The widely publicized memorandum or written piece of official communication announcing the suspension of the operational licenses of Onua-TV and Onua-FM Radio networks, signed by the Executive-Secretary of the Ghana National Media Commission (NMC), Mr. George Sarpong, critically underscores the fact that the deliberate and programmatic espousal of criminally intended hatred against specially selected or targeted officials of the democratically elected Akufo-Addo government and the heads of several national security establishments, as well as some prominent and respected invested traditional rulers, has been going on for quite a number of years now. One wonders why such a momentous decision had not been taken much sooner, in view of the dire implications and the dire consequences of such hate-filled politically destabilizing speech on our media airwaves.
Among the target of treasonable animus, the NMC’s Executive-Director informs the global Ghanaian public, are Ghanaian citizens of northern descent, that is, Ghanaian citizens from the so-called Five Northern Regions, namely, the Akufo-Addo-created Savannah and North-East regions; the Northern, Upper-East and the Upper-West regions, whose largely hardworking and law-abiding inhabitants the flagship anchor of the two aforementioned twin-networks has widely been alleged to have offensively described a “Esremufuo,” which in the Akan or Twi language means “Denizens of the Savannah Grassland” (See “Take Hate-Preaching, Mutiny-Inciting Onua-TV, Onua-FM Off the Airwaves – NMC Tells NCA” Modernghana.com 11/30/23).
The preceding category of stereotypically despised Ghanaian citizens, decidedly archaic and officially or statutorily proscribed, to be certain, in the professional playbook of the proprietors and the managers of Onua-TV and Onua-FM broadcast networks and, in particular, their relentless venom-spewing flagship anchor, obviously include the Oxbridge-educated Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia and, of course, the latter’s main challenger in the 2024 Presidential Election, to wit, the twice-defeated, one-term former President John “Brazil Embraer Caper” Dramani Mahama, the man who may be feeling morally vindicated in his routine or trademark electioneering-campaign claim that, strictly speaking. Native Akan-speaking Ghanaian citizens, in particular the Asante-dialect speaking Akan, tend to harbor a visceral disdain for their fellow northern-descended citizens that verges on the inescapably congenital.
There is, of course, ample forensically verifiable evidence from some painful memories of some political events that have transpired among the top-echelon leaderships of both the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the country’s main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC). For the time being, however, we prefer not to delve too deeply into such morally delicate matters, as there are, obviously, too many significant features of our collective national identity that may be aptly envisaged to unite us as “One People, in One Country, with a Common Destiny,” in the memorable words of President Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first postcolonial leader.
Now, what is most disturbing here to observe is that Captain Hate, not his real professionally adopted name, of course, is widely known to be related to a family or clan of a remarkable number of some of the most prominent politicians in the country, including one who served in the highest office of the land, namely, the Presidency, with several members of the same family or clan having also served in several of the most sensitive cabinet and executive portfolios in the same government. Yet, absolutely none of these very influential kinsmen and women of Captain Hate are known to have come public to do the most socially responsible thing, which is by calling this conspicuously clinically mad barking media dog to order, as many a concerned Ghanaian citizen is wont to say, or to significantly seek to defuse an increasingly volatile situation that could very well result in the kind of politically destabilizing situation the likes of which might never have even been fathomed by genuinely aggrieved secessionists like some of the apprehended and indicted leaders of the so-called Homeland Study Group malcontents.
With Captain Hate, there clearly exists a forensically or a clinically credible manifestation of some form or significant degree of neurosis direly verging on acute dementia which, if not promptly arrested or treated as a matter of urgency, could very well plunge our beloved and relatively peaceful nation into a level of chaos and crisis from which it would not be easy to recover from. There is an obviously quixotic craving for martyrdom here on the part of Captain Hate. And here, of course, we are not merely looking at the sort of socio-politically destabilizing developments such as have riotously and rampantly occurred in neighboring countries like Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone and La Cote d’Ivoire and even Liberia, not very long ago. And to the preceding, one may equally add The Sudan, Gabon, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The list goes on and on and on ad nauseam.
There ought to be absolutely no doubt in the mind of any levelheaded and progressive-thinking Ghanaian citizen that Captain Hate may very well be in dire need of prompt and immediate psychiatric examination and comprehensive psychospiritual “overhaul,” especially when the Onua-FM and Onua-TV Cash Cow is also reported to have called the Chief of the Defense Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces and his men and women “beasts,” for not taking seditious and treasonous marching orders from a self-inflated egomaniacal Captain Hate, by militarily and violently intervening in the country’s Fourth Republican democratic dispensation. Equally felonious, Captain Hate is also alleged by the Executive-Secretary of the National Media Commission to have publicly broadcast material calling for the regicide or the summary assassination of the Traditional Father/Patriarch of this Author, namely, Daasebre Otuo Serebuor, II, who also happens to be the Maternal Uncle of His Majesty, The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei-Tutu, II.
Here, in the United States of America, it goes without saying that such seditious call would be deemed to be tantamount to shouting or screaming “Fire! Fire!! Fire!!!” in a capacity-packed movie theater or any public gathering place without any apparently reasonable cause, a crime that is punishable by prompt arrest, mandatory indictment and prosecution and compulsory sentencing to a lengthy term of imprisonment with hard labor. Interestingly and significantly, as well, Captain Hate may not be the only Ghanaian “Media Arsonist” or “Terrorist” whose inexcusably criminal effusions may need to be promptly reined in by the executive operatives of the National Media Commission, the National Communications Authority (NDC), the Ministry of National Security and the various allied institutional establishments.
As of this press preparation, for example, Yours Truly had come across the characteristically vacuous screaming news-column headline of another hate-spewing print-media tout, literally ululating the murderous criminality of Captain Hate, on grounds that the delirious espousal of such nation-wrecking swill constituted the fundamental essence of Western-European democracy. Naturally, I could not help but scratch my bald pate and wonder, if our Belgium-resident countryman could “courageously” pen and publish an article in any reputable news paper or on any recognizable media portal calling for the head and the “Cervical Pen” or Pencil of the Regnant King of Belgium and not find himself seated, first-class, right behind the cockpit door of the pilot on the next return flight to Ghana. And, by the way, I nearly forgot to add that Daasebre Otuo Serebuor, II, the Omanhene (or Paramount King) of Asante-Juaben, is also the current Chairperson of the Ghana National Council-of-State, a statutorily mandated Presidential Advisory and Consultative Board composed of some of the most distinguished and venerated Ghanaian citizens.
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of English
SUNY-Nassau Community College
Garden City, New York
November 30, 2023
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