If a person steps out anywhere in Europe or America in winter in a vest, that person would without further examination be deemed insane.
Similarly, if you wear just a vest and a boxer in your house in a cold winter and puts your heaters on blast to keep yourself warm, you would be deemed stupid at best, lunatic at worst.
The relationship between what people wear and the climate they find themselves in is well established and it’s never up for debate. Of course, unless you live in Ghana and several of the African countries where people dress not according to the weather but in direct opposite to what’s reasonably expected.
For ‘God’ knows how long, westerners have succeeded in brainwashing Africans to accept that their way of dressing is corporate, decent and should be desired—even when this is mainly grounded in the sort of weather they find themselves in.
Interestingly, irrespective of our educational superiority or sense of pride, we buy into this absurd instruction from a group of people whose dressing manual is meant for themselves under a specific weather. They even alter it based on weather.
I’ve seen several Ghanaians torturing themselves in “trotro”, wearing black suits with ties entangled around their necks and sweating stupidly as if they’ve just landed from Antarctica.
Mostly, they do not have a choice because the insane corporate convention they find themselves in demand that they behave as lunatics and without enough bargaining powers to alter this setting, they are compelled to act as such.
For the poor who just wants to work and make some sort of honest earning, it’s double tragedy—antagonise yourself in a suit under the scorching sun and travel to and from office in “oven” cars or buses.
Even those with powerful corporate and financial leverages, occupying the upper echelon of the business world have no appreciation of the correlation between what to wear and the weather. Without being contemptuous, they act equally ridiculous, perhaps, more moronic as they create discomfort and sought to mitigate it with air-conditions.
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It’s true that air-conditions are needed in cars and offices in Ghana and several African countries. The heat at these places are such that you wouldn’t be able to think right if kept in an office for 8 hours without anything cooling your scorched brain cells.
And it’s also true that it makes no sense to create a clothing discomfort and then run to sit in an air-condition to address the self-advanced pity.
Where a mere standing or ceiling fan would have done a good job if what we wear is weather considerate, we have to go for powerful air-conditions because of the layers of clothes our bodies are hidden under.
The assumption that just a particular way of dressing, the western weather-based model, is presentable enough for the business community, without taking into consideration the key factor of weather ought to be re-evaluated.
Basically, we look stupid when you examine our ways of dressing and the atmosphere we are caged under.
We cannot do anything substantial about our climate but we can take control of our way of dressing—and have it mirror the needs of our weather.
This, together with many other things shake the fabric of our so-called independence and emancipation.
Let’s cut our coats according to our weather, and stop drinking hot afternoon cups of tea in air-conditioned offices.
If this is to be done in Guantanamo Bay, the United States government would be cited for torture.