Sunday, 14 December 2023
By: TB Obwoge
The stupidity that you will find in some places, will amaze you. Here I will lay out how stupid it was to even think you can host a unified Pan-African event in the capital city of Ghana.
Some months ago, when the president of Niger Mohamed Bazoum, was deposed by way of a military coup, lead by Abdourahamane Tchiani. Accra, the capital of Ghana hosted a meeting of ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), as the military leaders met to take action on Niger.
The member countries of ECOWAS, were preparing to go to war against Niger, a war in which Mali and Burkina Faso said that they'd stand with Niger at all costs.
Here is where things get crossed and gross, several news outlets and bloggers in Ghana have claimed that the military band played a song from the soundtrack of "Game of Thrones."
There are only a few media outlets that posted a backup article claiming that the Ghana military said that the video was edited and the soundtrack was added.
However one would wonder, where did they get a band playing the 'Game of Thrones" theme from? You can clearly hear that its some sort of band actually playing the music, however there are no clear videos of GAF (Ghana Armed Forces) marching band playing the music.
Also, if one of the main news outlets UTV News Ghana, was said to have deleted the video, but here below you can see the video on Twitter X for yourself.
There is a movement entitled the 'New Africa Movement' one that is silent on the xenophobia in Africa, from African to African, as well as very silent on the massive amounts of hate speech towards Black Americans, that claims they want to unify Africa.
How can one unify Africa while being silent of the hatred from African to African, then to those in the Diaspora? This will probably never be answered as many of the Black Africans think they're perfect and don't need to address the issues that are rampant within their own lands, including tribalism.
The idea of the 'New Africa Movement' was stolen from Black America's movement called 'REPUBLIC OF NEW AFRICA' which started back in 1969.
The Republic of New Africa (RNA) is a black nationalist organization that was created in 1969 on the premise that an independent black republic should be created out of the southern United States of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, which were considered “subjugated lands.” The group’s manifesto demanded the United States government pay $400 billion in reparations for the injustices of slavery and segregation. It also argued that African-Americans should be allowed to vote on self-determination, as that opportunity was not provided at the end of slavery when the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution incorporated African-Americans into the United States. The economy of the RNA was to be organized based on ujamaa, Tanzania’s model of cooperative economics and community self-sufficiency. Citizens of the proposed RNA would have limited political rights, unions would be discouraged, freedom of the press would be curtailed, men would be forced to serve in the military, and polygamy would be allowed.
Two brothers, Milton and Richard Henry, who were associates of Malcolm X, formed an organization called the Malcolm X Society, which was devoted to the creation of an independent black nation within the United States. Milton and Richard subsequently changed their names to Gaidi Obadele and Imari Abubakari Obadele, respectively.
A group called, 'The New Africa Foundation' planned an event, at this event they invited speakers. The organizers invited and included Professor PLO Lumumba, Julius Malema, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, and Peter Obi. They paid the deposit on the Black Square to hold this event, on the night of the event military and police refused to allow the event to take place.
Government’s statement on the cancellation of ‘The Convention’ on Sunday, January 7, 2024, at the Black Star Square.
1. Ghana's government, over the last few years has been clamping down on freedom of the press, including free speech. The cases are growing and getting worse as the 2024 elections get closer in the country.
There are clear human rights violations listed about the issues surrounding the lack of freedom. The United States ambassador has made a statement about these issues.
Why would anyone think that this is a safe space to have such a PanAfrican event? Here I will list more issues in Ghana, that would lead one to wonder why in the world would one think that Ghana would be a safe space for such an event.
Nana Kwame Bediako, commonly known as Cheddar or Freedom Jacob Caesar, has revealed himself as the face behind the mask in the New Force campaign. He is also the organizer of the event named, 'The Convention', a Dutch woman was deported from Ghana, she outed herself as a member of the campaign of New Force, again another example that Ghana wasn't the place to choose.
Ghana immigrations, claim was that she was on a fraudulant student visa.
This is the statement posted to the news about the cancellation of "The Convention" event.
The New Africa Foundation accuses the Government of being behind the cancellation of ‘The Convention’ at the Black Star Square.
2. Under Ghana's President Akufo-Addo, several Ghanians have been arressted for insulting him. I mean simple insults, about his height or shape of his head.
A mother of 4-children arrested, several children kicked out of school for a viral video insulting him, another man in his 40's arrested for calling him names.
All while hundreds of Ghanians think that this is acceptable behavior, proclaiming you have to respect the president because hes old, or because he's the president. But what country lacks basic freedom of speech, where you serve jail time for calling your president a 'bighead'? In what world is this a normal practice?
If this is the case then millions of Americans would be sitting in jail right at this moment, these aren't death threats, they're simple insults.
3. Over the last year or so GAF (Ghana Armed Forces) specifically the Ghana Army has brutalized and beaten civilians. Again, Ghana is clearly a very odd place to choose to hold such an event, an event that is being called political in nature.
GAF went into a neighborhood in Accra, the capital city and beat the shit out of over 175 men, making some of them eat cow shit and drink water from the gutters.
After this beating and arrest of more than 150 people, there were reports that up to 175 men were taken into custody. This was after the murder of a Ghanian soldier, and get this, not one of these men were the ones involved in the soldiers murder.
After about 4 days, the Ghana police were able to locate and arrest the men who actually robbed and killed the young Ghanian solider. While GAF (Ghana Armed Forces) the president of Ghana Akufo-Addo, all refused to issue any form of an apology for those almost 200 beaten by the military.
And believe it or not, hundreds of Ghanians applauded the beatings of these people. There were hundreds of tribalistic comments, proclaiming the people form Asahiman were bad people, that they deserved it because they "misbehave" often. They were said to have misbehaved because they'r are of a certain tribe in Ghana, the Ga tribe, who are the people who traditionally are those who inhabit the area of Accra.
This is life in Ghana, the life that many lie about especially those Ghana influencers that are pushing tourism to Ghana for money and followers.
There are even more recent events that highlight GAF in incidents of beating innocent citizens. Surely Nana Kwame Bediako has knowledge of the issues in his own country, doesn't he?
Ghana's military Thursday denied allegations of killing at least 10 civilians during deployment on an anti-terrorism operation in the town of Bawku, Upper East Region. The accusations came after a number of civilians were killed during the military's presence in the town
I have only listed 2 major issues in Ghana, one cannot seem to understand why would Nana Kwame Bediako think that Ghana would be a safe space for this event? I mean clearly there is a pattern that the government of Ghana isn't receptive to events of this nature.
Citizens are beaten and arrested just for having protests, also called demos.
Why would an American be forced to prove that they're not a Nigerian to rent housing? Not to mention the housing costs for Americans are fraudulently raised to a higher price, there is no where to turn for assistance in Ghana either. The rampant corruption and price increases for foreigners is also apart of the countries unchecked corruption.
There are some Ghanians that speak about Pan-Africanism, however there is clearly rampant xenophobia in Ghana. Housing and employment is common practice in Ghana, very common practice.
In a speech, which I've provided the link below, Prof Lumumba calls Museveni his friend. Museveni is the 39-year serving dictator of Uganda, where Ugandans have been murdered by police and military. Where the hashtag #UgandaIsBleeding outlines the deaths and brutality of the citizens.
Uganda where there are dozens of kidnapped and missing humans, that the government of Uganda is trying to claim didn't even exist in real life. Some Ugandans have claimed that "fake family members" were sent back in the places of their real missing family members. Professor Lumumba, mentions this man as his friend and someone he looks up to, let that sink in for a moment.
In another speech he mentions that Ghana's first president was the reason why the group decided to meet in Accra, when clearly the former, late President Kwame Nkrumah is not leading Ghana.
From reading the news in Ghana, anyone can see that the Ghana of the past is no where near the likes of the Ghana of the present. Freedom and justice are not the rule of law in Ghana these days.
I can list dozens more examples, examples why Accra, Ghana was not the right place to hold this conference but I will just get insulted, as always, that again is something I've learned that Ghanians are very good at.
No matter what one thinks, Accra, Ghana was not the place to plan and organize such a meeting, its is ironic that angolophone countries refused to think of having this event in another country. Possibly a Southern African country or a former French colonial country.
The event would have taken place, if they hadn't decided on Ghana, which has been failing Ghanians for the last several years.
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I'm the president of a nonprofit. I've lived in 3 countries, I love to travel, take photos and help children and women around the world! One day I pray an end to Child Marriages, Rape and a start to equal Education for ALL children 🙏🏽