These Aimless ‘T’-Shirts, Ghana Is Playing With Fire!!!

Sat, 5 Feb 2011 Source: Twumasi, Patrick

A couple of months ago I wrote a feature which was kindly published by,

ghanaweb, myjoyonline and modernghana websites. Gratitude to them for the dais

offered. The title was “Ghana, the road to Rwanda, 2012”. It is still pasted

there you may comprehend it, if you can.

Africa is a unique continent that has suffered all the mayhem that the ink of

history has been shocked to chronicle. Talk of slavery,colonization and the dual

policy of the developed world. Read from Walter Rodney's “How Europe under

developedAfrica”. In all these, Africa is said be far from behind. In the

earlier feature as indicated above, I painstakingly enumerated chronologically

how the Rwandan genocide in 1994 had travelled from the 1950s to a horrific

anti-climax in the 1990s. It was a trouble ignored, which became a crisis

ensured. Dear reader, I myself an African and a proud Ghanaian as such. But, I

am worried, whether the African and for that matter the Ghanaian is or has been

capable to learn from the mistakes of the past, and of others? Also whether the

Ghanaian has ever read that, the mistakes of the dead are examples for the


It is said that, he who the gods would destroy they first make proud. Let

Ghanaians not relegate the 1994 Rwandan distasteful and senseless blood shedding

to the gallons with the weird and erroneous perception that the Ghanaian is

immune to that unfortunate incident. That is the surest way for Ghana to repeat

that horrible and the greatest human tragedy after the holocaust.

The Italian historian and poet, Titus Antonio Cicero once said, “To live and

never to know what transpired before you born, is to forever remain a child” In

the case of Ghana, whether by accident or design, all the killings in Rwanda,

including that country’s stressful long walk to identify their uhuru came to us

via radio and television (TV). Do Ghanaians need a prophet from the blue to tell

Ghana not to throw caution to the air and jump into tomorrow?

In the recent past, political debate has assumed the dimension of vicious

language, which goes to polarise the peace in the country. This is the very

country reputed to be the shinning example and a beacon of hope in Africa and

the West African sub-region. The new addition has been the wrongful

appropriation of money in the production of ‘T’-shirts first by the main

opposition, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), with the inscription of some verbal

flaws of the incumbent government and past officials. This has necessitated the

incumbent, National Democratic Congress (NDC) to follow the trail blazed by the

NPP. No fire starts with a glow, though with some exceptions. This is leading

Ghana to the city of destruction, where we would be living on the street of

chaos, with the flat number as pain. Are the members of the International

community observing this ugly trend? What about the National Security apparatus?

This is a country which calls herself the gateway to Africa; sorry the portal is

frost with bad information.

According to the Greeks freedom of expression, is expressing what is true and

naturally exist. But how can articulating natural slips which serve as a peace

eating moth pass for self expression? Whatever occurred in Kenya remains vivid

evidence to all Ghanaians. The 2012 general elections is a period when Ghana

would be exposed to the rest of the world about the skeletons in our cupboard.

It would be of zest to mentally stroll through the Ten (10) regions of Ghana.

Most of the regions are complete and comprehensive ethnic groupings of

particular people. Besides, some of the names of the regions give indications to

even a stranger about the citizens there. Of course there are a few of the Ten

(10) regions that have two or three ethnic groups. Do you honestly believe

should our intended omissions retrogress Ghana to what happened to Rwanda, this

country would be able to co-exist together again? In fact there are real cracks

which we should not allow any irresponsible behaviour to get us to slip through.

Nevertheless, do you not think the world has had enough of these unnecessary

upheavals in Africa? The unfortunate ‘T’-shirts are anticipated to the market

soon. Let every well meaning Ghanaian not patronize. We should also restrain our

friends, loved ones, and family members from purchasing them. With this weapon

we can prevent ourselves from committing the mistakes of others. Also the frown

and total abhorrence of this ‘T’-shirts would savior this beautiful country’s

future. For those who prefer to pull it on, let them be told that should the

unfortunate happen, posterity would not spare them of the guilty verdict on the

altar of judgment. To those whose desire is to generate the utility of confusion

and be benevolent with it, should know he or she might be the first victim. But

if the modification of their brains is to raze Ghana, then, let them be told

that, the fetish priest who desire is to destroy a village, should realize he

will also get himself sandwiched in the debris.

Once a French colonial Administrator was queried concerning the lack of higher

education in the Francophone Africa as compared to the Anglophone’s universities

of the Gold Coast, Ibadan etc. He claimed, “The African needs nothing like

education, because you will force him to read and write what he does not

understand, what he is best for, is to be trained to become a business partner

and go to propagate the gospel.” It sounds derogatory, but lets us do away with

emotions. Because from the stand point of objective inference, the very

Ghanaians who spearhead these wrongful necessity are those, one can claim have

the best of education from the so called ‘A’ class schools. What are they giving

back to our dear country Ghana, with some haven study on state scholarship? I

hold the personal axiom that, a life of scholarship is a life of service. Are

these so called well educated assets or a liability to the nation? Unfortunately

most of the elites of our land have become the source national draw backs. The

best brains are always parading in the front lines of social upheavals. What

have we gained from all the degrees that we bear?

In all these, lets us admonish ourselves to rescind from honouring an invitation

to a festival of ignorance, sheer pride and self destruction. Again we should do

all in our power as responsible citizens not to have the door of Ghana receive a

knock from the soul taker, because we are the next victim of a useless blood

spilling. Many of these so called “Big men”, start or embark on such activities,

which bring about mayhem, some for their own pride, others for their own glory.

But for innocent citizens to senselessly lose the dear lives due to the greed

and pointless ambitions of the few is unfortunate, tearful, regrettable and so

painful. Every Ghanaian should remember that it was the downing of the Falcon 50

aircraft which was carrying the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, Juvenal

Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira respectively which ignited the despicable

Rwandan genocide of 1994. So could this aimless ‘T’-shirts also brew unnecessary


Ghana should be on the look out for what tripped Rwanda and not where that

country fell.

Patrick Twumasi


Columnist: Twumasi, Patrick