
  • I am not fluent in the English language:
I am still a learner. I want to be fluent in this language as much as I can. I believe writing words in full will help my spelling and improve my writing. Not only that, writing words in full will be easy for people to read what I write and not misinterpret the message I'm conveying to them.
  • My audience is unlimited:
I can't specifically tell which people would read what I write. School children who look up to me may be disappointed that I can't spell certain words and therefore hide behind unapproved forms of abbreviation. I will be utterly embarrassed if I should hear such things being said about me.


  • I don't want to appear lazy in my conversations:
Some people may think I'm lazy to write or chat with them online because I'm writing things in abbreviated forms which make 'no sense' to them. They may think I'm not worth chatting with.
  • I'm not a computer 'illiterate':
I know my keyboard well. I know that 's' and 'e' are not far off. I rather find it difficult typing 'c' and 'x'. I will therefore find it very difficult to write a 'c' instead of 'see' in a chat. If you are good at typing, you will love to type words in full.

Instead of using unapproved abbreviations which are difficult to understand, I use summary (as thought in secondary school) to summarize long messages. This is me. I don't know about you.

What do you make of using shorthand in conversations? Share your thoughts here.

2 Apr 2015

Choices That Matter

"Your choices determine who you will become in life. If you are good at making choices, you are sure to have a fruitful life. The opposite also applies."

In life, you don't need everybody to side with you to make the necessary impact. You also don't need a certificate to certify your life. Your thoughts and choices are the things that will certify your life.
Image - Making choices
Those who make good choices will smile at the end of the day while those
who don't will have their share of bitterness too.


In life, you also have to make choices along the road. What choices you make determine the kind of person you are or want to be. You may not be making the right choices all of the time. But you should always strive to make the choices you think speak to your inner being. After all, who determines the right choices?

Whether it is deciding to go on a walk, eating out, going for shopping or going for a drink, the choices you make define your personality and focus in life.

Someone who allows his or her choices to be influenced by other people's choices is not wise and has become a slave to them. If you also allow your negative circumstances to influence you when taking decisions, you will end up taking wrong decisions wrong. And the wrong decisions, taken consistently, can lead your life in a direction you never wished to go.

So, try to be positive when taking decisions or making choices. Don't think people with higher degrees and many certificates have all the wisdom to make choices for you. You are an individual and should make your own choices.

17 Mar 2015

The Ghosts Of Northern Ghana

"So how come you guys can sleep and roam in the night without being haunted by the ghosts and witches that abound in your neighborhood?"

If you've ever had a conversation about nightlife in Northern Ghana with a non-Northerner, this will probably be one of the questions you are likely to be quizzed on.
Image - Ghost
Ghosts are alleged to be so rampant in the northern part of Ghana. Some even
assume they can be seen in daylight. Image Courtesy: Medical Daily

I was roaming one night with friends. The whole place was dark, except for houses with solar lanterns and rechargeable lamps. The power grid went off due to the ongoing load shedding programme, and the moon hadn't appeared yet.
We were just roaming in our neighborhood during the early hours of the night [between 8 - 9 pm]. A friend voiced that he was feeling sleepy and wanted to go home. We went to see him off. We were three in number by then.


After seeing our friend off, myself and my other friend turned to go back into the street. On our way back, my friend who was in front began reducing his steps. I realized it and asked why. He refused to answer. He rather suggested that I lead the way. Upon my insistence, he told me there was something on our way. He didn't know what it was. When I entreated that we move closer to see what it was, he refused, saying that he would not risk his life. When I decided to take the lead towards the unknown object, he was still standing behind, with no attempt to follow up.

There was some strangeness as I approached the object. The closer I get to the object, the more it veers off the road into the bush. What could it possibly be? I wondered. Certainly, it was not an animal, considering its structure. I was frightened for the first time when the thought of ghosts crossed my mind.

But there we were, in the middle of the road and in the bush. There was no escape from danger, I thought. If we remain still, another object might also come from behind, and the two will cage us in. The only way was to just move forward. So I said to myself, "All die be die!" I turned and told my friend, "If we will die, we will surely die this night and if we will be heros, this was a time to act heroic! We can't just stand still in the midst of this road at this time of night." He began taking slow steps towards me.

I then mustered enough courage and took further steps towards where the object was standing. My friend followed behind me with an alertness to run in case the unknown object decides to chase us.

Slowly we approached where the object was standing. We finally got to where the object was, and to our utter surprise, someone called my name and asked where we were returning from at that time (around 10:30 pm).


I recognized the voice immediately and called out his name too. It was a friend who had come to attend to nature's call in the bush. We talked for some time before leaving him to return later. The phobia had left us and we returned to our former selves. Immediately we left the scene, my friend behind uttered some words saying, " This guy paaa. He nearly made me collapse. How can you come that far for "free range?"" It seems the guy heard him and giggled.

After the incident, I began thinking about this kind of experience in the shoes of a stranger. His suspicion of abundance of ghosts in Northern Ghana would have been 'confirmed' because the guy would not have known him to call out his name and talk to him. He would then have gone to spread the falsity to all his friends, and they too, to their friends and their friends to their friends and so on till it gets back to us.

What do you make of the perception of ghosts in northern Ghana? Share your thoughts here.

31 Jan 2015

African Footballers: Playing For Pride?

African footballers now only play for their national teams because of what they can get from their nation. There are a few patriotic players though, who are contributing their widow's mite to the development of the game. Meanwhile, the majority of them are really after the cash and luxurious treatment that comes with playing for their nation. They will never spare a dime. They are 'money hungry' than the average man.

When you ask footballers these days why they would not endeavor to sacrifice for their nation considering the numerous financial challenges, they are bold to tell you that they are not philanthropists. A case in point is the Brazil 2014 contingent of Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria. Meanwhile their colleagues from Greece and Germany are forfeiting their bonuses to be used for other urgent needs at home.
Image - Football
Some Ghanaian players were seen kissing their winning bonuses in
Brazil but did not perform well in the next match.


They had to protest at Brazil over failure of their governments to deliver cash in their hands. They refused to train for their matches. They fought with officials who were supposed to oversee their welfare and comfort. Even the officials were not left out of the fray. Suspicious deals and blatant lies to spend the nation's hard earned money were witnessed.

And when they finally got it, they were seen on the television kissing bundles of dollar cash! Yes. At a time we passed a law against exportation of dollar denominated cash above $10,000. The president of the nation was the first to break the law with a $3million (and more) exportation with all the foreign taxes involved to satisfy the greed of these footballers.

Even with all that, their performance was so abysmal to a point that players were scoring own goals. I guess that's why they will, on any day, prefer to play for their clubs and neglect their countries of birth.

Where did we go wrong with our support for African football? I mean the African passionate football supporters! What do we get out of the booty? Heartaches and injuries.

Many people cannot afford some basic needs, but the politicians don't care. They are rather interested in abstract activities to line their pockets.We lack potable water and cannot afford the huge electricity bills per month. Gas runs short. Fuel runs short. And yet, as if they've connived with our insensitive and callous politicians, they come making huge demands about appearance fees and winning bonuses!


All we get is scorn. They think they are serving us by carelessly spending our meager taxes. They think it is those of us complaining about the huge expenditure that should be their supporters and fans. They will never think about whether we have had some balls of kenkey in our bellies.

What they are failing to realize is that, no one eats football. We the supporters gain nothing by watching them play apart from satisfying our egos for an hour and a half. They (the players) enjoy from football. So, why must we be held to ransom when we don't get anything from them? When they don't get the last pesewa of their winning bonuses, they play carelessly. The money football generates for this nation goes into the coffers of the football association.

What does the government get to help it offer basic amenities to citizens? Nothing! Any little effort to get some of the money given to the football association by FIFA gets interpreted as political interference in football matters.

So, what at all do we get from football, which sometimes raises our blood pressures whenever Ghana is playing? What we are failing to get across to these footballers is that, there are workers in this country who work for several years and yet don't get up to what they get from this nation within a 90-minute period.

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