Ghana is 65 years old. Yes! That’s how old our nation is. To commence this very write-up, I would like to take you back to history lane.
Yeah, a bit of history of how as a nation we’ve evolved and where we are journeying to. Ghana is a democratic country located on the west coast of Africa with an estimated population of about 26.6 million (as of 2013). It is the first sub-Saharan African country to become independent from British colonial rule in 1957.
From 1957 till now; the country has undergone varying political dispensations; with the 1993 Constitution giving birth to our democracy which many still believes has been one key hindrance to achieving sustainable development. Well; this could be true though as democracy is fraught with its own cons.
For me, in as much as democracy has provided the gate for full expressions of our rights and freedoms as citizens (typically freedom of expression); the socio-political metamorphosis our beloved country has undergone has really caused an increase in corruption.
Yes! the issue of corruption emanating from poor leadership has really affected the country. Recent corrupt cases such as the Woyome and Opuni (former COCOBOD Boss) saga (just to mention a few) have really created gullies within the public purse. Hmmm! monies that could have been used to expand infrastructure and help alleviate poverty.
Well; our leaders have failed us though (in my opinion though) as the laws have failed to work. So, the question; is Ghana beyond aid a myth or a reality?
Ghana voted for a change in 2016. As part of the bigger picture of His Excellency Nana Addo; he intends to bring this country to a precipice of a nation beyond aid.
Ok, he defines a Ghana beyond aid as “a prosperous and self-confident Ghana that is in charge of her economic destiny; a transformed Ghana that is prosperous enough to be beyond needing aid, and that engages competitively with the rest of the world through trade and investment” (excerpt from the President’s 61st Anniversary speech).
This he believes is possible if we maximize our resources. I believe so as we all have a huge task to play in achieving this dream.
The next stop of Ghana’s journey has been the digitization agenda. In advanced countries, the quest for technology and perhaps the merits of using digital systems have contributed enormously to healthcare, energy development, and human resource utilization among others. With the ever-changing global ecosphere, Ghana needs to burrow into the digital agenda to address the gaps in science, technology, education, health care systems, poverty, gender inequalities, governance, climate change and even reduce corruption. This is just the beginning of a journey: one that ends in a new Ghana, a new Africa, a new world.
I wonder about the “Wakanda life” we would be living. Get it?
We will change the world! One way or another… One life at a time… One byte at a time.