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Letta to Osagyefo: The Founder’s Day debate - what date and what name?

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 03/05/2009 - 00:59

Felicitations Osagyefo,

The last time I wrote to you, your daughter, Samia, had become a Member of Parliament. Now, she is in the news again praising Ghana’s new president, Asomdwoe Hene Atta Mills for proposing a Founder’s Day to honour you. This national holiday would commemorate your 100th birthday, September 21, 2009 and would be a yearly affair just like Martin Luther King Day in the USA. I don’t know why this bit is not surprising, but the folks in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) have opposed this proposal and getting this legislation to pass is going to be a battle in parliament. This opposition is being branded as a feature of the “Mate me ho” folk, which dates back as far as you emerged on the scene as Ghana’s leader. The National Democratic Congress’ majority will probably chalk another democratic victory so felicitations again, Osagyefo, it seems you are about to chalk another feat.


Letta to Osagyefo - Samia Nkrumah the wonder aba!

Posted by Nwia on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 03:42

Greetings Osagyefo,

I hope you are doing well and getting into another gear for the festive season. As for me, I'm following Kaakyire Kwame Appiah's 24 song to the tee, I'll be going to Sikakrom to spend Christmas. Even though there is a credit crunch, I still have some money to purchase a ticket from one continent to the other and buy Christmas gifts. It's called 'saving by being chisel and hustle' . I'll be going to meet a Ghana I haven't seen in awhile, a Ghana that is gearing up for an election. That should be interesting. Ghana's election is going to a second round. The NPP and NDC would be going at it. One person who will not be going against anything is sure to be Samia Nkrumah. She's the new member of parliament for Jomoro.

Osagyefo, your daughter is a wonder o! Many people didn't give her a chance to wrest the parliamentary seat from Hon. Lee Ocran, and besides the NPP did have a candidate in the Jomoro race. Your name does do wonders! Samia's opponents were running against your name, the name that rings synonymous with Ghanaian independence. It could be likened to running a long-distance race against an Ethiopian or Kenyan. Maybe Jomoro voters were enthralled by the beauty of Samia Yaba in that ballot box. Fair-coloured woman with an Nkrumah last-name? Done deal. There was talk of her campaign being funded by the ruling NPP government. That didn't break her down. Her brother and your ‘prodigal son’, Sekou, fired shots at her from the camp of the NDC, but that didn't rattle her. I wish Sekou had run for MP too. Imagine if he run against Ellembelle Mugabe? Samia still trounced Ocran and is now the sole CPP parliamentarian.


Letta to Osagyefo - Elections 2008 draws to a close

Posted by Nwia on Fri, 12/05/2008 - 20:49

Dear Osagyefo,

Forgive my insubordinate self for not keeping in touch. I know my letters have become occasional but it's not because you didn't send me that stimulus package. I will change. But as you can guess, there is an occasion. Coming up in two days is the election in Ghana. Ghana will be electing a new president as Traveller John steps down after two-terms. We know for sure there will be a change in who our first citizen is. Would there be a change in what our first citizen does? The world is looking at Ghana wondering if we'll pass another test in our democracy. We'll be praying for peace and a free and fair election.

Kwame, people are saying Ghanaians are too 'chill' for post-election violence in case some group of people feel there is a stolen verdict. Kenya and Zimbabwe cannot happen in Ghana they say. Some credit you for pushing unity amongst Ghanaians, overseeing the development of our education system which encouraged Ghanaians to leave their hometowns and settle in areas where their mother tongue was not spoken and children attending boarding schools all over the country. Kenya has done similar things so what is so different about Ghanaians? It's because we have seen what happened there and various campaigns have been waged to curtail any violence. I think the presidential candidates should have joined Junior Judas and Traveller John in a short video to preach peace as well. We haven't taken this thing too seriously.


Letta to Osagyefo - September 21st gives birth again - this time to a renewed CPP

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 09/25/2008 - 07:33

Happy Belated Birthday Osagyefo,

Kwame, some people in this world are old, but as for you, you are grown. What! 99 years! I am struggling with my quarter-life crisis and am dreading the next few years; I can't even imagine a mid-life crisis. Happy belated again sir, and may you find rest and sleep at the same side of the bed you slept on September 20th. Do find that spot again because you smiled at your fans. You must have smiled when you read the news about the national launch of your rejuvenated party's campaign for this year's election. The CPP is back, new, vibrant and attractive.

Nkrumahists like us cherish your birthday like other holidays in the Ghanaian calendar. Were you called the African Showboy due to the flamboyant parties you threw for your birthday? Were you called the African Showboy because of how you lavished cedis (when they were as good as dollars) on your friends and sympathizers? September 21st is remembered as your birthday but the chapter has been re-written, the 2008 version will go down as the day Paa Kwesi Nduom's CPP launched its national campaign with a rally for the ages and introduced the running mate in the race for the FlagStaff house, the site of the new Presidential Palace. Actually, the Presidential Palace is on hold due to a myriad of problems, so let's call this election the race to be the first citizen of Ghana. Shall we?


Letta to Osagyefo - Working for Ghana

Posted by Nwia on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 06:01

Hello Osagyefo,

A lot has happened since I last wrote to you. Chief among them, the Beijing Olympics just ended over the weekend. I share in your disappointment; our beloved country failed to win a single medal. Either our athletes are not good enough to earn our national anthem some airtime on the world stage or we are not investing enough in various sports disciplines so that we can be counted amongst countries with medals. We went there to make up the numbers. But we didn't even have the numbers - our contingent was less than a score (Ha, always wanted to use this expression). In the meantime, our current president handed out a ton of medals recently to about 200 people who have served our nation in various ways. Each 18 carat gold medal cost 33,000 pounds. Here's a good debate Kwame: should we have spent this gold medallion money on our athletes instead to save face at the Olympics? Are the Olympics that important or we should rather cherish celebrating our national heroes?


Letta to Osagyefo - Power corrupts and power can overcome corruption as well

Posted by Nwia on Fri, 06/20/2008 - 07:02

Hey Osagyefo,

Please don't put me into your bad books due to this long silence. I have been thinking about you but I was preoccupied with thinking about my classes rather than dedicating time to preparing a letter to you. After all, no one is paying me to do this, but my classes are supposed to get me paid in the future. Eventually. So appreciate my efforts, Kwame, I am not being corrupted. I surely don't need any brown envelopes to share my thoughts on our beloved nation. Now think of those who are actually supposed to serve our nation. It's their job to do it. They are the ones whose jobs have been clouded in the controversy called corruption. It's a canker, but what can we do about it?


Letta to Osagyefo - Knowledge of what's going on at home

Posted by Nwia on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 23:50

Hey Osagyefo,

I've been back in Yankee for about two weeks now. I am sorry for not notifying you earlier, I wanted to settle in first. I am happier about being back now, a new quarter has started, I've spoken to a number of friends and loved ones, enjoyed fast internet for a while now, you know. I don't think I know much about what's going on in Ghana, even though there are countless media outlets to keep me informed. It just doesn't look the same you know. A discerning Ghanaian abroad may hear people making a big deal about one political party threatening fire and brimstone if an election goes a certain way on radio, but to the Ghanaian at home, there is nothing burning and no signs of smoke. but I never paid much attention to these popular news outlets online when I was home but I am stuck with them now. Where did the other sources of news and information go?


Letta to Osagyefo - Using our hard earned tax payers' money

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 11:05

Hello Osagyefo,

I hope you are doing great. I am in my last week in Sikakrom and I am wanting some more days to spend with my family. The thought of when I will see them again after I have returned to Yankee troubles me. A friend told me awhile ago that I have stayed in Ghana far too long so I should leave. The stuff I had in my polythene bag when I returned to Ogyakrom on Christmas Eve is finished. I didn't even pay taxes but the cost of living in Ghana is becoming unbearable for even the returnees. Imagine if I had to pay taxes!


Letta to Osagyefo - Tribute to the Mosquito

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 03/13/2008 - 14:15

Good day Osagyefo,

I told you I'll report back on this year's independence day. I managed to do most of the things I wanted to do. The other highlight was going to the Trade Fair Centre at LA (Labadi). They were having the 12th Ghana Trade fair and there were a lot of good deals. I bought a tourist map with info because I wanted to learn a little more about Ghana's tourism. I happened to chance upon the MKOGH store as well and couldn't resist buying something cuz the sales lady was too nice. I bought a T-shirt that had a quote of yours for half the price. It was a great deal. I bought it in the spirit of independence, whose hard-fought battle was led by you. But Kwame, I shudder to think, did you really win independence for us? Was it not the mosquito?


Letta to Osagyefo - Happy Indpendence Day

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 03/06/2008 - 11:02

Kwame Nkrumah independence ghanaHappy Independence day Osagyefo,

I haven't celebrated this huge day in Ghana for a long while. I don't even know how I am going to celebrate it. As you guessed, it's a holiday so most of us are staying at home. Not me. What will I do if I stay at home? Watch the 8th and final independence parade under Mr. Sexy Eyes' watch? Not enough. The man would not find the faces of the hundreds of children who'll have to stand under the scorching sun for hours at the Independence Square sexy. I hope the children see this opportunity as an honour and not a burden. March 6th is a day to honour Sikakrom (or Ogyakrom) and is a more than an opportunity to stay at home and sleep in.


Letta to Osagyefo - questions surrounding our true colours

Posted by Nwia on Mon, 02/25/2008 - 12:46

Hello Osagyefo,

It's been 2 weeks since the African Cup of Nations came to an end. Trust your people to be still talking about what went wrong, what could have been done better and which heads should roll for the failure to annex the trophy for the fifth time. Not many people are calling for the head of Prophet Hakeem though which is okay. What I find most interesting is the disappearance of the goodwill Ghana enjoyed amongst Ghanaians during the tournament. Kwame, we are not wearing the red, gold, green colours anymore. You could argue that our true colours are coming out. We are wearing AIG clad Manchester United jerseys and England national team 'shadas'. "Now I see your true colours shining". You know that Phil COllins' masterpiece is a treasured song in Ghana, or don't you?


Letta to Osagyefo - superstition surrounding the 'host and win' agenda

Posted by Nwia on Fri, 02/08/2008 - 14:22

Prophet Hakeem Black Stars CAN 2008 Ghana superstitionGood morning Osagyefo,

I am in mourning. The dream is over. The host and win cause took a wrong turn yesterday, ably navigated by the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun. The boys went on to the field and labored in vain, they didn't get a single opportunity to do the kangaroo dance. The Black Stars could not shine on this (Black) Thursday and the country's wait for a 5th continental trophy will have to wait a couple more years. Kwame, I have wondering why we had to lose in the semi-finals. Kai, I am getting a little bit superstitious.


Letta to Osagyefo - organizing a great tournament

Posted by Nwia on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 13:20

Hello Osagyefo,

I am sure you have thoroughly enjoyed the clash between the Black Stars and Nigeria's Super Eagles. It was an astounding game and the boys showed a lot of resilience and character to emerge victorious even though they had the numerical disadvantage. Maybe we had 10 men, but we really had the home crowd factor which has been marvellous throughout the tournament. We haven't had the other matches enjoy full capacity crowds for the most part though, but whose fault is it? Is the passion of the nation football or our national team? Are Ghanaians too poor to throng the stadia? Osagyefo, we should not be happy with the near-empty stadia we are showcasing to 4.5 billion people around the world.


Letta to Osagyefo - supporting our workers

Posted by Nwia on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 12:32

Hello Osagyefo,

Thank you for your intercession the last time. 3 points is 3 points you know. The Black Stars do battle again today and they need our support. We are all expecting Ghanaians to troop the Ohene Djan Stadium (yea, Osagyefo, it's named after him) and sing some serious jama songs (minus the insults) to charge our charges on. Most workplaces would be closing earlier to allow fans to watch the game. I was going to close early but with Accra traffic, I will close earlier. I need to support too. :-)


Letta to Osagyefo - our business is coming of age

Posted by Nwia on Thu, 01/24/2008 - 13:53

Hey Osagyefo,

Football is such a beautiful sport, is it not? The excitement level at which my last letter came to you has stepped up a few notches. Football is so beautiful that it even drives political opponents to shut their beaks and support the same team. Only God knows what would be happening in Kenya if the Harambee Stars were at the African Cup of Nations in Ghana. Don't you think the youth would sit glued to their televisions instead of running around burning down churches and killing people? Football is uniting many people and African businesses are buying into this unity.

Imagine the excitement MTN is having at their offices across Africa. MTN is the title sponsor of the Cup of Nations and so everywhere you go, MTN is there. Check out their marketing slogans - There is no stopping you, GO!; GO be part of a bigger family; GO make that call; GO stand out; GO be famous. No wonder the unofficial rallying cry for your Black Stars is GO, Black Stars, GO! MTN has a football website dedicated to African football, they are the title sponsor of the African clubs Champions league, and they have African entertainment websites. Let's just say the believe in Africa. How can't you love them?