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31.01.2018 Feature Article

An Open Letter To Ghana's Second Lady Mrs. Bawumia

Mrs. Samira Bawumia
JAN 31, 2018 FEATURE ARTICLE

Dear Mrs. Bawumia,
I shall go straight to the point: keep an eagle's eye on your husband. Make sure he and your children eat only organically produced food. And make Dr. Mercola's website your go-to-source for leading-edge medical information and best practice that will enable all of you to live healthy and truly happy lives. Ameen.

Secondly, get the Ghana High Commission in London to help you arrange a meeting between the leadership of the UK monetary reform advocacy group, Positive Money UK, and your husband the vice president. You will be doing our country a great disservice if you fail to do so. Get your girlfriends in academia to form a branch of the International Movement for Monetary Reform (IMMR) in Ghana to propagate its very sensible and innovative nation-building building ideas.

Since your husband is a highly-intelligent gentleman, meeting with Positive Money UK will open his eyes, so to speak, and free him from the straightjacket of conventional economic thinking - a deadend in a world increasingly becoming poisoned by thoughtless economic growth that is oblivious of the fact that the human race's one biosphere is fragile: and could become so pulluted and environmentally degraded that large parts of it will become unhabitable for humans. We must spare our beautiful country that apocalyptic end.

It behoves us all to ensure that future generations of our people are spared from suffering that cruel fate - by focusing on greening our national economy. Madam, it might interest you to know that Thailand made a staggering U.S.$72 billion from the 31 million visitors it hosted, in 2016. The question is: What has Thailand got that Mother Ghana hasn't got?

Instead of tearing down the Atewa Range upland evergreen rainforest to mine relatively poor-quality bauxite for an integrated aluminium industry, your husband's government must turn it into a national park instead - so that the wondrous and awe-inspiring beauty of a part of our country designated a Globally Significant Biodiversity Area (GSBA), can be enjoyed by millions from Ghana and around the world, till the very end of time - creating jobs galore for young people and wealth that stays in Ghana throughout that period.

Speaking personally, even though I dislike your party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), I support President Akufo-Addo 100 percent - because he is committed to protecting our nation's natural heritage: by deeds not words. His regime must be helped by all discerning and patriotic Ghanains for that reason.

Finally, doubtless, as a caring mother and wife who follows the Prophet Mohammed's (peace be upon him) admonishment to the wealthy that they must support the disadvantaged in society, do purchase a copy of 'The Big Issue' magazine whiles in London - so that both you and the vice president your husband can read it during your stay there.

As it happens, we are launching one in Ghana and would like you to be one of its patrons. We will be an ethical alternative to Ghana's mostly-compromised mainstream media - obsessed with nation-wrecking sensationalism, publishing half-truths and egregious fake news.

'The Big Issue Ghana' magazine will help resolve Ghana's youth unemployment crisis, streetism and homelessness, one copy at a time - by giving Ghana's base-of-the-pyramid demographic micro-entrepreneurial opportunities as vendors who make good margins selling what will be a very good read: that adds value to readers' lives, and, above all, is a force for good in Ghanaian society.

May Allah bless, protect and guide you and your husband always.

Yours in the service of Mother Ghana,
Kofi.

Kofi Thompson
Kofi Thompson, © 2018

This author has authored 325 publications on Modern Ghana. Author column: KofiThompson

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