For the past few weeks, The political atmosphere in Ghana has been filled with “eye zu,eye za” “ehyi radorado” “eye kube” “vote for a woman” “ibe green o” “change is coming” “onapo” amongst all other well crafted slogans strategically appealing to the masses for votes.
All ‘qualified’ political parties have organized rallies and campaigns with the sole aim of earning our thumb prints on the final day. Massive rallies have been held by the two major and most talked about political parties in Ghana, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), attracting an outrageous number of people from all walks of life. We all have witnessed different and most often ridiculous and absurd propaganda from all these political parties trying to discredit their various opponents to bring down their polls; well, that is what politics is all about ‘discrediting-to-win’.
The Electoral Commission has also given us their share of the 2016 election ‘wahala’ with all the drama surrounding the disqualification of some presidential candidates. Fortunately, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) and Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP) were given another chance leaving Madam Akua Donkor of the United People’s Party and Dr Ayariga behind in the disqualified boat.
Then came the Kalyppo internet craze which sufficed after a picture of the flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo was pictured sipping on a box of Kalyppo in his car. This triggered thousands of his followers in every corner to post ‘selfies’ of themselves on the internet doing same with the famous hash tag #Kalyffie or #kalypposelfie.
Don’t you just love our country?
Ghana has witnessed quite a unique election fever this year and it has to do with the perfect blend of entertainment with Politics or “Politainment” for short. Election 2016 has witnessed an increase in the number of entertainers, musicians to be precise, vigorously campaigning for the two major political parties. With the likes of Daddy Lumba, Praye, FBS, Lucky Mensah, A-Plus, Mr Beautiful, Diamond Appiah, John Dumelo, Kalsoume Sinare, Mzbel and others, I must say that most of these massive campaigns can be equated to musical concerts and the amazing thing I have noticed is, our leaders just proved a point that they know and have our needs at heart but it is only up to us to decide on who we prefer to serve, Defend and represent us at all times on all platforms.
Now it is time to put all these hectic competitions to rest and decide the fate of Ghana for the next four (4) years. It is time to stay silent and allow our thumbs to do the talking. Whether you sing along to ‘Mahama Paper’ or ‘Nana is coming like kakai’ we are and will forever be one nation; at the end of the day, we will be deciding our own destiny as the people of Ghana.
Your thumb is your voice and power – let it be heard!