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Opinions of Friday, 23 November 2018

Columnist: Mary Naa Agbanye Anum

The negative effect of kids' talent hunt on Ghanaian televisions

Ghanaians need not to blame anyone for the present state of our dear country and the trend of growing immorality in present-day Ghana, we should rather take the blame. We are the cause of all these happenings.
It's very sad how we have all turned blind eyes on the consequences of our actions in the name of entertainment.

In our attempt to entertain ourselves, we are busy digging holes for ourselves as well as sowing seeds which will geminate into instruments for our destruction. Yet no one seems to realise it.

I have been watching on for years to see if we as Ghanaians will realise and draw our attention to this in the social media. Rather, we are busy with politics, pulling people down and creating fame and wealth for ourselves.

What on earth do we as citizens of our dear country make of these Kids' talent programmes in which, children put up acts that are meant for adults and sing songs meant for adults?

To make it worse, these are children who are below the age of 16years.
I sat behind my television watching a child below the age of 15 sing a song with the lyrics, "Ano b3b) anumu, nsu akw) nsu mu". And you see adults cheering these children up and applauding them.

How on earth do we think these children understand the words of the songs they sing, or, do we think they are singing for the singing sake and will not be curious to find out the meaning of the lyrics in the song?

And to make things worse, the sponsors are either alcoholic beverages, drugs for vagina treatments or drugs for sexual weakness. Let’s bear in mind, not only are we teaching the participants bad morals, but we are as well teaching the children at home who are equally watching bad morals.

We should bear in mind that, we are reaping the seeds we have been sowing. Immorality, corruption and other unacceptable acts that have become the order of the day, is as a result of what we Ghanaians have been sowing into the lives of our children.

I pity the parents who allow their innocent children to be involved in these unfortunate acts in the name of Talent hunts, and to those Adults who applaud these children, shame on you.

What happened to the good morals, good cultural values and discipline we used to pass on to our children? We need to think through this and work hard in building a better Ghana.

The Writer is Principal Administrative Assistant, University of Cape Coast