I am one of the few people who do not love to watch TV series—simply because I believe you can spend over 100 valuable hours watching a single TV series when you could have watched 50 full real cinema movies, which goes a long way to support and give relevance to the dying theatre culture.
Though I did not bow to the pressures of Prison Break, earlier this year, countless people kept asking me about ‘Game of Thrones’ which somewhat has become a subject of discussion when you meet people for a drink or even a business meeting. So I joined the ‘Game of Thrones’ addicts (a mild addict though) putting hours of my time into watching it every weekend.
Like most TV series, ‘Game of Thrones’ is highly addictive with interesting characters capable of buying your conscience. Before you know, you would have fallen in love with what a character stands for, his or her family and their take on developments. But don’t forget what comes after—the heartbreaking moment when your favourite gets killed or thrown into jail is inevitable. After all, when you play the ‘Game of Thrones’, you either win or die…
In the ‘Game of Thrones’, one of the great houses of the seven Kingdoms is called ‘House Lannister of Casterly Rock’—whose mainseat is Casterly Rock, with another stationed in nearby Lannisport. A person from this great house is called a ‘Lannister’ and the Lannisters’ official motto is ‘Hear Me Roar’.
However, they also have an equally well known unofficial motto which is ‘a Lannister always pays his debts’. It is this motto and the great upshot it brings that I believe every Ghanaian can learn from.
As a Ghanaian, what are you known for? Are you known to keep your promise, are you known to be a person of honour—and do you actually care about your own reputation, that of your family or friends?
Mostly, our desire for instant gratification, undeserving instantaneous success among others things pushes us into forgetting the great or bad benefits—now and later, that having any sort of reputation can fetch us…