Quiet! Quiet!! The man in the black shirt with the inscription, “Where Is The Patriotism In The Grassroots?”, keep quiet! I have been away for long so kindly lend me your attention for some minutes. However, an answer to the question on your shirt; You simply can’t tell a hungry person to be patriotic whiles the digestive juices are singing, “daily bread come down, come down, come down lest we eat your stomach walls!” These people will need leadership by example to be patriotic! Folks don’t you think we should declare Apostle Kwadwo Safo Kantanka’s birthday as National Patriots Day? Hear me out before you attack me with your abusive words!.
A child came into this world on 26th August, 1948 at Asumenya. I believe his family elders did not know of Nikola Tesla. However, they clearly saw something unique about this baby which resonated with Tesla’s saying, ““When a child is born its sense-organs are brought in contact with the outer world. The waves of sound, heat and light beat upon its feeble body, its sensitive nerve-fibres quiver, the muscles contract and relax in obedience: a gasp, a breath, and in this act a marvelous little engine, of inconceivable delicacy and complexity of construction, unlike any on earth, is hitched to the wheel-work of the Universe.”
What name do you want through this journey of life child? This is a question i clearly know they did not ask the child. But since astrologers and numerologists don’t believe in coincidence, I also agree with them that the name this child wanted was Safo – Kwadwo Safo kantanka this child was named! The title attaching to his name has metamorphosed from Apostle to Doctor Doctor to Engineer and finally to Emeritus Professor. So feel free and call him Emeritus Professor Kwadwo Safo Kantanka and the academia wouldn’t begrudge you!
Born into extreme poverty, he has worked hard to impact the lives of many Ghanaians and foreigners alike. Many celebrate him as a chemist, agriculturalist, physicist,pastor, spiritual father, philanthropist and above all, a patriot and lodestar for a new Africa! Obviously a man who has no enemy lives isolated from the world. A soul housed in a biological construct influenced by chains of command (DNA) inherited from parents will definitely have some flaws.
Patriot – I mean the sweaty man in the red shirt with the picture of Nana Appiah Mensah (NAM1)! If a man can cure your wife of her hepatitis and breast cancer, will you care about his hairstlye? If a man can give you organic weedicide,pesticide and fungicide but can only do so by working naked in his laboratory, will you tell him to stop working naked? Should NAM1 come back to pay his customers, will they focus on their monies or how he walks or speaks? Do you know that recent studies about Benjamin Franklin (one of the greatest founding fathers of America) proves he was occultist but Americans simply don’t care about that – they only want to remember him as a hero? Patriots! Sometimes, out of bitterness and ignorance, we focus on trivialities and sink our nation with such actions – all other continents have evolved pass this but Africa! If your positive actions and impact on society astronomically outweighs your weaknesses, shouldn’t the world iconise you?
“Any society that does not succeed in tapping into the creativity of its youth will be left behind,” Bosommuru Kofi Annan. This clearly means that for a nation to develop there is the need to ignite the patriotism in the youth. It is very good to celebrate our Independence Day! However, how many people age below 40 can relate to Gbedemah, Nkrumah, J.B. Danquah, or even Joseph Appiah? The youth need new heroes they can relate to and draw direct inspiration from; that farmer needs a hero; we can’t overlook the fact that the young electrical engineer also needs a mentor; how can we forget the mechanical engineer, the herbal and animal scientists also need alter egos?
The youth need people who are walking their talks of giving their all to build a better Ghana and not holidays(Constitution Day,Republic Day, etc) we obviously don’t drive inspirations from. It is not mostly about what we were but what we are and will be! This is why I suggest we declare Kantanka’s birthday as National Patriots Day to reflect on what we are doing right and wrong as a nation to help us forge a better economy powered by a formidable industrialisation.
It is very sad that Africans only recognise greatness only when it is taken away – either by death or by the Western world. This is just a short and straight forward message I want the gathering to consider. Patriots! Don’t you agree with me that the youth need new national holiday and hero they can relate to? Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you?