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Ghana’s Under-Tree Schools Thievery Elites & Docile Masses

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

Suhum, Feb 16, GNA - Five hundred students of the Suhum Presbyterian Senior High

School (SHS) are studying under trees and in a dining hall, the Headmaster of

the school, Mr. Emmanuel Danso, told the GNA (Ghanaweb February 16, 2011)

Akroso (E/R), Feb. 28, GNA - More than 300 pupils of the Kyeremase Municipal

Authority Primary School near Akroso in the Birim Central Municipality are

holding classes in huts made of palm fronds with others in dilapidated

classrooms… classes five and six held classes under the hut, whiles the head

teacher's office was under a tree” (Ghanaweb February 28, 2011).

“The attention of the Committee for Joint Action (CJA) has been drawn to

information that … the salaries of MPs [may be increased] from the current GH

3,000 per month to GH 8,000” (Ghanaweb March 17, 2011)

Children in rural Ghana

Backwatered

Marginalized

Impoverished

Disempowered

Go to schools under trees

Schools that lack trained teachers

Schools that use card-box as paper

Schools that use riverine clay as chalk

Schools that use bare-ground as chalkboard

Schools that use broken beer bottles as beakers

Ghanaians are happily docile

Malleable like wind over bushfire

We brand amnesia as weapons

We fulfill prophecies of our doom

We honor misplaced priorities

We adore thieves among us

We lionize murderers among us

JJ Rawlings has been free

Free to enjoy his loot

On the table of Indemnity clause

Demonizing others as corrupt

He killed others for a 50,000-cedi loan

And gave Nsawam Cannery to Konadu

Lady Yaa Konadu Agyeman Rawlings

The magician of Mame-Water’s artistry

Who didn’t WATER down Ridge Fire

She who fears Nsawam Prison

But loves Nsawam Cannery

She who owns Nsawam Cannery

But she who has no home

Kufour Hotel has been free

His jobless son owns the hotel

Sekyi-Hughes has been free

Kwamena Bartels has been free

CASHPRO Ahwois are free

Bagbin & Ayariga are free

Soon Asabee will be free

Soon Asiedu Nketiah will be free

Without sunset

Within two years

Ministers are building castles

MPS are building mansions

Demanding more

FREE car loans

HUGE salaries

MPs have FREE PETROL

FREE cooks

FREE lunch

FREE tractors

FREE housing

FREE per diem

FREE car-loans

FREE maid-servants

FREE girlfriends

We worship thievery officials

Asabee’s wifely contracts

Mpiani’s Castle contracts

Nketiah’s block contracts

Bagbin/Ayariga tractor-ing

Sekyi-Hughes the furniture thief

Tsatsu the petroleum thief

Ahwois the CASHPRO-thieves

ET Mensah the CDR/WDC thief

PV Obeng the Castle thief

The vampire educated elites

The armed robbers in suits

The cheer-leaders of poverty

The greedy bastards

Our Presidents

Our Ministers of state

Our Members of Parliament

Our Bank managers

Our Priests/pastors

Our Chiefs/Queenmothers

The killers of the dream

The thievery elites

The architects

The artisans

Of the schools under trees

Of schools that lack trained teachers

Of schools that use card-box as paper

Of schools that use riverine clay as chalk

Of schools that use broken bottles as beakers

*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.