On March 6, 2022, I went to the hospital because I was unwell. The doctor asked me to run a series of tests, and they all proved that I was well. But my body told me otherwise.
The doctor then said it could be stress. She asked me to sleep more and reduce what stressed me.
On my way home, I stopped by a relative to watch the march past by the security agencies. On my way home, my dial was on Joy 99.7 FM, and I was enjoying the country music from the station until Elton John Brobbey broke in to announce that the station was about to cross over to Cape Coast to take the Independence Day address of President Akufo-Addo.
He was still talking when I changed the dial to BBC. The doctor had advised me to manage my stress and I was doing just that, at least, for that day.
I was one of those who used to sing praises of Akufo-Addo’s speeches when he was in opposition. After becoming president, however, he signals right with his words and turns left with his actions. To me, he has become a symbol of hopelessness.
Those of us who hoped that the Akufo-Addo presidency would signal a change from the messy status quo have been made to completely lose hope in our democratic experiment. What a shame!
At this stage, one cannot do much about it. But if you’re not listening to Akufo-Addo’s speech for the purpose of work, as I’m sometimes compelled to do, then it’s better not hurt your health with needless stress.
Great speeches don’t make great leaders. Great character does.