The New Slave Ship: 909,000 Ghanaian LOTTERITES

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 Source: Mensema, Akadu N.

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

**Dedicated to a Ghanaian man in New York, who lost his mind on a “lotto” trip in

the American paradise

“The latest U.S. diversity-visa lottery drew only 8 million entrants, about half as

many as last year, when a record 15 million people participated. The three countries

with the most entries this year were Nigeria, with about 1.4 million, Ghana,

909,000, and Ukraine with 853,000. The purpose of the lottery is to make the U.S.

population more diverse and make green cards available to parts of the world that

typically don't send immigrants here. The United States makes about 50,000 green

cards available to the program each year” (Ghanaweb, November 12, 2011).

The myth of diversity

Ah! For laborers

Laborers the US didn’t train

The new slave ship

Lotto on the Atlantic

Of brain drain

What diversity

Whose diversity

Sadistic diversity

That defines the other

Othering realities

By “funny” accents

By color of one’s skin

Diversity for laboring

Fidelity to lure laborers

Free unfree foreign labor

In the land of opportunity

Of unequal opportunities

Brian drain as lotto

As nurses become cleaners

Cleaners of flaccid breasts

Cleaners of wrinkled butts

As Teachers become aides

Happiness become sadness

Pessimism eclipses optimism

Diversity on new slave ships

The new slave ships

Diversity like salad

In a salad Petri-dish

Together but separate


Pivoting labor

The quest for labor

Free labor to bonded labor

Bonded in the myth of paradise

The myth of equal opportunity

The new Atlantic slave ship

Lotto-ship across the Atlantic

Lotto to paradise

Of phony paradise

Where food is plenty

But hunger of the soul reigns

Where freedoms exist

But freedom is prison-dom

Diversity lotto

Beamed to the innocent

Spaced in computers

In space within reach

Of millions

Luring millions

To new forms of labor

Sorrow at home

Regret in the heart

Culture shock at work

They myth of diversity

Lotto-rized on computers

Coasted on fingertips

Castled in Internet cafes

Slave catchers with computers

New slaves are unwary

Traveling on lottery

Crossing the Atlantic online

The Middle Passage on line

The new slave ships

Ostensible lottery

To the Hollywoodized USA

The land of trumpeted freedom

Where freedoms are prisons

Hollywoodized paradise

Ostensible freedoms

Magnetic brain drain

Poised to renew labor

Of cheap labor

Of unpaid labor

Of citizens trained overseas

Ghanaian doctors

Ghanaian teachers

Ghanaian pharmacists

Ghanaian nurses

Who see the lottery as paradise

Lost in paradise of slavery

Where race is kinship

Where skin color is a text

Read by all for all

Where pink is white

Where black is black

Lost in acidic racism

That marginalizes blacks

Lost in American slangs

That mocks our Englishes

Hostage to racisms

Hostage to myths

Hostage to acidic lotto

*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.