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JJ/Konadu & Nsawam Cannery: Vultures Revisit Evil Ways

Thu, 4 Nov 2010 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.




“Nsawam, Oct 30, GNA - Konadu has inaugurated the Nsawam Cannery valued at one


million dollars. Konadu said the company now has 110 workers and expressed the


hope that in two years it would be increased to 2000 to cut down on the


unemployment rate in the country. She said GHC2.7 billion was used to purchase


the company in November 1995. JJ Rawlings, the special guest of honour, advised


Mills to take bold decisions to manage Ghana successfully because people were


having difficulty paying their children's school fees and electricity bills”


(Abridged from Ghanaweb October 30, 2010).





The Rawlingses are in a circle


Possessed in a full circle


Dancing in a full circle


Coursing a fool’s circle


Twirling their fingers


Of triumphant thievery


In the vultures’ nest


They are cresting


Gliding full circle


On a fool’s thread


Piloting down


Tumbling down


Cascading down

Precipice-ing down


Possessed in a fool’s dance


The vultures are preening


In condescending dance


Preying on docile Ghanaians


Ghanaians bedecked in awe





Coward, docile Ghanaians


We have a tree for vultures


Those who prey on us


Oh! These vultures


These aging liars


JJ & Yaa Konadu


Shameful birds of prey


Stole Nsawam Cannery


So that we would get jobs


Fabricated straw histories


Of JJ’s 19-year predatory rule


Oh! Nepotistic sale of state assets





The hypocrites of our time


Thieves waxing in hypocrisy


JJ, our seasoned vulture

Talks about school fees


Talks about electricity bills


Ah! Talk about fees in your era


Ah! Talk about bills in your era


JJ has never paid school fees


JJ has never paid any bills


JJ the free-loading vulture


JJ is at it again demonizing all


Oh! Malleable Ghanaians


Oh! Our Atta MESS-iah


JJ FIREman is spinning us


Poking his fingers in our eyes


In his full dance of anomy





Today JJ & Konadu have it all


Oh Nsawam for GH2.7 billion


Our Nsawam Cannery


JJ’s gift to Yaa Konadu


Gifted on 1995 Valentine’s Day


Another FIRE in our hearts


Malleable, docile Ghanaians


Led by stomach politicians


Bamboozled journalists

Elites that bask in it all


The filth of the Rawlingses





JJ has patented our memories


Our short-circuited memories


That we forget the past


To be fooled, benighted


To be impoverished


Time and time again


The bastard repackages us


The bastard who call others same


Has held us in archival bondage


To bloodstain our hopes


The self-righteous bastard


He who calls all thieves


He who calls all corrupt


Pedestal-ed on conceit


Nurtured by educated thieves


Nurtured by stomach politicians


Nurtured by tribalists in the Volta


Nurtured by bemused Northerners


Nurtured by injudicious chiefs



The eternal vultures


Obonsam JJ & Konadu


Gliding for more


Garlanded in thievery


They have had it all


Power, wealth, fame


Sycophantic adulation


Of elitist thieves


Of subservient tribalists


Amidst 19 seasons of anomy


Made wholesome by sycophancy


Of delusions of grandeur


Vultures revisiting evil


Odious vultures’ narratives


Written on carcasses of history





*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.