Monday, March 14, 2011

Akufo-Addo, Mind The Gap! It is A Trap! Part 3

Akufo-Addo, Mind The Gap! It is A Trap! Part 3 (Final) 

by Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.

I read to my very profound amusement, the news caption, "Nana Addo hugs Mills as preacher man inspires", Ghanaweb General News of Monday, 14 March 2011. The story began with, "President John Evans Atta Mills and his political rival, Nana Akufo-Addo were on Sunday March 13, moved by a preacher man’s sermon to shake hands and hug each other to end what appears to be a frosty relationship between the two in the last few months."

There is a Akan proverb, which says, "When you see a frog hoping out of its hole on a sunny afternoon, you have to know immediately he is running away from something"! I knew Akufo-Addo was going to mellow down his "All-Die-Be-Die!" nonsense because it was politically toxic and extremely suicidal to launch a campaign platform in 2011 Ghana! They have insisted he would never apologize for the inward-looking, ethnocentric, and intellectually bankrupt slogan. We have been offered suggestions that by saying "We Akans are not cowards", Mr. Akufo-Addo was referring to the NPP, which is national in character and not necessarily a tribal Akan party!

In other words, the want to tell us that the "Akan" nature of the NPP is national in character! There is no way Akufo-Addo is going to get out of this hole without the ladder of "Excuse me, fellow countrymen, I was wrong to use the words "We Akans are not cowards... 2012 is going to be All die be die!"  There is no amount of hugging that can doctor the image of a tribal warlord beating war drums even before the vote! Considering the fact that Akufo-Addo's own body guards have been very notorious in violently beating up the body guards of his principal opponent at Cape Coast in the last elections, the camera man of the ex-President Rawlings in Kumasi, he sounds like a mad person complaining about himself!

I was speaking to a friend six months before the elections, and I was told that the NDC was being increasingly perceived as aggressive, violent, and too-much warlike, and so they are not liked by many people. Then six months later, the same person told me the situation had changed and that the NDC's Presidential candidate has managed to keep his title of "Asomdweehene", the "King of Peace", and the NPP was losing because they have become too aggressive and some of them are even looking for a civil war.

This was not music only to my ears, it was a confirmation of my own thoughts. I knew instinctively when I heard Akufo-Addo on the radio, not even bothering to say "We NPP" but "We Akans are not cowards... All die be die!" , that he was finished, caput! Yes the Kapwewe is caput without the saving grace of opening his toothless mouth to say "I am sorry for threatening you with a tribal war instead of a right-wing political one from the NPP. I meant to say the NPP and not Akans who are the cowards! The error is deeply regretted!" Is this too much to ask?

This is the first sign that Akufo-Addo is feeling the heat of his pugilistic, ethnocentric and extremely stupid comments. I saw it coming. He now wants to present himself as a peaceful and reconciliatory individual by pretending to hug the President. This is the nearest any one can squeeze out of an arrogant individual of that calibre. It is comforting to note that not even the arrogant aristocratic and self-appointed elites can feel the heat of public disapproval. This is good news. How can any political leader in Ghana be able identity publicly with one ethnic group and threaten death and destruction to non-Akans, and get away with it?

As usual, he has shown no intention of rendering his unqualified apologies for this unqualified nonsense! The Akan-tribalist presidential candidate of the NPP is clearly retreating from the aggressive and warmongering image he has cut for himself. Like a beast that defecates in public places, and fails even to clean its own anus, Akufo-Addo fails to render apologies and resorts to hugging!  Is this man too short to say "I am sorry"? Is it because of his arrogance that he is not able to come out to publicly say "I am sorry, what I said was a slip of the tongue, or in a bad taste!"?

Even if he had said, "We members of the NPP are not cowards", it would still have been a very low point in his political career! But coming out to say that "We Akans are not cowards" and promising hell fire and brimstones on innocent Ghanaians simply because it is his last chance at the presidential race is extremely disgusting!  He should stop the hugging and apologize for the nonsense! Hugging President Mills shall never help, even though we know he is trying to beat a retreat!

Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!


The Odikro, Nana Akyea Mensah

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Akufo-Addo, Mind The Gap! It is A Trap! Part 2

By Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.

A Rejoinder to: '“All-Die-Be-Die” Clarion Bests Mills’ State-of-the-Nation Address' Part 2, by Okoampa-Ahoofe, Kwame.

The more Okoampa writes on this subject, the angrier I become. I already feel angrier than the reader is going to discern from this article. This is because I am deliberately controlling myself. I just want to make it clear that where there are issues that involve the life and death of innocent people, I am in no mood to play ball! I have therefore decided to issue a very stern warning that Okoampa to end immediately the serialization of the current series of nonsense emanating from him, otherwise he and Akufo-Addo shall see the temperature rise in corresponding rejoinders to each article he writes on this subject.

I don't mind if Okoampa heeds this warning or not. It would be a pleasure to deal with both Akufo-Addo and Okoampa at the same time. This is going to be like killing two birds with a stone, or killing two goats with one kick! By this, I don't mean physically. I mean it politically. Akufo-Addo is going to remain alive but politically impotent because of his own stupid utterances, silly spin-doctors like Okoampa, coupled with the arrogance of the Akyem dwarf!

Since this is the first time I am issuing such a warning, I shall control myself with grace under pressure. But I do not warn people like Okoampa twice! I shall begin hostilities in the very next article. Suffice it to state once more that yet again Okoampa has left a hiatus between his topic and the content. I wonder if he has managed even to convince himself that the "all did be die" nonsense of Akufo-Addo "Bests Mills’ State-of-the-Nation Address'"!

In his latest article under review, here is one example Okoampa gives to show that Akufo-Addo's "We Akans are not cowards, ....Ghanaians want us to be in power, so all die be die! All die be die!" Okoampa writes:

“The Ministry of Education will be working in conjunction with the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture[,] as well as the relevant State and private entities[,] to reinforce Arts and Culture Festivals in second[-]cycle institutions.” If the preceding is not an epic disappointment of apocalyptic proportions, then we don't know what else it is!

If reinforcing "Arts and Culture Festivals in second[-]cycle institutions”, is an "an epic disappointment of apocalyptic proportions", then what about the spectre of an Akyem dwarf inciting his tribesmen to wage a tribal war in modern day Ghana?

Here is another gap Akufo-Addo has to mind. Okoampa sets out to correct the English of the President, even though I am yet to see him correct "All die be die", which is certainly not in regular English usage. Here is the correction he made to the President's speech:

“Madam Speaker, we are going to make an effort to reorient the psyche [sic] of our youth[s] towards what we consider to be Ghanaian values – especially on the issue of moral consciousness.”

Funny thing is that just in the next paragraph we see Okoampa himself using the same word he has corrected! Okoampa writes:

"Needless to say, we had anticipated the President to highlight the training of more indigenous language and culture teachers, such as has been done at the Ajumako School of Ghanaian Languages, in order to enhance the inculcation of positive Ghanaian/African cultural values into our youths." Please note his use of the word "our youths" and compare this with what he he highlighted as a mistake in the President's speech: "our youth[s]". Is this an English professor or just an ordinary idiot?

In all fairness, this article is a little bit better than the part one, for the simple reason that it attempts to raise some issues of relevance to the title. Okoampa writes:

'Ultimately, what was also interesting about President Mills' third “State-of-the-Nation Address” was the shockingly, albeit predictably, infantile manner in which Ghana's Chief-of-State attempted to impugn Nana Akufo-Addo's incontrovertibly apt call for members of the main opposition New Patriotic Party to vigorously defend themselves against executive-condoned, seasonal NDC assaults on Danquah-Busia-Dombo partisans. Once again, “take a reading”.

Here Okoampa is already rewriting a history that is less than two weeks old! Had Akufo Addo said "We the members of the NPP" instead of saying "We Akans", what Okoampa is writing would have held water. I would have been worried, but not horrified and shocked in this way. Akufo-Addo said "we Akans", not "we NPP", and that is specifically the reason why he owes Ghanaians an apology.

On the contrary, the text Okoampa cites to be worse than the "all die be die" nonsense is not very much different from the kind of sense I am busy pumping into his head:

“And let no one think that inciting or priming others for violence is the way to determine the outcome of elections.” And still further: “We will not sit idly by and allow some persons to throw this country into a state of chaos just to satisfy their self-centered and inordinate political desires.”'

In what way does "We Akans are not cowards" and we are ready to fight our way to power, "all die be die" bests the State of the Nation Address delivered by the President in Parliament recently? Ha? Did you hear the President uttering anything remotely resembling this nonsense?

In the first place, who told you that all die be die? You cannot compare the death of Jesus who was an innocent person, with the death of the two other murderers who accompanied him on his left and right on the cross! You cannot say that when someone dies from malaria it is the same as the ritual murder of Nana Akyea Mensah, the Odikro of Apedwa, whom the uncle of Akufo-Addo, Dr. J.B. Danquah, and his own father, Edward Akufo-Addo were fully apprised of the details and probably involved in the conspiracy to commit such a heinous human sacrifice!

There is a proverb which says, "a snake shall always give birth to something long!" And I suppose that in the case of dwarfs, a dwarf shall always give birth to something short! Ritual murderers like that! All die no be die! Walahi!

I end here because I do not want to lose my temper yet! Let me see a part three of the same nonsense from Kwame Okoampa, and he will begin to regret the day on which he was born! Who born dwarf? Sorry, who born dog?

Over to you Kwame Okoampa!

Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!

Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro

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