Where is the change?

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their mind cannot change anything –George Bernard Shaw

Change is extremely worthwhile for survival. The hope for changes has kept most people alive till date-they know their situations will change.

Unfortunately, cunning politicians have taken advantage of this natural phenomenon to play on populates the mind game. They come soliciting for votes every four years and depending on which side they are (incumbent or opposition), they frame the change mechanism to convince prospective voters.

As those in opposition are using “change is coming”, those in power paint their administration as the best and that the change they promised in the previous election year have materialized. So they adopt themes like “changing lives”, “transforming Ghana” among others.

Mostly, you see “ordinary Ghanaians” following politicians around; cheering them up for their great works, when you ask them about the changes they have seen, they are not able to pinpoint any specific change. It reminds me of the MTN mobile money ad where a woman was screaming “minsa aka oo”. She was later asked where the money was, and it was nowhere to be found.

Of course change is a process, which logically stands to reason that today’s progress ideally should be a build-up and more than yesterday’s. So far in this country’s political history, numerous transitions have been made between different political parties.

They all want Ghanaians to give them the mandate to bring change. The logical question is: what did you do with the eight or so years we gave you?

You see, the success of every governance especially here in Africa is measured by how well you alleviate poverty. So to the majority of Ghanaians who have voted you into power, anything you do should directly or indirectly serve this purpose (poverty alleviation); Be it infrastructural development, improvement in educational system or even accountability and transparency.

“Rural poverty in Ghana is now almost four times as high as urban poverty compared to twice as high in the 1990s.” said Andy McKay, professor of Development Economics at the University of Sussex who delivered a public lecture here in Accra on inequality in Ghana.

Where is the transformation? All change is not growth and movement not forward- Ellen Glasgow

Clearly, Poverty has not dwindled as the politicians claim. Is causing tertiary students to go on demonstrations for you to continue paying utility bills that have been paid by the government since time immemorial or a “dumsor” that was solved and led to exponential hike in price of electricity, or the type of free education that make public senior high school students pay fees of an average of 2X the amounts paid just before the 2012/2013 academic year.

So what is the way forward? Should we even vote at all?

Everybody wants change but not everyone is willing to change. Change becomes a reality only when the one desiring it changes. I hear some die hard political party sympathizers who say they wish any of the minor political parties come into power but they are not willing to change(vote them in).

The main reason why most Ghanaians are still yearning for change that may never come is that they believe a particular political party will bring change. No! Don’t be FOOLED! The ultimate and result oriented government is self-governance.

There is no hope when the governing mandate is turned to another. Remember Adam and Eve were rulers of themselves, ancient Israel did not have a king until they wanted to be like the other countries who had rulers.

God wanted them to govern themselves. Its better late than never. To the young folks look into yourself for change, not any politician, because believe it or not, they govern themselves before considering you. No wonder we have a first family and the second and those who vote for them are the ordinary Ghanaians.

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MUSIC BARBARISM IN GHANA MUST STOP

Music forms a very important part of every society. Some of our history and heritage can be drawn from music. In fact, music is important in all aspects of life. All religions communicate and find solace in music. Some call it soul food, to others it brings uplifting when one is in sorrow and yet to others a source of entertainment. ”If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician, I often think in music. I live my daydream in music. I see my life in terms of music – Albert Einstein. “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”-Victor Hugo.
Over the years, Ghanaian music has badly deteriorated. Most musicians especially hip life artistes sing all about sex and its related activities- so unethical. Some of these musicians either put the profanity in idioms and the more barbaric ones sing it as naked as it is.
The behavior of these artistes also has direct proportionality with their way of life, especially on stage. On the Delay show few years back, kobolo expose his manhood, female artiste, Raquel exposed her vagina on stage. Just yesterday night at the Accra International Conference Centre, Wisa, who composed “ekiki me”-another disguised profane song exposed his penis on stage. This has recurred too many times and a drastic measure needs to be taken.
All these exposures are grossly unacceptable in our Ghanaian society. Gone are the days when women quickly wrap mad women with their clothes to prevent exposure of their private parts. Same cover is made to cover mad men. But today, few years later, sane men and women stand in public to expose genitals. Don’t dare tell me civilization has taken place.A society without values is like a building without a foundation. Social vices abound in the absence of values.
The musicians exhibit these because there is no direct law that prevents them – their conscience should have. I plead with decision makers especially our parliamentarians to put in place a law to check these insanity in the music industry. And please consumers, be selective in choosing musicians as models. Some of them are uncultured and uncivilized, associating with such are as perilous as being one yourself
I advice Citi fm to take measures to ensure that it does not recur.

Merry Christmas! And a prosperous new year!!

OPEN LETTER TO PREZ MAHAMA

 

 

                               OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT JOHN MAHAMA      

Mr. President,

I write this letter with all  the respect  that  is  due  your  office and i wish to state that it has no political strings attached. I am a student of the University Of Ghana where you attended and a vandal as you are. Fellow Vandal, I am thrilled at your style of governance. Day to day activities of the presidency are no longer mysteries. I get the latest updates anytime I visit my facebook or twitter accounts, the presidency’s website and JDM.com.  Listening to the interviews you granted BBC, Aljazeera and other media houses both home and abroad about the state of our economy gave me hope and optimism about the future -there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Mr.  President, to curb  our country’s  economic  morass, you  put in  place  some  stringent measures most of which are  commendable but some  of these measures  are  having  direct impact on us students. Just this semester, two of my very good friends: Richard Atuahene and Abdul Al Hassan deferred their courses because they could not pay their fees. The recent directive to make us pay our own utility bills will make even more students drop out of school. We know you are committed to quality education but the above might contradict it.

Once, a Roman  General  in the  quest to  bring peace  to his  rebellious province, killed all  its  citizens, even  his  fellow  Romans  were  shocked .One  of  them   wrote, “solitudenum faciunt, pacem appellant” which means “they create desolation, and call it peace” To allow students to “die” so that the economy can live. Whether cost shifting or cost sharing, the ordinary student will feel the impact. I do not see the essence of a buoyant economy full of school drop outs. It can go a long way to undermine your goal to eradicate extreme poverty and in turn breed unpatriotic students.

Fellow   Vandal, as clearly stated in Article 1 of the 1992 constitution, “The sovereignty of Ghana resides in the people of Ghana in whose name and for whose welfare the powers of government are to be exercised…”As our representative, we have every right to  scrutinize every detail of your administration. The responses you give to us when we express our views about your governance are not the best. Statements like, you are a dead goat, and take into consideration only criticisms that come from those who have been presidents before are not good for our democracy. If that is the case then please do not come to people who have not been presidents before to solicit for votes come 2016: Because we will not listen.

Mr. President, we need you to address these issues, please the decision to make us students pay our own utility bills will drain the typical Ghanaian student and make many other students drop out of school. Daddy please let us feel the “ BETTER GHANA” promise. And  please let our suggestions and views carry weight in your administration.

Sincerely yours,

Vandal Felix .

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