To say that Ghana is blessed could be an understatement. I recently told a South American colleague of mine, in response to a series of questions about Ghana, that there has never been a civil war in Ghana. He didn't believe it. He immediately logged into his computer and started researching Ghana, to disprove my claim. He gave up after about 20 minutes, rather disappointed, and declared, “Well, it’s true. Ghana has never experienced a civil war.” It immediately dawned on me that half a century of peace in Ghana is an incredible achievement. Here are my ten reasons why you should feel good about being Ghanaian.
Reason #1: Ghana has never experienced a civil war
So what? Well, this is a great achievement in itself, because there has never been a civil war in Africa worth the fight. More to the point, the country does not have any hangovers from a past war that will make one-half of the country mistrust the other half for the rest of time.
Reason #2: Ghana did not have to fight a war of independence.
The loss of infrastructure, coupled with the emotional scars inflicted on the country as a whole, usually take generations to repair. Think about Angola, Algeria, or South Africa, and you will see my point. Fortunately, Ghana was spared the ordeal of staging an armed struggle to gain political independence. You should be grateful for that.
Reason #3: No threats of secession from any group.
A campaign of secession from Ghana by any group of people is simply unheard of. No, not even the slightest rumor.
Reason #4: No domination of one group over the rest of the country.
The various ethnic groups that make up the country Ghana live together in almost perfect harmony. None of them can be considered as the “ruling class” or the “dominant group," which is good for Ghana politics.
Reason #5: No war loads
There is no record of private armies or armed rebel groups in Ghana: No Charles Taylors, Forday Sankohs, or Jonas Savimbis to disturb the national peace and be a stumbling block to peace.
Reason #6: No religious conflicts or persecution
Religious difference is hardly a reason for people to be at each other’s throat. You have never heard about any strife between Catholics and Protestants, for example. And I think the cordial relationship between Christians and Muslims is highly commendable, compared with religious intolerance and persecution in other parts of the world today.
Reason #7: No campaign of terror in any part of Ghana
There is no campaign of terror in any part of Ghana, urban or rural. There is no such thing as a “no-go” area in the country.
Reason #8: Ghana is at peace with all her neighbours
Ghana does not have any border conflicts to worry about. The friendly relations that Ghana maintains with her neighbours are indeed enviable.
Reason #9: A thriving democracy
From all indications, Ghana has established itself as a democracy. Political power has peacefully changed hands several times through the ballot box. The kind of post-election violence that is often experienced in many African countries never happens in Ghana, even when the results are very, very close, and the losers are crying foul.
Reason #10: Basic freedoms are guaranteed
The Constitution of the Republic of Ghana guarantees at least the fundamental human rights: freedom of speech, association, religion, etc. The same can be said of the rule of law. That means we can never have any dictatorship in Ghana.
These reasons, as well as the others that you can quickly add to the list, should convince you that there is a peaceful and stable environment for the people of Ghana to build their nation to its fullest potential. A country whose name is synonymous with the decolonization of Africa, Ghana has been a model of peace and stability for the rest of Africa to follow. So be proud that you are a Ghanaian!
Written by: Theo Acquah
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