Ghana pampered a fart, and when it grew into a tormentous diarrhoea, we’ve made a u-turn to curse our tummies for being stubborn and impatient. Pure sarcasm is when a nation that claims she so much believes in decency and sanity has, over the years, rewarded shame and dirt with attention, applauses and sometimes, cash.
The sad story of Rashida Black Beauty’s ‘Malafaka’ has an age-long history and, as a people, our inability to foresee this shame running into escalation is that which is causing us this chronic embarrassment. I’m neither doing rationalisation nor charting an equalisation path but anyone reserves the right to view it so.
Petty partisan politics and our tendency to pollute everything with politics have undoubtedly played a damaging role in this. But for his guts to throw dirt on ex-president Kufour, a person like Captain Nkrabea Effah-Darteh would remain the miserable serial caller he was. Ekua Donkor forced herself into Ghana’s ‘Hall of Fame’ only when she started launching attacks on President Mahama and ex-president Kufour. The likes of John Dumelo, Lydia Forson and Mzbel had to make the President-elect, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, their personal source of entertainment to sustain their pockets and fame.
If Rashida’s culture-betrayal stunt favoured a political party, there would definitely be political bigots to mount solid arguments in her defence. What is ugly remains ugly and cannot be viewed with a lens of politically unreasonable hypersensitivity and so when a group of ‘mature’ men and women parade schnapps and goats and, in the full glare of cameras, rain curses on the Chairperson of an independent Electoral Commission, they must be dragged into a ‘culture room and shown the book of Common Sense.
The story is not different in the writing business and on our media landscape. Fadi Dabouss’s popularity could be attributed to his incessant attacks on the personality of President John Dramani Mahama. The infamous Montie Trio saga and events surrounding it are telling of our readiness to fondle and promote insanity.
The profanity that stands in the lyrical bullshit of some tracks is just one of the idiots that have driven us this far. From Borax’s ‘Aseeho’ (Down There), Sidney’s ‘Abuskeleke’, Terry Bonchaka’s ‘Puulele’, down to R2Bee’s ‘Agyei’ and Joey B’s ‘Tonga’, we have successfully cruised to a nonsensical victory of profanity and shame.
Ghanaians have, in unison, raised our voices against Rashida’s crude and ‘foreign’ behaviour and it is my hope that any such anti socio-cultural act tomorrow is made to suffer a similar universal and unanimous reproof regardless of the culprit’s financial, religious or political background.
God bless our homeland Ghana!