The Place We Call Home

Mama Africa can vehemently boast of her nonpareil natural and mineral resources. She has learned inhabitants who can effect a positive change, a strong human resource capable of capitalizing on their technical know-how and strength to ensure a fast forwarding Africa. But when will that be? A question that the African Map does asks in ages past. Just take a look at the African map, you’ll visualize explicitly.
Oops, enough said; coming to my very own.
I may not know a lot about neighboring countries and those which are several miles away from Ghana my motherland. I will from a pure heart, with a sound mind and a clear conscience address my very own…. GHANA. I know this might irritate some folks but for once let’s the embrace reality, reality again I say we must embrace.
Testing mic 1 2 1 2…all is set; let’s get rolling in the deep.

I begin with the little geography that Prof. once taught me in Kumasi High School.
Somewhere in Africa, along the Gulf of Guinea, just a few degrees north the equator lies the place we call HOME; yes, it’s Ghana our motherland.

Growing up in such a serene, an evergreen environment, a place so pure, so rich, so nice, so much adorable like a queen adorned with pearls made of the finest gold, self -branded with peace unperturbed will forever be one unforgettable experience of mine.

Red, Gold(yellow), Green are my favorite colors and of course the black star will forever be the hope of Africa. Mother nature had been very fair to us in ages past, what an indescribable and unmerited favour.
Our forefathers toiled and shed their blood for our sake; hoping their unprecedented laboring would never be in vain. Caring so much about us, they, in a way laid down for us series of foolproof formulas(attitude, diligence and composure) to becoming a great nation but we refuse to decipher, what a misery.

Now, it saddens my heart when mother nature comes puzzling and questioning us on how disappointing we have been. Turn to the north, to the south, to the east and to the west, what do we see? All we can boast of is failure and disappointment. Are our dreams of living in the golden age shattered? Well, this multi-million-dollar question is left unto you and I.

Up and down the streets you see Maame Akua and Maame Mansah running helter-skelter, hawking their smoked fish. They have become ‘family men’ because Opanin Mensah and Agya Nimo are jobless, provision for the family has become a nightmare and not to talk about the payment of fees and utility bills which leaves them a headache.

Kofi Mensah the young graduate feels disappointed and feels life is not worth living because there is an infinitesimal hope of having his dream job, his dream car and even his dream mansion. Is this our chosen way of life or the life intended for us to live? Such a life is what Citizen Kwame describes as absolute quandary.

Jobs are collapsing, education is falling apart, inadequate health care delivery and the most devastating of all is having unmeasured energy resources (hydro, thermal, solar etc.) but we continually experience what we proudly call “DUMSOR”. The fellow countrymen in long black coats who should care for the ordinary man habitually amass wealth for themselves unceasingly. And you call it servitude; That’s corruption and cheat at its peak. Mother Ghana, arise and take up a new challenge!

Our expertise now is to heap a mouth full criticisms on government thinking that he has failed but quickly we forget that the government is you and I (us). Are we not ashamed? We all have our roles to play.

University graduates are so eager to working in top-notch offices, fully air conditioned. Well that is good though, it’s a great ambition. Nevertheless you want to become bosses and enjoy huge salaries overnight, how quickly do you forget that Rome was not built in a day? Humble yourself, read wide and explore. When you believe, you can achieve.
Mr. University graduate, why not begin something on your own if there are no jobs, if there is no hope to finding one. If there are no jobs, create one! Make an impact in the society, you shall be remembered for that.

And now to you Mr. Politician, you go about deceiving the ordinary man with your palatable words and when you are brought to power, all you think about is your belly and your family. You cease not amassing wealth for yourself, buying flashy cars and luxurious mansions with the tax payers’ money. You must be ruthless, this is inhumanity at the highest order.

To you Professors and lecturers out there parasiting a host of students(females students especially) in the name of higher marks and GPAs, God is watching you! Leave peoples’ girlfriends and future wives alone. Aren’t your wives good and satisfying enough!
And to you the director of that public and private company, you can’t resist chasing after those poor little girls, hopping from one ‘chick’ to another before giving them jobs, squandering the tax payers’ money on so-called girlfriends, yet you refuse to give your wife Maame Esi housekeeping money. You must be heartless.

Now, to you the young man out there , why not make some investment and abhor the wastage of money on pizza, women, expensive sneakers and phones. Shape your future with your investments and savings. Banking halls are not erected for side attraction, they are meant for business in case you forgot.
My sister out there if you claim that what men can do women can do better, so be it then and we shall be fine.

Fellow Ghanaians, countrymen, young and old and to the unborn generation this is the time for renaissance, a rebirth of our nation to live in the golden age. We need no long story for the way forward is positive and feasible. The economic forecast for the coming decade can be changed for the better to look more promising. Education and schooling must change for the better. Together we can! Daring to make a change, we need a new revolution, thus we’ve got to change our way of thinking, this is the first step in our quest for solution.

Our greatest asset is neither our mineral deposits, our monies nor our certificates. You know what, our greatest asset is our mind. We can never afford to let go waste and unexploited.

Fellow Ghanaians it’s time to make a great impact!

By:Yeboah K. Kankam


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