Before the arrival of Europeans, Asians had battled the land of blacks for years. They used trade as a bait to fight us, exploit our resources, sexually exploit our women, and caused us to migrate and migrate and migrate.
Several years later, Europeans came in the name of religion and civilization to take over. They conquered the Chinese and took over a vast part of the continent. We kept migrating, and the more we migrated the more resources we found and the more they came after us and our resources.
(For More On this History, Read ‘The Destruction Of Black Civilization’ by Chancellor Williams).
Kwame Nkrumah, finally led Ghana to Independence. 60 years down the line, we’re here; Thinking we’re an independent state. What we don’t know is these Chinese have taken the period from which the Europeans took over up to today to do their homework and come back at us; Again, in the name of trade. Two months ago, Wikipedia reported China as the second largest exporter to Ghana. Starrfmonline.com, On 10th April reported that the volume of trade between Ghana and China has hit USD 6.67billion by the end of 2017. The news portal further reported that the 2017 quarter report by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) indicated that China is the leading source of investments in terms of project numbers in Ghana.
Of these projects, I have a keen interest in the fishing port at Jamestown in Accra. I believe strongly that these Chinese invest in our lands in the name of development and providing jobs to our people, but in actual sense, they’re only seeking our servitude to them. This is my fear; If we don’t take care, we’ll surrender ourselves to slavery once again. This time, they won’t hold guns to force us. We’ll owe them so much that our economy, even if they took over her control, will not be sufficient to pay back our debts. They’d subsequently open their borders for easy entry for our people to come and work for them to settle debts. And we know the story… we’re not going to have equal opportunities as the Chinese in their country. We’ll do all the ‘dirty job’ for them. We’ll be their slaves.
My people, we can do better! It’s about time we held our leaders responsible and accountable for the decisions they take and the moves they make. We didn’t put them in their positions for them to abuse the power WE gave to them. We put them in those positions for them to do what we want; for the betterment of the people, the entire nation and for Africa as a continent. This isn’t about NPP or NDC. For over 20 something years of my life, politicians have been playing the same games with us. They don’t care about the people as much as they care about their political parties.
40 years from now, (100+ years after independence) what legacy are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? Are we bringing them into slavery to suffer what our forefathers suffered for us to be free? That would be unfair to them. They deserve better. Africa is the richest continent with the poorest people. We can make it work if we want to. We have the power. It’s sad that the concept ‘democracy’ (which I think should be more of a basic human right than a concept) has been reduced to mere freedom of speech! It’s sad. Democratic Ghana should and must be government of the people, by the people and for the people. Who are the people? Arise Ghana Youth!
I say let’s put these politicians on minimum wage. Let’s take away their privileges. No free fuel. No free accommodation. No free electricity. No police escorts to dodge traffic. Nothing. They’re not better than the average Ghanaian who put them in that position. They need to experience what we experience, then they’ll understand our plights. Because, i repeat, POLITICIANS DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE, THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT THEIR POLITICAL PARTIES.
I rest my case!!!
PS: this piece is my very unfiltered thoughts. You may or may not agree with me, but the point is we need to start this conversation and act fast! Time no Dey!!!
– Ayorkor Fantastic.