The greatest way to kill ignorance especially with Africans is to robustly challenge their entrenched ignorance. We fail to learn, to read and yet parade ourselves as mouth pieces—addressing and attacking issues we have not even the slightest knowledge on.
Following my article-We Ghanaians Are ‘Selfish Ignorant B*stards’ | Where Do We Want the Ebola Vaccine Trial to Take Place? + See What Leila Djansi Wrote, film-maker-Leila Djansi has deleted that extensive ignorant comment clothed in tribalism that she posted on facebook about the Ebola vaccine positioned to take place in the Volta Region of Ghana.
As someone who spends a lot of time online, I have always defended Ewes when they get attacked online (for some weird reason, they get a lot of such tribal attacks)—and my defence borders on the lines that, tribalism is a Paleolithic era absurdity. We need to grow pass that. But then when you find Ewes like Leila Djansi who ought to know better making some shockingly stupid tribal comments on national/global issues all the time—it just makes you wonder where we are going as a nation.
We need to educate ourselves and we need to have conversations about issues like this. Jumping the gun and running to facebook to misinform people or throwing into the public domain a comment founded on ignorance when you have several followers muddies the water—some people take these comments as divine commandments.
We can hold discussions on ensuring ethical clinical trials of vaccines in our country—everywhere in the world, such concerns are discussed and held as genuine. I am for such concerns and discussions.
But to wake up from an ignorant side of your bed and throw out comments which distort the needed discussion is not the way forward.