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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Direct Message To Akufo Addo On His Facebook!

Direct Message To Akufo Addo On His Facebook!

Nana Akyea Mensah Is It Not Time For Akuffo Addo To Distance Himself From The Danquah Institute Altogether?

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Okoampa begins an article surreptitiously titled "Who Are These “Parliamentarian Drivers”? with a shocker:
"I am glad that, finally, the Ivorians are beginning to assert their right of access and enjoyment of Ghana’s purportedly new-found oil wealth... It also didn’t quite make a lot of sense to me that an oil find that lay so dangerously close to Ghana’s border with Côte d’Ivoire would also have been so godlessly uncharitable as to neatly parcel itself out for the exclusive benefit and enjoyment of Ghanaians while the war-seasoned Ivorians continued to languish in penury." - "Who Are These “Parliamentarian Drivers”? By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D., Feature Article of Tuesday, 16 March 2010.

Okoampa continues:
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"What is also wickedly fascinating is the sudden fit of alarm that seems to have gripped the hitherto light-headed Ghanaians. All of an auspicious sudden, it is beginning to home-in to these soft-headed, happy-go-lucky and good-natured “Niggers” that premature gloating over a pure gift of nature may yet turn out to be too good to be true. It was also rather fitfully amusing that some Ghanaians should already begin to be angrily chary of the Ivorians; and, indeed, the irony of it all is that these “Angernistas” are largely what one may aptly term as diehard “Nkrumacrats,” the fanatical disciples of modern Ghana’s first postcolonial premier. Dear reader, by now, it ought to be obvious to you what “Sremu Sei Nana” (The King of the Savannah’s Grandson) is getting at. And, of course, it is the stark fact that where “Black Gold” is concerned, pan-Africanism is only the dream of a hopeless lunatic."

was taken aback that I forgot aboot put the author and began to wonder about what would make a fellow human being hate his own people so much that he imagines a scenario of war with what he calls "the war-seasoned Ivorians"? This is a thinly-veiled wish for a war over oil between Ghana and the Ivory Coast. I could nut my finger at the source of his anger and hatred. Out of frustration, I turned to his main US collaborator, a self-appointed voice of "Black Conservatives" who faithfully transmits nonsense from Okoampa on his blog for Americans to consume, to see if he offered any explanations to this strange behaviour. I was not disappointed. The answer was in the introductory sentence:

"Oil Reserves Have Been Discovered Offshore In Ghana. What Next? Bookerista Perspectives
The Ivory Coast is claiming a portion of Ghana's offshore oil region. The center-right board member of the Danquah Institute (Ghana) and English professor in USA is glad that the Ivory Coast is making a claim because it undermines the Ghanaian center-left's claims of Pan-Africanism: "I am glad that, finally, the Ivorians are beginning to assert their right of access and enjoyment of Ghana's purportedly new-found oil wealth. (Source: see: Bookerising.net, news site for black moderates and black conservatives.)

Okoampa's problem with Ghana owning its own oil in peace is the presence of pan-Africanists in Ghana! What Pan-Africanism got to do with our precious oil? The objective of Pan-Africanism is to unite Africans and wean ourselves away from the neocolonialist cannons of conduct and behave as a free and independent people, consolidating our independence against imperialist sabotage such as the one he is scheming! Which normal African today can be angry with the noble intentions of great pan-Africanist leaders like Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah to such an extent that this should cost Ghana's precious oil find? What is wrong with the intentions of the Pan-Africanists? Listen to Nkrumah here and judge for yourself, dear reader:

“We in Africa who are pressing now for unity are deeply conscious of the validity of our purpose. We need the strength of our combined numbers and resources to protect ourselves from the very positive dangers of returning to colonialism in disguised forms. We need it to combat the entrenched forces dividing our continent and still holding back millions of our brothers. We need it to secure total African liberation. We need it to carry forward our construction of a socio-economic system that will support the great mass of our steadily rising population at levels of life which will compare with those in the most advanced countries” - Kwame Nkrumah, "Africa Must Unite!", 1960.

I am even sure that Okoampa himself does not expect to treat Ghanaians this way and get away with it! He has already been dismissed before by the New York branch of the NPP for similar outrageous declarations calling for war in Ghana, in the lead up to the 2008 Presidential and Parliamentary elections. He is used to being attacked for his aggressively stupid opinions even within his own party. The attempt by the Danquah Institute to bring Okoampa back from political ostracism begun by the New York branch of the NPP is a disservice to the good people of Ghana.

Ladies and gentlemen, we need a clear apology from Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., the author of these abominations! It is time Ghanaians of all walks of life put maximum pressure on Nana Akuffo Addo to come out once more to condemn the work of his notorious henchman or go down with him! I call on ordinary Ghanaians, especially the rank and file of the NPP to join me in this condemnation and show the way Akuffo Addo to follow and condemn Okoampa's ill-considered words!

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