The Twene Jonas approach of dealing with Ghana's political, Traditional and religious leaders seems to draw the attention of many in recent times.
While many continue to fiercely oppose and condemn his style, others are in absolute agreement and continue to give him thumbs up for his innovativeness. Like it or not, there will always be funs of God (theist) and funs of Satan (atheists) as long as the world continues to exist and l strongly believe that soon, reality will catch up with us.
Yes, per our traditions and customs, it is almost a sacrilege to verbally abuse a chief or a King. It is equally wrong to insult our political leaders. In fact, Ghanaians are so tolerant, calm, respectful and even hospitable that it alright to trade one's comfort all in the name of customs and traditions.
Fellow Ghanaians, since the birth of our nation, we have lived in adherence to our so-called rich customs and traditions and I am sure many of us would wish to fairly and thoroughly assess whether it has been helpful or not. After all, there are always exams after tutorials. Let's soberly reflect on the state of our environment, education system, security, unemployment situation, health, national debt stock etc and critically examine ourselves whether or not we as a people, are doing the right thing.
Clever minds have carefully studied us and perhaps have concluded that we are too calm and naïve. Politicians and other leaders have been very "thankful" for our traditions and customs and continue to make us believe that whatever they do or say is right and even if it's not, the means to seek redress should be such that our culture and the constitution approve of it. Now, the changing situation is making our leaders uncomfortable because the language is changing.
What has been fuelling this excitement among the Ghanaian youth, in my view and the view of many Ghanaians has primarily been the unfortunate conduct and posture of our political leaders and some of our traditional and religious leaders.
I choose to describe Jonas' ulterance as "communication revolution" and further propose that notwithstanding the obvious distasteful comments, Ghanaians should assess the impact of his comments and identify themselves with the one that will be beneficial to us all.
We still have many people who strongly think that it is unacceptable to resort to insults as a way of addressing issues. That's true, but isn't that what we have been doing? Has the impact been good enough to make our society better? Many think the current situation warrants and justifies the " communication revolution" whilst others believe in our "RICH" customs and traditions. Who wins?
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