By chance, we, the vast majority of us, were born in this place we call Ghana. It wasn?t our choice but that?s all we?ve got and whatever becomes of her depends entirely on what we do (or fail to do), just like clay is to a potter. In the future, every now and then, we take retrospective glances at our past and we measure how far we?ve moved from where we were the last time we stopped to look. When we do that the next time, would you be proud of what you did to bring Ghana to her current state or you?d shy away at the mention of Ghana. I wonder what Kwame Nkrumah expected Ghana to look like around this time.


With the amount of time and resources we?ve had at our disposal, we shouldn?t have been where we are now. Other nations have done better in shorter time spans and with fewer resources. What?s our excuse, if there?s any valid one? I?d say we make mistakes allowing ourselves to be ruled by various generations of confidence tricksters, before and after 1957 (every rule has an exception, init?) With our bitter experience all over the years: lack of portable water, unavailable jobs, diseases which shouldn?t have be bothering us in this time and age, etc., we should ensure we encourage serious minded people into leadership positions and hold tell accountable to us. Now, we shouldn?t tolerate any joker who lifts his hands up wanting to be a leader. Within these last few years especially, lots of clowns have assumed leadership positions, because of us, and it?s costing us dearly. Ghana needs a new face, a serious face.

The best way the ordinary Ghanaian can sacrifice to build our country is to do his work well to the best of his ability. Many people do this, but later on get disappointed when they notice that their bosses especially don?t do anything except to steal in large quantities, as suggested by Al Capon. You don?t have to look far, to notice this, start from yourself (you remember that day, don?t you?), and then look at the other guy whose name just popped into your mind. The little things we pick from our work places cost our nation a lot since we?re 24 million and the nation is only one. If we check ourselves, we can check everyone else, and it?s for our own good that we stick to our development plans. We don?t play on the intelligence of the nation doing ?I?ll scratch your back, you scratch mine?. We should vote for someone who has proven to be a great manager of his own resources. December is close. We need to scrutinize the candidates by analyzing what they did wherever they were before now, not listen to the cock and bull stories many of them enjoy doing. If we don?t learn to make proper decisions, these politicians will keep calling us (especially the electorate) fools. Think about the nickname I gave to them: confidence tricksters.

Being a leader is a sacrifice on its own. It?s about selflessness, intelligence (not degrees), wisdom, dedication etc. It?s my opinion we take the luxury look of leadership positions of our scenario. Leaders work so we have to get them the things they need to work. Period. Various SUV?s to one minister, a huge mansion maintained with state resources, mouth watery kickbacks, etc., all make the position look like a gold mine, or even a lotto kiosk (with an almanac you got from the future!). Say, if the entire executive are on the SSSS and receive just about what everybody receives, they would have a better understanding of inflation, the price of kenkey and the need for free education. Leadership is about sacrifices, and it should reflect in the caliber of leaders we have. It is no secret that in Ghana, a politician leaves office far richer than he came in, with no visible extra source of income. Something that doesn?t happen in countries we go to begging for money. It?s like they take loans in the name of Ghana, build a few cheap schools, etc for huge amounts of money and steal the rest. Who can?t do that? If that?s how they?d lead our country, then we?re going nowhere for a long time to come.

For the lack of quality leadership, we?ve been importing doctors from a certain island from time immemorial, and recently we sent a joint package of 250 students and a several millions of dollars for them to the trained over there as doctors. The funny thing is that they can?t even pay their stipends. Over there, they don?t waste money on buying expensive vehicles, etc for their offices, just cars that work. They build medical universities that look like the J.H.S block in my village. Why can?t we build some of those in every region of Ghana and accept students from the surrounding communities and train them as doctors? Or just because they?re going abroad to study in these J.H.S looking buildings makes it look like the right thing to do? All that glitters is not gold! I think Ghana should have been self-sufficient in training her professionals by now. How shameful it is to be called a Ghanaian at times.

Seeking greener pastures seems like an easy option. But the easy is almost always not the best option. Short cuts are dangerous is another way to put it. It?s dangerous to us, to our dignity and to our country. The USA, for instance, we want to go to, was built from scratch, by various generations of human beings who made serious sacrifices. Are we willing to do that? Especially for the benefit of generations yet unborn? If yes, stay put. We can fix this together. It?s better to be clean the streets of Ghana, than to clean the streets of another country that?s not yours.

Let?s join our efforts to make this experiment we call Ghana work.


Sylence Dogwood.


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