Feature Article of Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Columnist: Thompson, Kofi
Kofi Thompson Is Not An Anti-Asante Tribal-supremacist - And It Is Too Ridiculous For Words To Say So!
By Kofi Thompson
Why do some highly-intelligent Ghanaians read articles on www.ghanaweb.com, and then write unjustifiable comments that have no bearing whatsoever, on what they read?
A simple patriotic article condemning tribal-supremacist politicians (from across the spectrum, incidentally) seeking to divide ordinary Ghanaians - of Dagomba; Ga Dangbe, Asante; Guan; Ewe; Fanti; Akyem; etc, etc; descent - is suddenly transformed, in the minds of apparently well-educated individuals, into an anti-New Patriotic Party and anti-Asante diatribe. How extraordinary - and how very absurd.
It is an egregious example of the cognitive equivalent, of the globe's elite master-contortionists' limb-twisting wizardry - and just so typical of the "My-party-my-tribe-right-or-wrong" geniuses and myrmidon-types, whose blinkered support for political parties and politicians is slowly destroying Ghanaian democracy.
I, who is on record for listing Otumfuo Opoku Ware 11, at the very top of the list of my all-time favourite senior statesmen amongst Ghana's traditional rulers; and who was also born, bred and educated in Kumasi; and whose favourite cousins (blood relations incidentally, not cousins by marriage - let it be known); and who is also on record for stating that ordinary Asantes (like ordinary Ghanaians of other ethnic descent, incidentally) are amongst the most welcoming of peoples anywhere on the surface of the planet Earth, an anti-Asante tribalist? What utter rubbish.
I am not anti any ethnic group in Ghana. I do not live in the Dark Ages. Supposedly educate people should not jump to such off-point conclusions, simply because they feel a need to condemn those who make factual statements that might be unpalatable to their prejudiced minds.
I am neither anti-NPP nor anti-Asante. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a simple Ghanaian nationalist and patriot, who happens to be a broad-minded individual, with a cosmopolitan outlook.
The fact of the matter, is that I grew up in surroundings - as a precocious teen - in which I often overhead dinner-table conversations and telephone conversations, involving some of the of the major historical figures of the post-Nkrumah era.
So, unlike many of the geniuses making those absurd claims that I am anti-Asante, I do know for a fact, that some politicians have dreamt of perpetually dominating Ghanaian society before.
It is a fact that that dream that was shared by some of those historical figures of our post-Nkrumah era - is the selfsame dream that is firmly ensconced in the sub-conscious of some important and influential people in Ghanaian society today.
Incidentally, for the records, let me state emphatically that it is not a dream shared by the vast majority of ordinary people in the Ghana of today - whatever their ethnic background - who readily reject its arrogant assumptions.
And it is little wonder too, that the ordinary people of the Gold Coast also rejected it - thrice in the general elections of 1951, 1954 and 1956.
With respect, I totally reject the pure-nonsense-on-bamboo-stilts notion that somehow I am an anti-Asante tribal-supremacist, which is being bandied about online, in parts of the comments section of the features web-page of www.ghanaweb.com - by hypocritical individuals who secretly want the enterprise Ghana to unravel.
To all those cowards - who seek shelter in the anonymity of monikers, and hide behind their computer screens to say things online at www.ghanaweb.com, which they would never dare say to one's face - let me simply say: "Munti asie se, embaso ene, anaase okyina." Period.
Kofi Thompson is not, has never been, and will never be an anti-Asante (or anti any other tribe for that matter) tribal-supremacist - and it is too ridiculous for words for any educated mind to say so. I rest my case - and to those cowardly online sods, I say: A word to the wise...
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