Maybe Ghanaians don’t have to wear the colours of the country to show that they value what the day represents. Wasn’t I the same person who thought it unnecessary for Gey Hey Alumnae to display stickers on their cars? But it’s not the same thing. Or is it? I was a tad disappointed because It seemed to me that even though there would be discussions, and marching, and patriotic songs on tv, for the ordinary wo(man) on the streets, life was going on as usual. The street-sellers were selling, what did the day mean for them? When I start thinking like this, my thoughts go in so many different directions. Eventually I settle on a big idea, a question, usually philosophical.
Who are we as a people?
Yes, what makes a Ghanaian a Ghanaian, What makes Ghana Ghana? What can we claim? How would a person advertise
When I think of
What do Ghanaians have? What do our children have to identify with? What would a person who is not Ghanaian think of assuming they were to think of
I watched Oprah tell her life story once and she said
I'm positive about
Since I can’t think of anything, that binds us, I’m going to boldly assert that
What would make a nation great? I think it could begin with a big idea. For
For a country like
I’ll have to think some more about what could be
I’d be interested to hear if you readers think of anything else.
The tone of this post may be dour, but I’d like to conclude on a somewhat positive note. The wonderful thing is that we are alive, here and now. We can do something. See below for the words of the 2nd stanza of the national anthem provided by Museke which calls us to build our nation:
Hail to thy name, O Ghana
To thee we make our solemn vow:
Steadfast to build together
A nation strong in unity
With our gifts of mind and strength of arm
Whether night or day, in mist or storm
In ev'ry need, whate'er the call may be
To serve thee, O Ghana, now and evermore
It's our turn to create