Friday, 15 May 2015

The Second Book of Dumsor Chapter 3

1 And in those days there lived an irreverent man in the land of Ghana, whose name was Dela who the people called Efo.
2 He was the son of Thywill, the Son of Byhisgrace, the son of Godswill.
3 On the eighth day of the fifth month which was the day before the Sabbath, he journeyed home from the Accra Mall with two companions.
4. And as they talked about the things that had happened in the land, he heard a voice say to him,
5 “Son of Man, thy house and thy neighbor’s house and all the people that live around it thereof are covered in darkness as it was in the days of the plagues of Egypt”
6 and he knew it was the voice of a generator
7 but Efo Dela was perplexed and cast in his mind what manner of madness this should be, “how can it be that I understand the language of Generators?”
8 and the voice said onto him, “let not your heart be troubled Efo, for the fear of Mahama is upon thee and this has made it so”
9  And he trembling and astonished said, “what wilt thou have me to do?
10 but the voice was silent for the generator had run out of fuel and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
11 Then said one his companions Kwasi bar-Adu, “what manner of wailing is this?
12 And the one of them, whose name was Nii, answering said unto him, “Art thou only a stranger in Accra, and hast not known the things that it is Champions League Night”
13 And Kwasi bar-Adu said, “you fool, that is on Tuesdays”
14 then Efo Dela said in a loud voice, the people wail for they have no fuel in the generator and darkness covers the land.
15 “How doth thou know these things”, they asked
16 “A Generator spake them unto me”, Efo Dela said
17 but they scoffed saying, “Art thou not Efo Dela whom the people of twitter call Amegaxi? And art thou not possessed by the Spirit of sarcasm?” and their unbelief was exceedingly great.
18 as they drew near to home, their eyes beheld the darkness and they looked at Efo and were amazed and their countenance towards him was changed.
19 Now Satan, who is the deceiver, had seen the suffering of Ghanaians, he saw how babes were plagued with heat rashes and how the people suffered to sleep in the heat
20 and he said to himself, “The Lord of host is merciful. For in his anger he casteth me not to Ghana but to Hell. For in Hell though the heat abideth forever the fire provideth light but in Ghana they suffereth heat and darkness”


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Dum Raider vs Dum Rider: Battle to Build Rome

When John Dumelo said Ghanaians need to be patient with John Mahama because “Rome wasn’t built in a Day”, I’m sure he didn’t expect anyone to take much notice. After all, Ghanaian celebs have been talking and no one ever listens. Unfortunately for him that didn’t happen. Long suffering Ghanaian youth took to social media and gave him quite the bashing.
Step up Yvonne Nelson, John Dumelo’s sometimes best friend and in his own words, “Ride or Die Chick”. She wasn’t having anyone of it and started the #DumsorMustStop Hashtag on twitter. 
She along with some other celebs have organized a vigil and are expecting many people to turn up to protest the worsening power crisis. Somehow I doubt people would have taken Miss Nelson seriously if artiste like Sarkodie hadn’t come on board. Relax, this has nothing to do with sexism. Miss Nelson can’t seem to tolerate views that aren’t in line with hers and has blocked more people on twitter than anyone I know. Besides, how come she was silent till now? Sarkodie on the other hand has been talking about these problems for a while now and interacts well with people on social media.
Honestly, did anyone really expect everything to go smoothly? I was part of the Maiden #OccupyFlagStaffHouse march. Even after we had sought and were granted the requisite permission, they still tried to prevent the march. Police armed to the teeth showed up on the said day and scared away quite a number of the demonstrators before the rain came to drive away even more. I’m not saying the government is responsible for the heavy rain that day but I am not saying they aren’t either.

Anyway, turns out the organizers of the Vigil hadn’t asked permission to use the University of Ghana field. Their plan B, was also thwarted because Total didn’t want to be involved in anything political which is understandable. Then the Ga tradional council petitioned to have the Vigil ‘postponed’ because there’s a ban on noise making before the Homowo festival. Most people suspect that like the rain on the day of the #OccupyFlagStaff house march, Government has something to do with the stance of Ga Traditional council. After all, why aren’t they complaining about the constant noise from Generators everywhere? 
For now it looks like Government or which ever hand is behind the frustration of the vigil is winning as most of the people on social media have a short attention span and quickly move on to some new and more interesting topic. Will people still turn up for the vigil and if they do, will the number be as huge as it would have been if it had come on earlier?
We live to see how this epic battle goes. I for one I'm just here for the laughs. That's how I've decided to deal with the frustrating, never ending power problem in this country.
For now, this is our prayer: