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Saturday, March 20, 2010

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

A Rejoinder to : "Who Are These “Parliamentarian Drivers”? By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D., Feature Article of Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Okoampa begins with 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. Perusing President John Mills’ second and latest “State of the Nation Address” the other day, I couldn’t help but wonder aloud why Ghanaians seem to be so morbidly afflicted with this kind of hysteria whereby the mere announcement of a potential windfall is deafeningly celebrated even while such “natural” largesse squarely remains on the prospector’s drawing board. 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.
Ghana’s Western neighbor Ivory Coast is reportedly laying claims to portions of the huge oil wealth in the deep waters of the Western Region.

There is no panic in Ghana! See map with Dzata oil field and Jubilee field off Cape Three Points Ghana (click to enlarge)


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

Fellow Ghanaians, Our Ivorian brothers and sisters, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, and other imperialist stooges at the Danquah Institute, fellow Africans, and friends of Africa, lend me your ears!

What does this really mean?  Are we permitted to make our own deductions that so far as Kwame Okoampa and his owners are concerned, the collective interest of Ghanaians is meaningless unless it is linked up with the rule of the Busia-Danquah neocolonialist tradition? Is Okoampa trying to tell us that " Because Ghanaians did not vote the NPP to "manage" the oil, Ghanaians have lost their right to their own natural resource?  That we can have that oil only when we vote the NPP into power? Is this the kind of democracy he thinks the NPP is offering? Is this why "NPP is the only Ghanaian Beacon of Democracy"?

Kwame Okoampa Ahoofe Jr., has won the notoriety of making the most nonsensical utterances which boarder on what is referred to as "suicidal stupidity", in "Kwame Okoampa Is A Charlatan!", (Feature Article | Wed, 15 Oct 2008, by Ali-Masmadi JEHU-APPIAH). So, this is not very new in itself. What is new is that this one stands out as a monumental piece of idiocy ever churned out by this political vulture and his squatter-owners! If I were Nana Akuffo Addo, I would quickly distance myself from this kind of monumental nonsense, which even by Okoampa's own standards, stands out as an eloquent anti-Ghanaian diatribe against the sovereign will of the people, a furious and unmerited savage blow against the respect for democratic governance and constitutional rule of a government elected by popular mandate.
Okoampa continues: 

"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."

Why would any Ghanaian consider his country's vital interests so dispensable and be able to present himself as a member of a "Think Tank" and expect some respectability from his fellow Ghanaians? Are these people different from those who, when they tell you to look up, you have to look down immediately? If so, what does it mean if this man presents Nana Akufo Addo as his favourite candidate, and Akufo Addo approves of this association with him? Is Akuffo Addo telling us that the Danquah Institute "think tank" is fast becoming nothing but a nest of politically virulent and toxic ideas and an indication of his own political inclinations and direction?

I want to appeal to all Ghanaians from across the political spectrum to denounce this utterly provocative and deeply insulting article. I specifically call upon Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo to consider these comments serious enough and accord the same attention and time for condemnation as he did to the recent assault by his body guards against the supporters of his political opponents at the party's headquarters! This political contagion can and must be contained immediately. Okoampa must be isolated politically with a need to erect a political cordon sanitaire against him, strictly and voluntarily imposed by all proud and peace-loving Ghanaians that the only place available for the purveyors of doom and damnation of Ghanaians is in the political quarantine, and all those found to be associated with such an idiot, do so at their own political risk and peril!

It is time for all right-thinking Ghanaians irrespective of political hue, to distance themselves from the nefarious speculators of our future and destiny as a nation. Okoampa has already pointed out that Nana Akuffo Addo is his main man for the 2012 elections (see: "NPP Flagbearership: My Choice for Election 2012", by Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D., Feature Article,  Wed, 03 Mar 2010. The question Nana Akuffo Addo needs to be forthcoming with answers, and with speed, today is how far he himself considers Okoampa as his  own man? I am sure it is not too much to ask of our potential future presidents, and pretenders to the throne alike, the simple question of how close or far away they themselves stand in relation to extraordinarily toxic opinions of their very close associates, particularly where this is so flagrant and self-confessing hatred for a country we call home?

In fact, I was taken aback so much so that I forgot about the author and began to wonder and wander about what would make a fellow human being hate his own people to such an extent that such a scenario of war with what he calls "the war-seasoned Ivorians"? I read this thinly-veiled wish for a war over oil between Ghana and the Ivory Coast over our precious black gold several times, but I could not put my finger at the source of his anger and hatred. Out of frustration, I turned out to his main US collaborator, a self-appointed voice of "Black Conservatives" who faithfully transmits each nonsense from Okoampa on his blog for Americans to consume, to see if they at least,  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. Perusing [center-left] President John Mills' second and latest 'State of the Nation Address' the other day, I couldn't help but wonder aloud why Ghanaians seem to be so morbidly afflicted with this kind of hysteria whereby the mere announcement of a potential windfall is deafeningly celebrated even while such 'natural' largesse squarely remains on the prospector's drawing board..." (emphasis mine, of course). (Source: see: Bookerising.net, news site for black moderates and black conservatives.

So Okoampa's problem with Ghana owning its own oil in peace is because of the presence of pan-Africanists in Ghana! And if one may ask what Pan-Africanism has 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 for 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 like the way ordinary Ghanaians explain this political ideology to themselves:

"The purpose of an Africa Unity is to ensure the speedy and accelerated development of the African Continent through the process of having a stronger African government that can withstand the powers that be, politically and economically in this world. Indeed an Africa Unity will go a long way in reducing the adverse poverty that exists on the continent. It will also reduce illiteracy, ignorance and the numerous diseases that have plagued the continent. I think those who are cautious of an African Unity are missing the fundamental purpose of an African Unity. We do not just need unity for unity sake. We are all aware of the fact that the individual countries on the African continent cannot withstand the political and economic pressure that comes from the advanced countries. The international economic and political order is such that it favors and continues to favor the advanced world. If it stays the way it is, African countries shall and forever remain subservient and dependent on the advanced world. But that cannot be good for Africa. The rate at which the advanced countries are developing, no African country can match them. The fact that Americans are exploiting the moon and the whole planet whilst African countries still use machetes, hoes and cutlasses as farming tools is a clear manifestation of the very wide gab that exist between the African and the advanced world." (See: The African Dream And The African Destiny, Larbi, Isaac Feature Article of Saturday, 17 August 2002.)

Therefore to focus on the merits of what Okoampa is saying here is to beg the question. 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 resuscitate a good work of political ostracism begun by the New York branch of the NPP is a big disservice to the good people of Ghana.

Ladies and gentlemen let's politically castrate this bastard by way of collective ostracism until we read a clear apology from Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., the author of these abominations! The good news is that perhaps these people think Ghanaians are so stupid that they cannot even see through them, so they keep on exposing themselves, without any promptings, and certainly not under torture! It is time Ghanaians of all walks of life put maximum pressure on Nana Akuffo Addo to come out once more to condemn what is evidently the work of a 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 to Akuffo Addo to follow!

The other day, it was Gabriel Asare Ochere-Darko, the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute's turn to passionately plead in "Obama’s Visit – What’s In It For Us And U.S.?" for a military occupation by an imperialist country because "Obama’s chief policy adviser assured Africans two months before the 2008 presidential race, “Barack Obama understands Africa, and understands its importance to the United States. Today, in this new century, he understands that to strengthen our common security, we must invest in our common humanity and, in this way, restore American leadership in the world.”

Ochere-Darko is caught red-handed literally pleading with Ghanaians to accept their 21st Century version of slavery:

Furthermore, the U.S. is, understandably, bent on establishing a regional command for Africa, similar to U.S. Forces Korea, with a homeport situated on the African continent to protect their interests. West Africa is its natural home, given the need to protect energy interests in the Gulf of Guinea. Liberia has offered but simply cannot match the kind of convenience available in Ghana. It can be a win-win situation.

Ochere-Darko, the sly operator, conveniently ignores Nkrumah's central point and opportunistically uses the great Nkrumah sound bites like hot pepper to sell his rotten Africom kenkey:

”Now is the chance for him to seek and effect the real change that will finally show the world that Africans are capable of more than managing their own affairs – but, crucially, Ghana must take up the opportunity provided by the state visit and the U.S.’s burgeoning strategic interest in us, to be the nation that demonstrates this."

These are people who are actively distorting our history to achieve the opposite effect. Listen to the great man in his own voice:

"And, as I pointed out... from now on, today, we must change our attitudes and our minds. We must realise that form now on we are no longer a colonial but free and independent people.
But also, as I pointed out, that also entails hard work. That new Africa is ready to fight his own battles and show that after all the black man is capable of managing his own affairs.
We are going to demonstrate to the world, to the other nations, that we are prepared to lay our foundation - our own African personality.
As I said to the Assembly a few minutes ago, I made a point that we are going to create our own Africa personality and identity. It is the only way we can show the world that we are ready for our own battles!" (Source: Ghanaweb.)

Given such series of outrageous insanity emanating from the Danquah Institute, and considering the closeness of this bedlam to the front runner of Ghana's largest opposition, I believe it is in order to call on "the man behind it all", Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo. He may behave like an ostrich and bury his bald head in an Ivorian flag, but the Ghanaian voter would know what to do. I know this is not going to be easy for Nana Addo to do. He has personally groomed Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko as his main PR expert and prominent media commentator. The link between the Danquah Institute and Akuffo Addo is so clear to every Ghanaian political observer that failure to do any damage control can only mean Akuffo Addo is not only serious but guilty by association.

Please note that Ochere-Darko also adds: "The author of the article is the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, a think tank based in Accra." In much the same way Okoampa advertises "Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D., is ... is a Governing Board Member of the Accra-based Danquah Institute (DI), the pro-democracy think tank." That these are a bunch of nitwits is not in doubt, what is in doubt is whether or not Akuffo Addo himself supports such nonsense also. I can assure Nana Addo that it is very important for his own political health to pubblicly distance himself from these voices of death and damnation, for as the saying goes, "show me your friend, and I will tell you your character" 

In the aftermath of the defeat of the NPP flag bearer by the NDC candidate, Professor Atta-Mills,  Gabby Ochere-Darko tried to put some spin on it:

Next time around, we shall be attributing the reasons for the defeat of Ghana's next serial loser in town, Nana Akuffo Addo, to an old Apedwa proverb: "Certain 'Akyem aristocrats' of the same political feathers, flock together as traitors to their own country!" A word to the wise can never be enough; else there would be no fools, to begin with! - By: Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr. More Quotes | Submit a Quote

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