Friday, 3 March 2017

Paa Grant Is The Unsung Hero Of The Fight For Ghana's Independence - Not Dr. J. B. Danquah

The leopard, it is said, never changes its spots. Indeed.

Is it not  typical of our vampire-elites that just when humanity is entering the age of artificial intelligence (AI), and a new era of mostly-electric self-driving vehicles dawns, Ghana's well-educated and highly-intelligent finance minister elects to court cheap popularity by removing duties on used vehicular spare parts imported into the country by his party's "friends at Abbosey Okai"?

Would it not have served the nation better to have reserved that for Ghana's nascent high-tech and renewables sectors, I ask? Do those sectors not hold the key to Ghana's future? Incredible.

Then that personifcation of inherited privilege (a societal abomination that is meritocracy's greatest enemy), then went on to bore Ghanaians anxiously waiting to hear details of the new government's maiden budget,  by reciting the names of his family's members from the days of the fight to rid our people of the British occupiers of our country - into whose "large shoes" he said his feet couldn't apparently possibly fit. What humbug.

It says a great deal about the insufferable arrogance of some of today's progeny of our pre-colonial ruling elites that it did not occur to even Ken Ofori-Atta, an unassuming and decent-minded gentleman, that it was bad form to speak about family members including Dr. J. B. Danquah, in a budget speech to the nation.

Yet,  in so doing,  he was actually causing offence to many and unwittingly reminding the nation that nepotism has reared its ugly head in our nation's affairs yet again under another New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration.

Just who do these people think they are? God's gift to Ghana? God give some of us patience. This pure nonsense on bamboo stilts must cease forthwith: for they do not dazzle all Ghanaians in case that escapes them.

With respect, today's progeny of Dr. J. B. Danquah - a controversial figure from the past if ever there was one - must understand clearly that despite Danquah's undoubted intellectual brilliance, he was first and foremost a traitor (a secret paid agent of Western intilligence), and a  rabid tribal-supremacist who consciously sided with the British occupiers of our country during the struggle for freedom,  in order to secure a dominant role for the descendants of the pre-colonial Akan ruling elites after independence, in a federal state made up mostly of tribal entities.

If Danquah's living blood-relatives do not know their history, let them find out  why he personally never won an election, in his own Akyem backyard.

Not to put too fine a point on it, Dr. J. B. Danquah was a hypocrite who whiles writing about freedom and speaking endlessly of the merits of democracy consistently terrorised non-Akyems in the Akyem Abuakwa traditional area, by denying them their rights through sundry unjust edicts issued by the Akyem Abuakwa State Council.

Did those tribal-supremacists not literally drive away Kwahu shopkeepers by decreeing that any Akyems who rented shops out to them would be dealt with?

And did Danquah not  collude with the Akyem Abuakwa State Council to threaten those ordinary people in Akyem who desired to vote for candidates other than those of the NLM/UP with retribution during campaigns for the elections of 1951, 1954 and 1956 - in all of which his preferred candidates lost?

If there is any Ghanaian family clan that should feel justified in trying to  'impose' one of their forebears on Ghana as a national hero, it should be the family of George Alfred Grant (Paa Grant), not that of Dr. J. B. Danquah. Haaba.

After all, was it not Paa Grant who sacrificed the bulk of the vast fortune he accumulated to fight for our people to finally become the citizens of a nation free from the baleful influence of the British occupiers of our country in 1957?

And did the British colonialists not permanently cripple his businesses as punishment for his defiance in seeking their ouster from the Gold Coast? Danquah, on the other hand, it ought to be noted, profited financially from being a paid agent of Western intelligence agencies. That is the difference.

Fact is, there are countless numbers of families in this country, today, who also have family members who did extraordinary things during the occupation of our country by Britain - who all risked their lives in the process:  so as to help free our people from foreign rule.

In that sense there is nothing particularly special about Dr. J. B. Danquah's family today - so those of them who do so should stop acting as if they are a breed apart. They are not. Period.

Above all, Dr. J.B. Danquah's living relations must stop trying to impose him on Ghanaians as a national hero. He was no hero. Full stop.

Paid agents of  Western intelligence agencies can never be African heroes. Ever. Paa Grant is the real unsung hero of our country's colonial-era struggle for freedom if truth to be told. Period.


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