Neocolonialist J. A. Kufour & a “Motorway”

Sat, 18 Feb 2012 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

“Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has dismissed assertions that Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom must be accorded all the credit for securing the $547 million under the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) for the … Highway. Prior to the commissioning of the highway on Wednesday, pro-Nduom groups called for the newly-constructed highway to be named after Dr Nduom instead of its official name of the George Walker Bush Motorway.. ‘[Dr. Nduom] was not the originator of the idea; in fact he came virtually at the tail end,’ Kufuor stated. ‘But the team that worked the detail of the compact was there right from the beginning.’” (Ghanaweb, Feb 17, 2012)


Breeds children of inferiorities

Breeds chilling insanities

Ah! About the said Motorway

Oh! Kufour

Nkrumah was the originator

Not you, Kufour

Not Mills

Not Ndoum

Not Bush

So it should be Nkrumah Motorway

So it shouldn’t be Bush Motorway

As foreigners take our gold





As foreigners give us pittance

Of Aids

Of Grants

Of Loans

Of Millennium Challenge Accounts

Our dependency breeds all




It is the lunacy of dependency

Ah! The $547million MCA

It is a dependency gift

It is not a free gift

Ghana pays for it

Ghana will pay the principal

Ghana will pay the interest

No state gifts $547million

Bush didn’t give us a gift

International aid is never free

Vultures feed on the dead

Call the motorway any name

Don’t call it Bush Motorway

George Walker Bush Motorway

Don’t call it Bush Motorway

Let us call it Famers Motorway

Let us call it Ndoum Motorway

Call it Ga-Mashie Motorway

Call it Kufour Motorway

Call it Limann Motorway

Call it Sgt. Adjettey Motorway

Call it Ghana Motorway

Call it Justice Ollenu Motorway

Call it Rawlings Motorway

Call it Nkrumah Motorway

Even call it Atta Ayi Motorway

Even call it Woyome Motorway

Each empowers

Each conscientizes

Ah! Bush Motorway

That disempowers

That benights us

Kufour and Co

Mills and Co

Benighted troubadours

Ah! The truly brainwashed

With brainwashing narratives

Ah! The ecstasy of dependency

Ah! The best comes from the West

Clueless in a rudderless state

Rudderless Ghana

Led by shallow elites

Elitist thieves

Pen-armed robbers

The benighted thieves

The inferiorized thieves

Of dependency

Their narratives of absurdity

Depend on foreigners

For tooth-picks

For tomatoes

For chicken legs

For used underwear

For used tooth-brush

For naming our Motorways

Ah! The killers of the dream

In crucibles of inferiorities

Elitist pen-armed robbers

Ah! Quit the circus of inferiority

Name the highway after a Ghanaian

Restore our people to history

Restore our independence to reality

Restore our youth to local histories

Restore our pride in ourselves

*Akadu Ntiriwa 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.