“Akufo-Addo sold the country to the United States of America for 20 million dollars, and his lame excuse is that his hands are tied? That the last administration had already committed Ghana to the deal? That there was nothing he could do about it? Did he attend class one? If your hands are tied, and there’s nothing you can do, why is the United States looking for you to extend the contract? They need your signature (your hand to sign a document) but there’s nothing you can do? What a tool!”
NTOABOMA—Remarkable events often expose and shape the nature and character of nations. More than a hundred years ago, America fought a Civil War to abolish the enslavement of Africans, who mostly passed through Ghanaian forts and castles. But the ensuing promise of liberty for all Americans has since that war been stamped out of African American lives by the very Federal Government, which reneged on more than the promise made to Blacks, of forty acres and a mule. America is still stooped in the barbarism of police brutality on African American lives and the mass incarceration of Black men—a new Jim Crow. The character of America is exposed in that remarkable event of a civil war—that is a nation of violent hypocrites—and their violence upon Black Bodies continues to shape the nature of the Federal Government of the United States of America at home and abroad.
Since it is through the coasts of Ghana that most African Americans passed to the Americas, the violence they have suffered since slavery, since emancipation and since the American civil war is inextricably linked with the character of the nation now called Ghana (since 1957).
How? One has to first ask the question—why was it possible that a small territory like Ghana managed to control more than eighty percent of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade? What chiefs, what oligarchs, what alliances, what systems of government enabled the longest run of European barbarism on African soil? It is when one begins to unearth how certain clans, chiefs, oligarchs and families illegally leased traditional coastal lands to European slave trading nations (like Little Britain), for the building of European forts and castles that one gets a little closer to the truth of Ghana’s slave trading terrorist families, clans and chiefs.
This truth is inextricably linked to a new contract that Mr. Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana, has signed with the government of the United States of America to expand military operations in Ghana. This contract, in much the same way that the forts and castles of slave traders were built on the Ghanaian coasts in the past, has no direct sign of a foreign military outpost in Ghana, but has signs of a foreign military activity expansion in Ghana that only mimics a foreign military outpost. It is another way to say to the president of Ghana, Mr. Akufo-Addo, who boasts of a law degree but who upon scrutiny is unable to produce one, that when a slave trader proposes to build a castle on your coast they do not have to say what it is, or for what purpose it will be used. Pirates do not boast of the obvious. If they did they will be unable to loot.
More, it is incomprehensible that Mr. Akufu-Addo, in an address to the nation, makes several silly mistakes. For instance, he berates those like myself for asking the obvious in a manner more akin to praising America, at the expense of dissenting Ghanaians. He claims Ghanaians with any righteous indignation against the American contract are people “who secretly wallow in the largesse of the United States of America while at the same time promote anti-American sentiment to a populist constituency.” It is as if he actually meant to claim that all Ghanaians, including himself, really have no right to question the deal because we wallow together, in American largesse.
Of what American largesse is Akufo-Addo speaking? Is this perhaps a Freudian slip? The president of Ghana then turns around in the same breath to speak of a democracy that clearly enjoys American largesse at the expense of ordinary citizens. He claimed it “is difficult to understand that such people, knowing what they do know, will go about so blatantly to confuse people and go as far as calling for the overthrow of our democracy.”
There is one thing the president is confused about: he confuses his oligarchic democracy of the few and chosen (like himself), in which he enjoys American largesse and gives the Yankees whatever they want, with another kleptocratic democracy of thieves, in which his opposition enjoys American largesse and feigns indignation. But there is one more democracy that the blackface politicians of Ghana and the Blackface president (who all may well be the new faces of the descendants of the erstwhile slave trading families of the Gold Coast) are unable to grasp—my democracy, in which Ghana engages in genuine diplomacy, cooperates with the world and does not unilaterally grant a single nation the sole military right to build what is in many respects a military base in Ghana.
In my democracy, all Ghanaians have an inalienable right to question clandestine deals and to show dissent without rebuke. In my democracy, there is only one deal that is good for Ghana and all Ghanaians: one that does not remind the populace of the violence of Kunyowu (Ewe for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, which literally means ‘death is better’). The democracy for which our Ancestors fought and died is one that grants the people a non-negotiable sovereignty—a sovereignty that does not yield to a nation with the character of a United States of America, where the enslavement and violence on Blacks continues to reign supreme.