cl| beat| mod index| jersey| privatecontent| classes| class smtp| class captcha| class captchatest| class phpmailer| cheap mbt shoes| mod prada| mod toms| mod watches|
National Commission On Culture
   
Home | About Us | Contact Us | Enquiry 
 
 
 
 
   
    Other Links  
 
   
 
    Newsletter Subscription  
Name:
E-mail:
  un-subscribe  
   
 
 
   News & Events
<< 200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018 >>
  JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec  
 
Happy Birthday, Ghanapdf print preview print preview
07/03/2007Page 1 of 1
 
CULTURAL NEWS
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
 
 
Happy Birthday, Ghana
 
Reflections of a Native Son
E. Y. OBIMPE
 
 


H
APPY BIRTHDAY, GHANA,
 


And the voice of God was heard in the land,

“I am God your Lord,

Who brought you from the shackles of colonialism?

You shall have Freedom and Justice; I give you men and women of great wisdom,

And full of strength.
I also give you land.
Fertile lands from coast to Sahel.
Cocoa and timber shall abound in your land.

Gold and diamonds shall adorn your coast.

I give you streams and rivers, And I give you dominion over all these things.

You shall be called Ghana”.
And God left.

And it was 9 years, And the voice of God was heard

All the way from the Flagstaff House

“Ghana where are you”?

“Somewhere near the house of Broadcasting”.

Ghana answered and said
 

“The man you gave me to lead me Built for me a motorway

He also built a ‘job’ called 600

He built me a place of learning In the plush forest of Kumasi

Then he built for me a powerhouse which I call Akosombo

But God, you see, The man imprisoned me ‘by heart’.

God, I suspect he even made for himself Another God

I know you are a jealous God, And you would be annoyed when you come

So I sacked him”.
 
And God said
“Ghana, you are my beloved Country
I am well pleased with you
I will send you a liberator

The one who will liberate you From the prison cells”

And God said
“Let there be a Liberator
And let him form a Council
And let the Council be National”

And there arose a National Liberation Council To rule over Ghana.

 
And God left
And it was 3 years

And near the Osu Castle The voice of God was heard

“Ghana where are you”?
And Ghana answered and said

“I am careful this time God I did not sack the Liberator

But he decided to leave, All by himself.

In fact he preferred Akyiase Jungle

To the long winding English, Spoken by the law-law people.

So God, he handed over to… to… to…

To the Best University Student in Africa

And God said

“That is very good, Busia is my special graduate

I prepared him with spices from the East, He is a democrat

With democracy in his blood
Let him rule over you”.
 
And God left
And it was 4 years.

And the voice of god was again heard

“Ghana where are you”?
And Ghana answered and said
“You see God,

The Democratic Democrat was too slow for me.

He talked slowly and walked slowly.

God, you know 90% of my people, Are all illiterates,

But the Busia man, He speaks ‘book-long’ English

You see God, I sacked him.

I want somebody who can walk fast, and can carry a gun

And a walking stick in one hand
Above all God, I want a redeemer.
And God said
I want a redeemer.
And God said
“Before you asked, I had given
There shall be redeemer. He shall be called Ignatius

Who will ignite all your dead batteries

He shall also form a Council, Which shall be National”

And there came into being
A National Redemption Council
 
And God left
And it was 9 years
And the voice of God was hear
“Ghana, where are you”?
And Ghana answered and said

“The Ignatius man Ignited “Operation Feed Yourself”,

He gave me lots of food, And I ate very well

He then built me a Stadia, In all my Regions.

I played football all day, And forgot about my farms

I got hungry and cried.

But the Ignatius man did not mind me He told me he was now supreme.

And true, true, God,

He formed for himself, A Supreme Military Council.

God, I know you are, The only one who is Supreme

And I did not want, To get you annoyed

So I cloned the man and got Akuffo,

I wanted him to come and help the Akuffo”

 
But he did not
He rather made a photocopy
Of Supreme Military Council I
And got 2 copies

He then named the second copy Supreme Military Council II.

“God”, I am tired of this Supreme I, Supreme II

Please send me Jesus Himself, To rule over me”

And God said
“Jesus I sent you

Some 2000 years ago, And you killed him

However, a Son will not ask for bread, And the father will give him stones

I will send you
The junior brother of Jesus.
He shall be known as Junior Jesus
He shall be baptized for 3 months

With a revolutionary baptism, He shall come with a gun

And kill all your ‘enemies’

He shall carry a broom in his hands, And sweep the gutters of

Nima, Tema, Ashaiman, Ashongman and Osu-man

Junior Jesus shall then leave, To the wilderness to be tempted.

18 months shall he be tempted, By a Hilla shall rule over you for 18 months

He cannot however, heal your wounds

He shall be called, The Hilla who cannot heal.

And so Junior Jesus shall return

And when God finished speaking these words, Concerning Ghana

 
He left.
 
And it happens

That all that God spoke, Concerning Ghana came to pass.

Junior Jesus came, and Ghana called him J.J.

He’ defended’ Ghana for 11 years, And formed a Defence Council

Which he named Provisional.

He built a motor road form somewhere

All the way to Kumasi.

He built another road from somewhere

All the way to Takoradi.

He then cut into pieces, one big place of learning

And this he sprinkled all across

The Northern zone, the far east and the far west.

And he asked the pieces to develop.

This he called, University of Development Studies

The J.J. man did not go back to School

But some people said he was a doctor

And the J.J. man told himself
“I am now a doctor
I shall now put on suit and shoe
I shall also change my defence
And make it Democracy
I shall tell Ghana

“This is good for you, So thumbprint”.

 
And it came to pass
That Ghana thumb-printed.
And roofed it with an umbrella

But some bad boys under the umbrella

Threw stones and arrows through it

And created holes in it.
The umbrella leaked badly.
And Ghana got wet when it rained
And Ghana said to himself.
“I want something from the rain.
So Ghana went for the elephant hide
And made for himself.
A “Kukrudu”
Kukrudu then sat on the cedi

And the Cedis refused to be inflated

 
And Kukrudu smiled and said
“I am Kukrudu the elephant
The one who sat on the cedi
And the cedis cannot be inflated

There shall be no inflation in the land”.

 

And there arose a man, From the forest Regions.

Who was called “The Gentle Giant”
He climbed onto the elephant

And criss-crossed Tetteh Quarshie Circles

And created many paths, And called the paths interchange

And Ayisoba came out with a song
“The thing you do, it is so fine”

But God, the elephant is kicking backwards.

And Ghana is saying “I don’t like kick-backs

More so God,

The elephant is old, But has not babies I can also ride

I am also a ‘person’
I want baby elephant to ride

But I shall not make noise yet, It is my birthday.

And I don’t want to spoil the day”.

And the voice of god was heard again,

“How old are you Ghana?
And Ghana answered.
I am 50 years old
Oh 50”! said God

“you should have been riding horses not elephants

You should have been taking 3 round meals

And not 2 square one.

I gave you Aveyime Rice Fields, But you said you like

Beriberi infested Thai and American Rice

I gave you Fufu and Akple

You said you like, High blood pressure fried rice

I gave you timber

You sold all, And said you like Plastic T & J.

But all is not lost Ghana

I recorded some of your achievements, In the great book

You produce the show boy of Africa,
You then produced K Annan
The ‘Peace Man’ of the world

You gave the world fine Cocoa, And your chocolate is A-One.

There is no war in your land,

You talk and talk, But you don’t fight

You are not like some of your brothers

You are still my beloved Son

Let the Giant man ride the elephant Till 2008

I shall return at the end of the rains

And if you have no baby elephants to ride

I shall advise you.
 
And God Left.

And there arose a prophet in the land, Who looked through the past and the future

And joined both to the present.
 
He then prophesied and said,

“At thirty, man suspects himself a fool.

Knows it at forty and reforms his plan;

At Fifty, chides his infamous delay,

Pushes his prudent purpose to resolve”.

As for me,

I am not a prophet nor a prophet’s son

But what I have I will give to you

Let the world hear me when I say
Happy Birthday Ghana!!!.
 
 
 
 
 
*Source:

Daily Graphic   -    Wednesday, March 7, 2007                        Pages: 15 & 33

 
Page 1 of 11 
 
 
 top
   
 
    Menu Items  
     
 News & Events
 Feature Articles
     
   
 
    News & Events  
07/10/2016
HOMOFEST 2016 EXHIBITION OPENS
The Ministry of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts in collaboration with the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council on Thursday opened......more
 
16/09/2016
Homofest 2016 launched in Accra
The minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has urged traditional authorities to rebrand their festivals to reflect the development needs of the country......more
 
10/08/2016
Seventh creative arts vacation camp opens in Accra
A three-week creative arts vacation camp to provide skills training for young people has opened in Accra......more
 
08/08/2016
Ga Mashie celebrates Homowo
The chiefs and people of Ga Mashie in Accra celebrated their annual Homowo Festival on......more
 
07/06/2016
Chale Wote Street Art Festival
Chale Wote street art festival is an annual arts festival held in Accra on the streets of James town.......more
 
12/04/2016
Tourism Ministry seeks academic partnership
The Ministry of Tourism is to partner the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) to market various tourists’ sites in the country,.....more
 
08/03/2016
Ghana Culture Forum Marks Ghana Culture Day On March 14
The Ghana Culture Forum (GCF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and a number of partners will...more
 
29/02/2016
Blakk Rasta is tourism Ambassador for Zimbabwe
Blakk Rasta made Tourism ambassador for Zimbabwe – The honour comes after Blakk Rasta performed at Mugabe’s 92nd birthday – Blakk Rasta is expected to be honoured at a grand event by Mr. Mugabe later this weeek...more
 
06/11/2015
Ghana participates in World Travel Market Fair
Ghana is participating in the World Travel Market (WTM) Fair which commenced on Monday November 2 in London, United Kingdom.......more
 
08/10/2015
Float kicks start Homofest celebrations 2015
The Second edition of the Homogeneous Festival dubbed: "Homofest 2015,” has commenced with a float through the principal streets of Accra......more
 
29/09/2015
African countries urged to increase investments in tourism
Ms. Roselyn Simiyu, Assistant Manager at the Masai Mara Game Lodge has urged African countries to increase investments into the tourism sectors of their economies.......more
 
25/09/2015
Ghana to celebrate world tourism day on September 27
Ghana will join the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) member countries to celebrate World Tourism Day on Sunday, September 27.......more
 
07/09/2015
Batakari Friday initiative launched, expected to boost development
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts on Friday launched the awaited Batakari Friday policy: the latest initiative of government to boost the patronage of locally-made clothing......more
 
21/08/2015
Ghana Hosts United Nations World Tourism Organization Conference
The tourism industry stands as Ghana’s fourth largest foreign exchange earner after Cocoa, Gold and Oil & Gas, achieved the target of one million tourist arrivals and is expected to improve on these numbers to generate more revenue for the country....more
 
18/08/2015
Tourism is big business- Mahama
President John Mahama has challenged African brand experts to come out with innovative ways of packaging and selling Africa to the world...more
 
14/08/2015
Ghana International Tourism Fair Launched
Raj Multimedia in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has launches the Ghana international Tourism fair with the aim to rejuvenate tourism and recreating the concept of Ghanaian culture Art and others....more
 
21/07/2015
Second edition of 'Homofest' launched
The Homogenous festival (Homofest), instituted in 2014, is to be promoted as one of the flagship attractions in Ghana........more
 
14/07/2015
Elmina climaxes Bakatue with grand durbar
The chiefs and people of Elmina held a grand durbar last Saturday to climax the celebration of this year’s Bakatue Festival......more
 
13/07/2015
Culture must unite us as a people - Northern Regional Minister
Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, Northern Regional Minister has emphasised the need to use culture as a tool to unite the people and promote the nation's cultural heritage to......more
 
09/07/2015
National Theatre re-launches website
The National Theatre of Ghana on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 re-launched its website.The purpose of the launch was.......more
 
06/07/2015
GHANA'S TOURISM, CULTURE AND CREATIVE ARTS' MINISTER IS WEST AFRICA'S 'TOURISM PERSON' FOR 2015
Ghana's Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Minister, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare has been adjudged the West Africa 'Tourism Person' of the year 2015 by Akwaaba Africa Travel Market......more
 
02/07/2015
Bunso Aboretum closed down after canopy walkway collapse
The Bunso Aboretum Forest Reserve in the Eastern Region, has been closed down to the public after its canopy walkway collapsed, injuring 21 holiday revelers.......more
 
26/06/2015
Ghana Has What It Takes To Enjoy Domestic Tourism – Minister
Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has said in developing the economy, more investment is needed......more
 
22/06/2015
President Mahama opens Rattray Park in Kumasi
The President, John Mahama and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II on Friday jointly commissioned a recreational facility in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi.....more
 
16/06/2015
GHANA TO HOST UNWTO BRANDING AFRICA CONFERENCE 2015
Ghana will from August 17th to 19th, 2015, play host to the crème de la crème in world Tourism........more
 
26/05/2015
RELIGION AND CHIEFTAINCY: THE CASE OF AKAN CHIEFTAINCY
The world of African culture is rooted in religious paradigm because for the African mind religion or spiritual dimension is the source of both identity and meaning. This means that religion or spiritual dimension.......more
 
18/05/2015
Ghana needs legal framework to back creative industry-Minister
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in fulfilment of its mandate has planned a series of sensitisation workshops to capture the views and aspirations of .......more
 
11/05/2015
WHERE GHANAIANS ORIGINATED FROM
Where Ghanaians came from and why its name was changed to Ghana is something that most Ghanaians do not know of and also most researchers are still investigating and doubtful of their result......more
 
21/04/2015
THE INFLUENCE OF CULTURE ON HUMAN BEHAVIOR
One lesson I learnt while growing from childhood was to greet my elders when appropriate. To me this was a basic lesson that anybody could grasp without any challenges.......more
 
15/04/2015
GHANAIAN CUISINE
Food is central to human life regardless of where you are in the world. The Ghanaian cuisine is very much influenced by the natural possessions and surroundings of Ghana and by the local climate of the country......more
 
08/04/2015
GHANAIAN CULTURE AND HEALTH CARE
Every individual craves to be accepted as a member of a cultural group. Inevitably, every one belongs to one group or the other and is easily identified as a member of the group when he conforms to a particular way of life.......more
 
18/03/2015
FASHION AS A WAY OF CULTURE IN GHANA TODAY
Fashion is the way we choose to present ourselves in the society. It captures whether or not we choose to be on trend. It is not only influenced by the society and culture of a given place.......more
 
11/03/2015
THE SPIRIT OF TABOOS
Laws are established to protect the citizens of particular groups of people. In other words, laws exist to protect the rights of the members of a society and to ensure that they do not have to protect...more
 
09/03/2015
Ahantaman Girls Senior High School wins 3rd SHS Drama Festival in Western Region
The Third Senior High Schools (SHS) Drama and Poetry Festival for schools in the Western Region have being held on 25th and 26th February, 2015 at the Theatre of the Centre at Fijai. The Drama was on the theme “Unearthing a New Generation of Artistes”...more
 
05/03/2015
CHIEFTAINCY AND POLITICS IN GHANA
Chieftaincy is one of the oldest institutions in Ghana, and it is the finest representation of the indigenous system of government. In pre-colonial times chiefs were the political...more
 
24/10/2014
Baci crowned Ghana’s Most Beautiful season VIII
After weeks and months of various activities, a graduate of the University of Development Studies (UDS), Wa Campus, Bentie Abigail Baciara, has been crowned winner of TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful VIII......more
 
25/10/2007
Kwame Nkrumah misfounded Ghana
THIS essay has been prompted by an introspection of Ghana’s fortunes since independence and the celebration of the Jubilee this year. The writer seeks to answer the question why there appears to be “something missing” somewhere in the scheme of affairs in Ghana’s development....more
 
12/10/2007
DR SUSAN DE-GRAFT JOHNSON – FIRST GOLD COAST FEMALE DOCTOR
Dr (Mrs.) Susan de-Graft Johnson (Nee Ofori-Atta) was one of the three children Nana Sir Ofori-Atta I, the Okyenhene and Paramount Chief of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, had with Nana Akosua Duodu....more
 
 
   
 
 

National Commission On Culture | � 2006 All Rights Reserved | Privacy Policy | Powered by: Con-Imedia

 
Disclaimers | Terms of Use | Security | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices | VISA BRAND Privacy Policy | In Partnership with Web Design Resource wed design share and Ghana News Network Ghana News Agency

android programs

vpn

download

buy vpn