“President John Evans Atta Mills has confirmed his government is unable to contribute troops to any ECOWAS mission to oust incumbent president of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, should the regional body make do with its threat” (Ghanaweb, January 7, 2011). Hmm! The West, Africa’s siblings Call theirs CIVIL WARS The American Civil War They call Africa’s TRIBAL WARS The West call theirs REVOLUTIONS The French Revolution They call Africa’s RIOTS The 1948 Riots; the Aba Riots Ghana should not shed blood Let the historical moment speak Not a drop of blood No Africanization of barbarism The enduring media images Of African savages Of traumatic histories The enduring depreciations Cherished imperial narratives Discredited anthropologies Packaged by our delirious foes Ghana should not shed blood Not a drop of blood Not for French neo/colonialism Not for Western hegemony Not for Western elated appetite For Ivory Coast’s cocoa Oil, timber, coffee, palm oil Not for the UN, ECOWAS Ah! Atta called Konongo Kaya He who has outsmarted JJ JJ the demonizing monk Ah Atta the Castle Snail President Atta Mills Your moment of excellence Your endearing rainfall Eclipses your long drought Heralding thriving petals Of new blooming ideas Of pan-Africanism Of ecstatic Nkrumahism Of Africanizing self Of self-conscientization Epochal political rainfall Fertilizing a new season Seasons of progress Of regenerating new seeds That we must not, not again We won’t do their bidding The biddings of the imperialists Multinational companies The French, UNO, USA President Mills Let your critics eat their crow Crushing their tongues Crushed in bitter truths Ghana should not shed blood Not for the French Not for French colonialism Not for French Connection Not for American hegemony Not for Western interests Imperialist interests Pivoted by the UN Chaired by Ban Ki-Moon The UN boss & South Korean Tell him to invade North Korea The worst trouble-spot Ask Asian countries to do so Ask the UN to occupy North Korea The agitated imperialists Multinational corporations The French Connection Their insatiable colonial appetite Salivating for cocoa For oil, timber Africans can achieve it all Stability on our own The rule of law Cultivated laws Laws of habit Call it democracy Ghana is doing it Benin is doing Coming to our own Recount the vote America has done it 2000 Bush & Al Gore So Ivorians can recount votes That’s a democratic tradition Governments evolve Governments are not imposed Ghana must protect Ivorians Must wean Ivorian bloodshed Let them recount the votes That is THE Democracy Espoused by the West Bloodshed is Demo-Crazy Gun-toting Demo-Crazy Of Africans’ badge of honor Of immemorial bloodsheds
Source: Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.
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