Kwame Nkrumah was born Francis Nwia-Kofi on 21st September, 1909 to a gold smith father and retail trade mother in Nkroful now in the Western Region of Ghana. He was baptised a Catholic and like most of the children of his time, the missionary schoold offered one of the surest ways of getting primary education. He attended the Roman Catholic elementary school at Half Assini. He later went to Achimota College in the 1930s from where he became a teacher teaching mostly in the Catholic schools at Elmina and Axim. Continue reading
The truth is, I love politics. I developed that love affair with politics during my early teenage years. In the early 2000s, I sat with my uncle often, to listen to The BBC World Service. I enjoyed listening to the major political talking points of the day and at the same time, I used that period in my life, to hone my debating skills. In Senior High School, I argued politics a lot. I was even nominated and voted FB Politician Of The Year By Awel Sinare in 2012 but these days, I try as much as possible to stay clear of party political arguments with my friends and on social media platforms.
Occasionally though, I still tune in to different Radio Political talk shows to hear diverse opinions about the current economic and energy crises in Ghana.
Politics affect our daily lives in every way. Our decision or indecision on Dec 7th, affects our lives for the next 4 years. Who we vote for, plays a significant role in how we live our lives because, who we vote for affects the shape of the economy, foreign policy, military and the country’s major services.These days, the kind of politics I engage myself in is where I want really want to see, how my vote on Dec 7th has affected my people in their daily lives.
The madness on social media when it comes to politics is sickening. Ghanaians treat politics like they treat the football clubs they keenly support around the world. They hang on to their team, loss after loss, successive changes of managers and even relegation simply because it is their team- Whether do or die.
The way Ghanaians insult, curse, threaten hell fire and brimstone on themselves in the comment section on the FB Pages of the two main political parties in Ghana is not funny at all..
I have grown weary of hearing the half baked promises from people, who I am sure start out with good intentions but they end up filling the pockets of the few, rich pot bellied men in society and leave the majority of Ghanaians to suffer in abject poverty. They are swayed off their feet with corruption and conflicts of interest. And they have propagandists all across the country, sitting in radio stations defending their actions and inactions. And this weariness I speak of, cuts across the political divide in Ghana..
No political party in Ghana has a clean record. Lets face it. Both major political parties in Ghana have been rocked with corrupt scandals and party infighting. I am not a member of any particular political party. The best man for the job will get my vote in 2016. It is as simple as that.. I will shift my attention to the party with a more beneficial manifesto for the Ghanaian People..
Political loyalty does not work for me anymore. The NPP has a strong Akan base, whilst the NDC’s world bank is the Volta Region, where the Ewes originate from. Lets not try to mince words about this fact. Ghanaians are so divided along ethnic and political lines, and this insanity is as a result of the tribal politics, which I really want to stay away from.
Politicians convince the many to vote for the few to enjoy, and the few come back 4 years later and seek re-election.
Well, well, well, ECG- Electricity Company Of Ghana
(Extremely Confused Ghanaians) has brought the electricity bill for March 2014 and the amount staring in my face is a “started from the bottom, now we here” amount. The load shedding, inconsistent water supply, inflation, and the depreciation of the cedi, high transport fares, are all problems of the day.
Whether we will recover from these problems, I don’t know, but the Umbrella still has 2 years left off its mandate to deliver its manifesto promises. And until then, I am cutting down on the number of kenkey balls I eat. Food is becoming too expensive these days.
Politics is one hell of a “profession”.