WALKING WITH THE LEG
I have a dream!
I have a dream!
I have a dream!
In a soft innocent voice, every kid aims high as he/she answer to his/her choice of careers in future.
I want to be a doctor.
I want to be a nurse
I want to be a lawyer
I want to be an astronaut.
As I pass through Basic Education, preparing for my final exam, hoping to soar high and attain my goals, I had no other friend than my books.
I want to be the pivot in my family and the country. Finally, the time is ripe for me to justify my days spent in the classroom, the fees paid and all the resources ventured into my education. It is my first external exam. I’m worried, I do not know the marker of my exam paper, and certainly I won’t be favored. The only option I have is to leave no stone unturned, flick flop through my books and burn the night candle in order to grab all the marks from this “faceless” marker.
It is revision for me, but it is a total start for “that girl” and as for “that boy”, it is time for “chew and pour, write and forget”. He sporadically composes a song or recites the topics like a poem, but trust me, everything vanishes from his brain right after the exam.
Ask him a question in class and he will be fumbling yet he is always amongst the best five in exam and majority think he is a wizard.
Can u imagine he is nicknamed “tibonkoso” to wit “dumb head”.
Hmmmm let me concentrate on mine.
Today is Sunday and exam is on tomorrow. I have to rush through church and house chores before I can settle for my books. Its 4:30pm and alas! I am done and ready to learn.
Confuse thoughts on which topic I should study first, after 30 minutes of flipping, my mind is settled and ooohhhh! “LIGHT OFF”.
Failure stares at me, I am panicking and I begin to shiver. Tears begin to roll and I scream ‘MAAMA MIA”
Ooppss I remember, just a year ago, June 2014, not too long “koraa”, it was world cup. Brazil 2014.
The pride of Ghana’s soccer, the Black Stars was in contention for the cup for a 3rd consecutive appearance.
I wish everyday is world cup. The entire nation becomes one.
Unity is Strength ‘ampa’.
I read a release by the Ghana’s Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC):
“To ensure the broadcasting of World Cup won’t be disrupted, Ghana has purchased 50 megawatts of electricity from its neighbor, Ivory Coast”
Lo and Behold! It came to pass. Yet the “stars” abysmal performance left many talking.
I am pained. My nation loves soccer than my future. Black stars team is managed by the Ghana Football Association. Without education, who will occupy the GFA positions?
The era of soccer belonging to the school drop outs is past. Even “trotro” drivers are now required to be able to read and write.
Yet my country prioritizes World cup to BECE.
My little understanding (maybe my nation’s reason for this scale of preference)
World cup Participation robes in money for development.
What does my BECE offer?
Ghana is indeed interested in the present and not the future.
Oh! Mother Ghana, is your future bleak?
Success indeed is what happens when a mind with a positive attitude meets an effective plan of action -Edmond Mbiaka.
Where is Ghana’s effective plan of action?
I obviously know what I want and will reach out eagerly.
My motivation “You may not control all the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by them” – Maya Angelou.
The lantern, torch light, candle is my option for a successful learning. I will live to tell the story of my eye problem one day.
I do not believe in taking the right decision, I take a decision and make it right—Muhammad ali Jinnah.
Ghana needs to walk with the mind and not the leg.
It is Time to Sleep and Dream. “EXAM” IS TOMORROW.
Sandra Frimpong (Maame Broni)