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Monday, July 12, 2010


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Author: Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.
Date: 2010-07-12 16:24:11

Hi grandson,

There is nothing funny about what Alhaji Baturi said. He made a statement of fact, and you require a special and tiresome sense of humour to laugh at all the statements of facts you come across such as ”It is raining.” ”The food is cooked.” ”Kofi is a boy.” etc etc hahahahahahahaha? Are you still OK up there?

”if in the 2012 elections he [Akufo Addo] doesn’t make it, I [Alhaji Baturi] wonder whether he can make it in their [NPP’s] primaries in 2016.”

The example of Paa Willie that you used confirms what Alhaji Baturi is saying, it does nothing to undermine it:

“in 1979, for example, the old-age and politics joke revolved around the personality of Mr. William “Paa Willie” Ofori-Atta who, incidentally, also happened to be the maternal uncle of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.“

Did Paa Willie win at 69 to become a president in Ghana? Have you forgotten the reason why you are making the argument in the first place? If you could turn again to Dr. Albert Einstein’s “Theory of Relativity,” you would understand why the fact that although Messrs. Atta-Mills and Akufo-Addo are contemporaries and former classmates at Legon, generally speaking, the President has all his teeth whilst Akuffo Addo has a toothless mouth full of dentures. You would also understand why the president has no hair upon his head and Akufo Addo is wearing rasta “dreads“. Knowing who won the elections 2008, your argument fall flat on the belly, face down! Listen to yourself, and clinch: “And this marked physical differential, it is significant to observe, existed in even sharper relief going into Election 2008.“

This is why I have been telling you all the time, you need to think before you write!

In addition to his old age, his recent trip to the Upper East was a veritable disaster not only for himself but for the NPP as whole. It is not a very big region, but if did not matter, he would not have gone there! It was his arrogance and inability to eloquently assert himself without being offensive that is going to be his own undoing this time around. I would worry about old age or joke about it as you seem to be doing, but not the problemp of arrogance!

How funny can you be? Is that the pathetic spin you put on this insufferable arrogance? Listen to yourself: “On the cognitive side, ... Nana Akufo-Addo who comes off as the far more nimble and politically astute, even if he has also on occasion been accused of being a bit too forthright for the comfort of those who seem to prefer [practiced] (or theatrical) humility over competence and vigilance in Ghanaian politics.“ Did you not grow up in a home with elder people around? Ha? What is this? If you want to call a spade a spade, you call a goat a goat, and not a regional coordinator, OK? And there is nothing theatrical about that. Go to the Upper Region and explain to them that Akufo Addo called them goats because he “preferred competence and vigilance in Ghanaian politics over [practiced] (or theatrical) humility!“

Anyway, if I did not know how funny you could be often, this would have come as a surprise. Was it not you who wrote an article asking the newly-elected President John Evans Atta-Mills to concede defeat the the loser, for the simple reason that he is your uncle? (See: Feature Article of Thursday, 1 January 2009, Columnist: Okoampa-Ahoofe, Kwame, Atta-Mills Must Concede Defeat!)

Forward Ever! Backwards Never!!!

Nana Akyea Mensah, The Odikro.
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