One mind, one vote!

I would of course vote three times if it was legally right. The main goal of this article however is to draw from your sub-conscience your personal evaluation of the effects of your one vote as a Ghanaian.

Let’s look subjectively at my need to put this across. I was born in Ghana and I love her deeply. However, I stand with reason with George Bernard Shaw after personal observations and practical questioning that indeed,

“Two percent of the people think; three percent of the people think they think; and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think.”

Stated otherwise, “as a man thinketh, so is he”. This particular phrase has been discovered, examined and rephrased many times in the course of history. Adding from the wonderful audio credited for launching the spoken word industry known as “the strangest secret” by Earl Nightingale, examples are:

  1. Our very own Kwame Nkrumah said this: “Revolutions are brought about by men, by men who think as men of action and act as men of thought.”
  2. Great emperor Marcus Aurelius: “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it”.
  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson said this: “A man is what he thinks about all day long.”
  4. William James said “The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”
  5. In the Bible you will read in Mark 9–23: “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

The majority of the population underestimate these words. I will rephrase this statement in application to this country as a whole. “A nation is affected by the thoughts of the majority”. We’ve heard majority carries the vote and it sounds very apparent, doesn’t it. America is “flourishing” because many, in America and beyond think and say it’s the land of abundant opportunities for all. I’ve found this to apply as well to countries like UK, China, Singapore and Malaysia. Ghana is filled as much, even more with opportunities for all.

I believe in Ghana, What about you? Is it one in a decline and filled with nothing but opportunists to you? Africa has been found to be one of the continents with the highest natural resources and with an agricultural capacity to feed the whole world however in 2015 over $60 billion dollars was spent importing food into Africa. $1.5 billion by Ghana. The few who see the opportunities Ghana presents are those making gradual progress or effortlessly reducing it’s speed of decline. Interestingly, a lot among the few are not Ghanaians. The majority think of it as a waste land. A friend once said Ghana is like a sinking ship, grab what you want and jump off board.

Ask me any day and I’ll guarantee you its simple. It isn’t easy however. Most of us hope things get better, unfortunately hope is not a strategy. In an incredible article by Bishop Gideon Titi-Offei entitled, “From Bole Bamboi To Kyebi: I can’t Think Far”, this is what he tells us:

“Who are you? You are me, I am you, we are us and they are they. You and I will trek from Bole Bamboi to Kyebi and from Kyebi to Bole Bamboi to attend their rallies whiles they come in their chauffeured driven V8s intoxicated by power to make powerful promises they do not have the power to keep”

Those who think their own liberties and progress will come from another man are sure never to realize them. If Ghana is going to change, we must change, you and me, beginning with how we think. I agree with John Donne when he says:

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, part of the main. Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee”.

Before you cast your vote ask yourself;

  1. How does it affect you directly or indirectly, for everything affects everything. You may not see or feel it instantly, but in the long run, you will.
  2. How would it affect Ghana while you’re here. Most people truly want Ghana to succeed so they enjoy the benefits, but they never get around to thinking about it positively, let alone how to make it happen.
  3. Also how does it affect Ghana when you’re gone. Because the true Kings and Queens of a nation are the little as well as unborn children.

Make a conscious effort to think about your actions. Don’t burrow from the future to meet your needs today, for you will dwindle it.


Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Instagram: Liam Ofori