Herbert Mensah Blog

Herbert MensahThis 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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The Mad Man

The Mad Man

When talking of Africa’s potential and Africa’s problems the question of leadership always arises. There is never the assumption that the educated elite or existing systems can save the continent. It is always invariably about leadership and history has shown that our success (where there has been) has evolved from the strength of a single “madman” (as TS put it) or a collective pain, taking action to right the abuses of political leaders gone astray!

Thomas Sankara said “It took a mad man of yesterday for us to act with extreme Clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future.”

Hmmm … so true .. sadly many of us appear to respond best to both fear and money rather than principle (those who do are in the minority).

We have always lived with processes which invariably have not worked to serve the people who need it most. History has taught me that public servitude based on different cultures and institutions erected based on foreign value systems simply do not work and that is why there is a constant and almost institutionalised abuse of our western adopted democracy. As such our politicians tend never to resign on points of principle (few display any other than self interest) and rarely display a need to be publicly accountable.

I wish it weren’t so but sadly i am yet to be convinced otherwise. We need strength in leadership and control in a “mad man” with a sense of both servitude and integrity as intimated by Thomas Sankara if we are going to make real progress for our people!

The singular problem for the madman though is the hypocrisy of our people who want the changes that create a sense of equity, patriotism and growth for Africans but don’t want the pain required to flush out the misplaced and unacceptable mindset of current custodians!

Relationships

Sometimes when fear of something enters into our subconscious it not only affects our perception of truth and reality but can also set into motion a series of occurrences which can destroy relationships and life!

One of our biggest challenges is to identify what our fears are and then understand that these need to be isolated and managed without seeking to draw others into the dark spiral which will eventually leave us sad and all alone!

Herbert Mensah at the Commission of Inquiry

A Time for EVERYTHING!

Never give up or lose faith in something that you know God has placed in your life. Be patient and remember there is a time for EVERYTHING. 
We all experience failure in our life and though failure sucks to experience, it is just an inevitable part of what helps to make life uncomfortable in certain moments. The more that we proceed through life the more that we are faced with the fact that there are going to be instances in which we will have to try things more than once.

In order to continually obtain success we have to be willing to say the word “try” instead of even thinking of using the word “can’t”. We must not only think we can do something before we try something, but we must have belief even after we have failed so many times. There can be no ounce of “quit” inside any person who wants to achieve great things ….. it is because of this.

The Eternal Mystery of Love

Red-Big-Heart-Love is beautiful but it can also ravage and destroy. It brings pleasure and it brings pain. It brings joy and it brings sorrow. It brings light and it brings darkness. It brings laughter and it brings tears. It brings peace and it brings turmoil.

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Life lessons

When you throw bread to fish do not expect them to rise to the surface and thank you!

Goodness will always come from God!

The Power of Encouragement

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous 19th-century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly man. The old fellow had some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed potential talent.

Rossetti looked them over carefully. After the first few, he knew that they were worthless, showing not the least sign of artistic talent. But Rossetti was a kind man, and he told the elderly man as gently as possible that the pictures were without much value and showed little talent. He was sorry, but he could not lie to the man. The visitor was disappointed, but seemed to expect Rossetti’s judgment.

He then apologised for taking up Rossetti’s time, but would he just look at a few more drawings – these done by a young art student? Rossetti looked over the second batch of sketches and immediately became enthusiastic over the talent they revealed. “These,” he said, “oh, these are good. This young student has great talent. He should be given every help and encouragement in his career as an artist. He has a great future if he will work hard and stick to it.”

Rossetti could see that the old fellow was deeply moved. “Who is this fine young artist?” he asked. “Your son?” “No,” said the old man sadly. “It is me – 40 years ago. If only I had heard your praise then! For you see, I got discouraged and gave up – too soon.”

- Author Unknown

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