Have you thought about this? That Ghana's Macho Kaaka may well be Ghana's George Floyd? (May their soul rest in peace). A quick analysis of their deaths and critical developments, after their death, is a clear sign, about their seeming similarities.
Many will recall that, on May 25, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, after a convenience store employee called 911 and told the police that Mr. Floyd had bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, Mr. Floyd was unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers, showing no signs of life.
By combining videos from bystanders and security cameras, reviewing official documents and consulting experts in detail, leading to Mr. Floyd’s death, indicates that, officers took a series of actions that violated the policies of the Minneapolis Police Department and turned fatal, leaving Mr. Floyd unable to breathe, even as he and onlookers called out for help.
Fast forward to few days after his death, Black Lives Matter, took their years long calls, for the black community to enjoy their rights to life to another level, and their nationwide demonstrations were organized to press home these key points.
Somewhat later on, it was found out that, George Floyd was a professional pornstar, who had some few films under his belt professionally, despite married and with a kid.
To start with the seeming similarities between George Floyd and Macho Kaaka, let me start here. Whereas the late George Floyd was an actor in the sexual industry, Macho is no where in any of such vices, but rather, a devoted Muslim.
But many will agree with me that, whereas George's work is morally frowned upon, many in our Ghanaian society equally frowns on the "Rasta" hair do, that Macho Kaaka spotted. Anyone who may disagree with this point, must just throw back his thoughts, to the debate that arose when Achimota were given two brilliant students who spotted same hair do.
Whereas they do not even have any history of engaging in vices or whatever, the entire country was divided over their admission and it had to take an entire Human Rights Court in Ghana, to determine their fate, one that even the Achimota School was willing to go to the Supreme Courts Appeal processes, to overturn it.
So my point here is this, whereas George Floyd was involved in something, that when judged through the eyes of morality widely accepted, it was deemed bad, the late Kaaka's "Rasta" hairstyle, also placed him in thee same form of similarity, as many people in Ghana, also associate "bad" stuff with people who have such hair do, even if it was done for the purposes of religion or even as a fashion statement.
Again, just as George Floyd's death, sparked nationwide "Black Lives Matter" demonstrations, one can easily recall how Macho Kaaka's death, spurred on the youth of Ejura, who immediately demanded justice for their slain comrade.
It is sad that, two persons (Abdul Nasir Yussif, 25, and Muntala Mohammed, 26) were shot dead while four others suffered various injuries. The similarity between the passing of these two is clearly seen, as the died as heroes, who ignited the leaving, to fight on, seeking practical changes to be effected.
It must be acknowledged that, whereas that of the USA demonstrations lasted for weeks, Macho's inspired one lasted for just a day, but one cannot ignore the fact that, it will forever remain with us.
Again, Macho's death, has given the civil movement in Ghana, #FixTheCountry and the Economic Fighters League groups, a more influential voice, as they soldier on with their demands for leadership and responsibilities from people, paid by the tax payer. For instance, the Hashtag, #JusticeForKaaka is fast trending and together with these of #WeGoDemonstrate, many observers are sure that, the impending demonstrations of the entire #FixTheCountry agitations, will be one tsunami wave, the nation will not recover from, anytime soon, if it happens eventually.
The last form of similarity identified is that, both of their deaths pushed the President to speak on the matter. One will say this was expected, but that is not accurate. If it was so, why have the President still not uttered a word on the six persons, who were shot and killed by the police at Techiman after the elections?
Interestingly, whereas the President was calling for justice directly for George Floyd, he was setting up a public enquiry for the late citizen of his country, who was acting on his word to be a citizen, and not a spectator.
But one can appreciate the fact that, these responses were expected, as in the case of the later, the President, couldn't just request for justice, when he is the Commander-In-Chief, hence, his call was appropriate and tactically right.
According to the statement, signed by the Director of Communications, Office of the President, Mr Eugene Arhin, and issued in Accra Tuesday., the "President of Ghana, was deeply saddened by the death of Ibrahim Mohammed, alias Macho Kaaka, Abdul Nasir Yussif and Murtala Mohammed," clearly, the President had shown a more condescending empathy.
The statement further read that, "It extended the President's sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and wished the injured speedy recovery."
In concluding, though I personally condemn every form of killing, as it violates people's rights to live, I can only pray that, God keeps their souls in perfect peace and may we who are alive, be emboldened by their what their death means, to take a stand, for what is right in our lives, homes, towns, nation and world. It is well George Floyd and Macho Kaaka, live on in eternity!
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