There are few words which can describe my love and respect for my Grandmother other than to say she represented everything that i considered special and good in life. I am at peace because i was with her when she passed away and she did so peacefully and without pain. I do not remember a day when she was ill and she brought me only happiness. Most importantly she never judged me and always supported me.
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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The problem with having the power to make appointments and decisions which affect society is when you decide, as a leader, not to play it safe, do not think like the rest of society or are insensitive to their concerns and the appointments prove to be inappropriate! It naturally leaves one open to serious criticism!
Herbert Mensah recently accompanied the former President of Ghana, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings (Ret.), on a visit to South Africa where Rawlings received the highest accolade for 2013 of the Mkiva Humanitarian Award entitled “Global Champion for People’s Freedom .”
They also visited the Steve Biko Memorial in Ginsberg, outside King Williams’ Town. The Memorial is dedicated to the political activist, murdered in 1977 by security police. who became the face of Black Consciousness in South Africa. His legacy is maintained by the Steve Biko Foundation.
As part of the trip a courtesy visit was also made to Mr. Thabo Mbeki, former President of the Republic of South Africa.
Despite leaving the scene, Herbert Mensah love for Asante Kotoko has not dwindled and his instrumentality has resulted in a lucrative sponsorship deal for the club he led for a number of years.
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