...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.