Ghanaians Suffer Overseas: Not Only in Forced Prostitution

Tue, 7 Dec 2010 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

** DEDICATED to all enslaved and slaving Ghanaian workers overseas – doctors,

nurses, professors, security, live-ins, factory hands, taxi drivers, pimps, hair

dressers, fruit-pickers, etc. - whose stories are yet to be AFRICANIZED by CNN.

“West African Girls Now FreeNew Jersey - They arrived in the United States from

West Africa, young girls held against their will and forced to work for hours on

end. But this time, it didn’t happen hundreds of years ago. Nicole’s journey

started in 2002, when she was barely 12, in her small village in western Ghana.

She and about 20 other girls were held in plain sight, but always under the

watchful eyes of their captors. ‘It was like being trapped, like being in a

cage,’ said ‘Nicole,’ now 19. CNN agreed not to use her real name” (Ghanaweb

December 25, 2010).

Sad stories, tragic stories

Of girls in bondage

Troko-sed in Anloga

Battered at Circle

“Slaving” in Abrokyire

Forced prostitution

Stories patented by CNN

Universalized news

Truth in search of focus

Ghanaians love it all

The White man’s news

Orgasmic news for all

Orgiastic breast-beating

CNN-nization of Africans

Re-Darkening Africans

Africanizing poverty

Africanizing HIV/AIDS

Africanizing corruption

Africanizing prostitution

Sanitizing white

Choreographing Slavery

Trivializing SLAVERY

Sad stories, tragic stories

Tragic stories in Abrokyire

Of the living-dead Ghanaians

Lured overseas to slave

Polishing aging White behinds

Slaving Doctors, slaving Nurses

Slaving Professors, Teachers

Slaving Live-ins, Security

Tragic news untold by CNN

Sad stories, tragic stories

Young girls

Virgins on acidic phalluses

Raped by parents, pimps

Young girls

Staring in sexual bondage

Sex packaged for sale

Sad stories, tragic stories

Young girls

Ghanaians worship money

Morality in the Castle window

Decay read from the pulpit

Putrefaction-plastered palaces

Our festering sores of wealth

Seasons of anomic wealth

Of our cargo-cult mentalities

Of our impoverished minds

Sad stories, tragic stories

Young girls

Young girls you are not alone

Tell CNN you are not alone


Medical prostitutes


Mocked and shunned by patients

Disrespected by their peers

Doctors with long-drawn faces

Ghanaian NURSES


On death-row night shifts

Nurses who only clean wounds

Nurses who only dress sores


Balding with snowy hair

Mocked for counterfeit accents

Credibility questioned daily

Sidestepped for tenure/promotion

Ghanaian LIVE-IN workers

They are retirees from Ghana

Parents/in-laws on visitor visa

Oh! Live-ins do it all

Embalmers of massive sores

Sores that soars in the nostrils

Cleaners of aging behinds

Cleaners of flaccid penises

Cleaners of vapid vaginas

Cleaners of limp breasts

Live-ins are slapped

Spit on, insulted

In ghoulish mansions

Alone in havens of wealth

Of entombed smells

Of loneliness

Of the living-dead

Ghanaian SEI-CU-LI-TY

Security man

Synonym for WATCHMAN

Alone, aloof, lonely

Stiffly trench-coated

Mechanistic door-man

Targets for gun-toting

Watchman watching it all

Watching snow

Enslaved Ghanaians

Young girls

Doctors, professors

Lured by Abrokyire gleam

All trapped in a cauldron

Of modern enslavement

Of hegemonic toxins

CNN parodying slavery

Sad stories, tragic stories

Of hegemonic lyrics

Of our cargo-cult mentality

Of our cloying banality

Oh! Ghanaians overseas

The living-dead generation

*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.