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Why Distorting National History, The Dangers Ahead

A nation’s history is not something anybody at all can single-handedly sit in their offices, homes, shebeen, beer bars, restaurant or even on the public hotel to change. There is no nation is a state or country has no history behind it but as one moves to Ghana, people with very limited intelligence quotient would like certain aspects of our history to be eradicated or obliterate from our national history. History like our heart beat would fluctuate all the time, sometime our blood pressure which determines our heart beat will be on the high and at another times, would be low, they all go a long way to make life worth its while for the nation.

Why would we as a nation record all aspects of the liberation struggle against the British imperialist rule which culminated into our independence? Why would we record how the Europeans took our forefathers as slaves to go and work on sugar cane plantations in the Americas? Why would it be necessary that we have records on the various political groupings that would engage our independence? As we keep these records we are capturing the life of our country and how things stood at a certain point in time and that of today.

In Ghana today we have two schools of thought. On one hand we have a band of people who think they know better than anybody else so their mentors should be recorded in our history and if anything is not positive about such people,there is no need that they are recorded in our national history. We have these people who are in government today and as much as they would have wished, Ghana existed from  June 1979 so if we want to record any history of Ghana, it would be wrong to have any records of what went on before 1979. To them Ghana’s history should should revolve around one Jerry John Rawlings as if he is the only person who has been in the Ghana Airforce and thus to have led a coup to subvert a legitimate elected government.

On the other hand and lumped together are all the well meaning Ghanaiand

Started Ghanamindset in 2011 purposely to help our Ghanaian society have a better view of appreciating that mediocrity has never built and develop any nation. We have this layback attitude that we always think,when something is going wrong, " I am not responsible to fix it". There are many instances that we could have applied common sense to tackle a situation but our laissez-faire attitude would let us walk past unconcerned. Born and educated in Ghana in 1952 and currently living in the UK.

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