Black Stars
Black Stars

Never be afraid to tell the truth, as a wise man once said. We just have one Ghana. We can’t afford to be complacent as she creeps closer to the ditch. I’ve read a lot about Ghana and Africa’s past over the years. I was ecstatic about the Swahili past. Ancient Egyptian civilization’s success was due in part to its ability to adapt to the agricultural conditions of the Nile River valley. The fertile valley’s predictable flooding and regulated irrigation created surplus crops, which sustained a dense population, as well as social growth and culture.

Hey, I’m not going to bore you with Swahili and Egypt history because that’s not why I’m here today. Some of us will always stand up for what is right. Any man who deals with others in a sycophantic manner is better off dead than alive. Every day, Ghana bleeds, and one is tempted to wonder, “Are Ghanaian politicians in it to create, loot, and share?” The country is afflicted by a chronic illness that is unlikely to be healed in the near future. We claim zero tolerance for corruption every now and then, but is this really true? I pity the youth who fight for politicians during elections all in the name of GHC50. If I had to name two good leaders in Ghana after Independence, they would be Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Dr. Hilla Limann, I respectfully salute you. In Ghana, political leadership is the quickest path to ill-gotten money.

Dr. Hilla Limann’s accomplishments in agriculture, electricity, transportation, and rural growth, among other areas, were enormous. During his 27-month and 7-day term in office, Dr. Limann was instrumental in our new oil discovery, the Kpong Hydro-Electric Dam, and other key developmental ventures.

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, on the other hand, dedicated his life to fighting for the country’s and people’s betterment. Despite several efforts to eliminate him, he persisted. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah established the Mfantsiman Secondary School, Ofori Panyin Secondary School, Techiman Secondary School, and Winneba Secondary School as part of the Ghana Education Trust scheme. Swedru Secondary School, Apam Secondary School, Dormaa Secondary School, Tema Secondary School, Oda Secondary School, Ghana National College of Cape Coast and Labone Secondary School were among the remaining schools.

To dispel the misconceptions of some of our time’s corrupt and hypocritical leaders, I’ll mention that Dr. Nkrumah founded the Kwadaso College of Education, Atebubu Training College, Berekum Training College, Fosu Training College, and Enchi Training College. I would like to mention the Kumasi Technical Institute (now University), Ajumako School of Languages (now under UEW), Accra Polytechnic now Accra Technical University, University of Cape Coast (UCC), and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to further support my position on Dr. Nkrumah’s unparalleled success, University of Ghana (then University College of Gold Coast affiliated with University of London) was made a full-fledge University to grant its Degrees, and Kwame Nkrumah Institute of Economics and Political Science (now the South Campus of UEW) among other things.

He constructed the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (previously Kumasi Central Hospital), converted Korle-Bu into a teaching hospital, and increased its capacity by adding the Medical, Maternity, Surgical, and Child Health blocks. Ghana Medical School was created, and all people were entitled to free medical care. GIHOC Pharmaceuticals was established, as was the construction of several hospitals and clinics.

Since Dr. Nkrumah understood the importance of factories and industries, he built the Abosso Glass Factory, Zuarungu Meat Factory, Wenchi Tomato Factory, and Kade Match Factory, among others. Accra Housing and Hotel Projects (Labone Estate, Kanda Estates, Osu Ringway Estates, Airport Residential Area). Kumasi saw the (Patasi Estate, Kwadaso Estate, Buokrom Estates, North and South Suntreso).

He also designed State Hotels (Star, Meridian, Ambassador, Continental, now Golden Tulip Accra), City Hotel Catering Rest Houses, and Peduase Lodge. Ghana Museums, Ghana Film Corporation, Ghana News Agency, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Atomic Reactor Station, Akosombo Dam, Accra (now Kotoka) International Airport, Tema Motorway, Tema Harbour, and Adomi Bridge are just a few of the many projects that have been completed. Dr. Nkrumah accomplished the above in less than ten years (1957–1966).

This was a man who never gave up, always believing in the country and its people, and keeping faith with both. Gone are the days when honorable men stood up for morals and principles. People used to matter back then. Those were the days when leaders could be counted on to follow through on their promises. Compare them to today’s egotistical politicians who just care for themselves. The only thing that matters to them is their well-being. Grab all you can while the sun is shining. The only thing that matters is power.

What are we witnessing today, Ghana? It’s all about outmaneuvering political rivals, luring greedy, selfish, depraved politicians who are willing to be bought into forgetting their electoral promises and throwing out the manifesto that spelt out their commitment to the electorate. These crooked politicians have never used their personal resources to help the needy, but they are willing to spend tens of millions of dollars to gain popularity and mislead voters. It’s all about money and influence. Take a look at the massive cabinet that some of our representatives have built over time. An agenda aimed at promoting all of their members to ministerial positions and naming them as CEOs of government-linked firms that pay them astronomically high wages, as well as lavish benefits and allowances!

Support has shifted away from shared values and beliefs. It is largely dependent on the amount of money that can be made from both of these positions. What a shame, isn’t it? Come to Ghana, where the people have lost faith in the government, the judiciary, the legislature, and the media. The Kings, who were our last resort, are in the worst possible situation. With some encouraging galamsey. Others allegedly enjoy sleeping with women who are old enough to be their children. It’s no surprise that our country is bleeding. We claim to be fighting galamsey, but it is now widespread in Kyebi, Obuasi, Konongo, and the surrounding areas. Illegal mining has poisoned our Pra, Offin, Densu, Ankobra, and Birim rivers. The nation will import water in the coming days. What are we doing as a country to reverse this downward trend?

His Excellency, Nana Addo, has reportedly unveiled a $15 million fundraising campaign to help Ghana’s Black Stars at AFCON 2022. An effort that I consider to be a misplaced priority. Please, Mr. President, we need a reliable electricity supply, not AFCON; we need to eliminate schools under trees, not AFCON; we need decent road networks, not AFCON; we need good health care, not AFCON; and we need to eliminate the double-track scheme, not AFCON. With all due respect, Your Excellency, you have every right to raise funds for the Stars, but is it expedient? So I pose the question, “When will Ghana stop bleeding?”.

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