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Call Jubilee House By Any Other Name: Kufour Built It

Tue, 5 Oct 2010 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

“The Golden Jubilee House, which was constructed by the Kufuor administration

amidst criticisms from the then opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC),

now has Flagstaff House written in front of it” (Ghanaweb, October 3, 2010).

NDC political hoodlums

Think like herds

Hierarchizing Jubilee & Castle

Toxins unleashed by Rawlings

Serenading us with divisiveness

Let JJ rebuild his FIRED Ridge

Then rename it JJ FIRE STAFF HOUSE

Ghanaians, NDC & NPP

Shed your mental slavery

Unshackle your mental slavery

From the Slave Castle

The bloody seat tied to Mills

Let us use the Jubilee House

To liberate shackled Mills

From JJ’s morbid slavery

JJ rabid anti-Kufourism

Has shackled Mills to the Castle

NDC political hoodlums

A parrot is never a vulture

A rose by any other name…

Call the Jubilee House

Call it by any other name:

1. Flagstaff House

2. Rawlings-Resented House

3. The House JJ Never Built

4. The House P/NDC couldn’t built

5. The house JJ couldn’t FIRE

6. Poultry Farm

7. Museum

The fact remains

Incontrovertible

Kufour used eight years to build it

It is his monument

One of his stellar achievements

Let JJ rebuild FIRED Ridge

Then rename it JJ FIRE STAFF HOUSE

Nkrumah’s Akosombo was not for the CPP

Nkrumah’s hospitals were not for the CPP

Rawlings’ chain was for all Ghanaians

Rawlings’ FIRE at Ridge affected us all

Kufour’s Keta Sea Wall is not for NPP

Kufour’s Jubilee House is not for the NPP

NDC political hoodlums

Yes, turn the Jubilee House

Into a poultry farm

Museum, archive

Rawlings’ hunting grounds

Rawlings’ FIRE-ing grounds

Do all you can

Jubilee House is Flag Staff House

Empowering and conscientizing

Sacred site

Where Nkrumah seeded our liberation

Jubilee House by any other name

Is Kufour’s monument

The house JJ couldn’t build

Couldn’t FIRE

Yes, close to Ridge

He couldn’t FIRE

NDC political hoodlums

Let us shed our mental slavery

Unshackle your mental slavery

You wear it with grace

Formality

Dignity

Solemnity

Not ashamed to use the Castle

The bloody bondage of our history

Is now our seat of liberation

Where we parade our independence

Our postcolonial self-gratitude

Tied to our bloody past dehumanization

Where our leaders receive dignitaries

Dignitaries of the African Diaspora

Whose forebears tasted indignities

Indignities in the Osu Castle

NDC suffers from JJ’s diseases

Envy, jealousy, grudge

Childishness, pettiness

Greediness, gluttony

Bastardization of politics

Ideas framed in idiocy

NDC political hoodlums

Turn the Jubilee House

Into a poultry farm

Museum, archives

Rawlings’ hunting grounds

Rawlings’ FIRE-ing grounds

Do all you can

Jubilee House is Flag Staff House

Empowering and conscientizing

Sacred site

Where Nkrumah seeded our liberation

Never used the slave castle

The Castle

Seat of our enslavement

Of colonization

Of pathways of de-Africanization

Of avenues of our dehumanization

Of routes to our collective humiliation

Was popularized by the NDC King

His hunting grounds

Of Amedeka death squads

Of broken-bottle haircuts

Of Arkaah’s tears

NDC political hoodlums

In the grip of anarchy

Shed your mental slavery

Unshackle your mental slavery

Tied to mummified Mills in the Castle

*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.