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Human being - ensuring, maintaining and relocating to peace

Posted by abocco on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 13:07 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

Home is where I find the most peace but all is not peaceful. News broadcasts in Ghana are as common as every top of the hour. I have known Ghanaian news broadcasts to provide good news; hospital building commissionings, speech and prize giving days, and price increases. Call it boring if yu may please but once in a while we have news to 'tickle' you. My friends in Bawku have some 'tickling' news to report, some of their friends have taken to the streets and have left in their wake some dead bodies. "If my brother dey struggle for Kenya, I be Kenyan oh" - Wanlov sang about it, but if my brother is suffering in Kenya, I feel the ripples, I feel the pain. It could happen in my backyard, Bawku is not exactly my backyard, but it is.

Human being is one of the award winning tracks on Wanlov's Green Card album. It is a great song and you would catch onto it very easily. Wanlov has felt the effect of diversity, he must have friends from Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, Romania, Korea, Sudan, Lebanon, Israel, Mexico and even in Iraq. Human being talks about how he feels for his brothers and sisters who are suffering in all those countries. If his sister is suffering in Germany then he is a German, because above all the tribal and national lineages, we are all human beings. Because we are all human beings, we owe it to each other as our brother and sister's keeper.

The political situation in Kenya is disturbing. "I be Kenyan oh". The tribal sentiments have become full blown with an election that went wrong. How two major political parties in the same country became so tribally motivated also beats me. Did they not learn from Julius Nyerere when he purposely mixed the people of Tanzania to ensure that tribes were identified by name and not location and that they would be forced to communicate which would give birth to Kiswahili as a national language? Anyway, the times of sending in task forces to keep peace are here to stay but I would wish that we would take more plausible steps to prevent these ethnic clashes and not always fall back on some bad borders that a few people drew. Let the people know them be human being o, just like you.

"I waited for you to come and help me o, but where were you, where were you, where were you?" We couldn't access the people we needed to help and so the help never came. We need a more open society and should work to tie various communities together. If we understand that we are part of a bigger dispensation as opposed to our origins, locations and names, we will ultimately put our differences behind us and we join in solidarity to our destination. "All we need a little piece of bread and mind, but it's so hard to get." An idle mind is the devil's workshop and a hungry man is an angry man. Enuff said and a word to the wise is enough.

What are we as Ghanaians doing about the Bawku situation? In fact, most of us feel helpless. When the floods broke out in the Northern regions, we felt helpless too. The floods even came to save our national identity, sorry I meant energy crisis, and right after problem one was solved, it gave birth to problem two. We did some fundraising here and there, we tried our best. I am just wondering if we saw the warning signs of trouble in Bawku and if we resolved to do something about it. The disputes between the Kusasis and Mamprusis should be old news, but they are polished like old shoes every now and then because we refuse to fuse and resort to quick fixes. Why shouldn't these groups of Kusasis and Mamprusis not like each other? Do they live in separate places?

Wanlov's Human Being celebrates diversity and the responsibility we have to our neighbours in their time of need. Even America got hit by the Tsunami, the perennial bread crumb getters provided bread. We are all human beings and with the absence of Martians in our midst, we need to develop understanding, respect and peace. We must not allow our little interests to tear the peace into pieces, because we piece this peace together.

Full Human Being lyrics, audio, video.
Photo by Evan Mott


Comments

Northern Ghana

I always hear about how the north is so under developed (terrible roads, extreme poverty, bad schools, etc.) and I wonder what the regional ministers, MPs, DCEs, and assembly men&women in that region have been doing all this while. Who's responsible? Frankly, I'm getting tired of the conflicts in the north, how long will this go on? The money used to deploy soldiers and police could be used to build state of the art schools and libraries in that region.

LET US INVEST IN OUR COUNTRY.LET'S BUILD OUR BUSINESSES & INDUSTRIES (SMALL,MEDIUM, MNC). LET'S PROTECT OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. LET'S SPEAK UP! LET'S CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO.TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE GHANA A BETTER PLACE.YEN ARA Y'ASASE NE! GOD BLESS GHANA!


They are their own enemies

Funny how the most deprived region in Ghana never seems to take a hint but is set in their ways about archaic chieftancy and land disputes which always centres around tribal and ethnic lines. Majority of Aid Agencies have their work centred in the North but to this day i see not much difference. They seem to have their own way of settling disputes (machetes, cutlasses, guns and arrows style) and until a fleet from Achiase Army barracks and a whole police force is dispatched to them, the question of round table peaceful talks and hand shakes after Friday prayers or Sunday Catholic Church service is out of the question. Lets face it the majority of Northerners do not seem to understand the word COMPROMISE or LETTING GO and the moderates who seem to want progress and peace are a few.

District Secretaries, Regional Ministers, Aid Agencies, International bodies, National and Regional conflict support...they have it all but something tells me it has gone to their heads and become a norm.
For a region that is dry and arid and naturally deprived of the greenery and water resources of neighbouring Ashanti region, and with the dry elements always taking a bash and the Sahara creeping in on them year after year, you would think unity, brotherliness and team work would be the order of the day in order to combat the hardships and build something nice for posterity but no...its always about some trivial issues which erupts and spreads everywhere.

Northern Region should wake up! The nation depends on its Pastorial Farming and i wont even mention how nice the yams, hausa koko, pito etc are from that region. They form a nice chunk of the national chart and these constant conflicts are not very easy on them nor the rest of the country.

THE CRINGE FACTOR! WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT GOD MADE THREE WORLDS AND THAT I COME FROM THE THIRD WORLD. THE ISSUE OF RACE IS GEOGRAPHICAL AND NOT A STATUS SYMBOL AND NEITHER IS MY SKIN BLACK NOR YOURS WHITE.