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Opinions of Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Columnist: Amankwah, Nana Kofi

Traditions Have no limits

Nananom, Ladies and Gentleman our nation’s cultural and traditions are being tested in bizarre situations around the world. There are being tested by our own youth outside the country in New York City. The core values of our rich traditions that were established by our ancestors have been gradually diminishing from our cultural. These values are supposed to be followed not disregarded.

Some Ghanaian youth have adopted a lifestyle that is degrading to our entire nation and the families whose children are involve in such a pejorative acts. These individuals are now producing sex DVDs into the world markets and some of them just came from Ghana to the USA. This is very sad and a disgrace to our nation. What can of a generation such as this? Where are the morals in regard to our traditions and cultural values? The Chiefs and Queen Mothers should wake up now and preserve the traditions and our nation’s cultural. If they do not the whole nation will lose its traditions and cultural.

Ghanaians should realize that without traditions and cultural, there is no innovations. As a result of that we should not allow, these so -called Ghanaian artists and some musicians use their stupid music to destroy our youth. The destructive songs they sing and their inappropriate dress have had a bad influence on our youth. The children are imitating these bad examples from the western cultural. We all need to contribute to solve this problem.

The core principles of our nation’s traditional values and culture which many blacks around the world look up to, have been damaged by these musicians. The Kings and Queens who have the authority as the traditional rulers should take this destructive situation to heart and resolve it. After all, it is their constitutional obligation to preserve our traditions for the next generations. They should also resolve all chieftaincy affairs that have been before them for so long, so that each and very town or village will have their rules to monitor traditions.

The government should immediately enact laws to prevent these musicians from spreading their damaging songs and dressing inappropriately on our national televisions. Government cannot, should not, allow these musicians to use such measures to destroy our youth for their own stupid interest. The government must band those musicians that engage themselves in conduct, that is too provocative and a negative influence to our nation’s youth.

The Churches in Ghana also a path in this bizarre situation that our youth have found themselves ensnared. The Churches are not teaching the principles that the Bible urges them to teach our children; instead they only preach the portion of the Bible that represents their only financial interest.

Accountability for our youth’s welfare is not their purpose, only the ways and means to correct their tithes is their goal. These Ghanaians Apostles and pastors have established their churches in every village and town around the country.

Their goal is to preach about tithes and have power over our traditional rulers. They are the ones giving people in marriages without considering their families. They also bury people without considering their families. When Isaac was going to marry Rebecca, the Bible says Abraham sent his servant to go to his hometown and find a wife for his son Isaac. Abraham urged his servant to perform all the traditional marriage customs to Rebecca’s family and have their blessing before sending Rebecca to Isaac. These Ghanaian churches do not care about this traditional principle that the Bible urges us to fellow. They enact marriages and solve family problems without the concern for the house elder of that family. These churches are the cause of broken marriages and single parent problems in many of our communities. The Kings and Queens should find some ways to stop them.

When Jesus Christ came to the world, He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never set foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never wrote a book, or held an office. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. While he was still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. He was turned over to His enemies, While He was dying, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had –His coat.

The Apostles in Ghana have three houses and four difference cars. They give their pastors and Elders amount of money to be provided to the main offices from their various congregations. If not, they will lose their positions. So these pastors do not care if the youth will come to Church dressed half- naked or not. Their goal is to correct the tithes, and keep their job. It is my prayer that the Councilor will intercede in our youth lives.

From Nana kofi Amankwah (New York)

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