Monday, June 18, 2007

The Tiger and her Tigerians

pal dear,

In the news today, Ghana strikes oil!!!

I had a very busy Monday today but I could just not finish this day without a comment on the loud noise about the oil discovery in Ghana.

kuffour says something to the effect hence that: ...his joy will be that he is remembered as the president under whose tenure oil was found to spark development in Ghana... and what do i say...? i say: "mine o mine! what a JAK we have for a president". See what pal, under this same prez of a JAK, Ghana qualified for the football world cup for the first time. where is the big deal? maybe we are being told with all the "screams of hurray" that the destiny of this country must be entrusted into the hands of some 'JAKs and CO who "are born" with sheer luck'! we don't need people with brains? NO? ...maybe!

i hope that is not the case. i sincerely hope so. why? I felt happy too (to some measured extent) on hearing the news and why not? money means a lot in this artificial world. but you see pal, i would have been very disappointed if all Nkrumah had to tell Ghanaians about his legacy was that his joy was that 'he would go down in history as the one under whose leadership the Gold Coast gained independence and became Ghana'. and what would i have said in response...? "i would have said..."and so what the FUCK?" Thank God Nkrumah did no such USELESS BOASTING.

In fact, Nkrumah went on to rather charge us all to pay heed that "...the independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of the African continent". Pal, how about that for a worthy note? the point is that there was a clear agenda. and mind you, i'm not claiming that the JAK prez should declare in any odd fashion that " the discovery of Ghana oil is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total discoveries of the African oils". that would be meaningless see!

LET THE MESSAGE GO TO ALL LOUD AND CLEAR THAT THE MERE DISCOVERY (OR THE DRILLING OF; OR EVEN THE CASHING OF MONEY FROM) OIL 'waa waaa waaaa' DOES NOT GUARANTEE DEVELOPMENT!!!

and here I'm not the one to tell you about the sad (yes very sad) case of Nigeria and the like.

again the prez of a JAK says now Ghana will fly and become the Tiger of Africa. and what do I say in response...? I joke...i say "now Ghanaians will become tigerians". hahahaaaaa!

but you see pal, i can't take anything away from anyone who thinks he/she must chant and dance for us to see that there has been some 'magic' discovery.
and oh! i won't be surprised at all if before long the JAK of a president appoints a minister of oil.

by the way, I am not a pessimist at all. I just believe we should care for one another.

i pray for the best pal.... i pray for the best!!!


3 comments:

Obed Sarpong 4 u said...

There is something 'nuts' about some of your scribblings on JAK, which tickles me a little, that i shudder to think you have some problem with your prez, Ghana's prez, or 'position ocuppier.'

If someone says the national football team did what couldn't be done under his regime, what has your balls got to do with that. They all do it: praise! I think you should write something else, ok.

And who preached to you that your most noble Dr. Nkrumah never boasted? He was the first. Truth: he was a little ungrateful to people who gave him opportunity. Truth: he swept the streets and left his bedroom dirty.
Truth: as an African politician, his instincts drove him to boast on some of the things he did.

I can go on. But it's unnecessary to waste the power in my fingers to type on dead matters which you always wish to resurrect.
Besides, he did what he could; he couldn't do all. And that makes him human. So let him rest!

Obed Sarpong 4 u said...

Hey, almost forgot. I thank hell god you saw that you were been pessimistic and didn't have to tell you.

You want me to substantiate that? Okay. You made negative comparisons with 'Nigeria and the others.' Meanwhile you could have written that Ghana has the chance to learn from its failed neighbour!
You also had Libya for a little good oil management. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran are also there.

Yet you chose a failed one. There lies your gross pessimism.

novisi said...

...oh! how so empty the 'truths' you want to mention and i quote you below:

"And who preached to you that your most noble Dr. Nkrumah never boasted? He was the first. Truth: he was a little ungrateful to people who gave him opportunity. Truth: he swept the streets and left his bedroom dirty.
Truth: as an African politician, his instincts drove him to boast on some of the things he did."

clearly the above quote flies off at a tangent to my article...and not only that...the akans will say (aba nim--meaning there's no seed in it...literally)...i mentioned a specific and you give me empty truths...well...so thank God you did not continue!

and oh! we are talking about the common-good of the masses and your pick is about 'being a little ungrateful to the people who gave him opportunity?' indeed! which people? i see what u mean and i think it's a cheap way to look at the issue...debatable still.

well maybe u need to read my post all over again...i stated that: "...Thank God Nkrumah did no such USELESS BOASTING"

OK. so i did not say Nkrumah never boasted...NO! and to open it a bit more to help, i did not even say that it is a bad thing to boast. NO! but i'm clearly opposed to any 'USELESS BOASTING'...the kind referred to in my post.

and pessimism is not a bad thing...not even when it comes in 'gross'!...and how so you make my words of caution to be a display of gross pessimism! oh no! oh yes! oh yes and no and no and yes!