Image: Kariamu Welsh, Pioneer of African Dance Studies in the United States of America, who has transitioned to the Ancestors at 72. Inspired by jump rope moves she saw growing up in Brooklyn, she developed an influential dance technique based on archetypes found in African art.

The Generation of Opportunists.

NTOABOMA – Ghana. The Mis-Educated Than His Ancestors, the METHA, are a generation of Opportunists. They commit to nothing, and they have no skin in the game of anything! They come and they go as they please and they can barely be relied upon to dig a water hole.

Take for instance, the ones who come to visit the village in Ntoaboma. Two-three-four days, and they are gone. Just as fast as they got here. Back again to their non-committal lives in Accra. Take the ones who live abroad. Two-three-fours weeks a year in Ghana, and then they disappear. They hope that those of us at home hold it down while they are away.

In Accra, these Metha Opportunists know more about the village than those living in the village. Abroad, the Metha knows more about African Tradition than the people who live in the villages in Africa. Opportunists!

Yet, they know nothing. A young man I met in a group a long time ago in Brooklyn, NY (USA) was put to the test as he bragged about his knowledge and practices of the Ga Cultures of Southern Ghana. A culture that he leaves behind 362 days a year. He was given a conga to demonstrate the Kpanlogo Beat so many people have come to love and appreciate. I left the room!

The attitude of the Metha is simply to lay claim to the village, to African tradition, culture and even the continent. However, their daily lives reflect something else other than African – they reflect someone’s village, not theirs; someone’s culture, not theirs; someone’s customs.

But the Metha are stately Opportunists. They commit to African Tradition and Culture up to the point they no longer can commit to it. They commit to African food, African dance, African music, Africa language, up to the point they are asked to follow one custom or perform this ritual or the other, and there their commitment ends.

The Metha are not Africans, they are culture-variant Africans, a.k.a Afro-saxons, Afro-gauloises. and others. They commit to nothing, and they have no skin in the game of anything! They come and they go as they please and they can barely be expected to carry-on the cultures of Africa.

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