This space was inspired by my personal experiences in Africa and abroad and a realisation that the solutions to the problems and challenges of Africa and the world for that matter will not be found by entrusting them to the politicians of today.
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In Italy apparently when it is pay back time a dead fish is put outside your door (in Ghana someone may pick it and go prepare breakfast with it … unless they understand what the full implications of a dead fish on a doorstep are)
In other parts of the World (where there is mistrust for institutions) evil and wrong-doing are met with the same and more.
“A life for an eye” philosophy ensures that people are careful before they mess with the lives of others.
There are evil elements amongst us constantly dabbling in darkness to the detriment of individuals and society at large.
They are only lucky that most people are of faith otherwise they would resort to the old testament and rid society of them!
In a rare appearance i attended the funeral of the late and respected Nana Apagyahene in Ashtown in Kumasi.
Nana was a gentleman who made a big impression on me when i first joined Kotoko. He gave me early warnings on the challenges that lay ahead and asked whether i had “thick skin”! He was always strong and yet gracious and quick to lend a smile, tease a bit and give needed support and advise!
Napo his Son became a good friend years later and supported me in my May 9th stadium anniversary celebrations.
I am deeply saddened and pray for his soul and that the Lord strengthens
Napo and the rest of his family!
In aspiring to reach and stay in the light we must recognise that darkness exists.
We must also recognise that both light and dark have biblical as well as real life implications.
We must not just enjoy the words we must live it both in goodness and in recognising evil!
Remember goodness and light do not exist in a vacuum…. protect yourself at all times!
Good begets good, light begets light… dark begets dark and evil begets evil!
We all have to recognise that there are bad and evil people out there. There may or may not be redemption for them and we may want everyone to do good and look to the light but we must recognise in prayer and goodness that there are simply too many evil people out there and in all walks of life!
Maybe the question, as we search to do good ourselves is, how do we handle those people?
There were times over the last few days when i wondered about our future.
I knew that some of our institutions were “suspect” to say the least and with raised tensions, massive and at times polarised security, unnecessary press conferences, citizenry armed, misleading result information and evidence of mistakenly or intentionally wrong election data.
The emergence of untruths and dodgy rumours meant that as the media failed us, the EC site mysteriously crashed and various live feeds were not the real deal. We were, seemingly on a course of possible violence and anarchy.
The fact that we didn’t owes more to the natural self restraint of the Ghanaian citizens than to the various institutions established to legitimise both the process and peace!
Given the sad ethnocentric theme which kept rearing it’s head throughout this election (more so than others) we need to be lauded for the present peace.
What i find extremely fascinating, given many factors, was the restraint shown by the apparent loser Nana Akuffo Addo. Given the information which was quickly emerging about numbers fraud in some areas. It would have been easier for a determined and ambitious politician like Nana Akuffo Addo to decide to make allegations of fraud, cheating and conspiracies publicly prior to the EC’s announcement last night confirming John Dramani Mahama as victor but he didn’t.
The fact that he didn’t and chose to seek redress through other means is what makes this process workable in our context.
The future is still uncertain but what is important is that peace is maintained even in the context of any allegation.
Ghana after all must always come first!
Bask in the reflection of the light of your own beauty and let your smile radiate goodness and hope for others….
Have a truly blessed and positive day