Toxic Ghanaian Inferiority Complex: Ghettoizing Local Coaches
“The Ghana Football Association (GFA) will name Serbian Goran Stevanovic as the new Black Stars coach by next week, Ghana sports ministry sources have told MTNFootball.com exclusively. The Serbian is expected in Accra by next week to discuss his terms of the contract and salary” (Ghanaweb January 6, 2010). We dismiss our local coaches We use Serbian coaches We ghettoize local coaches Ghanaians The products of self-hate Adulation of the other Love foreign things White things above all Worship foreigners Use multiple foreign names John Stuart Mills Mensah Marybeth Elizabeth Eucabeth Addo Ghanaians now use Chinese names Chin Chan Chic Boakye It is chic Our cycles of doom Punctuated with cyclic rhythm Of rhymes of inferiorized education Of beating of reckless beats Of the best comes from the West Of rhymes of our education Of our doomed blackness Of our eternal inferiority complex Of false provenance Authored by erstwhile colonialists Gulped down by pot-bellied elites Smiling Swaggering Sauntering after foreign things Suited in make-shift woolen suits Faultlessly in suicidal ties Captivating eloquence of incompetence Brimming with pride Swaggering in inferiority Doffing colonial hats Beaming to the West Lofting colonial mentality Ideas without borders Bordering our retrogression Smiling Swaggering Sauntering after foreign things We dismiss our local architects We use Indian architects We dismiss our local engineers We use German engineers We dismiss our local masons We use Chinese artisans We dismiss our way of life We use foreigners’ way of life Captivating inferiority complex Visceral disrespect for localisms Our idealized narratives of progress Our regalia of inferiority Built on inferiorized insecurities Fraudulent orthodoxy Of colonial mentality Nurtured by our education In an infectious Petri-dish Of the best comes from the West The proverbial day-nursery rhyme The prophetic elementary school rhyme The predictive rhyme at the university Ah the best comes from the West Ah even a Serbianized West Ghettoes outside of Africa So Ghanaians forage Hunt for Raid, gather In a Paleolithic daze Fight for Serbian coaches In a possessed Neolithic gaze Ghanaians exterminate Hunt down Assault, assail Local Ghanaian coaches We dismiss our local soccer coaches We use Serbian coaches We dismiss our local architects We use Indian architects We dismiss our local engineers We use German engineers We dismiss our local masons We use Chinese artisans We dismiss our way of life We use foreigners’ way of life Captivating inferiority complex Visceral disrespect for localisms Our idealized narratives of progress
Source: Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D.
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