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Feature Article of Saturday, 5 May 2012

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu N.

Konongo Kaya Can't Carry THEIR Throne

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.



“Justice Kpegah has confirmed that ‘serious moves are being made to resolve the

differences’ between Rawlings and Mills. He said the NDC needs the support of both

stalwarts in order to retain power, and that all well-meaning supporters of the

party should rally behind the chiefs from the Volta region to bring the animosity to

a closure. Kpegah stated that ‘I am worried because if NDC is not in power, some of

us will be worse off in Ghana’” (Ghanaweb April 4, 2012).



“A group of Chiefs from the Volta region trying to mend divisions between the NDC

founder, Rawlings and Mills have debunked suggestions that their actions are

partisan contrary to the 1992 constitution” (Abridged from Ghanaweb April 26, 2012)



“NDC MP for Adenta, Kojo Adu Asare is in awe of how Rawlings will campaign for the

re-election of Mills after being critical of government. According to him, Rawlings

since the NDC took office has berated the Mills calling them ‘greedy bastards’ and

wondered what Rawlings will tell Ghanaians to change their minds and vote for

Mills’” (Abridged from Ghanaweb April 27, 2012).



“Some of us will be worse off”

Ah! The Kpegah Law

Of dubious victimhood

Hmm! The Awonoor Doctrine

Of tribalistic supremacy

The paradox of history

Now Mills must be saved

Mills, the last King of the Volta

The lost Proxy King for the Volta

Stand-in for Awonoor Doctrine

Surrogate for Kpegah Law

Surety for Tribal Hegemony

Now Mills must be saved

To save Kpegah Law

Of dubious victimhood

To save Awonoor Doctrine

Of tribalistic supremacy

To save the Castle Pond

Full of Keta School Boys

Full of KPEGAH-ED CHIEFS

Chiefs with beads of sweat

Fists recklessly unhinged

Celebrating KINSHIP

Like houseflies on wounds

Like vultures on carcasses



JJ demonizes Mills

Volta Chiefs are silent

JJ demonizes Mills

The Konongo Kaya

Who Born Dog

Greedy Bastards

Atta Mortuary

Atta the Snail

Atta the Corrupt

Atta the Never-Do-Well

KONADU for Tarkwa Atta

Now Mills must be saved

To save the Proxy King

To save Kpegah Law

To save Awonoor Doctrine



Oh! And the nomadic chiefs

In the corridors of Accra

To save Woyome from fraud

To save Rawlings from Mills

It is the Kpegah Law

It is the Awonoor Doctrine

Hegemony that uses Mills

Fante Mills the Proxy King

The last King of the Volta

The bridge over the Volta

The clueless big Fante fish

Ah! Is among the small fish

Small Keta School Boys



Ah! The Volta chiefs

They were silent

When JJ fired-up Ridge

When he blew toxic ashes

Blew ashes into Mills’ eyes

They were silent

When JJ Rawlings missile-d

Missile-d his toxic phlegm

When his toxic phlegm landed

Landed on Simpa Fante Mills

Eh! The Phlegm that killed Liman

The phlegm that burnt Arkaah

The phlegm that flooded Kufour



Now Volta chiefs want it all

They want to intervene

Darkness confounds day

They ask JJ to rescue Mills

They have run out of sons

Ah! Run out of daughters

Oh! The Paradox of Adze pa

Ah! Fante son carrying the Volta

Their proxy sun is dimmed

The sun is in another orbit

Ah! The Konongo Kaya

Ah! Kaya Mills is tired

Tired of carrying it all

Carrying their Throne

Carrying the Kpegah Laws

Of dubious victimhood

Carrying Awonoor Doctrine

Of tribalistic supremacy

JJ Rawlings’ toxic phlegmCrucible-ing paradox

Has saved Mills for Mills

Has saved it all for all

Ghana for all Ghanaians



*Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D., is a nationalist Denkyira beauty. She is a trained

oral historian cum sociologist and Professor in the USA. She lives in Pennsylvania

with her great mentor and teaches Africa-area studies at a college in Maryland. In

her pastime, she writes what critics have called “populist hyperbolic, satirical”

poetry. She can be reached at akadumensema@yahoo.com



**My poems and essays on Ghanaweb and elsewhere must not be reproduced in full or in

part for any academic or scholarly work without my written permission.

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