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
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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?