“We have awakened. We will not sleep anymore. Today, from now on, there is a new Africa in the world!”
The last sentence in Dr Nkrumahs famous independence speech. I wish I could post the whole speech, but that would be plagiarism or some sort of unoriginality.
Dr Kwame Nkrumah proclaimed a new Africa before Fuse was born. I don’t know how many of us know about him, or his vision for the Ghana he had just birthed. But this I know, that we have abandoned our fathers dream.
Are we even independent? Or do we still wear the shackles of colonialism? I don’t have an answer.
I don’t have any answers today. I just know the battle begun the day it was proclaimed over. He is noted and appreciated for the construction of the Tema Motorway, Tema Township, KNUST, Akosombo Dam, his role in Ghana’s independence and the key role he played in the formation of the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU).If Dr Nkrumah was alive today, what would have been his dreams and aspirations for Ghana and Africa?
Ghana, would Daddy be happy? I doubt he would. Have we even built on anything he left us? I’m sure he’s cringing in his grave.
The PanAfrican dream is glamorous today, from festivals to clothes to social media trends. While China and the West clamor for our land and resources. While we kill each other in the name of superiority and tribalism. The neckless potbellied politician throws a smoke screen. Criticizing our music, our fashion our identity and looks as African youth,instead of supporting our dreams. I put it to you, Mr Politician, you don’t want the African young man to grow. You don’t want us solve problems for ourselves. You have created an educational system the bottles us up and turns us into robots. I put it to you, dear adult. You yourself don’t know what you’re about. I probably have more knowledge of Ghanaian history than my 50 year old uncle. Some of us youth also have biased stories in our heads. Depending on who told us these stories, we are conditioned to choose political sides from the onset.
The goal is to hoard wealth for ourselves. One man for himself and God for us all.
Happy Independence Day Ghana, I am a proud Ghanaian. With a hurting heart, and a voice. A voice is all I have. And it’s not even as loud.
I don’t know if I have said anything, but I have one thing to say, we have failed every single ancestor of ours whose blood was shed for this cause.
We have failed our father. Osagyefo, yɛ pɛakyɛw fakyɛ yɛn.
Again, “We have awakened. We will not sleep anymore. Today, from now one, there is a new African in the world!“
You said this Osagyefo, and I hope someday, we make you proud.