My 2012 in review

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A review of my 2012, interesting things that happened not everything and I might have forgotten some. I’ll just summarize it, not in chronological order, just how it randomly comes to mind. I started this blog in April 2012 and so far, so good.

1. The AFCON 2012. I’m mentioning it not because Zambia won but because our best striker missed a crucial penalty (again) then Zambia scored and went ahead to win the AFCON.  After we lost, our Serbian coach was asked to give us reasons why we lost (as if we didn’t know) and he added insult to injury by coming up with a new theory; the players were using black magic on themselves. We all know black magic/African electronics and football but if we are paying that huge amount of money, give us a better excuse. Anyway he was sacked and replaced with a fellow black man who would understand the black magic stuff, hopefully.

2. The Judgement Debt saga starring Alfred Woyome and his Woyometic terms. Then everyone started claiming judgement debts, it was a really big issue. I don’t know if it has been resolved but clearly it didn’t have an effect on Ghanaians during the elections.

3. The Olympics 2012. Our athletes were supposed to make us proud by disappointing us and they did it, wonderfully too! Amazing how an athlete would be diagnosed with a kidney problem a day before her events would begin. The English showed us how opening and closing ceremonies are supposed to be done (Those people are just so cool).

5. The bird that came from the sky to run into a certain trotro on a rainy night. No one in the trotro survived the accident. Its surprising how plane would come and crush crash into a trotro. At least it didn’t hit one of the skyscrapers in Accra. A sad ending to a rainy day.

6. The Azonto reign continued, to be a musician in Ghana now, all you need is the Azonto tune, say a few words and you are there. People just want to dance, you can try it. As I always say, we will know the true musicians after the Azonto season is over. Till then, its Azonto fiesta forever!!

7. How can I forget DKB? To DKB someone: To use your left hand to slap someone till the person loses his/her bearings. It happened in the Big Brother Africa house, when our favorite comedian “funnily” slapped a lady who just wanted to see his “wanlov”.  Eazzy babe too  left her boyfriend in the house because the supply of Brazilian hair wasn’t enough for her, this worried him to the extent that he went on a “I won’t wash my boxers again” strike.

8. Yes, the entertainment scene has made me remember the BET cypher where our beloved Sarkodie went to say he was the missing ingredient in the meal, the irish cream. And we still wonder why the whites think Africa isn’t developed. How would they think we are developed when they think we use irish cream to cook? But on the good side, it was a great year for the best rapper in Ghana, he won many awards and got a verified twitter account. Well done.

9. It’s strange how we made it to the end of the year because the year was supposed to end twice. In May and in December, both of them swerved us. Maybe in a parallel universe somewhere, the world has actually ended so let’s not make fun of it. ok?

10. Then the Melcom building collapsed, another sad event. A building that was up for less than a year came tumbling down like a poorly arranged castle of cards. As usual, everyone wanted to be there and report the event, instead of allowing the police to do their work, they came to stand around watching, with the various poses of putting their hands on their heads and crying and screaming and taking pictures. But some lives were saved, and for that we thank God. Another melcom shop caught fire in swedru too. Hmmm

11. The politican/comedian/pharmacist Ayariga, the man who trended on twitter. He made the IEA presidential debate worth watching. I honestly don’t remember what was said there, all I know is Ayariga dropped some serious lines at the debate. My favorite was his thoughts about corruption “You know free shs is not possible yet you say you will implement free shs, that is corruption”. He had a good aim, to become president of Ghana but he lost terribly, better luck next time? Let’s hope so.

12. Elections 2012 was a major event in the country,same as the other elections that have happened. A lot of things happened from the campaign period to the voting and the turn out recorded was high. At the end of the day, the “peaceful” election turned someway and has become a court issue but let’s hope peace will prevail.

13. Finally, For the first time in this republic, the sitting president died. It had been rumored many times that he was dead, but the news on that fateful Tuesday was real and sad. There was a peaceful movement from then on and his vice took over. Prof. John Fiifi Atta Mills rest in peace because you were a man of peace. We also lost a former vice president Alhaji Aliu Mahama. RIP to all the Ghanaians who lost their lives in the year 2012.

God bless Ghana, and I pray 2013 would be better than 2012.

A patriotic me,
Anonymous233

ps. This year, I am moving to a new level.

Long term parties, short term plans…

On the 6th of March, 1957, Ghana attained independence, thanks to the vision of our father, our first prime minister and our first president, the late Osagyefo Dr. (Francis) Kwame Nkrumah of blessed memory. He had a dream for Ghana, a long term vision and He fought for our independence from our beloved colonial masters, the British.

Kwame Nkrumah started setting the standard from there, building hospitals, roads, habours, the Akosombo dam,the Accra-Tema motorway, mining companies, etc. Yes, He had his faults but he was a man of vision unlike those who later assumed office after he was overthrown by a coup d’état. He should have checked to see if Ghanaians were ready to be independent. We have had visionless, selfish leaders since he was overthrown.

The British helped us to develop, even though they were also taking our natural resources. Structures like Korle Bu hospital still exist. The main reason I believe, we wanted the British to leave was so that we too could spend some of the money and satisfy our selfish desires. While the British liked hard work, most Ghanaians liked to laze around all day and get paid at the end of the month and they still do it. If you are in doubt, just enter one of the ministries and see government workers, sleeping, staking lotto or gossiping while the big men spend money ruthlessly.

Most of the structures Kwame Nkrumah built are still standing and are generating revenue for the nation.The politicians we now have only know how to lie, of course, and plan short term. They only think about today, and how they are going to win elections and win the following term also, so they start something for the people to see, the people then re-elect them to continue the “good work” which they will leave uncompleted. Then the load falls on the next person that assumes the position, he too will leave what that government started and set about deceiving us by starting some of his “promises”. Where will all these lead us? If Kwame Nkrumah had started the motorway or the Tema habour or the Akosombo dam and left them after 8 years, who would have continued it?

It should not be a matter of this party or that party,We should be looking at people who have plans for the nation because honestly, some of the politicians around have no plans for the nation, their only plan is to increase their bank balances with money the poor and average Ghanaian has paid as tax. Vision 2020? Vision middle income? What are those at all? When all what is being built are public toilets and roads that last for only 6 months? Free basic education? Free maternal health care? National health insurance scheme? Did the previous government even research well into these things before starting them? Or elections were drawing near and something was needed to boost the party’s image? Now this uncompleted project becomes a burden for the new government and those in the old government are going to say the new government could not complete it. Now the new government would not want to complete those projects because, one, its going slow down their project which would cut short their campaign message the next election period and, two, they won’t want to complete it because they fear the credit would go to the previous government. So the cycle continues, leaving a bunch of uncompleted projects making the nation an uncompleted one.

Look at Malaysia, who were also under the British and attained independence 31 August 1957, Oil palm is their main cash crop as compared to Ghana who has gold and cocoa just to mention a few, but Malaysia is far more advanced than Ghana. It’s very sad. Ghana needs politicians who have long term plans and we need to stop these partisan politics and think about what we are going to leave for the coming generation. Time wasting doing unnecessary things like arguing on the radio and arguing trivial politics is not going to take us anywhere.

Its like Ghana is still living the dream of Kwame Nkrumah, when will we have someone who will have his dream and move this country forward? We have been stagnant since independence. Vote wisely

A worried me, anonymous233