Herbert Mensah’s Circus & JJ’s Free-Loading

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*(Dedicated to all the poor, struggling Ghanaians, especially cocoa farmers, who

can’t pay their monthly rents in spite of the fact that, unlike JJ Rawlings,

they have worked hard all their lives.)

**By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

“[Herbert Mensah], says he funded the renovation of the current residence of

Konadu Rawlings [who] moved into the edifice, belonging to her mother, after an

inferno gutted her Ridge residence…Herbert Mensah declined to state the exact

cost of the refurbishment but said a bill has been sent to government for

reimbursement. "The entire cost of [the renovation] of that house is footed by

myself and a couple of others” (Abridged from JoyFMOnline July 11, 2010).

Even the vulture has a nest

37 Hospital bats have homes

Yet millionaire JJ doesn’t

Buffoonery tale of idiocy

Herbert Mensah paid for it all

Paid for the royal renovation

But has sent the bills to Mills

“Slow” Mills is milling for bills

Oh! Thanks to Herbert Mensah

We know one of JJ’s helpers

One of JJ’s anonymous friends

JJ’s new circus mouthpiece

Sweet tonguing for JJ

Sugar daddy in homelessness

Smitten by Sister Rawlings

Circus clown Herbert Mensah

Learn from JJ’s associates

Go to Kojo Tsikata

Seek advice from Obed Asamoah

Tell this to Akatapore, Chris Atim

JJ is using you to FIRE his hypocrisy

JJ would FIRE you like Ridge palace

Ask vulture-mouth Victor Smith

Herbert Mensah knows it all

How JJ uses his money

All salaries since 1979

JJ’s end of service benefits

JJ-ed 50-cedi notes

JJ-ed Obuasi gold bars

JJ-ed selling of factories

Nkrumah’s 30 factories

Canning Konadu in Nsawam

JJ’s gifts from dignitaries

JJ-ed free food, housing, cars

JJ-ed free education of his kids

JJ-ed free wee, matches/lighter

JJ-ed free kerosene for FIRE

Herbert Mensah tell JJ

Ordinary poor Ghanaians

Poor, poor Ghanaians

The teacher, the nurse

The police officer

The farmer, the taxi driver

Poor suffering Ghanaians

All struggle to build houses

JJ receives all his wealth

Thanks to anonymous friends

Anonymous wealthy friends

JJ’s source of free-loading life

Of his Tudu wee

Of his fleets of cars

Of his boats/ships

Of his motor cycles

Of educating his kids abroad

Of designer clothes

Of Paul Gyamfi’s hospital abroad

Of JJ’s Sogakope mansion

Of JJ’s Adjirigano palace

Of JJ’s kerosene for FIRE

All paid for by his friends

Free-loading all his life

JJ Rawlings

The agent of probity

Fighting for the poor

Mirrored in time

Mirrored in space

Yesterday and today

Acheampong was a saint

Liman was god-like

Kufour is an angel

JJ is a con man

With all his thievery wealth

JJ is complaining about poverty

Flood-victims haven’t complained

Poor kayayos don’t complain

Poor street kids don’t complain

Oh! JJ Rawlings, Yaa Konadu

You have mansions and all

Adjirigano, Sogakope, and all

Unlike millions of our street-kids

Unlike millions of poor families

Herbert Mensah

Tell JJ & Konadu

Whenever one burns a house

Like a vulture destroying its nest

It lives on and off garbage heaps

Of the Herbert Mensahs of Ghana

The garbage heap of our politics

Of dreams stolen & deferred

Elitist thieves & hypocrites

Always at the beck & call of JJ

JJ the con man, the hypocrite

The timeless freeloader

**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.