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Opinions of Thursday, 4 November 2010

Columnist: Mensema, Akadu N.

JJ/Konadu & Nsawam Cannery: Vultures Revisit Evil Ways

*By Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.

“Nsawam, Oct 30, GNA - Konadu has inaugurated the Nsawam Cannery valued at one

million dollars. Konadu said the company now has 110 workers and expressed the

hope that in two years it would be increased to 2000 to cut down on the

unemployment rate in the country. She said GHC2.7 billion was used to purchase

the company in November 1995. JJ Rawlings, the special guest of honour, advised

Mills to take bold decisions to manage Ghana successfully because people were

having difficulty paying their children's school fees and electricity bills”

(Abridged from Ghanaweb October 30, 2010).

The Rawlingses are in a circle

Possessed in a full circle

Dancing in a full circle

Coursing a fool’s circle

Twirling their fingers

Of triumphant thievery

In the vultures’ nest

They are cresting

Gliding full circle

On a fool’s thread

Piloting down

Tumbling down

Cascading down

Precipice-ing down

Possessed in a fool’s dance

The vultures are preening

In condescending dance

Preying on docile Ghanaians

Ghanaians bedecked in awe

Coward, docile Ghanaians

We have a tree for vultures

Those who prey on us

Oh! These vultures

These aging liars

JJ & Yaa Konadu

Shameful birds of prey

Stole Nsawam Cannery

So that we would get jobs

Fabricated straw histories

Of JJ’s 19-year predatory rule

Oh! Nepotistic sale of state assets

The hypocrites of our time

Thieves waxing in hypocrisy

JJ, our seasoned vulture

Talks about school fees

Talks about electricity bills

Ah! Talk about fees in your era

Ah! Talk about bills in your era

JJ has never paid school fees

JJ has never paid any bills

JJ the free-loading vulture

JJ is at it again demonizing all

Oh! Malleable Ghanaians

Oh! Our Atta MESS-iah

JJ FIREman is spinning us

Poking his fingers in our eyes

In his full dance of anomy

Today JJ & Konadu have it all

Oh Nsawam for GH2.7 billion

Our Nsawam Cannery

JJ’s gift to Yaa Konadu

Gifted on 1995 Valentine’s Day

Another FIRE in our hearts

Malleable, docile Ghanaians

Led by stomach politicians

Bamboozled journalists

Elites that bask in it all

The filth of the Rawlingses

JJ has patented our memories

Our short-circuited memories

That we forget the past

To be fooled, benighted

To be impoverished

Time and time again

The bastard repackages us

The bastard who call others same

Has held us in archival bondage

To bloodstain our hopes

The self-righteous bastard

He who calls all thieves

He who calls all corrupt

Pedestal-ed on conceit

Nurtured by educated thieves

Nurtured by stomach politicians

Nurtured by tribalists in the Volta

Nurtured by bemused Northerners

Nurtured by injudicious chiefs

The eternal vultures

Obonsam JJ & Konadu

Gliding for more

Garlanded in thievery

They have had it all

Power, wealth, fame

Sycophantic adulation

Of elitist thieves

Of subservient tribalists

Amidst 19 seasons of anomy

Made wholesome by sycophancy

Of delusions of grandeur

Vultures revisiting evil

Odious vultures’ narratives

Written on carcasses of history

*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