“Who wants to be President?” – the sword of Damocles and the presidency

Date: 26th-january-2017 Time:  10:15:54 am

 

Back in Junior High School, I stood for the position of Girls’ prefect and won. The journey of becoming a prefect ; through the campaign and tenure of office was not an easy task but I thrived nonetheless.

This experience brings me to the realization of how difficult it must be to be President because even within my small school, the task was not so simple.

The President’s seat is a very hot one.

Every decision taken in that seat may become policy so whoever has the opportunity to be in that position must play his or her cards very well. Despite the difficulties faced in decision-making, there are also security issues that he/she would face once that position is attained.

Therefore, there is an automatic need for the president to be protected from all forms of danger in order to ensure a successful term of office.

That said, it would not be out of place to juxtapose the presidency with the Sword of Damocles story given the number of similarities between these two. Let the story begin.

The Sword of Damocles is a Greek story that brings to light the constant danger that faces people in positions of power. The character Damocles (which means fame of the people) worked as a courtier during the reign of Dionysius II of Syracuse, Sicily.

So Damocles always told Dionysius II (the king at the time) about how privileged he was to be in such a high and commanding position while being surrounded by magnificence.

Eventually, The king decided to switch places with Damocles (the courtier) so that Damocles could have a feel of the magnificence he was always referring to. Damocles accepted the proposal without hesitation but little did he know that he was not only in for a surprise but a lesson of a lifetime.

Before Damocles sat on the throne, the king had ordered that a huge sword should hang above the throne. The hanging sword would be suspended at the pommel by just a single hair of a horse’s tail. Hearing this, Damocles quickly pleaded with the king to withdraw his decision to allow him to sit on the throne indicating that he no longer wanted to be as fortunate as the King.

Damocles finally came to the realization that positions of power come with great danger and responsibility.

It is the same way with the Presidency; from a distance, we see the pomp and pageantry with everybody hale and hearty but the task is an arduous one which requires a lot of calculated risks.

Most of the time, people tend to give derogatory remarks or in simple terms hail insults on presidents (both past and present). I think this is a negative practice that must be brought to a halt. Regardless of who is in power and what they have done, it is not right to insult anyone.

Rather, it is more effective to take an objective stance on issues which we feel haven’t been addressed and even go further to suggest ways of how we can improve them. I think that way, everyone wins and no one gets offended.

In as much as the duty of the opposition is to keep the incumbent government on its toes, it is also important that praise is given where praise is due. Yes, I mean that regardless of whichever political party is in opposition, I look forward to a time in Ghana where there would be constructive criticism only and praise for the good work done (if any).

If a government can take a decision for the benefit of the country despite the fact that it may not benefit their individual party, I call that – political will. This is very much needed.

There were a few reports of ballot boxes being destroyed during the 2016 elections. To address this issue, I do not think that any disagreement is worth a fist fight. The factions involved could have had an effective dialogue in the presence of a mediator so that all skirmishes would be ironed out.

There is really no need to fight to prove you are right.

Lastly, I would like to touch on the issue of defending the indefensible.  This refers to a situation whereby one party is wrong but tries to justify the wrong-doing at all costs. Wrong is wrong and right is right, if you decide to prove otherwise, it doesn’t make you smart, it just makes you a puppet.

By:Naa Adzoa Adzeley Boi-Dsane

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Riddle Riddle : Can you guess the answer before it ends? (Cc)

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Not all riddles are mind-boggling but I bet most of them are interesting because of the suspense they build. Without further ado, let’s press play –

I have no cutting edge but I could make you bleed.

Don’t confuse me with FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) because we both make sex a traumatic experience.

To those who hit the gym every new year, look no further ; I could make you lose weight drastically but remember not every weight loss is good.

Remember all those junk food you were cautioned not to eat? I mean the pizza, fried rice etc? I could prevent you from eating those by making you lose appetite but that does not guarantee good health.

In your diagnosis, don’t just label me as pedal oedema, I can do more than just excess fluid in your legs.

I can’t promise you motherhood but one thing I can make you experience is pelvic pain that is synonymous with childbirth.

Don’t think you know who I am yet by calling me osteoporosis because I break just a few bones. You would be so wrong.

When I advance, I engage in something that is called metastasis. That is when I spread out my wings because my environment is too small for me. Here, I behave like the colonial master or mistress (since I affect mostly females) ; I want to rule your body and conquer as many territories that are available. I could go to your abdomen, your lungs or anywhere I please.The longer you take to visit the hospital, the more time you give me to travel and explore.

My initials are CC (as in Carbon Copy). That was even in the title.

Still haven’t figured out who I am? Let me just save you the time so that you can have the chance to get tested after reading this. People gave me the name – “Cervical Cancer” because I am an autonomous overgrowth of cells at the cervical region of a woman’s body. In most of my adventures, I usually travel with a virus – it could be HIV or HSV. However, HPV is my closest alibi in most cases.

The following activities are termed low risk but it doesn’t mean I can’t use these as a medium to get to you – multiple pregnancies and the use of oral contraceptives.

Lest I forget, this is to the chain smokers : “I am coming for you, it won’t be long so turn off that lighter before I hang on you like a leech.” To the passive smokers, make sure you are safe before it is too late because I could increase your risk of coming into contact with me.

Call me ubiquitous; about 70% of me is found in developing countries.

Want to know how you can escape my icy hands? Well, it’s simple! Just draw closer to that Pap smear.
Don’t wait till we get to the surgical, radiotherapy or chemotherapy stage. By then, a Pap smear can’t help you.

By : Naa Adzoa Adzeley Boi-Dsane

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Twitter – @Adzeley

When celebrities step into political quicksand

‘No condition is permanent.’ This statement applies to almost all aspects of life including politics. ‘Politics’ the subject most people fear to indulge in or even discuss for fear of being ridiculed or insulted. But why must this be the case?
Growing up, I have listened to all kinds of political discussions and sometimes the argument gets so heated up that panelists insult each other resulting in the issue at hand not being addressed at all.
In the end, you have angry panelists and an apologetic journalist (for such uncouth outbursts on air).The truth about insults is that they lower the status (in terms of objectivity) of whoever performs the action and they do not make one articulate.
At first, the performer feels good but later it may lead to regrets given that nothing is permanent. Remember, political positions are not thrones ; they are avenues to serve ones country.

The 2016 Elections have been full of drama from the Onaapo to Nana Kalyppo songs. However, there are a few events I would like to highlight concerning this particular issue.
Mr. Kennedy Agyapong who is popularly known for some of his derogatory remarks (some of which I cannot mention here) during discussions but one that struck me was his attack on Madam Charlotte Osei.He told party supporters at a rally in Kumasi that Madam Osei landed her job by giving sexual favours.
Not much was done about this allegation aside the protests from fellow women who found it derogatory. Some people even cracked jokes about the fact that there was nothing new about what he did because that is his nature. So much for gender equality, isn’t it?
Meanwhile, Mr. George Andah (former member of the Occupy Ghana group) was reported to have asked Hon. Hannah Tetteh where her husband was (in an offensive manner) while displaying members of his family during a rally. He claimed that he did not find it derogatory so he was not obliged to apologise.
Most of the time, I find it difficult to maintain respect for people who are involved in the ‘politics of insults game’. That is what I am struggling with here. I cannot simply understand why men who have had the opportunity of obtaining higher education from some of the best schools in the country choose to slip their degrees and laurels under the rug only to muddy the waters that are supposed to reflect their true character.
There are many other people who are guilty of this within the two major political parties but these two are just examples I choose to dwell on because their attacks affect several people especially women. I hope these two and any other person indulged in such shameful activities put a halt to it by learning how to speak honorably so that they can be worthy of being called ‘honorable’ which is going to be adjacent to their names in a matter of days.

After all, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (incoming Member of Parliament for Ofoase-Ayirebi) and Dr.Zanetor Rawlings are proof that one can do politics without any insults. I have never heard any of them use any derogatory remarks on any platform(at least not yet). Rather they focused on their message for the people instead of dwelling on their opponents with an air of ridicule.
I believe these two need to be applauded especially in an era where such great minds are able to win the hearts of people without indulging in the usual path of ridicule.

Popular actress and television personality, Madam Grace Omaboe (also known as Maame Dokono) entered the political arena during the 2012 campaign and became unpopular with the people because of the way she decided to go about her campaign for the New Patriotic Party.

On the brighter side, Mr. Dele Momodu promoted Ghana through featuring photographs of our new infrastructure in his Ovation Magazine. I think that is laudable.

Recently, Mzbel is currently ‘under fire’ concerning her comments on President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo. She could have just sung like Daddy Lumba did during NPP’s rallies. Instead, she is reported to have said that ‘Nana Akufo-Addo is not presidential material’ while she was campaigning for the National Democratic Congress.
The backlash after these comments was great and it resulted in her deleting most of her pictures and videos from her Instagram account (particularly those that had campaign messages).In my opinion, she could have campaigned for the NDC without focusing on the NPP candidate in a negative way to the extent of saying Ghana would come to a standstill if Nana Akufo-Addo wins.

The Gbese Mantse may not be your regular celebrity but for the sake of this article, he is a respected traditional figure. He lost the admiration of some when he vehemently stated that if the NDC does not win the election, he would abdicate his throne. He is being called upon to honor his word while some people await his destooling ceremony.

Well, when people decide to throw caution to the wind (disregarding objectivity) and make derogatory comments concerning people that is when I say that they have stepped in Political Quicksand. You can guess what happens next.

By:Naa Adzoa Adzeley Boi-Dsane