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.