Fortunate for me, as I thought in the past, a young African man hailing from the Garden city of Ghana West African. I was very excited when I got the opportunity to continue my education at the prestigious University of Ghana, Legon.
I had the opportunity to travel to the United States to live the American dream. I was happy to leave the University of Ghana for America because America is a land full of milk and honey. So Legon was nothing for me. But something unpleasant happened that changed my life forever or in other words, it gave birth to the new me. I cannot go into the whole story because time will not permit me and for the sake of my readers. This is a short article, not a book. I intend to write a book when the story is complete.
Now back to this article, as I normally do every morning, I try to read at least three articles related to Ghana before I set out for the day. I read an article posted by myjoyonline.com that awaken something I have been preaching about for the past 14 months. I have been talking about mental slavery and brainwashing by the westerners.
Everything we portray in our culture today, unconsciously make most Africans believe before they do better they have to strive to become like the white man. The image of the white Jesus makes it even easier for people to think that way. I am a living example, I grew up thinking Jesus is white and God is white. There are countless examples but I want to focus on the reason why I decided to write this piece. When I saw the post on myjoyonline.com about “Sarkodie bashes brainwashed African leaders”, these thoughts run through my mind; someone is making sense here. Why not share?
However, most of us are aware but we are not taking any action in accordance with our words. We have to act now or forget about the progress of Africa. Sarkodie just added one soul to his fan base. Wisdom is speaking. Respect to Sarkodie.
We need people with the influence like Sarkodie to start advocating for real freedom for the blackman. Say no to mental slavery and brainwashing. Myjoyonline posted a lot of tweets from Sarkodie relating to mental slavery and brainwashing. But my interest is in these two tweets by Sarkodie, “At this point, to make change, let’s forget about the older generation, even our generation and impact the next” and “Those feeling are coming back again as always… My dream is for Africa to realize our power and care for our people…We need to take our pride back”.
Change is the only thing that is permanent, every other thing is temporal. Africa must unite, Africa must thrive, and Africa must be free in the mind. As Nelson Mandela said before you think of changing the world you must change yourself first and that’s a paraphrasing of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote, we are the change we seek.
My hope and aspiration is to see an African continent where its younger generation wouldn’t think that the best way to succeed is to travel to Europe or America. You and I have to make Africa a conducive environment, that encourages young entrepreneurs and a place that give chances to the young ones not to survive but have a decent life.
It is possible and we can do it, if only we change our attitude and be the change we seek for. God bless Ghana!!! God bless Africa
by: Owura Amoako Bawuah