The name given by birth is Ghana, an appropriate dub after Gold Coast, the one offered by the colonial masters, according to what they took from us.
A good sixty years after independence, the country isn’t dead……but it is not alive. That is the paradox.
Shall we stand ‘’God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong.” Great. Let’s leave the work to God while we stay on our knees all seven days in the week, praying fervently for a pinch of the manna that fell over 3000 years ago. A holy nation, the opium of religion is all we require to grow. Just enough doses to ensure we never come tete-a-tete with the man with the pale skin.
Miracles do happen, don’t they?
While we are at it, why not throw in a few promises, say.. “I promise on my honour to be faithful and loyal to Ghana my motherland……………”
The beauty of the pledge does not even lay in the divinity of its composition as it does in the innocence of the primary school boy, whose chest slumped up, head held high and hand on heart, gives off his best performance, in words he has no intention of understanding or defiling when he becomes a politician in future.
Let it be known to all and sundry, that we have come as far as our intentions and ‘hard work’ could bring us.
As far as our determination to leave the people behind as we succumb to the dictates of power and the perks that come with it.
As far as gutting the entrails of education to feed our deep pockets while innovative minds erode with conformity.
As far as altering the laws of the land to suit political interests, while perfectly concealed in the cloaks of human rights.
That said, let me not be an ingrate as to not hail the efforts of some visionaries who saw the country for what it could become and worked tirelessly to achieve that feat.
Let it be said of past leaders that they may have seemed incorruptible with unadulterated intentions. But “absolute power corrupts absolutely”.
We vote, we win and then we lose. That is the sickening reality of us all, for every leader we ink our thumbs for.
So “help us God”………..our newest government is in your hands.