If public infrastructure could really be used as symbols of the vision and aspirations of a people, then the greatest ever vision and aspirations of all black people – past, present and future – is crumbling.
When Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was delivering the Political Independence Day Speech of Ghana on March 6, 1957, he said inter alia: “The Independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of the African Continent”. By that he used the Total Liberation of Black People to cut the navel of this great state of glorious destiny, Ghana. And that is what the Black Star Square symbolises.
So how can we watch it crumble slowly but surely? The seats are coming off on the left and on the right, as these pictures show. Yet we hold events there throughout the year. The state even hires it out to private concerns (and charge them cash) to hold functions there.
Is the current state of the Black Star Square and the attitude and behaviour that has led to that crumbling state symbolic of the state of the dream with which Ghana was born and the attitude and behaviour responsible for that dream?
It is time to wake up, Ghana! It is time to rise and shine!
Ti-Kelenkelen with Yirenkyi LAMPTEY
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