This past weekend marked the visit of Barack Obama to Ghana. A lot has been said about the significance of this visit, this being the first trip to a sub-Saharan African nation by the first Black American president. I missed most of the speeches and festivities since I had 'gotten away' for the weekend and have been reading up on some blogs written by various Ghanaians on the Obama trip. I will like to share some thoughts from these awesome people.
GhanaConscious' own Omanba critiqued Barack's speech. She broke it down into four major parts - democracy, health care, conflict resolution and doing it yourself. I personally think too much mention is made of democracy but Omanba spells it out nicely - "An era of tyranny, gagging, misuse of power and governing with impunity sprinkled with a dash of Elections every so often, does not constitute democracy. Africa must take note!" She stresses the fight against HIV-AIDS and Malaria and also mentions drug counterfeiting which leads to a shameless plug about the fantastic work of Mpedigree.
The Ancestors Have Much To teach Us.
By P E Adotey Addo, Dec 27 2008
We are often haunted by the unknowns
If the ancestors inhabit the living or the dead.
So we try to appease their souls as a way of life
Keeping them in everyday activities and places
To become part of the living community,
For they do have much to say to us
As they judge between the living and the dead.
Traditions never forget the ancestors
In both societal life , history and beliefs.
Frightening and exciting us at the same time.
Indeed the ancestors have a lot to teach us