For the past few days, some prominent Ghanaians including Sam Jonah, Manasseh Azure Awuni and a few other who I may name latter have justified the 'Culture of silence' tag, which per their argument has taken root in the Ghanaian community. To them, the 'timid' nature of known social justice and accountability machinery and organisations is rather sickening, as the government virtually overpowered them on matters such as galamsey, ballooning debt, corruption, etc, which was in years past the fulcrum of advocacy in Ghana.
But is it that these so-called organisations including the civil society and the ordinary Ghanaian had lost their voice, or there is simply no hope for a change?
I tend to agree more with my brother Kwame A-Plus who feels the value is the same. Nothing seems to change as much as we ascribe to partisan politics in Ghana. All these parties do have their own representations in the Civil Society space to protect and defend their own biases or flaws.
Its rather a sorry state to learn through Manasseh's account that the fourth estate; the media has simply lost its powers and right to check on the government all because of 'inducements'. In my perspective, Sam Jonah is right to an extent by criticizing the Ghanaians and the powers that be who had the right to speak up for the right to thing to be done.
However the core of this 'silence' on the part of the citizenry, CSOs, media, etc, is a true reflection of despair. Yes, no one seem to believe their voices matter. No one cares for what becomes of our dearest nation as much as they are neglected by the very people whom they had trusted power with to better their lives.
The cycle of 'vote buying' had practically rendered the citizenry powerless to hold them to account., demand for their rights and that of future generations. Our public institutions had now turned into a 'playground' for political appointees whose interest is only to serve the 'master' and not the people.
How then do we get empowered to speak up, when for years all that we fought against keep smashing our faces, even in an amplified force? Who do we trust to make the change when all had taken the 'bystander syndrome' to issues?
To me, some tragic has to happen to trigger that boldness our fore-fathers had against the British Colonist, so we could voice and demand a change. It took George Floyds murder for the blackman to reignite the fight for freedom and rights of the black, in a foreign land as America.
But we aren't in a foreign land. So what need we do? I leave much to my readers to show the way.
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