Controversial – Obroni tears down Ghana and builds it up again

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I was compelled to republish Ian Kwaku Utley article which I posted on my blog a few days ago because of the sensation it’s created across the world wide web amongst Ghanaians in the diaspora and at home.

5 LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED AFTER READING IAN UTLEY’S ARTICLE

1. The rules of engagement (trade, foreign policy) between Africa and the West Need to Change. The African Union and our respective Governments should lead the way. Ghana should be at the forefront of this change. We need to set the rules for the West if they want to trade with us. WE MUST UNITE AS A COUNTRY, REGION AND CONTINENT. WITHOUT UNITY WE CANNOT PROGRESS

2. You teach people how to treat you. White people mistreated (slavery, colonialism and westernisation) Africans because we allowed it to happen. When you go into someone’s home and the head of the household has established rules, you will comply. We have never set any rules for white people to comply to in our countries. Yet when we go to western country they have set rules and regulations for us. It’s time we do the same.

3. Zimbabwe in my mind is the only African country that has successfully told the West to ‘take a hike’ . Watch Zimbabwe in the next few years, they will be leading Africa’s industrial and economic transformation. Robert Mugabe made the right choice by telling Tony Blair to Keep his Britain whilst he kept his Zimbabwe. I never understood the significance of his statement until I read this article. It’s probably why African leaders still hold reverence and respect for him. It’s because Mugabe had the balls to tell the white man to abide by his country’s rules.

4. Africans are more powerful than we know. Our transformation will truly begin if we are bold and demand what rightfully belongs to us (our resources, and the right to set the rules to trade. The we need to regain our power to manage our resources, economy and countries. BUY MADE IN GHANA AND AFRICA GOODS AND SERVICES.

5. It’s important that we begin to write our own stories. Lets not leave it to others to tell us what and who we are about. Learn about our history and about why we should take pride in being called Africans. Teach your children about our rich and diverse past,both the good and the bad. Knowledge of our history will serve as the the springboard for our continent’s development.
Perhaps you could draw your own lessons…

An expat friend of mine forwarded the link to this article to me which she discovered on this website

I only repost articles that aren’t my own if I think that my readers would benefit from reading it. I ask that you read this post to the end before you make any comments. The lessons I’ve written above will make more sense once you’ve read the entire article.  -Kate Nkansa

“What do you want in Ghana? Go back to your country!”

Are you the kwasia (idiot) who shouted this at me yesterday from your taxi while I was minding my own business and waiting for my tro-tro at Presby junction? What made you come out with such an exclamation? Was it just too much apio (akpeteshi – local moonshine), or do you have a matter you want to discuss with me? Have you been to aborokyire (abroad) yourself and learnt only the bad things from there, like racism and anti-social behaviour? Did you witness my brothers sticking pickaxes in your brothers’ heads, simply for having the audacity to possess beautiful black skin, and has this made you want to treat all non-Ghanaians with a similar contempt? Why didn’t you come back when I asked you “woye hwan?” and signalled you to “bra!” (come), so that we could continue the conversation? I wanted to know what warranted such an uncalled-for verbal attack, and to ask you why you are so keen for me to go back to my country. As you were too much of a coward to stop the car and allow me to answer, I am forced to write my reply down and publish it on the web for you. Your provocation will not make my readers happy- this article isn’t going to be quite as positive as the rest.

SEBE.
I might have retorted by telling you that I can’t go back to my country because the UK has been taken over by millions of African immigrants, asylum seekers and illegal workers, leaving no jobs, houses or white girls left for the obroni. I’ll go back to my country if you can remove all the Ghanaians from there first. Or, perhaps I should have laid the blame for my continued presence here on the procrastination and incompetence of your empty-promise government, who invited me over here in 2007 for discussions that are still to be had (“The minister has travelled to South America to collect some more cocaine, the secretary will be with you as soon as she finishes playing Solitaire”). Perhaps you were just jealous of the injustice of our respective visa regulations and angry that it takes you ten times more money and a hundred times more documents to get a visa to my country than it does for me to get one to yours. Maybe out of the vexation your aboa (silly) question laid on me, I should have lied and answered that, like most foreigners, I’m here because it’s so damn easy to deceive the black man and even easier to sleep with the black woman. Whichever reply I chose to use would have been an angry one: your unprovoked, out-of-the-blue comment from the safety of a speeding taxi really pissed me off. I wasn’t in the mood to “fa wo adamfo” (make friends with you), buy you a Star and tell you the real reason why I’m here, which is because there’s no waakye and nkati cake in aborokyire (abroad), and because the GHanja is a hundred times cheaper than the ganja. And don’t you know that a true prophet is never recognised in his own country? Imagine if Jesus Christ had been told to shut up and go back to Bethlehem every time he went out to preach his Father’s word.

Anyway, why do you have a problem with foreigners in your country? Don’t you want us to bring in our dollars, pounds and Euros to help prop up your feeble economy? Does “Travel and See” only apply to Ghanaians struggling to get “inside”? Tourism is Ghana’s third highest earner of the money you expect to magically appear in your pocket every day. The money’s definitely not going to end up in your pocket if you permit the perpetuation of the paradox that the most loved tourist hang-outs, like the bambootastic Tawala Beach Resort in La and Kumasi’s VITAMILK . You probably want the South Africans to head back south too, but you love their Accra Mall with its fancy apparel, expensive food and Hollywood movies, don’t you? Let’s also tell the Norwegians and Canadians to go back to their fjords and Rocky Mountains and take all their mining equipment with them, leaving you to dig up your own oil and gold with a stick. And just make sure that you can produce your own corned beef and rice before you kick out the Argentineans and Vietnamese, OK? Are you sure you are able to function as a 21st century citizen alone? You haven’t even caught up with the 18th (toilet in every home), the 19th (electricity in every home), or the 20th (shoes on every child) yet. Should the British take back all their educational legacy, Eurocentric textbooks and Cambridge curriculum, leaving the black man to devise and implement his own more acceptable, appropriate and Afrocentric schooling system? (Well, actually, yes they should.)

The latter matter goes to show that, even though I thought you put your point across in a rather rude and very un-Ghanaian manner (you didn’t even greet me first!), you are arguably correct. The white man has done nothing but rape, pillage and underdevelop bibiman (the black man) since he “discovered” it hundreds of years ago.

He tries to hide the fact that by that time it had already for thousands of years been the home of mighty empires, luxurious palaces, golden warrior kings, rich internal trade routes, and the world’s first great universities, religions, civilisations and bushdoctors- a time when Europe was wallowing in Dark Age squalor and dying from bubonic plague. It’s all gone downhill for Africa and uphill for Europe from then on: the white man should have been told to go home as soon as he arrived, just as strongly as you told me yesterday. Perhaps your forefathers should have had your same strong convictions back in 1471 and told the Portuguese to “Vai tomar no cu!” when all this kwasiasem began. Instead, they deferentially allowed them to build their dirty slave castle on Elmina‘s sacred ground in exchange for a few bags of shells and bottles of cheap whisky. Ayikoo (good going!). Why didn’t your great-grandfather tell my great-grandfather to stick the Bond of 1844 up his sorry white ass, instead of sycophantically signing it, thereby forcing his own free black people to become subservient to some faraway white queen? In 1957 the “colonial master”, after making himself fat and rich through 300 years of slave dealing and 113 years of natural resource stealing, “granted” you independence of your own land. How noble and gracious of him. At the time, did your fathers follow your proud and outspoken example and cry foul over this “Mickey Mouse Independence”? Obviously they didn’t, because Lucky Dube was still singing about such empty emancipations more than fifty years later.

That’s one of the messages Kwame Nkrumah was trying to tell your predecessors before the CIA had him killed off. As well as Osagyefo, you have many more historical figures you can be proud of, who did stand up to the Imperialist immigrants, but can you tell me about some of them? Probably not- you didn’t look very educated. Most schoolchildren should know the name of the Ejisu Queenmother who bravely defended the Golden Stool in 1901, but how many can name the Akwamu chief who whipped some Danish ass in 1693 to become the Governor of Christianborg Castle- the only African to ever gain such a status on the Gold Coast? Name the Asantehene (1720-50) who demanded that the Europeans set up factories and distilleries in Africa, instead of forcing his people to buy imported goods. When your son gets back from school tonight, ask him why MacCarthy Hill is called MacCarthy Hill, and what happened to MacCarthy before he became a hill. I’ll pay his school fees for a year if he knows. The Ashantis should be proud of chopping off that white invader’s head in 1824. But are your children learning about and celebrating these great people and moments in black history, so they will be inspired to become great themselves? Or are they just traipsing 5 miles to their dull little concrete schools every day so they can memorise some Babylonian nonsense in order to regurgitate for the BECE then forget it? More worrying still, where are today’s freedom fighters and role models who will be the future inspiration for your children’s children? Osofo Kantanka can’t do it all by himself. Who is going to stand out from the crowd and make sure that Ghana 2050 is not just a photocopy of Ghana 2010 (only with more layers of plastic waste)? Your leaders will never achieve anything for you and your people by dressing in suits, flying in planes and attending conferences, Bretton Woods negotiations and HIPC summits. Don’t tell me to go home to aborokyire, tell them to come back from there.

Perhaps you shouted at me to go back to my country because you also realise that no state which uses a foreign tongue as its official language has ever progressed, and no economy that relies on foreign aid, Structural Adjustment Programmes and 98% foreign trade has ever grown. Do you also agree that Africa can never develop until it breaks its dependence on the white man? Are you also aware that the West is deliberately keeping Africa poor so that they can remain rich? I can empathise with your point of view; you want the obroni to stop meddling in Mother Africa and allow her to go through her own agricultural and industrial revolutions, without which no developed country has ever been created. Next time you drive past your Vice-President, will you have the balls to shout at him that begging for Brazilian tractors is not the answer?

However, please don’t make the assumption that all foreigners are wicked (only most of us). There are a handful of abrofo afrophiles with no hidden agenda who are here for positive reasons, and anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m one of them. I challenge you to charge me with any offence against Ghana (apart from the herbs, which I only use in my own home with a police officer present). I have never taken money, natural resources, state secrets, smuggled cocoa or trafficked children out of your country (but I do always return home with a suitcase full of Golden Tree chocolate and Mapouka Cream Liqueur: why are these delicious Ghanaian products never available overseas, but I can always buy overpriced European Mars Bars and Baileys here?) I am not one of these “foreign investors” who your government seems to love so much, despite the fact that even if these vampires invest a million dollars, they’re going to suck out more than a billion in the future. I have no interest in profiteering from your people by owning a telecommunications company, Lebanese supermarket or Irish bar. I am not here to impose my English expertise on the primitive African. In fact, the opposite is true: I have learned more here about respect, personal relationships, spiritualism and good living than I gained from decades in Europe. I am not a paedophile or a batty boy. If you don’t believe me, ask my wife. If you don’t believe her, ask my girlfriend. I’m different to most Englishman in that I learn other people’s languages, instead of expecting the whole world to speak mine. I’ve already written at length about the myriad reasons why I’ve chosen to leave my unfriendly country of birth and live in asomdweman, none of which I believe are detrimental to Africa. Quite to the contrary, I only want to lead a conscious life here and do as much as I can to help my beloved adopted country. That’s why I’m writing this column- nobody’s paying me for it, but I hear on the grapevine that a lot of people are “feeling” it. That’s the only form of payment I desire. I’m also doing my utmost to bring more tourists to Ghana- if you and your friends would stop shitting on the beach, then I’m sure it would help to attract a lot more.

Of course, I agree with you that there are plenty of wicked, Godless, money-grabbing foreigners in Ghana who do deserve to be on the receiving end of your scathing attack, and I forgive you for getting me mixed up with one of them. They’re the ones who are doing their best to keep Africa down, whether it be by stealing your oil, imposing the price of your cocoa, braindraining your best graduates, transplanting their “foreign expertise”, or forcing you to be generation after generation of hewers of wood and drawers of water. We refer to these neo-colonialists who are feeding off the dying remains of your continent as “white men vultures”. I’m sure you have heard the local appellation of “Obroni p3t3!” (white vulture) – I half expected you to add that one when you were shouting at me. Even though these people share my colour, they certainly don’t share my principles, and I want to get them out of Ghana as much as you do. These people definitely do not deserve your country’s Akwaaba (welcome). I can’t wait for the day when Kofi Wayo becomes president- he promises to arrest all the Chinese vultures who are buying up your factories and farmlands and galamseying in your rivers, and send them all to the firing squad. With Blakk Rasta as his vice-president, there would be a similar fate in store for all the depraved sexual deviants who are coming here to rape your sons and daughters, and for all the crazy junkies who are flooding the country with their evil Colombia powder.

I might even go so far as to say that any foreigner in Ghana who is not a tourist, volunteer, charity worker, philanthropist, prophet, or anyone like Joseph Hill with a desire to help “bring back the money with the sign of the Lion on it and take back the money with the sign of the dragon on it” can be referred to as obroni p3t3. The businessmen, miners, foreign lenders, hoteliers, vehicle dealers and makers of porn movies are all here to enrich themselves at your expense, so I don’t blame you for being angry when you see a white man in your country. Nor was I surprised when a Rasta man who didn’t know I was one of his brethren shouted “Slave master!” at me as we passed recently. Rather, I’m surprised that I’m not at the receiving end of these anti-white sentiments more often, considering the brutal and exploitative way in which my forefathers have treated yours over the past 500 years.

I’m sick of hearing, when I reveal that I’m British; “Oh! Our colonial masters! We love you! You taught us everything we know!” If Ghana had colonised Britain and sold my ancestors into slavery, I don’t think I would be so friendly to Ghanaians. So your outburst was actually a breath of fresh air. Maybe more Ghanaians should be like you and strive to kick the bad foreigners out- they’re only going to continue downpressing you if you don’t. But get out the car and talk to them first: there’s a small chance that you might actually like them. Strangers are only friends who have never met.

Ian Utley is the author of
“Culture Smart! Ghana, the Essential Guide to Customs and Culture”

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42 thoughts on “Controversial – Obroni tears down Ghana and builds it up again

  1. Interesting! We are listening & agreeing to Obroni telling us what to do once more. Other Africans have made the same comments but most have not taken it serious. However, each ripple in the sea helps to create the mighty wave. So, I’m glad for this wave. I’m sure it will make more Africans seat up & it will help to push us closer to our true independence from foreign domination. Tso o boi!

  2. Very poignant, with a twist of sarcasm and humor. Get this Obroni a seat in Parliament.He understands what ails Ghana more than most of these high -maintenance bamboozlers who call themselves Politicians.

  3. Yao van Landewijk

    I was born in Ghana from Dutch parents who worked at the University of Ghana. I could not have written this any better! Thanks!

    • Yao van Landewijk

      I consider it a piece we can all learn something from for most of the points made are valid. But it all started with the utterance of a frustrated and ignorant fool, and look how much attention he got!

      It’s all good!!!

    • eben justice

      we have been behind civilization a 100years.
      look it took another obroni to do such a narration,what a shame ghana and all history students. GOD IS KING

  4. george

    Ben, I think it’s great we are getting back on the same page. I know the writer’s reference to the situation back home in his country with immigrants is greatly exaggerated. But I chose to ignore that since I considered that to be a mere rant. I only wanted to focus on the theme of his composition – I agree he went on a ranting spree for most parts. The message is not lost on me. He had a point. Tone? Comical to say the least. Never felt offended in the slightest. After all the Twi he’s mastered, I think he’s earned the right to rant, hasn’t he?

    • Ben

      Dear George,

      But 4 the fact that he’s an Obroni, he wldn’t get this many passes on the plenty exaggerations he made.

      As for the Twi point…No..Im not impressed. I’ve seen plenty white people speak and sing twi oo. A former Professor of mine who is Ghanaian had an Obroni wife who was even an expert in Twi and she was super balanced and polite.

      @papabedo

      • george

        Ben, him being an Obroni had no more pull factor on my reading his piece than any other foreigner’s view would. Simply put, I’d have read it all the same had it being a Kenyan, a Tanzanian, a Zimbabwean or whatever national that had written it. Seeing your people through the eyes of a foreigner is quite refreshing. Try listening to Paul Simon’s “You can call me Al” to give you that vibe you can get from someone else telling you about something that you’re all too familiar with. If this piece doesn’t grip you, well to each his own.

  5. Ben

    Reply to Gh_Mikie

    seriously Ben, your argument seems soooo “intellectual” yet obviously, you dont understand the “voice” in which this article is written! read it over again and then respond. Chile take seat!

    Ebei…my comment appeared ‘intellectual’ in ther words…’too-known’..hmmm asem bi dis?

    I get the voice he is speaking in. I get his musings alright. I do. It’s that of someone who has had some rotten tomatoes trown at them and therefore promises to be negative…and delivers on their promise.

    He got a few things spot-on..but most of what he is saying isn’t brand new info.

    He gets some key things wrong. His asumption that his and other westerners presence in the country brings in the $$$ is partially true. We now know that Ghanaians and Africans abroad for that matter bring in far far more in remittances.

    The man wants to get things off his chest. He’s a bit – sebi tafrache ‘pissed off’.

    You simply tell me what u take away from this piece. Go on tell me. Take away the Obroni element…and what’s so exciting about his piece?

    @papabedo on twitter

  6. george

    Dear Ben, I find it quite interesting that you choose to make this a “we versus them” issue rather than take it on its face value. The irony is you trying to imply intellectual deficiency on my part by not following your initial post enough to understand your argument while the same could be said for your posture towards the writer’s piece. That makes the two of us then; me not understanding you and you losing the plot of the main post either.
    Hypocrisy knows no nationality but I can only talk about the sort I live in proximity with. I see them everyday spewing pure bigotry. On the radio, on the internet, on campaign platforms, in newsrooms, in trotro and wherever one finds himself in the country, you’ll face discrimination in one form or the other. It might either benefit you or go against you but it’s still clear and present. I’m sorry to say that sometimes you need someone from outside to “open your eyes small” to see the filth you’re engulfed in. You might choose to be offended but that’s what it’s always been isn’t it? Victim complex, the lot of the Blackman.

    • Ben

      Dear George.

      No, I do not see this as a ‘we vrs them’. I said from the begining I was going for the ball…not the man!

      If you feel I have implied some form of intellectual deficiency then sorry, I wasn’t intending to imply any such thing. Let’s blame this on the medium we are using for not allowing us the means to effectively convey our points.

      As far as I can see, the author was upset..and went of on a tangent. He said so clearly, that he was going to be nagative…and he delivered!

      I wished he was balanced in his comments. That’s all.

      @papabedo

  7. Shedrick Sanders

    I lived in Ghana a long time ago, and I experienced the nicest people and a culture that practiced non violent conflict resolution skills that the world needs. It inspired me to learn more and share it with children in the U. S.
    This is a great article to discuss and think about. Like the author I learned more about “respect, personal relationships, spiritualism, and good living “. This is the message I take from this article.

  8. Ben

    To George – my earlier reply doesn’t make for easy reading, hence this repost.

    George, ‘half-facts’ is even being generous – that he can say the following;

    …because the UK has been taken over by millions of African immigrants, asylum seekers and illegal workers, leaving no jobs, houses or white girls left for the obroni. I’ll go back to my country if you can remove all the Ghanaians from there first…

    Any basic search will confirm that this statement if FALSE in all aspects. It’s a rather cheap shot and reduces the level and value of his piece significantly.

    There are a fair number of people with a Ghanaian background in the UK – How many are still legally Ghanaian…who knows?

    in the big scheme of things, people travel…we have always travelled and humans will always relocate for various reasons.

    You George say …he only points out the hypocrisy of the Average Ghanaian…YOU FIND ME A PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT HYPOCRITICAL.

    Upon all his talk about the UK….how would the UK be doing without all the immigrants who r keeping so many vital and non-vital parts of that country going?

    I insist that making generalisations about a people based on an incident like this is rather lame.

    I will not make such a crass comment about any of the Western or African countries I have had the privilege of living and working in. No Never. For him to do that is just lame.

    I am not saying we are a perfect people…heck no. We have achieved some small successes…yes. We are underperforming..true. But to just lambast Ghanaians like this is a very very sad option to choose.

    @papabedo on twitter

  9. Kwame

    Interesting and thought provoking but to an audience who se major preoccupation is finding imported,food,shoes and clothing etc they will again as always,miss this important call.We have gotten to a point,where insults doesn’t even bother us,all we need is to consume,more and more and more.

  10. george

    Oh yes, we really are our own enemies. We’ve torn down this nation with our ethnocentrism. Just move around and you’d hear stories and observe how Ghanaians are treating their fellow citizens with disdain owing to their different ethnicity. I’ve lived in a few places and seen things that made me ashamed to be a Ghanaian. I’ve also maintained I’m never going to respond to questions like, “which tribe are you?” Let my refusal cost me a job or an opportunity but I refuse to continue to be part of this idiocy being carried out.

  11. george

    With all due respect, I think you sort of lost the plot with your response. I don’t see the writer abusing Ghanaians or making racists comments in his writeup as you suggested. I think this is just an amusing piece meant to jolt us all into reality. People cry out against all manner of exploitation by expats but it’s our own kind doing all the exploiting here. The average Ghanaian’s rant is what you get when you leave hard liquor in the hands of a Samuel L Jackson character in “Rules of engagement”. We are just good at attacking the wrong person. The problem is those whom our parochial interests guide us to put into positions of power. Nothing more, nothing less.

  12. george

    What can I say? This is a land for all of us. If you think you’re being exploited, then you’ve not been properly educated. Whom do we blame? Y3 bounce suu wu visa neyaa! Then they give you a standard unintelligible piece of paper for the reason why “we took your GHc 320 and asked you to get lost or we’ll call security”. Don’t worry; being in the US embassy for half an hour is as good as being at whichever airport in the US doing a Tom Hanks Terminal I-have-to-enter-Ameeerica-by-allll-means impression.
    If you won’t allow your daughter to marry that Ayigbe boy or give that qualified Dagomba chick the job, then don’t tell me about some Oburoni who looks different and talks different exploiting you.

    • God bless u for the last paragraph. amongst our own selves we discriminate and expect someone else from a different continent to treat us differently! it gets frustrating sometimes how we always blame someone for our woes when it lies not far from our reach, the cause of our own problems. thanks once again

      • Ben

        Ok, I admit the topic caught my attention and so I thought I would have a read.

        Was I impressed by this piece?..No. The fact that it came from an ‘OBRONI’ makes no difference.

        I will not attack the man but I will go for the ball.

        Two people insulting each other is a sure sign of weakness.

        Making asumptions and generalisations about a people based one incident is bad whether U r Obroni or not.

        Presenting half-facts as a way of shaming people is a lame tactic, because soon you will be found out and like they say the truth will take the stairs and get to the top and dislogde the lie which got there by using the elevator or lift (take which one you like)

        Like any country, Ghana has its history and its share of problems. I will not lump all Ghanaians together and abuse/shame them . That’s just not smart.

        As a people, we have made improvements. There’s a lot that we have to do and quickly too. Some of these have been included in the writers’ piece.

        Let’s demand more from our politicians and those who have access to our tax money. But by all means let this Ghana bashing be moderated.

        @papabedo on twitter.

        • george

          o Ben, do you really see half facts anywhere in this writeup? Well I don’t see any. He only points out the hypocrisy of the average Ghanaian in a tone that some might find insulting but which I don’t. Is he not correct in his assertion that we have a lot of Ghanaians in his country making a living? And the point of his piece was to address somebody who attacked him while making you the reader an onlooker. Some might feel he had no right to address us Ghanaians in the manner in which he did simply because he’s an expat. Once he lives in this country and pays tax, he has every right to. And I still stand by my assertion that we are our own enemies until the next newspaper publication with the headline “British man slaps his Ghanaian driver for being late” appears. Then you and I know the agenda for the morning radio discussion.

        • gh_Mikie

          seriously Ben, your argument seems soooo “intellectual” yet obviously, you dont understand the “voice” in which this article is written! read it over again and then respond. Chile take seat!

  13. Leslie

    Bold, strong, hard hitting words for such a small comment. I can understand your anger, but I think you went too far in abusing Ghanaians, by making racist comments. If somebody is a bigot, you don’t go as far as abusing the whole race of people, by putting them down like you did. I have lived in London for 25 years and I have had white people make such statements to me, but I didn’t go down the historical perspective etc. Frankly, the world has always depended on each other and your comments about Canadians etc removing their machinery makes a mockery of this interdependence. I agree not all white people are in Ghana to exploit the country and you have to treat people with respect and not stereotype, but I think you went over board with your rebuttal and it certainly is racist in many ways…

    • Ben

      Leslie,

      I agree with the bulk of your comments. I wldn’t say I personally find the writers comments racist . To qualify to be a racist…you have to do and say..a whole bucketload more than this.

      It’s like any of us going off about this or that western country because we have had a bad experience from one citizen.!

      @papabedo

  14. gh_Mikie

    I love this sarcasm laced piece!!!Love it!!! Ghana should have more obronis like him, instead of the cynical,racist ones who leave a bad taste in most locals’ mouth. There are non “agendafied” tourists in Ghana who mean well…if Ghanaians saw this maybe our attitudes would change. On the other hand, we as Ghanaians need to stop being so sycophantic when it comes to white foreigners! It is part of the reason why some of us are badly treated, which in turn perpetuates the bad perception of Obronis. Nevertheless, we need to be a little more proud of our history,legacy and origin, that way, we can be treated with self respect and in turn treat others the same.

  15. Kwadwo

    Look. Most Ghanaians are too busy organizing church seminars, paying and receiving bribes, inflating budgets, doing shoddy work, victimizing gay people, rigging votes, polluting their own environment and asking White Jesus for forgiveness so that they can qualify to make it to White Heaven to care about you, what you have to say, or making any significant changes to their future.

  16. manny

    they gave us independence because they had found other ways to make us dependent on them. But truly, i admire this piece of reality.

  17. Bold man. You have said it as it is supposed to be. If many of us who want to see massive change in this country and Africa will only realise this, then I think we’ll see the change faster.

    A very interesting read.

  18. Chinny

    What’s controversial about this? Africans being talked down to by a white person. One brown person’s actions being representative of the group. Pretty standard fare, actually.

  19. K. Egyir

    It is not merely idiocy that is allowing Ghana to be exploited. The very main reason is our incapacity to truly unite. Muslims and Christians don’t trust each other. Different tribes don’t trust each other. Different families don’t trust each other. The individual is more interested in what he can put in his pocket now than what he can do for everyone around him. Until we learn that unity is the key and above all unity to create a force to withstand the Westerners from exploiting us, we will continue to fail. Mark my words!

  20. Edward

    He makes fundamental points that the Ghanaians who are aware of them happened to be too few and uninfluential to make any change. The west is draining us but funny enough they are not even using force and intimidation. Our own idiotic mindset is enough to fuel this exploitation. If I die for Ghana speaking up, it’ll be in vain for its my own people that’ll stab me in the back. But I can say this, we will bring change! No matter how little our contributions. Thank you!

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