I hope you are doing well. This is the first time I’m writing to your office, since you became the head of the British throne.
I have been following, keenly, the happenings back in your country with respect to an impending referendum by Scotland to either break away or stay with the union. The debate from both sides is very interesting, to say the least.
From the many news reports I have been reading, especially on the BBC, it appears both the YES and NO campaigners are gaining significant grounds; it could go either way.I know that your heart is for a NO vote, which is not surprising. Scotland leaving the union could set a bad precedent for others like Wales, Ireland and those in faraway continents to demand independence. I’ll be worried, if I were in your flat shoes.
But I have some good news for you, Lizzy. Ghana is ready to replace Scotland, yes we ARE. We want you back!
I’m a young man from Prampram, a small village on the east of the Ghanaian capital, Accra. My parents are not royals, nor politicians. My late mother was a kenkey seller (she never priced in dollars, though) and during her lifetime, I assisted her.
She never went to school but understood basic economics and the hardships in the country. She knew about your coming to Ghana when Kwame Nkrumah, without any prompting, decided to disengage the country from your throne. As a young woman in the Gold Coast, she felt unhappy because her views were not sought by Nkrumah or any of his inner circles.
I stand in her name and others of my generation who feel this country needs a return to you. Our so-called leaders have dragged this country into a mess-Ghana is now a basket case of jokes.
Since breaking free from your care more than 50 years ago, the country has continued to retrogress. Almost everything has come to a standstill; education, service delivery, governance etc, nothing appears to be working.
Our roads are not only bad but they are littered with fat holes. It is a miracle to drive either in a private car or trotro on any of the roads without running into a ‘pot-well’. It is a sorry state!
Power supply is not only erratic but the managers have no clue. The mess is legendary. There are more promises of fixing the problems than actual work being done to address the situation. I’m even struggling in the dark typing out this letter. Everything is ‘basaaa’ in the country.
The Ghana you left behind is no longer the pride of Africa. Incompetent leadership has eroded every single pride that you bequeathed to this country before you left. The leadership is more interested in grabbing wealth, instead of creating one. There is no sense of direction, Lizzy, none.
Come and see characters who four or so years ago were struggling to feed suddenly become millionaires. And they flaunt the wealth right before everyone. Ghana is being raped without mercy.
The price of everything in the country has gone up; food, water and the popular akpeteshie(a local gin), which is the toast of those within the lower ladder has seen exponential rise.
Madam Elizabeth, Ghana is in a mess. Most Ghanaians are becoming despondent on daily basis, contrary to promises things will be better. It is on their behalf that I write this letter pleading for you to come and take back Ghana.
I’m on my knees begging you to allow Scotland to leave. Ghana is ready to replace them. We have discovered oil but the revenue has not brought anything special to the ordinary people.
The gold, cocoa, timber, bauxite and other resources are still there and so you will not lack raw material to change the fortunes of the economy. We have everything.
As for education the least said about it the better, because everything has been turned into a propaganda machine. There are shambolic schools being built on billboards instead of on the grounds, quality teachers are refusing to work for the state due to poor working conditions.
Just recently, the exams council in the sub-region released results and, unsurprisingly, our children woefully failed. Instead of admitting the poor results and the need to fix the problem, government propagandists were running after radio station to the other justifying the mess. It is sickening.
Ghanaians used to be highly educated and smart but the situation is not the same. Majority of the population has become a ‘chew, pour-pass’ nation. Students at the tertiary institutions no longer think creatively. They’ll rather scheme and get grades so they can complete school and join a political bus, instead of using their brains to help solve the mess Ghana finds herself in.
It is not my intention to bore you with long letter but I’m just pleading with you to return. Please come back and take Ghana so I can, at least, enjoy constant flow of water, electricity and drive on good roads.
What I have now is like walking right through the doors of hell. There is no hope.
I hope to hear from you soon.
Yours frustrated man