this piece about how burial of President Mills has further eroded our traditions with Accra being the capital city, but is shows how multiple layers of authority and representation play havoc with our system of traditional governance.
who speaks for Ga people is suddenly an issue. there are several who would rather not talk about it but continue to suggest that the chiefs of Accra do not necessarily speak for each other and certainly do not speak for the entire people. Political parties definitely have their constituency and more importantly the government in power that appoints administrative officials can interfere in several ways in our traditional norms.
civil society groups have also started exerting some influences of sorts, if only through press conferences and protests on a variety of issues; the church also influence and speak for the people.
the problem is that if our different hierarchies each have direct contact with government at whatever level within an urbanised context of Accra, the traditional authority will be further eroded.
If we make allowances for Homowo because it clashes with a national event, we must realise that a precedent has been set and that we may some time in the future be asked to postpone the events all together in the name another event. But there is a wider issue, can we afford not to police the ban on drumming, shall we be negotiating around this in the future?
what is evident is that with the independence and republic of Ghana and the fact that Accra has as much as 17% of the population, things will never be the same again for our traditional authorities. Perhaps that time for re-ordaining these hierarchies has come and the time from reorganising Accra in to the Republic of Accra that our forefathers fought is what we should be considering with a balance of power shared equally amongst the political representation, the traditional authorities, the civil society organisations and even the churches. Indeed a much broader republic of interest groups may even be more appropriate in keep the sanity of the capital city and show case it to the rest of the world
The fact of now is that very few of us take part in the public activities of the traditional authorities which does not mean that we have abandoned our customs and rites, the fact is also that their authority on the people has weaned and because of past inefficiencies in the system, they have not been able to be effective in their representation to the extent that they are almost becoming irrelevant.
Drumming and Dancing to Doom
Ladies and gentlemen, all protocols observed as my Nigerian friends will put it so as to recognise all the important personalities here assembled.
Fellow members of the literati, at least I am sure after this evening most of you will find it wise to join a book club or to at least get into the habit of reading more books, it gives me great pleasure to be asked to assist in launching this book.
My literary skills are not as yet honed into writing a book, I am not bold enough and I have not as yet attempted such a daunting task since I continue to remain a writer of mundane technical reports that have to be written in a structure that can be very restrictive and quite different from writing novels. Continue reading “Drumming and Dancing to Doom – Paul de Kanff ISBN 978-1-61204-559-7”
Tribute to my President: from a Ghanaian in London – by Ade Sawyerr
His Excellency Professor John Evans Atta Mills
President of the Republic of Ghana: from 7th January 2009 to 24th July 2012
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 -54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The untimely death of our President has been a great shock to all Ghanaians worldwide and indeed more so to us here in London. The icy hands of death have struck yet again, this time taking from our midst a man at the height of his endeavours. We are saddened by the vacuum created by the departure from the political scene in Ghana of a man of such great political stature. The Father of our nation has gone to the village to join our ancestors. We applaud his valour, dedication and continued service to the cause of our nation even during the period when he must have been very ill and give thanks to the Lord for ending his pain and suffering.
President Mills was an esteemed man in several respects; he was a professor, an administrator, a politician and a skilful sportsman and a devout Christian who was at all times guided by his convictions and his inordinate faith in his God. He never allowed himself to be caught in the controversies that normally surround leaders in Africa. Continue reading “Tribute to my President: from a Ghanaian in London – Ade Sawyerr”
August 10th 2012 – Where do we lay our dearly departed President Mills to rest? By Ade Sawyerr
The story has been told, I do not know how true, that a former Governor-General of the Gold Coast, who was born in Galt in Canada, was buried twice! One of the chiefs of the Gold Coast, Nana Sir Ofori-Atta had travelled to the Britain and inquired where this great Governor of the Gold Coast, Sir Gordon Guggisberg, who built Achimota School, KorleBu Hospital and the Takoradi Harbour, had been buried and when he was taken to the grave he was not too happy with what he saw. He therefore got contributions from the chiefs and people of the Gold Coast and they buried him in a proper cemetery at Bexhill on Sea. – Oh how we Ghanaians love to honour our leaders when they are dead after giving them so much aggravation when they are alive.
Another head of state, I am told was also buried three times. I suspect that Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah was initially buried in Guinea and then at Nkroful, his home town, but he is now resting peacefully at the mausoleum in Accra, at the site of the Old Polo grounds where he had declared independence for Ghana. This mausoleum gifted to us by the Chinese to signal their aggressive entry into the construction business in Ghana.