The Osu Castle: Symbol Of Our Triumph Over Imperialism

Wed, 6 Feb 2013 Source: Thompson, Kofi

By Kofi Thompson

Far from being a symbol of slavery, the Osu Castle, Ghana's seat of government, symbolises our triumph over imperialism - and the victory of our people over the foreign powers that occupied our nation during the colonial era.

It is a pity that President Mahama is said to have decided to move into the new Flagstaff House. Why move into what is a sitting duck - from a security standpoint?

That it never occurred to those who decided to build it and use it as a presidential palace, that the Indians they chose to build it, might install listening devices into the building, illustrates perfectly the naivety of most of the leaders who followed President Nkrumah - who would have used Ghanaians only, to design and build it from start to finish.

Paradoxically, what was said to be Indian generosity to Ghanaians, is actually a gift to India's intelligence agencies - and a monument to the provincial outlook of those who thought they were leaving a legacy behind in building it.

President Mahama must stay put in the Osu Castle - the symbol of our triumph over imperialism: now that it is occupied by our own leaders. It is an impregnable fortress - secure for its occupants and easy to defend from attack by the ill-intended. A word to the wise...

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