Ghana—a forced collection of African ethnic groups by European colonial pirates—has yet to achieve nationhood since its inception in 1957. Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, side-stepped the issue of nation-building by opting rather for continent-building and mansion-building in the skies. Or what he called the African Union. Our current president, Nana Akufo-Addo, was supposed to turn interests inwards after some sixty years of gross failure—for nation building. But the symptoms of his tenure point to one thing: He suffers also from the same elitist disease that Nkrumah suffered—Methatosis.
The Metha, i.e. the more educated than his ancestors, are a special breed of elites who can be found almost everywhere in Africa who have been left behind by European pirates who managed to leave marks of their terrorism everywhere they rampaged. The Metha are a direct product of the education imposed upon the colonized and the terrorized. Their colonial educationalists believe that they are discoverers—nothing is real until they have found it; nothing is developed until they have touched it; nothing is scientific until they have written it; nothing is publishable until they have sanctioned it. They are so intelligent yet are incapable of being sufficient. They are geniuses yet they are incapable of making Europe a self-sufficient sub-continent. These educationalists are so imbued with so much wisdom that they have to loot other nations, kill other people on other continents (i.e. commit genocides) and subject Africans to the most brutal form of labor-extraction in order to make ends meet. But they are said to not be uncouth. They are not savages!
These pirate educationalists who bred the Metha all over Africa belong to a special cabal of European terrorists. They are the more advanced yet idiots (the Mayi). The cognitive disease—which is Mayitosis—that the Mayi suffer has been passed on to the Metha through their type of education. Consider for instance that the Mayi nations represent about five percent of the world’s population yet consume more than fifty percent of the world’s resources. And when the issue of Global Warming or of Depleting Resources arise in discussions, the Mayi are quick to point to the need for a world-wide effort to reduce Green House Gases. They do not admonish the Mayi nations to curb their appetites. In fact, the Mayi insists that the problem of Depleting Resources should be solved only by depleting more resources. That is if the solution does not make “economic sense,” which is if it does not involve more consumption—economic growth—then it cannot be considered feasible.
Some of this cognitive malfunction of the Mayi has seeped into the consciousness of the Metha. So that when the Metha reads the New York Times and The Washington Post, in Mayi Language, he believes that every mention of “nation” refers to his own nation. For instance when the Metha reads that a company called Amazon—in attempting to help solve an American healthcare problem—would deploy drones to ship pharmaceuticals to patients quicker, he believes that this represents the solution to Ghana’s healthcare problem. The Metha does not know the difference between the United States Healthcare System and Ghana’s Healthcare System. To him, the two are connected. In fact, to him they are one.
For example, the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, assured his fellow Ghanaians in a recent speech that the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme—which has been bedeviled with countless bureaucratic and financial problems—was going to be fixed. (The speech was given at the 83rd Annual General Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) in Ho, on the theme “Building Capacity to lead Change in Healthcare”) How was it going to be fixed? The president claimed that the system would be fixed “with advancements such as drone delivery of medical supplies to be introduced by the end of the year for an effective health system.”
The problem that drones actually solve—the Metha president of Ghana probably has no idea. He has not an iota of an idea probably because he couldn’t be more naïve; he couldn’t be more idiotic about the healthcare problems facing Ghanaians. What stares him in the face more than a drone delivery system is obvious to the average Ghanaian. Ghana’s Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the biggest and the most advanced clinic in the country, is better known as a grave yard. The Infant Ward there has incubators that haven’t properly worked for many years. The maternal mortality rate and the infant mortality rate are worse than the time of our ancestors some six hundred years ago! In fact, our ancestors would be shocked by the sight of Korle Bu. They would be right in thinking it was a Human Slaughter House. The ordinary patient there dies more quickly from malaria than at home.
The hereditary cognitive malfunction of the Metha remains pervasive and insidious. Everywhere one looks, many African nations are led by a horde of the Metha. And exactly how is Ghana supposed to become a nation, become self-sufficient, if it is continually led by the Metha, who have contracted and even inherited a special case of Mayitosis, called Methatosis? How are Ghanaians supposed to escape the quicksand of the human unthinking of the Metha; how are they to escape the cognitive illness of the Metha, and the gross unseemly violence they unleash on the human condition? How?