Akogun Akomolafe

  • 5 March 2020 at 07 : 08 AM

    Dissecting SONA 2020

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    I can only answer you with a quote by the late Professor Adebayo Adedeji: “Any economy that marginalizes people is doomed to failure. It is time that we stop applauding our leaders for reeling out meaningless statistics, most of them self-generated, and force them to address the absence of basic amenities for our people. Instead of telling us what Bloomberg is saying about our economy, our president should tell us why some Ghanaians still share drinking waterholes with cattle. Instead of reeling out fanciful figures about inflation and whatnots, our presidents should be asked to stop his mile-long motorcade, wind down his car’s windows and tell us why, if our economy is booming, so many of our people are eking out a miserable existence as hawkers and beggars in the hot sun on the streets of our major cities and towns. Those are the type of things we should ask those that lead us to address. Do you know something, Mr. Frimpong?

    And what should I know?

    I no longer blame those who are misruling us…

    Whom do you blame, then?

    I blame us, the citizens. Do you know about Stockholm Syndrome?

    No. What’s that?

    Let me quote from Wikipedia: “Stockholm syndrome is a condition in which hostages develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity. Emotional bonds may be formed, between captor and captives, during intimate time together, but these are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims.” I think that psychologists need to come up with a new term to describe us as Stockholm Syndrome did not do adequate justice to what is afflicting us. Just look at us, it appears that the more our misrulers in Africa debase us, the more tenacious we become in defending them. How do we explain the situation where we have a highly educated and well-traveled and well-exposed man like yourself waxing lyrical over a useless address by a president? Just look at the amount of time and energy and resources we expend daily in discussing issues relating to our elite who are but a tiny minority? We do not engage in meaningful discussions about social or economic development, all we do is engage in endless debates over political nonsensical.

     

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  • 21 February 2020 at 19 : 13 PM

    On Germany

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    On Germany

    We urged Europeans to recover from their amnesia and wake up from their moral slumber. They should remember that just fifty years, the same type of harassment of minorities, started in the same Germany which later engulfed them in a war, in which many Africans paid the supreme sacrifice to end. If they do not wake up to their responsibility and condemn it now, they should remember that there would be no colonial subjects to serve as cannon fodder to bail them out this time around.

     

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  • 5 February 2020 at 07 : 10 AM

    Ghana Ambulance Dancers

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    Ghana Ambulance Dancers

    There you go again with your sweeping generalisations. Is it every Ghanaian that drinks water with cows, and is it every house in this country that lacks electricity…

    You are getting it wrong, my friend. The very fact that a single citizen of our blessed republic drink water from the same stream with cows, that a single citizen sleep in darkness should be something that causes us great shame in this age and time! We live close to the Equator and we should be able to get enough electricity form all the energy that is being wasted around us. I don’t consider it a generalization to question why, after sixty years of independence, we cannot supply our people with potable water…

    Do you argue that you will find a society, a country without its own challenges? Even today, mighty China is struggling with the Coronavirus?

    Wow! You certainly know how to compare Apple with pepper! Of course, every country faces its own peculiar problem. I do not argue that there is a country without a problem. What I say is that few countries struggle with providing their people with water and electricity, not to mention food and shelter. I argue that we spend more time in celebration than in production…

    Says who?

    Says you, yourself. Today is January the 28th 2020, a Tuesday, and dancing away with your fellow party colleagues to celebrate with the president who is in faraway Accra to commission imported ambulance. I am sure that many party diehards like you in other parts of the country will also be dancing and drinking away in solidarity with the president. Says the fact that we declared a public holiday for Farmers when a good chunk of our budget goes into food import. By the way, I thought you were a hardcore CPP stalwart, when did you join the NPP?

    You! Get out of there! Na CPP man go chop?

    Wow! What happened to join ideological convictions…

    I beg leave me alone. Ideology dey put garri for table? Man must eat, oooo.

     

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  • 29 July 2019 at 10 : 33 AM

    Trump Versus Fanon

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    #TrumpVersusFanon:   To the Africans fuming against POTUS Trump, I say: Go and get and READ Frantz Fanon books. I recommend especially these two: The Wretched of the Earth Black Skin, White Mask   In many of my writings, I lamented that we are not champions when it comes to learning useful lessons from history. […]

     

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  • 29 July 2019 at 10 : 10 AM

    Our Hypocrisy

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    #OurHypocrisy   Unfortunately for our children and future generations, we lack the capacity to take thoughts for tomorrow! About the only thing we think about is ME, the rest of the society can go to blazes! We do not appear to appreciate the fact we can never be bigger than the society in which we […]

     

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  • 29 July 2019 at 10 : 24 AM

    18 African Fables & Moonlight Stories Launch

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    Coming out in September 2019     Book: 18 African Fables & Moonlight Stories Author: Femi Akomolafe Publisher: Larajah Limited   Introduction: In times past, it was through the telling of stories, that Africans learned the customs and traditions of their societies. Older members of households would gather younger ones, and stories would be told. […]

     

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  • 17 June 2019 at 14 : 20 PM

    Not in Defence of Ghana Airways

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    “And there was this chief from a village around Dunkwa-on-Offin. It was in December and the chief was dressed only in his traditional garb – a long Kente wrapper. He came with a full complement of Okyeames, drummers, bush-doctors, praise-singers, court-jesters, and concubines. He was carried on the shoulders of four hefty, naked men. The chief’s posse informed us that their custom forbids his feet to touch the ground. The four hirelings were to carry him to London. Needless to tell you that he forgot to buy tickets for them. Don’t even talk about Visa. They were all to travel on his ticket. Of course, they wanted to perform the traditional rites of slaughtering a sheep and smearing our plane with its blood. There was a big hullabaloo when we rejected their requests. “How about a room for the chief to service one of the concubines?” One of the hirelings asked, explaining that another of their antiquated customs demanded the chief ejaculated before embarking on any journey. That was, of course, out of the question. We are running an airline, not a brothel.

     

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  • 2 April 2019 at 08 : 49 AM

    Stop denigrating the Pharaohs

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    My Books on Amazon Africa: it shall be well: https://tinyurl.com/sn64ocd Africa: Destroyed by the gods: https://tinyurl.com/vglfk7w 18 African Fables & Moonlight Stories: https://tinyurl.com/s7qrp4p Try and get your copy. And, please, help me share the links. Kind regards, Femi Akomolafe In the absence of an African alternative, the Chinese CGTN has become my favorite TV station […]

     

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  • 22 March 2019 at 08 : 49 AM

    Why the Black Stars Lost!

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    From my Archives   Being unable to afford a television set, I have to wobble to my favorite akpeteshie bar every time there’s an interesting thing to watch. It was an old Tatung television and one needs a binocular to construct a good image of the pictures shown on the about 10″ set. But it […]

     

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  • 21 March 2019 at 09 : 49 AM

    Random Musings – March 2019

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    “One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised” – Chinua Achebe   Hey, Femi Akomolafe, my friend, where have you been all these days, weeks, years… Ehn… Good afternoon to you. Is that all you are going to tell me? Ehn… Wow. I have missed you! What happened???? What […]

     

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