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Opinions of Thursday, 9 December 2010

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu N.

Atta MESS-iah’s Boys: Fifi Kwettey’s Childish Ideas

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

“A deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Planning… Mr Fifi Kwettey said
government took a decision to collateralize the oil revenue after carefully
analyzing the Norwegian system on which the petroleum law was crafted adding
that the… The World Bank says we need a minimum of two billion dollars on an
annual basis to be able to start addressing the huge deficits we have for
infrastructure…” (Ghanaweb, December 4, 2010).

Sometimes JJ vomits the truth
JJ Rawlings the NDC guru
The seer of who born dogs
The seer of FIRE
The seer of greedy bastards
Breathes oxygen of ideas
Fuels anti-NDC fires
Firing our FAMA NYAME ears
Smoking out our lungs
Burning our eyes with truth
Choreographed in righteousness
Truth salted with sanctimony
Truth that Mills’ boys are novices

Oh! Fifi Kwettey
Hollow Minister
Shallow bull-ro-c-rat
Like all Mills’ boys
Novices in crafting policy
Novices in articulating policy
And now Norway
Latch onto anything foreign
Oh! Norwegian policy
Huh! Ghanaians hear it
Ah! Ghanaians love it
Neocolonized thievery elites
Bedazzled benighted masses

Oh! Fifi Kwettey
Hollow Minister
Shallow bull-ro-c-rat
Like all Mills’ boys
Says the World Bank says
So be it
It is the Saintly Truth
The Divine Intervention
Tell us about NDC’s policies
Tell us about localized policies
Tell us about Africanized policies
Oh! Benighted Ghanaians
In the postcolony
The best comes from the West

Fifi Kwettey
A whole minister tell us
The World Bank Says
The World Bank has prophesized
The World Bank has decreed
The World Bank has mandated
So be it
It is the right thing to do

NDC’s new catchphrases
Throating from the nose
Bellowing, farting
“Collateralization & Infrastructure”
They can’t even explain both
Oh! Atta MESS-iah
In a messianic dance
In a messianic trance
Hmm! Mills is lost
Lost in the Castle’s crevices
Hmm! Mills is lost
In labyrinthine grip of novices

Oh! Ghanaians
Hmm! Africans
Time to look within
Time to be empowered
Beyond the colonial sunset
Beyond the COLO mentalities
Troubling signs of blackness
Of Black inferiority
Poverty of homegrown ideas
Flattering hegemony
Always borrowing foreign ideas
Listening to foreigners
Applying foreign models
Looking for imitations
Africanizing inferiority

*Akadu N. 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