The “Beautiful Nonsense” Called “Freedom and Justice” In Ghana

 

At the end of the day we shout on top of our lungs that Ghana has done well in projecting the ideals of Freedom and Justice as espoused in our 1992 Constitution, but I will call it beautiful nonsense, because there is no freedom and justice in Ghana. As I write this post my eyes are filled with tears for the six year old girl who has been raped repeatedly by her 27 year old uncle in Edumfa in the Central Region. It will shock you to the marrow to know that the family of this 6 year old girl knew she was always being defiled by her uncle but they kept mute about it as they feared it might tarnish the image and reputation of the family. Reputation my foot, to hell with the reputation of this family. It will also shock you to know that the police personnel in that particular locality knew this rapist as a wanton sex offender, but will never effect his arrest though evidence was presented several times but they never lifted a finger to help this innocent girl.

Another beautiful nonsense moment was when a friend, Ekumfi Kane happened to be in that locality and got wind of the libidinous atrocities of this sexual predator, he wanted to effect his arrest but the girl’s family and the people in the locality will not lift a finger until he placed a bounty of 200Gh on him. You see what money can do to the human being? Your guess is as good as mine. This sexual predator met his “meeter” on that particular day as my friend will not compromise on his ideals of seeking justice for the 6 year old girl despite being pressured by the family to drop the case. He was finally arrested and processed for court in Cape Coast.

Another beautiful nonsense moment in this country of ours is that, the police tried everything possible to frustrate Ekumfi Kane but he will not budge as he made sure the case got national attention through some of us on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Why should a CID personnel tell you to give him money for phone credit because he does not have credit on his phone? Just because you are interested in seeing to the logical conclusion of a case. Why is it that an interested party (someone who initiated and even help effect the arrest of a wanton rapist) will not be informed of the particular court in which this case was to be adjudicated?  Is this the Ghana that our forefathers struggled to build? We are following this case closely and any attempt to circumvent the case in favor of the rapist with another Beautiful Nonsense moment, we will advise ourselves by forming the equivalent of the “Pink Sticks” (an Indian anti-rape organization) here just to put the fear of God into the lives of the libidinous characters who prey on women and small girls in our communities. Such visits will surely send a message to throughout the whole country that we will not sit down and tolerate such characters who put the future of our women and children at risk.  A little advice to all parents, please make your children your friends, be closer to them and they will tell you everything that happens to them at school, in the home and wherever they may be in your absence. We need proper Freedom and Justice in this country and not this fake Beautiful Nonsense of a “Freedom and Justice” being bandied around with nothing to show for it. Where is the Freedom, where is the Justice? #Justice4Patience

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How Wired Are We As A People?

Ghana is a beautiful country with beautiful people, and we love our country just like how other citizens  love their countries. But it seems the Ghanaian is wired differently from the others. We do things differently, in fact sometimes these same things are done without any fuss in the other countries but we choose to attach some level of pomposity and opulence to it. I then start to ask myself this question, “How wired are we as a people?”

In most developed or developing countries their governments have taken several measures to deal with sanitation. Some of these countries have proper sewerage systems, waste disposal systems, and recycling plants that help them to manage the waste. But here we are as a people, we don’t help ourselves when it comes to managing waste and keeping our environment clean. We seem to have a penchant for blaming government for everything. We dump waste into drains and when it rains and floods happen and lives are lost and properties are destroyed, we appeal to the government to come to our aid. We connive with Town and Country Planning officials who look the other way for us to build in water ways and unauthorized areas, when demolition exercises are to be carried out by the relevant authorities we have the nerve to demand for compensation.

We solve all our problems on radio and at workshops and seminars. We take delight in talking more and taking less action. We also take delight in hailing corrupt politicians without investigating their source of wealth. Most of our churches and their leaders woo their congregants with prosperity messages instead of  salvation and repentance messages. The churches also hail these corrupt politicians and give them prominent positions.

We also show so much interest in sensational issues but the funny and interesting fact is that, after hyping the issues in the media for one or two weeks, we quickly forget about them. Every week an issue comes up and we discuss it with all manner of so called serial callers and social commentators and experts voicing their opinions. Simply put, the system is seriously messed up and we as a people in particular and the country in general needs total rewiring, retooling and recalibration

loving Ghana, You Need a Good Heart

My love for my country has no limit and I hope to continue loving her. But, you will all agree with me that if you don’t have a good heart, you can easily give up on Ghana. In this post I will tell you why you need a good heart before you love Ghana with all your heart.
Sometimes you wonder why we still elect our leaders every four years. These leaders always have good policies whiles they are moving around canvassing for the votes of the citizens. They entice the citizens with sugar coated words and honey sweetened promises, but once they are elected and assume the mantle of authority, they start developing cold feet and that’s where they show their true colors. Whenever they are reminded of their campaign promises, they deny making those promises. Don’t be heartbroken after reading this post. The following issues should motivate you to do more for your country and not break your heart.
It should not come to you as a surprise when you see our contractors still constructing open drains in this country. Whoever gives out the contract should have insisted on covered drains. It seems due diligence has eluded us in the award of contracts. We still construct school buildings with poor ventilation in this modern era. Also most of these schools are constructed without toilet facilities.
Why do we also wait for several infrastructure to deteriorate before we take action? Our stadia, hospitals, tourist centers, roads etc etc are all crying for maintenance but it seems no one cares. Our police service is corrupt and most of our security services’ recruitment leaves much to be desired. They sell more than a hundred thousand forms to potential recruits who are eager to be employed by these agencies, but they end up picking just a minute number of the applicants. This process is even fraught with corruption and the so called protocol list. It will shock you to know that before the forms are sold for recruitment, they have already selected their recruits. Some of these applicants have to part with various sums of money through middlemen with the promise of being assured of getting picked.
Why do we always pile rubbish on our roads, streets, market centers and wait for the government to mobilize people to clear them? You walk through most of our market centers and you realize that vehicles can’t go through them. Most of the vehicle lanes in our markets have been taken over by the traders. Its always annoying and heartbreaking to listen to these same traders lamenting about the inability of the Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service to quench market fires when they arrive at the scene. These same market women forget that they are the same people who have encroached on the vehicle lanes in the markets thereby blocking access to the market by the fire tenders. With this attitude, more market fires will happen unless we change for the better.
We live in a country where everything is given a political color. Someone commits a crime and once the person is about to be punished he is given a political color. What even annoys me is that, anytime a politician embezzles state funds and he is found guilty, the person is dealt with leniently but when a normal citizen commits a crime, he is punished severely. Every government that comes will always abandon the projects of the previous government. With this attitude, how will we develop as a nation? When will we support each other in terms of innovations? Enough of my rantings. I have a good heart so I will not be heartbroken by what I see in this country. If you have a good heart, you can love Ghana to the max. Yen ara ya asase ni (This is our land).

Our Christmas Past

Many years gone past, Christmas in Ghana was a festive occasion where we had a feeling of belongingness, good neighborliness, spirit of sharing and giving to the extent that we saw each other as one people irrespective of tribe, creed, race or gender. Can we go back and talk about how we celebrated the festive occasion? Several of these local stories will just fascinate and amaze you. Below are some of the stories shared with me by friends who have nostalgic feelings about how they celebrated Christmas some years ago.

Children in the localities will build Christmas houses using palm fronds, which are well decorated with flowers and these huts are well built with a chamber and a hall. We also had bamboo with explosives in them and we blasted till midnight, we light bonfires, children visit their friends in their numbers. The children sleep in these huts till the New Year and the huts are then destroyed. They enjoy having their meals in these huts.

“Also children walk through the communities with some “Bronya” (Christmas) tunes, they sing around the neighborhoods beating some “konkos” (empty tins, Milo or Milk tins etc) and stop by homes and get some foods and drinks as well. Anything goes.”-Naomi Kokuro

“I travel to my hometown and all the towns in that area have picnics with brass band. All the youth from these towns dance through all the other surrounding towns till New year. Each day a different town’s youth will pass through all the other towns singing and dancing. My gradma cooks chicken light soup with fufu and after we’re done eating she gives us soft drinks and bronya biscuits.”-Marian Clara Adeaba

”During Christmas, we will buy firecrackers and engage our friends across the street in a firecracker battle to find out who has the most powerful firecrackers.”-Yao Kumadoh

“We called ours Knockout, every child will cry to their parents to give them coins to buy firecrackers aka knockout so they can light them. It was fun.” “My dad will sew three different dresses for us every Bronya, one each for 24th night, Christmas and New Year. With my new “three sisters socks.”- Marian Clara Adeaba

“Every 24th night we will go to church and sing Christmas songs and pray to welcome Christmas and the birth of Christ.”-Naomi Kokuro

“Every Christmas we will start cooking the special food in the morning and eat it as supper.”-Marian Clara Adeaba

“Our parents prepare food and share with our neighbours. My grandma always buy biscuits, drinks and goat meat and share with the tenants in our house, and ever since it has become the norm.”

“New dresses were sewn for us to be worn on Christmas Sunday. This time, from now till Christmas day, children who are stubborn become obedient. If you like send them to the moon, they will go because they fear you will not buy  bronya atade3 (Christmas dresses) for them.”-Naomi Kokuro

You can also share your stories with me. Tell me how you celebrated Christmas some years ago in your localities.

 

The Great Shapers From Koforidua 3: Edmund Duodu Atweri of the Divine Mother and Child Foundation (DMAC Foundation)

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About Edmund Duodu Atweri (DMAC Foundation): Edmund Duodu Atweri is a 29 year old, born at Teacher Mante, a town in the Ayensuano District, the Eastern region of Ghana and a Registered nurse. Edmund is the founder of Divine Mother and Child Foundation, a maternal and child health non governmental organization based in Koforidua. Maternal health issues has been his passion from childhood when  he saw mothers dying during child birth,  and also seeing single mother’s and widows suffering to cater for their children. His mum lost her mother during child birth which made life difficult for them forcing his mum to marry at a tender age without any formal education. Such stories inspired and encouraged him to be an advocate for maternal health issues.

At nursing college and during practice, he also experienced and saw mothers especially pregnant women in rural areas walk far distances to access health care which included ultrasounds and laboratory services.

Activities of the Divine Mother and Child Foundation (DMAC Foundation)

Ultrasound scan and laboratory investigations are a necessity during pregnancy but it is sad to note that such services are found only in a few health facilities across the country and also not affordable due to the pricing. Most women are disadvantaged hence his dream of establishing an NGO came as a reality. Edmund’s free ultrasound scan services has benefited over 4000 pregnant women who can’t afford in over 40 communities and still counting. This ultrasound scan service is a mobile one where the DMAC Foundation team visit women in their own communities.

DMAC Foundation also offer free laboratory examinations and free health screening which has benefited thousands of women. Through the DMAC Foundation, Edmund has facilitated and sponsored about 15 women to undergo free surgery and other medical conditions.

Through the poverty alleviation project, 50 women have been sponsored to have skills training and capital to start an investment in Koforidua. Edmund is married to Linda Serwaa Tuffour with one kid. You can support this noble cause by getting in touch with Edmund through the details below:

Edmund Duodu Atweri
Executive Director
Divine Mother and Child Foundation
www.dmacfoundation.org
+233506494514