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Let Coach Milo Go! Let in Ghanaian Coaches

Sat, 11 Sep 2010 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

**Dedicated to former Black Stars players who are wallowing in acidic poverty.

“Coach Milovan Rajevac has quit as Black Stars manager and signed a three-year

deal with Al Ahly Jeddah, according to the Saudi Arabia press. However, Ghana FA

president Kwesi Nyantakyi told Goal.com his administration are unaware of the

Serbian’s new move and are yet to hear from him concerning his seven-day grace

period to sort out issues with his manager” (Ghanaweb Sept 9, 2010)

I. AFRICANIZATION ABORTED

Africans substitute hope with inferiority

Oh! Our seductive history of inferiority

Oh! Our lethal consumption of inferiority

Oh! Our psychic ally of inferiority

In this unequal world is our bane

Oh! Our cherished nursery rhyme

The BEST comes from the WEST

Our superiors on this Earth

Me Buroni, my white “man”

Now me Akyiaman (Chinaman)

Oh! Ghanaians

We love whiteness

Die for whiteness

Fear whiteness

Worship whiteness

Worship anything foreign

II. TIME FOR LOCAL COACHES

Ghana’s soccer is beaming

Yes, talented Ghanaian players

No, it is not Milo’s expertise

GFA and all

Pay Akwesi Appiah

Pay Jones Attuquayefio

Pay Silas Tetteh

Pay local coaches

Half of what Milo was paid

40, 000 plus dollars per month

A third of what he recently asked for

65, 000 plus dollars per month

Give local coaches pride & place

Give them government support

Give them popular backing

Give them refresher courses

And local coaches will deliver

Will never be angry when we win

Will never snub their bench

Like Milo with his racist mindset

Milo wouldn’t celebrate with us

He was sad when Ghana won

He snubbed his bench

Snubbed Ghanaian officials

He wouldn’t wave our flag

III. ICHERISHING WHITENESS

Foreign soccer coaches in Africa

Coach on white egg-shells

GFA is like our politicians

Like our African leaders

Like the moon giving way to the sun

Like a timid river captured by a lake

Our neocolonized leaders

Quarantined by whiteness

Of White masters

Constructed from hegemony

IV. BENIGHTED BY WHITENESS

Traumatized by slavery

Benighted by colonialism

Failed hopes in the postcolony

Serialized hopes deferred

The delirious foe of globalization

Genealogies of hopelessness

We weave tapestries of inferiority

GFA is like a housefly

Scrambling

Scuttling

Struggling

Stampeding

Like houseflies in an excreta-cave

Where decaying whiteness is superior

Ghanaian officials scramble

Stampede

Sprint

Yearn for white masters

Smiling & hoping

They see whites as a badge of honor

Honoring whiteness

Ghanaians like whiteness

White-used-underwear

Desaanaa (designer clothes)

Oburoni-hand-me downs

V. NKRUMAH IS WEEPING

Kwame Nkrumah is weeping

Neocolonialism is our bane

Our neocolonial mentality

Petri-dish of neocolonialism

Is our collective bane

The last stage of imperialism

Has come to stay

Has gone into our heads

Trajectoring ruinous paths

Oh! Ghanafo

Oh! Afrikafo

Rise up and be counted

Do away with prophesies of old

Of immemorial Africa

Of inferiorized Africans

Nkrumah is weeping

Neocolonialism is our bane

The last stage of imperialism

Has come to stay

Has gone into our heads

GFA and all

Pay Akwesi Appiah

Pay Jones Attuquayefio

Pay Silas Tetteh

Give local coaches pride & place

Give them government support

Give them popular backing

They will deliver

Deliver us from failed hopes

*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.