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Opinions of Saturday, 10 April 2010

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu N.

Atta Mills’ Videos on Corruption: Hopeless NDC in Full View

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

“President Mills says he has evidence of corrupt practices, including abetment of
cocoa smuggling by unscrupulous officers in the Customs…CEPS. I’m getting daily
reports about acts of collusion, about bribery, about under-valuation, and worst of
all I have first-hand evidence of customs officers helping smugglers to smuggle
goods across our borders. In one I have a video of this” (Myjoyonline April 6,

Eh! Massa na Ghana be sad
Hmm! Ghana be sad sad oh

I hear say Mills dey cut video
Eh! Video for JJ’s born fire

Ha haa JJ burn that fire video
JJ burn like he do for GBC

Eh! GBC fire for 80s or 90s
Hmm long ago JJ do that oh

He burn new-Israel and film
You paa na newsreel and film

Yes films atrocities for AFRC
I hear JJ take newspaper too

Eh! Newspaper for burn fire
Yes newspaper for archive

Eh! JJ burn newspaper too
JJ burn am to cover up oh

Whetin he cover up again
JJ cover up all him crimes

Eh JJ be clever thief oh
No we be fools in Ghana

JJ con us for 30 bad years
Eh! You no de fear JJ jail

Why I for fear JJ jail
JJ put Odartey for jail

Eh! Odartey-Wellington
His son call JJ con man

Hmm, I dey remember all
Eh eh! JJ bad con man all

Well Mills be different
Why Mills be different

Mills no de burn video
Haa Mills dey cut video

No Mills dey show video
Eh! Ghana sad oh papa

No Ghana sad for all
Hmm Mills video show

Where he de show am
For thief Customs people

Mills de help thieves
Why you for say that

He get video for Customs
Aha Customs thief people

Mills dey show thief video
Mills be strange man oh

President has video oh
Hmm corruption video
Mmn he dey show am
He de show for thieves

Hmm the very thieves oh
Mills be hopeless man

Mills show video thieves
Video thieves for thieves

Mills be strange man oh
He for arrest the thieves

Mills be hopeless paa man
He for arrest the corrupt men

I think say JJ be right
JJ never be right oh
Na true JJ give us Mills
Adze wo fie be bad oh
But JJ go help Mills
No JJ dey kill Mills
Hmm JJ go burn video
Na you paa be funny oh
Yes, JJ go burn video
Na con man be that oh

Eh! Massa Ghana be sad
Hmm! Ghana be sad oh
JJ for no burn video oh
Yes, we dey see true NDC
Hmm NDC in full view
Mills anti-corruption man
Mills cut corruption video
Mills be hopeless man
No NDC be that oh

*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