SOMTUAKA WRITES: I SPEAK OF AND FOR THE GHANAIAN
Right after birth, he begins his almost live long experience of hell. If there is indeed any hell, the Ghanaian goes through his right here; not after he has died.
Unlike in the past when the first cock crow would wake him up, he wakes the cock to crow. By the time he should still be resting the body, he is up to start a long day of hard and mostly unrewarding job.
With very little rest, the day drags sluggishly along until like a prisoner, he is granted to go back home at dusk. From dawn to dusk, his is nothing but toil, hard labour, under the unsparing scorches of the sun or at the mercy of the Whiteman’s aircondioners. Now he is back home to rest, but what bids him welcome home? Either he is greeted by an unannounced blackout or his tap is not running.
No water to bath, no light to entertain himself, he is forced to retire to bed. But let the month end – he is paid below the minimum wage, salary far too small to settle his rent, and utility bills, left alone, feeding, wardrobe and other needs.
In the end, that Ghanaian man or woman who works like a donkey (far more than anyone else) gets paid less and the very system that subjects him to this form of slavery squeezes the last pesewa out of his hand, leaving him with nothing to begin the new month. But he still has another contribution left to make – a tenth of that funny meager monthly wage goes to God or he dreads going to hell.
Even more, the Christian pastor or Islamic imam is there every week to scare him to death with dreadful stories of hell fire. But I ask; Mr. Ghanaian, if this is no hell to you, what then is hell? But do you deserve this situation you find yourself in? every institution or individual that should work to make you better off is rather milking you dry and you still feel you owe allegiance to them politicians and preacher men? You can’t be that dumb.
Now the black man is a forced and enslaved stranger in his own land. What is the way out of this box? The black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity to a poor helpless stranger whose only business for live is to beg or work himself for a wage too small to support a frugal life.
You can’t be that African. Break free from your political, social, economic and religious shackles and fly like a bird to where you deserve to be. You owe nobody an apology. Be proud and apologetically African.