The post-colonial ingredient of Ghana is yet to be sorted according to her humanitarian progress. As if the world stands still, Ghana’s surge in both history and politics has been inconsistent with no direction. The prestige she shamefully boasts of; as the beacon of Africa’s democracy and freedom suit their claims and self-evidence. The world is driving with speed, though with greater amount of resonance; certain continents, perhaps nations are falling into dungeons of inferiority and hopelessness. Africa has been a victim of such resonance; first, with ill-prepared political and socio-economic institutions during the post-colonial period to face the pinnacles of global politics and economic interdependence. Second, the upheaval of philosophical and ideological tenets which moves towards unimaginable ends of White supremacism.
Much empiricism is not needed to diagnose the developing cancerous cells in Africa’s political and social organs. However, more skepticism is needed to analyze the degree of lunacy and absurdities in her governance today. Such a task is of great importance for two reasons; (1) there have been several defiance’s of Africa’s socio-political oracles during and after the anti-colonial era. More sentiments than reason were used. (2) there is greater suspicion of conscientious stupidity in both politics and governance during her post-colonial era. Residues of such mesmerizing cultures are what we hold today. These notions could better serve the very few who care more about future nightmares than today’s forced dreams. Ghana is in such political and historical slumbers. The appraisals she receives on both domestic and foreign fronts are substantiated by the blind-folded analysts who care only about sensational concepts. There must be a time where grievances and furies of the people could be suppressed to give hope for future generations. But there must never be a time where future hope will be packed inside the vessels for the few and still have the chance to sympathize with our predicaments.
Stretching through these thoughts will be tensed with paradoxical views. Torn between historical blindness and political sycophants; the Ghanaian citizen is surrounded with media debacles and intellectual biases. As if political demagoguery is the new beatitude, every cheap rhetoric delivered seems to be a new fresh breath. My country, your country, our country hates constructive criticisms even more than Hitler hated Jews. Every single word, every single statement, every single voice must subscribe to either this or that political arena. And we engage this jejunity livelier than a solemnly call to realization. Most of our contemporary problems haven’t been realized yet and the future is in limbo since no proper preparations have been made. If the economic dependency on taxes, high debt to GDP ratio, the lost fight on illegal mining, failures in the fight of corruption and the state of insecurity isn’t moving our nerves to recreate new structures within our social faculties, then it is time to worry.
As global affairs continue to horse-race; pandemics, terrorism, climate change, and technological woes shall continue their vicious unexpected interruptions to our survival. Losing control over domestic policies in the 1930s will only cause internal damages. Today, you’ll deal with both internal damages and external pressures simultaneously. The concept of sovereignty has changed. Cultural and social infiltrations, which the United States started in the 1990s have done it worse. Considering all these elements, China is in for a crusade. Rules for the game called polity on both home and abroad have changed.
The current president of Ghana has surprisingly exhausted all the substance in his presidency; his ideas and policies are prematurely meeting deadlocks. He has a little more than three years to go down as the worst ever president in the Fourth Republic. The stakes in his previous four years and the potholes he is creating now could define Ghana’s future in the next three decades. His free SHS policy is lying on a sickbed, the shackles of debt we’re subdued and the deeply damageable illegal mining have all gotten some volcanic furies for future eruptions. Ghana isn’t in normal times, but the few voices who point to these abnormalities do with restraint and fear. The irony of this is bliss; those with the capacity to voice out (civil and public servants) and those who only strive for daily survival aren’t safe. The rate of arm robbery, murder, and missing persons has caught all of us by surprise.
For how long are we going to surrender our social faculties to political insanities? For how long would the media continue to engage in political noise? For how long are we going to keep our critical faculties asleep? The basic units of our society are tearing apart, our children’s minds are artificially fast-forwarding by digital discourse. Young ladies and gentlemen have surrendered their lives to luxurious monuments and forged esteem on back and front cameras. As if we are the subjects of the goddess Aphrodite, prostitution is a new celebrity adventure; flaunting of nudes is highly demanded with popularity. Vulgar and profane battles on social media are sources of amusements. The youth has turned into money-canals, sexual maniacs, with desperate ambitions to get richer. We are prone to more depressed youth than worried adults. Educational institutions have lost their intellectual relevance; students have turned them into dating cults, fashioned with flaunting of cars and digital gadgets. Depressions and anxieties, with suicide attempts and mental disorders, come as results.
The youth are suffering, and no one seems to care about them; they are suffering from great depressions, anxiety, mental disorders, cultural disorientation, traumas, and self-uninspiring. The media do more harm than good and we are yet to draw their attention towards the foreign cultures and sexual incitation’s they are portraying. Relationship programs have turned into porn arenas, primetime shows are money-making phantoms through foreign cultures. Hundreds of TV stations are calling people to come for quick money with unknown means. Religious absurdities, social manipulations, demonization of innocent grannies, and family dispersal are what embody the Christian status quo. Among those who have their marriage torn within Christian fanaticisms, many are those who are suffering in all aspects of their lives for the sake of promised sky possessions.
Our hypocritical attitudes and shallow thoughts are in extinction. We have the last chance to rescue this land for the betterment of our children. Solutions are not unavailable; they only need our active confrontations. Thus, more strategies are needed than seminars, Forums, and dialogues with ill-professionalism aren’t compatible with these chaotic atmospheres. More than six decades of self-governance and all we could ponder ourselves is the legacy of Nkrumah. Envisioning such retrospectives makes as visionless.