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Akuapem Chiefs: Stop Allying with JJ’s Callous P/NDC

Thu, 14 Oct 2010 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

“The controversy surrounding the reversal of the Ohene Djan Stadium to its

former name the Accra Sports Stadium by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA)

has been re-ignited. This time round, it is the chiefs and people of the Aburi

Traditional Council who have expressed their displeasure at the AMA for the

decision. The Aburihene, Otubour Gyan Kwasi II who spoke to Asempa News on

behalf of the Aburi Traditional Council said the action of the AMA was not only

embarrassing but painful blow to the people of Aburi and Akwapim in general”

(Ghanaweb, October 12, 2010)

Aburihene Nana Gyan Kwasi II

Mo ne kasa

Nana kasa preko

Ask JJ to bring back BB Bismark

Royal body of Aburihene BB Bismark

BB Bismark known as Nana Osae Ntifu

Aburihene Osae Ntifu [BB. Bismark]

Bring him back for royal burial

JJ’ death squads abducted BB

Abducted BB like many others

And BB disappeared like others

Oh! Peaceful Akuapem

Nonviolent Akuapem

Multicultural Akuapem

Disemboweled by Rawlings

JJ’s divisive politics

Divide and rule

Looking for votes

Pitched Guans against Akans

Pitched Larteh against Adukrom

Pitched Amonokrom against Akropong

Pitched Mamfe against Mampong

Pitched Aburi against Tutu

That is what JJ did to Akuapems

Nineteen-year mayhem in Akuapem

NPP’s eight years restored peace

Peace to the cradle of peace

NPP gave Akuapem a highway

The second best road in Ghana

Restored Aburi’s cottage industry

An industry killed by the P/NDC

Akuapem the peaceful

The pivot of “civilization”

The cradle of social change

ANIBUE

OBRA PA

NYANSA PA

Cocoa, coffee, oil-palm

Sublime Akuapem on hills

Uplifting hills

Poised on a mountain

Tranquil in its rocks

Unruffled by winds

Untamed winds

From its neighbors

Some Akuapem chiefs

Like Northern Chiefs

Have danced with the NDC

Leaders who see nothing wrong

Wrong with P/NDC atrocities

JJ’s campfire of atrocities

Bastards on chiefly stools

Corrupt chiefs used by the NDC

Chiefs who have sold their stools

Sold their stools to Rawlings

The seer of divisiveness

For pittance of fame

Episodic flaming of fame

As long as NDC rules

Some Akuapem chiefs

Have sold their conscience

Chasing after P/NDC money

Thumping their chests

Striding with corruption

Have put respect away

Chasing after bloody money

Some chiefs who follow P/NDC

Have become rich & powerful

Hollow men on stools

Following JJ’s tradition

Today strut on P/NDC’s stage

To disempower their people

Showcasing rags-to-riches

As a signifier of legitimacy

Peaceful Akuapem

Nonviolent Akuapem

Multicultural Akuapem

Disemboweled by Rawlings

It is time to be heard

It is time to blow the horn

Blow the atentenben (horn)

*Akadu N. Mensema, Ph. D., is a nationalist Denkyira beauty. She is a trained

oral historian cum sociologist and Professor in the USA. She lives in

Pennsylvania with her great mentor and teaches Africa-area studies at a college

in Maryland. In her pastime, she writes what critics have called “populist

hyperbolic, satirical” poetry. She can be reached at akadumensema@yahoo.com

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu N.