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.

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Vote? No, not me

I don’t vote because I’m not a registered voter, unregistered by choice. Why? Well I’m a happy, patriotic Ghanaian. I know what you are saying; “when you don’t vote, others will make the choice for you”, “your vote is your power”, bla bla bla… I’ve heard them all, but as you might have figured, I don’t care.

Wait, don’t judge and condemn me yet, let me land first. When you listen, watch and read the news, you will understand. We have politicians who politicize EVERYTHING from education to health. You don’t need knowledge about rocket science or even a 3rd of Einstein’s brain to know that anyone who politicizes agriculture, education and health isn’t serious.

First we had the 3-year educational system, then by some strange revelation, they said that 4 years is the best. Then the next government came and said 3 years is the best. Now we have another group saying FREE SHS education. When will they realize that its not about free; free education is possible but is it feasible here in Ghana where free things aren’t appreciated? What about the disgruntled teachers, will their salaries be increased? Because they have to be happy to teach effectively. What about facilities? Or learning under trees would become a new style, and leaking roofs would be the new “in thing”? And the professional tyrants who don’t like schooling, how will they be convinced to go? What about the feeding fees, where will the money come from to feed the students? And don’t tell me school feeding system, if you attended a public SHS, you will know that even dogs turn their noses at the food served in the dining halls. And let’s say the free thing happens, will university education too be free? And which universities will accommodate the students? Free and quality are like water and oil, I would prefer quality and affordable schooling.

Agriculture, we have food spoiling in the villages because there are no good roads to bring them to the cities. Each village has an MP who owns a flashy 4X4 wheel car, I believe they don’t feel the impact of the pot holes, they don’t even visit the villages unless there is an election. They just parade their cars around Accra and sleep when issues are seriously being discussed in the parliament house.

Health insurance? How it got involved with politics I don’t understand. A dying man gets to the hospital, the first question he is asked is ” Do you have the health insurance card?”  Even when he has it, he will go through the process because the hospital doesn’t want problems when claiming their money.  The most vital drugs aren’t supported by health insurance,but  if in case they are, then they are finished, they are always out of supply.

In economics, the man named free doesn’t exist. Whatever you do has a cost. I hear people say the oil money can cater for the free education and healthcare and improve agriculture, that even makes me lol. You think politicians would sit back and watch all that money educate, take care and feed someone they don’t know? I’m not here to condemn any party,  I’m just saying that Im not going to waste my time and stand in a very long queue( no item 13 to refresh me too) for half a day to vote for someone who cares not for me or the country. Even if the person doesn’t cheat you, there would always be that black sheep in the party who would still squander our money and joke with our lives.

For what its worth, the best CEO in Ghana was once a military man.

A “powerless” me,
Anonymous233

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

 

 

 

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.