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,


Beauty contests: Beauty with brains?

There are so many beauty pageants in Ghana now. At first it was Miss “your region”, and then Miss Ghana, then Miss World and then it ended there. No weekly evictions, no voting, and it wasn’t a regular part of our life, it was a once-in-a-year event we patiently waited for. Nowadays, every week there is a Miss “something” going on somewhere (No names mentioned). I want to ask this: what happened to our fight for women rights and female emancipation? Where did it go? You may ask why I am asking these questions and what have they got to do with beauty pageants?

First question, isn’t it a little dehumanizing to give a woman a car based on the fact that she is “the fairest of them all”? Because ideally, the women model some clothes, then model in bikinis (which leave them almost naked) then they answer some “questions” (I doubt if the answers have any influence because it’s a BEAUTY contest after all) then the winner is awarded a car and some money.

Second question, why do they call it beauty with brains? Who on earth can exist without brains anyway? So I’ll call it intelligence, an “intelligent” woman who finds nothing wrong with parading herself around to get a free car, that kind of intelligence. Ok, so they want “intelligent” women who will solve a problem in society when she wins. Who are they kidding? These street children are suffering, being used as guinea pigs by our “beauty with brains” girls, because, correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t know of any organization founded by any past queen that is solving any problem in society. It is simple; come, walk around, and win a car.

Final question, why do beauty pageants get so many sponsors while the sponsors could just create an organization with all the money they pump into the event? Why must a beautiful girl (who has won a car) undertake that task? If you seriously want someone to handle a task or problem shouldn’t it be a well-qualified person? Most of the time, it’s young girls with little or no qualification who go for such events.How equipped are they?

This is how I see beauty pageants; men enjoy seeing beautiful women, so one smart person thought,”if men are watching then let’s put our logos and banners on and around these beautiful women while we have their attention. From the profits we make, we will buy a Chinese car for the women, give them some small cash and tell them it’s a beauty contest”. This is such a wonderful marketing strategy. Fashion designers also saw the opportunity for women to model their clothes free, and then the telecom companies also saw that people must vote so they also joined the wagon. All this money could be used to do research or even help our dear street children, but no, a beauty pageants are better. Every year, in fact every day we have a new beauty pageant. Female emancipation just flew into the trash can.
A “beautiful” me,
NB. Feel free to comment and speak your mind