MUST READ: Ghana, The Country Where Common Sense Is As Scarce As Hen’s Teeth

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If you are not aware of the state of affairs in Ghana or have bought into the gobbledygook  propaganda being paraded by the few ‘chopping down’ the little money the economy is hanging on, let me take you down a short route of truth.

As at now, Ghana has no electricity and with this, I mean certain urban places go for 5 days without power. Small businesses such as Cold Stores which fully depend on electricity have been forced to close down.

Don’t tell me the businesses should get a generator because the Government has unconscionably increased fuel prices in the midst of the power crisis.

Secondly, despite the many water bodies we have in Ghana, living in Accra as at now is far worse than living on the Sahara desert. My auntie has to buy several ‘unclean barrels’ of water each week to keep the household going.

And if you think the above is outrageous, I bet you have not heard of the unavailability of gas and the galloping inflation which has set in on basic commodities. Even gari has doubled in price and you know what that means-students are as hungry as hell.

If it was only the above problems, I would have said; Ghana is in difficulties which would soon be solved.

Every country has its own dark days since NO where is ‘cool’. However, things in Ghana have become greater than mere difficulty as the basis of thinking and problem solving techniques-COMMON SENSE is lacking.

In the face of the above problems, the Government of Ghana is paying to fly 200 Ghanaians from the Christian Community on a pilgrimage to Israel.

The purpose of this waste of time and money pilgrimage to Israel is for these Christians to go and pray for God to attend to the country which is falling deep into the crisis pit…REALLY?

Must a nation struggling to provide water, electricity, healthcare and education for its citizens throw into the forest the little coins it has at its disposal?

Where lies the common sense of those paddling the Ghanaian canoe? Why would it not sink?

The pilgrimage will come on, tax payers’ money is going to be thrown into the air as the colonial mindset and dense Biblical teachings which sort to place Israel on some Holiness pedestal have led to the suspension of the thinking faculty of many Ghanaians.

Is it not pathetic that in this 21st century, a whole country full of intellects still believes you must travel to Israel for God to hear your prayers? That is even if God ever listens to any prayers…

I am sure your blood is boiling in your body by now. This is how insane some Ghanaians have become.

Some few Christians have been TRUE to themselves and have rejected the Government’s invitation to go on ‘paid for’ pilgrimage to Israel.

Apostle Yaw Yirenkyi of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council, the National Catholic Secretariat, the Christian Council of Ghana, chaired by Rev Prof. Emmanuel Asante and the National Association of Charismatic Churches (NACC)-headed by Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams have all rejected the invitation from the government.

They’ve rejected the invitation on the basis that Ghana is currently bedevilled with numerous socio-economic crisis including agitations for pay increases by workers such as doctors, pressures on the country’s finances, erratic supply of utilities, among others. Therefore such expensive trip for 200 Christians will not be in the interest of the country.

If you know Africans well, you should know that, one man’s poison is another man’s meat.  Other Christians are surely going to Israel to pray for God to come and build us an electricity dam overnight and send down Prophet Elijah to come and supply us with water.

Where is our common sense as people?…In our bellies!

Whenever you say a prayer, better say one for Ghana and do not ask God for anything more than common sense…

It is being reported that in 2012, then President Evans Atta Mills reportedly sent scores of pastors to Jerusalem ostensibly to pray for him as his health condition deteriorated rapidly. The pastors, in the first trip, were allegedly given a whopping $10,000 each as per diem. This amount is said to exclude their transportation fares and hotel bills.



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Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri is the Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com , a Film Critic and a Human Rights Advocate; he holds 2 masters degrees in Law; International Human Rights Law (LL.M) and Legal Practice Course (LL.M) from University of Leicester and Nottingham Law School--and also a degree in Law (LL.B) from University of East London. He's a Professional Truth Sayer and he is the author of the popular eBook “Success is a Right, Not A Privilege.” He currently works at Fortwell Solicitors in London--where he uses his legal brains to kick real ass, for the good of clients and humanity. Contact: Vincent@topvincent.com

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  1. Wait, wait Chris, are we talking about Ghana, the oasis of paradise and peace? Wake me up when you are through

    1. @Big Chief, this is getting old. Ghana, Nigeria & every other African country has its good points & challenges so this behavior that people have of late on this website of trying to stir up some ‘beef’ between Ghana & Nigeria is unnecessary. at the end of the day, we’re all one, 2 ethnic groups from Ghana are your brothers because historians have revealed that they migrated from Nigeria (ie: the Gas & Ewes) so why are we fighting? My 2 best friends are Nigerians & I’m sure you have Ghanaian friends also so this behavior is not the best. The white man who divided us is laughing at us for these kind of childish fight because this is exactly what he wanted. Africans can never progress if we don’t unite so please end this debate here & now. THIS IS ALSO A MESSAGE TO ALL GHANAIANS & NIGERIANS WHO HAVE BEEN INSULTING EACH OTHER’S COUNTRIES ON THIS BLOG RECENTLY. IT’S HIGHLY UNNNECESSARY SO PLEASE STOP. Thank you.

      1. @Afia, I quite agree with you my dear, but believe me, you are talking to the wrong person. Go through all the articles on this and other Ghanaian websites that have provoked backlash of insults between Nigerians and Ghanians: in EVERY SINGLE INSTANCE, it has always been your country men and women who start the insults against Nigerians at the drop of a hat, often times without any provocation at all. Once any article mentions NIGERIA, no matter the context, your countrymen start running their mouths. Of course it is only normal (though I agree with you, not desirable) that Nigerians will then retaliate with similar insults and then it goes on and on. The TRUTH is that the average Nigerian does not hate Ghanians or Ghana; we have no reason to; we do not believe we are in competition or any kind of rivalry with Ghana and that is the Gospel truth even though your people only see that as arrogance or superiority complex on our part. If rivalry is an issue in Africa, then our mates are South Africa and Egypt. Yes, we do have our challenges just like every other country in the world. There is Boko Haram (which is just Islamic Insurgency) which can occur in any country with a substantial Muslim population, there is corruption, fraud, kidnapping, robbery, etc, etc. But these are just the negatives and that is what Ghanians prefer to talk and vibrate about all the time. My dear, believe me., there is much much more to Nigeria; a lot that is positive. For us in Nigeria, we laugh when people think we hide under our beds every day because of Boko Haram and the other challenges. That is far from the truth. On the contrary, life here is just as normal as in many other countries. We are very vibrant with lots of energy, imagination and a can-do attitude; never fazed. People need to travel more before they talk. Your celebs were in Naija recently for the AMVCA’s; ask them their experience; they were wowed. No Ghanaian who has ever visited Nigeria opens his/her mouth to diss Naija; it is only the few fools who never travel anywhere but sit in Ghana and type nonsense on cheap phones, sprinkled with a very few who have traveled but are irredeemable fools anyway, who talk garbage. Come to Naija and see what is actually going on every day even with the challenges we have.Come and witness first hand the sheer massive economy, vibrancy and fire that is Lagos? Or the highly developed and astounding Abuja. Are we talking about Calabar, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Ibadan, Onitsha, (and before Boko Haram, Kano and Kaduna)? So I do agree that this nonsense of bandying insults should stop. Having said that, “Naija no dey carry last” and if we are insulted, particularly by people who have nothing whatsoever to show us, we will retaliate ten fold. For now, PEACE

        1. @Big Chief, You are a good man to agree with me but I want you to go further & decide not to insult on this website again. You see, if someone insults you and you return ‘tenfold’ then you have sunk down to his depths. It’s like chasing a mad man who took away your clothes while you were bathing. The only thing people will see is 2 people running n*ked & they’ll say ‘Ah they’re both mad’. I hope you get me? So if someone says negative things about Nigeria or even insults Nigeria, put the person in his place & let him/ her know that they’re wrong but you don’t need to insult the person. I know that you’re mature & very reasonable & so you know how to state your points assertively without insulting anyone? I hope you’ll take the high road. best wishes

          1. @Afia, I respect Bigchief’s right to speak his mind and respond to the constant barrage of unnecessary name calling insults and disrespect by alot of GC readers. You think I and others don’t know how to swear/insult in Twi? Du see us doing so. Trust me GC provides a platform for us to discuss the issues and I am using this platform to respond in a constructive way as I feel Big Chief is also doing. He is not insulting no one so yes he is right to say what he is saying.  You should rather go and face your own ppl that disrespect and talk BS though I feel you will not as you know they will turn on you and insult you right back. There are hardly any positive articles about Nigeria on here and when there was one about the Africa cup of Nations there were THREE COMMENTS meanwhile anything negative there are over 100. So if you think by asking Nigerians not to respond to insults will change the bad manners of some of the Ghanaian readers on this blog you’re mistaken. So I welcome his and others right to express how they feel so long as no personal insults are being thrown. 

            1. @Goldengurl, my dear, you are so on point there: you hit the nail right on the head, but let us agree to give Afia a soft landing because she has proved to be a c.l.a.s.s. Act, has proper home upbringing and has taken the high road. She is also very courageous because it is far easier to descend into insults than to make reasonable points like she has. As you rightly noted, if she dares suggest to her people to be civil in their discourse, many of them I can name on this site will immediately crawl out of the woodwork and call her sell-out, Ashawo, whore, watery jajavay or whatever other insults. Notice that many of them are not on this very thread yet because insults are not flying left, right and center; once it is a discussion by enlightened individuals, they are not interested. At least she can have a reasonable conversation with us without insults, so let us allow peace to reign. For now

          2. @Afia, Lol. Hahahaha. Afia, you impress me more and more. I only wish more of your country men behave like you on this site. You particularly got me cracked up with the mad man illustration: very apt. Point noted

            1. @Big Chief, cool cool  I get you though…besides I am feeling enlightened by you sharing and spreading some positivity about Nigeria…truth be told we are the only ones that can tell our own story the way it should be heard…anyway enough of the we and they. Gosh I was never like this till I got here!! lol Have a good weekend 

          1. @Goldengurl, Yeah, you are cool too and another smart babe. I too was never like this. Bad behavior can be infectious you know, Lol. The first time I bandied negative words with anyone on any website anywhere in the world was when GC published an article about actress Yvonne Okoro’s younger sister daring to contest a beauty pageant in Ghana. I was stunned and shocked to my bones at the pure unadulterated hatred towards Nigerians and the poor little girl and I lost my head a little then, and would thereafter on few other occasions, take on anyone who NEEDLESSLY disses Naija on this site. Of course only a fool will bristle at fair criticism of his country or even himself. But we are not dealing with mere criticism or fair comment but with malicious hatred of Nigerians. Anyway the comforting thing is that as Afia and some others have demonstrated here and elsewhere, there are a lot of other very good and positive Ghanaians, not to mention that some of our people have also gone overboard, particularly with personal insults.
            Do have a lovely weekend ahead my dear

      2. @Afia, I respect Bigchief’s right to speak his mind and respond to the constant barrage of unnecessary name calling insults and disrespect by alot of GC readers. You think I and others don’t know how to swear/insult in Twi? Du see us doing so. Trust me GC provides a platform for us to discuss the issues and I am using this platform to respond in a constructive way as I feel Big Chief is also doing. He is not insulting no one so yes he is right to say what he is saying.  You should rather go and face your own ppl that disrespect and talk BS though I feel you will not as you know they will turn on you and insult you right back. There are hardly any positive articles about Nigeria on here and when there was one about the Africa cup of Nations there were THREE COMMENTS meanwhile anything negative there are over 100. So if you think by asking Nigerians not to respond to insults will change the bad manners of some of the Ghanaian readers on this blog you’re mistaken. So I welcome his and others right to express how they feel so long as no personal insults are being thrown. 

        1. @Goldengurl, Madam, take your time & read my comments ok? I think that you’re misunderstanding me. I never stated anywhere that BigChief had insulted anyone in his comment on this particular article. I rather told him that both Ghana & Nigeria has its good & bad points so what do we stand to gain if anytime there’s an article about something negative in Ghana or Nigeria, people make comments in which they appear to be gloating/ rejoicing that a negative thing is happening in that country? It was when he mentioned that he only insults when people insult him that I advised him as my brother not to do that. What is wrong with my saying that? I’m really sorry for all the insults you may have heard anywhere about your country from Ghanaians including on this blog. I’m sure that if you’re honest, you’ll admit that Ghanaians are also insulted the same way on some Nigerian blogs (I go regularly to nairaland, naigagists & other blogs & see those insults calling us charcoal colored, kenkey breath, etc.). The point I’m making is that at the end of the day, shouldn’t there be a time out on all these insults? Are we not all brothers & sisters? The borders that divide us are artificial borders created by the white oppressor so why would we make him happy by fighting one another when we should be uniting to move forward? Europeans are uniting, Asians are uniting, Southern Americans are uniting, what is wrong with us Africans that in the 21st century we should be arguing over unnecessary issues? That was my point but if I offended you in anyway in any of my comments, then I’m sorry. Best wishes.

        2. @Goldengurl, PS: On at least 2 occasions, I told 2 different Ghanaian commentators on this blog who made insulting statements towards Nigerians that it was unfair for them to do that. I don’t want to mention the names of the commentators I called out (because don’t want to prolong the argument since they might also respond & it’ll lead to other things) but please go to the archives & read the articles published from December & February & you’ll see the places I made those comments. I’m sorry I don’t remember the particular articles I said those things on but I know I started commenting here in December so that’s a cut off point. Please note also that in my first comment above, I spoke to all Ghanaians & Nigerians on this blog to stop the fight so don’t feel that I’m afraid to talk to my own people & am only picking on Nigerians. Best.

    2. Thank you so much for this article! I’ve been hyper ventilating ever since I heard that Mahama is planning to finance 200 pastors to go to Israel. What nonsense! When school children are being lashed & sacked from school for paying their school fees? Could this money not have paid the school fees of even 500 basic school children? Or given scholarship to some of them till they graduate Senior Secondary? Where are our priorities as a nation? Are we back in the middle ages where kings used to pay priests to gain absolution from their sins? This is what we should be fighting about not about who created azonto. The article about samini’s azonto wahala had about 100 comments but this one has less than 10 (as at the time I’m commenting). That shows where our priorities are as a people. We probably care more about some silly rivalry between GH& 9ija over a silly dance than about the issues that are in our own countries.

        1. @Kojokwei, Thank you. I appreciate that. God bless Africa. I look forward to the day when we will all unite & progress like other people have done. We can do it because we have all we need, natural resources, manpower etc. If you read history, you realize that at a time we black people (the Nubians) really dominated the world. It’s time for us to rise up again.

        2. @Kojokwei, Do I smell “LOVE” in the pipeline? ***wink, wink***, I do agree though that Afia appears to be a well-bred, good mannered, smart lady. Just the kind of lady fit for a Naija man. Lol. No vex ooooo. Naija always like better thing

            1. @ohene, Lol. The fact is that any “real” man anywhere (Naija man included) would love to marry a well-bred & cultured lady like Afia. You & Kojokwei are lucky that I am already married otherwise una for see correct fight; una for know say Naija no dey carry last. By the time I raise GC small, dem go give me all her particulars

    3. @Big Chief, in the midst of our crisis, do u see us fighting…GHANA is forever united…I dnt see anywhere in this article that insults Nigerians…u always say our country men insult ur country…but u always poke noses in business that does not concern u and also insinuate an argument….UNNECESSARY…pls, go and resolve all ur crisis since u no dey carry last…
      because ghana no dey carry last either…:)

      1. @lilyy, my instinct was not to dignify you with a response because I see you just want to attract attention to yourself. But before you deceive others and start another needless argument, please tell me where exactly I said that Nigeria/Nigerians were insulted in this particular article by Chris. I do not know your level of education but note that the NUANCES of my initial comment addressed to Chris only meant that no country is perfect, including Ghana, i.e. the challenges Chris wrote about in this article are similar to what many other countries including Nigeria face and so the holier-than-thou attitude by many Ghanaians towards Nigeria is grossly unjustified; that is all. My other comment was addressed to the comment by Afia and is fit and proper in the context of that conversation. I do not desire to join issues with the likes of you, so please keep to people of your ilk. At least people like Afia and some others demonstrate that there are reasonable people in Ghana

        1. @Big Chief, seems like you are confused the whole day now you want to make peace after you guys copy everything we do ,Ghana is at peace we dont kill ourselves like your people do to their own brothers ,
          BOKO HARAM will get you.

          1. @27cдгibre(Ф_ф), Sorry to disappoint you; I won’t even notice you; you are way beneath me. I will take AFIA’s counsel and refuse to be the 2nd mad man so that readers hereon will be unmistakable in knowing who the ONE mad man is. SOME MOTHERS DO HAVE EM

            1. @Big Chief, see this naija man ,you want peace???

              Since you guys have admits that you copied from us fair enough let comments in a jovial way..

              But you are warn if you bring trouble we will strike back aggressively this is Ghanacelebrities not Nigeriacelebrities

        2. @Big Chief, is it because AFIA stepped in that u feel ur comment was misinterpreted…why u switching all of a sudden…I dnt care who u associate with…and lets not even talk abt ones education, because if u were so educated, u wouldn’t have been making those inaccurate comments from the last post…unfortunately, I can’t say there are a lot of reasonable ppl from Nigeria…good day

        1. @Goldengurl, and u dnt? Telling big chief to speak his mind in anyway he feels (because he’s from ur country)? What does that lead to? Pls, u r equally bitter if I am…clearly this site is a GHANAIAN site…so tell me why anyone will write several articles abt Nigeria…and tell me why Ghanaians that r interested in reading articles pertaining to their country, will want to comment on articles abt Nigeria…if it was the other way around, would Nigeria even congratulate ghana…ur country men do it too…so stop making it look like Ghanaians always starting something…when ghana qualified for the 2010 World Cup FIRST…did ur country congratulate us?…they rather rained insults on us…when Obama came to ghana, did ur country men acknowledged Ghanaians…NOPE…so sister from another land, if u think u have something to express abt, we do too…have a great weekend…

        2. @Goldengurl, and u dnt? Telling big chief to speak his mind in anyway he feels (because he’s from ur country)? What does that lead to? Pls, u r equally bitter if I am…clearly this site is a GHANAIAN site…so tell me why anyone will write several articles abt Nigeria…and tell me why Ghanaians that r interested in reading articles pertaining to their country, will want to comment on articles abt Nigeria…if it was the other way around, would Nigeria even congratulate ghana…ur country men do it too…so stop making it look like Ghanaians always starting something…when ghana qualified for the 2010 World Cup FIRST…did ur country congratulate us?…they rather rained insults on us…when Obama came to ghana, did ur country men acknowledged Ghanaians…NOPE…so sister from another land, if u think u have something to express abt, we do too…have a great weekend…

  2. Ill tell u wat..i dnt know wer all those singing mahamas praise some few mnths bak are??.Hes young n God-fearin n all tht nonsense!!…i totally agree wth u…im writing this fm an almost dead phone battery since my lights r out…it shudnt av takn a prophet to tell us the reprecussions of a visionless leaser.a supposed socialist minded governmnt my bottom!!!…wen campaigning ther was no mesg fm him aprt fm e de beee keke!!…yet some completed danses voted fr him!!…the issue is simple…if I gv u 100 ceds today n u vnt gt any serious plans fr it by sunday u wud av blown all of it on parties n events…thts the state of ths country…ther is noo plan fr our money so wat do thy do??..BLOW IT!!..no priorities..ther has never been a tym ther has bn soo much hardship…God give us common sense to fnd our priorities

  3. Thank you Chris!
    From what i know as a christian, you can pray wherever you are. sometimes i avoid reading about some of the things going on in GH now, they simply makes me sad. May God have mercy on my beloved country.

  4. This is indeed a terrible situation and makes one feel powerless. I agree with the writer though ‘no where is cool’  🙁

    1. @Goldengurl, why cant you stop poking your nose into our affairs ,do you have a Ghanaian boy friend or what or you are inlove with miyagi

  5. this Chris Guy again with his propaganda.any way I can see the npp blood running in u.I don’t kw if u living in this country.do u fyk the president is happy about what’s happening in the country?the power crisis is due to damage of the WA gas pipeline and by God’s grace the problem wil be solved next month’s.if pple lyk u were 2be citizen of USA I don’t fyk it would hv been developed.unpatriotic and enemies against this Great NKRUMAH nation God punish u all.

  6. The 200 pastors to israel doesn;t make sense AT ALL…and this definitely NO DEY BE kraaaa….there should be an explanation…on the other hand, there is time for every season…according to sources, ghana is currently in a season where there is not a lot of raining going on…places like AFLAO gets water unlike place such as accra…i feel like sometimes we mislead the situation in the country…according to sources again, dumso dumso occurs in places like every 3days or so…the source could be wrong…but i doubt that since they leave in the country and are going through the crises…all the same, God bless Ghana….

  7. This what i will alwats expect from Chris since his goal is to bring the president down,
    This is not enough propaganda Chris

  8. @Big Chief, I concur wit u nd goldengurl(u sound too brilliant). Truth is dat I dont empathise wit Nig bcos I am one…I empathisewit their position from a purely human perspective.
    Wit d way articles re been written here one would think dat gh is without problems. Blame it on chris. Where is dr. Miyaji nd eaglebabe? Sur dey re kids when fundamental issues nd discourse re being tabled in dis arena.
    I think chris shld concentrate more on topics like dis instead of posts on azonto nd jackie appiah’s (viewers) award. No country is problem free u see.