” Let the thieves rule you”

Last night I read one of the best news items ever on citi fm. It wasn’t any complicated post about how the government is destroying the nation or some lies from a government official telling us how things are getting better; it was honest talk about how stupid those in government think we are. I liked it because I had two things in mind, either they didn’t know what was going on or they knew but were genuinely helpless. After yesterday I realized they know, they just don’t care enough. We are only useful to them during elections. The mystery has been solved.

Allow me to do some citizen journalism(Credit to Citi fm for the images).

Act 1, Scene 1.(Characters in this play are a work of fiction, every resemblance to actual people is pure coincidence)

You know these Imani guys are always complaining and giving their suggestions, bra Kofi was on his usual rant walking around the flag staff house in the hot sun, talking plenty;

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Unknown to him, he was disturbing uncle Stan’s air conditioned office. Uncle Stan told his fellow collegues, “These small boys and their too known,they can’t even be class prefects but they think they can win elections and rule a country”. He angrily went out to meet bra kofi and said;

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Bra Kofi was confused, he knew he was talking about lying, he didn’t think it had anything to do with winning an election, he decided to correct him.

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Uncle Stan had misfired, he needed to save his face fast,best way? personal attack and play the victim. He started shouting by the roadside and jumped into the gutter in front of the flagstaff house,

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Bra Kofi was trying to make sense but he had been hit by uncle Stan so he also jumped into the gutter with him, shegee!

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A small crowd was forming, they were surprised to see two grown men playing in the gutter. Things were getting out of hand;

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Some Kofi Annan quickly went to call Chief Imani to separate the two;

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Bra Kofi calmed down, but uncle Stan won’t be defeated, he had some left in him;

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Bra Kofi then broke free from the people holding him back and spoke his mind, he won’t allow uncle Stan to talk to him by heart;

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By now the people from the flagstaff house had come to call uncle Stan, “Lunch prepared with the Ghanaian tax payer’s money is readyyyy!” He was tired, his air con office was waiting for him. He looked bra kofi in the eye, delivered the final blow and walked away;

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There was silence,  the crowd was like;

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Someone’s phone started playing Daddy Lumba’s Yentie Obiaa. Joseph was also surprised;

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Batman was passing by and heard it, he was also like;


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I was like…

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And walked away.

Ordinary Ghanaian

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Black was beautiful

This isn’t a racist post.

This article was supposed to address bleaching in our society. I sat in a car with a woman who had bleached, I almost jumped out of the moving vehicle, but while I was writing, other things came to mind. Like why would someone want to change the color of his/her skin? I mean we all hear the usual “black is beautiful”, “black and proud”, “black beauty”, etc. Why would someone even lighten/tone/bleach the black away so he/she becomes fair skinned.

I read that some people have the mentality that being fair is attributed to being successful socially, economically and romantically. Most of the celebrities we know and look up to are light-skinned so its just normal to assume that you can become successful when you are white. The annoying part is when those who bleach add the locally acquired foreign accent(LAFA) to it ( that’s another thing altogether). People spend a lot of money on creams and they also put their lives at risk because these creams contain dangerous chemicals like hydroquinone and mercury. The one that almost killed me was when I heard some men buy the bleaching creams for their wives and some of these men themselves bleach!

Borrowed from google

Borrowed from google

The dangers of bleaching are so real, and we have been educated several times but we still do it. Is it that we feel inferior because of our skin color? Or because we are racially abused, we want to “fit into” society? I just don’t get it. Some even go to the extent of saying they feel more accepted and confident when they are fair (true story). Its like everything that is from Europe or America is good but everything from Africa is bad, dirty, etc.

We have been made to believe white is good, and black is bad. Where did this come from at all? Will Africa(the Dark Continent) ever develop? How would it develop when we those supposed to develop it don’t want to be associated with it?

I just don’t understand why someone would risk getting cancer, destroy his/her skin, develop a pungent smell and get discolored just to be accepted! Is it a sin to be dark skinned? My simple question is, is it worth it at all? If someone can’t accept you because of your skin color, I don’t think the person is worth your time at all. Bleaching/toning/lightening the dark skin is too risky and its not worth it. Black is and will always be beautiful and naturally fair-skinned people too are beautiful.

Be yourself.

A darkskinned and proud me,
anonymous233

Ghana decides?

I have been quiet for a while, I apologize to my readers but being a student isn’t easy. Not that I’m complaining. I would like to keep this short and straight to the point. Its a topic I don’t like discussing, politics.After listening to the radio and following elections that took place in my school, I understand why Ghana has a lot of corrupt politicians.

The time has come for Ghanaians to decide who will be our next leader. But are Ghanaians really deciding? Is Ghana making the right choice? What influences our decision in choosing a suitable leader for our dear motherland? Are the candidates competent? More importantly, are the voters competent enough to choose a competent leader? All these are but a few questions that trouble my mind.

Voters are supposed to listen to the  manifestos of the candidates and also listen to presidential debates. Then from what the candidates say, they can decide who to vote for. Well, that is the ideal situation, but let’s face reality, we prefer voting based purely on sentiments, what I choose to call “SENTIMENTAL VOTING”. Voters do not even know what the manifesto says or what the candidates have in store for the nation.They just need to like one candidate, or hate another. Or like one party and hate another. Some voters don’t even care who is representing their party, all they want is victory in the polls for their party. But what if the person representing the party is not competent? or at all cost, the party must win? Is the voter willing to vote for the opposition party because the candidate representing that party is more competent?

What annoys me most is what I call “TRIBALISTIC VOTING”. The party must originate from their tribe. If one party is formed by one tribe and has most of its members coming from that tribe then you must expect that party to win in that particular tribe. Is this right? So what if the tribe members are the majority in the nation, meaning that party would always win the elections whether the candidates representing them are competent or not.

Now if the candidates are smart enough,they could motivate the voters by buying their votes. They give some money here, organize an event there, splashing money around. “SELFISH VOTING”, that is what I call it and the voters too are only thinking about how to temporarily fill their stomachs.  It boils down to this, we vote for selfish reasons, not even thinking about how our decision is going to affect the growth of our beloved motherland.

As we visit the polls, I pray that we consider all candidates and attach logic to our decisions. We should vote for people who are competent enough to make Ghana a better place than they met it. Your vote is your power, we should vote to make Ghana a better place and stop blaming politicians because honestly, we put them there. We should vote these insult filled politicians out of our government and off radio stations. Ghana deserves better.