Ghana 2008 and the Spirit of Nationalism
In the end, the golden jubilee twenty sixth Africa Cup of Nations – Ghana 2008 match has come and gone. Although Ghana couldn’t seize the gold, she was in a position to snatch the bronze medal; and the nation is patriotically richer than ever earlier than.
However one legacy bequeathed Ghanaians by the match which mustn’t ever be allowed to abandon us as a individuals is the Spirit of Nationalism. And the 23 younger gamers out of twenty-two million coaches, who carried your entire nation on their fragile shoulders and sweated below supreme pressures from January 20 to February 10, 2008, have been the twinkle, twinkle Black Stars of Ghana. The trendy Stars did the trick with their excellent “soccerlistic” abilities and topped it with their “kangaroonistic” acrobatic legs and pinching fingers to stride. It was merely titillating and infectious like flu. It didn’t take lengthy earlier than different African nations, beginning with the almighty Nigeria, started to make photocopies of their copyright dancing steps. No piracy right here, please! Michael Essien of Ghana is the originator, initiator and inventor of “Kangaroonistic” dance in Africa and on this planet of soccer. Any physique who needs to duplicate that dance should acquire permission from him. Interval!
What lets inform the gallant 23? “Ghana Black Begins, “Ayikooo!” Bravo! You might have chalked up what Napoleon couldn’t have achieved.” And we must always at all times maintain this African proverb in the back of our minds: “Those that didn’t participate within the warfare at all times have the pleasure to fume and critisise the battalions that they didn’t struggle arduous sufficient.” Don’t blame them, for they know not how monkey sweats.
As matter of reality, Ghana did very, very properly. To have the ability to crush Guinea 2 – 1 ; pip Namibia 1 – 0; demolish Nigeria 2 – 1; bloodbath Cote d’Ivoire 4- 2, earlier than lastly taking place 0 – 1 towards Cameroon below some technical mishaps and “huhudious” officiating conspiracy, it was not a imply feat in any respect. In different phrases, with exception of Namibia, all of the international locations that Ghana crushed like empty shells on the way in which earlier than snatching the Bronze medal are tremendous energy nations so far as soccer in Africa is anxious. Simply go and take a look at the FIFA rating of these international locations on the continent earlier than the graduation of Ghana 2008 match.
About 20 years in the past, in 1987 to be exact, this creator watched an American movie on the Govt Theatre of the then Ghana Movie Trade Company (GFIC) in Accra. (I do not fairly keep in mind the title of that movie). However within the movie, a bit boy of about 5, dwelling together with his mom was naughty in a roundabout way. It was as if the boy deliberately poured some water on the dinning desk and his mom was mad. The mom began scolding him. She nagged and nagged and made insinuation to the boy’s father who was not at residence on the time. All of a sudden, this tiny boy flared up, checked out his large mom within the face and retorted: “Mum, why are you nagging at me like that? Do not you realize that I’m an American?” The mom was so shocked and spell-bound that she might not utter a phrase thereafter.
How do some nations on this planet of imperfection handle to infuse or inculcate the spirit of patriotism into their residents to the lengthen that, even once they go mistaken in a method or one other, most of their residents are nonetheless ready to defend them and even lay down their lives for his or her international locations? At what age do they begin pumping the sense of patriotism into the minds of their residents? And what returns do such patriotic residents anticipate again from their nations?
Fired up by this “holy” spirit of nationalism, some Ghanaians went to the extent of not solely draping themselves in nationwide colors, however adorn their canine, cats, rams, goats and fowls, with Ghana flags – all jubilating in assist of the nationwide crew – the Black Stars. Even some international nationals in Ghana or guests who simply got here in to witness the occasion have been so infested with the Ghanaian spirit of nationalism that they began competing to show that they have been much more Ghanaians than the Ghanaians themselves. (We are saying they’re extra catholic than the Pope himself). It was simply improbable!
In August 2007, the Ministry of Info and Nationwide Orientation formally launched the Nationwide Orientation Sensitisation Programme on the Accra Worldwide Centre. It’s related to rapidly refresh our reminiscence of the 5 Pillars of the Nationwide Orientation which have been unveiled on that event: 1. Proud to be Ghanaian; 2. Patriotism and a Spirit of “Ghana First”; 3. Constructive and a “Can – Do – it “Angle; 4. Productiveness and Accountability and 5. Dedication and Self-discipline.
One is but to conduct a scientific survey to find out the impression of the programme on the inhabitants. However, by informal remark to this point, it is not going to be misplaced to opine that because the launch of the Nationwide Orientation programme, coupled with gradual however deliberate and sustained efforts by the Ministry to conscientise individuals about the necessity to do issues in a sure method as a individuals, slowly however progressively the spirit of patriotism or nationalism is being rekindled within the minds of many Ghanaians. It may be concluded that not less than, the Pillar N0 1, “Proud to be Ghanaian” has just about taken roots within the hearts of many voters of this loving nation of hospitable individuals.
Do you do not forget that in the course of the match, the Minister for Info and Nationwide Orientation, Hon Oboshie Sai Cofie, needed to subject an official assertion, reminding your entire nation that any time the nationwide anthem was being performed or sung, each physique ought to stay standing and quiet till the anthem was over? That was a easy however profound nationwide orientation instruction. So, even in our anxiousness to show the depth of our patriotism, you will need to be aware of such fundamental ethics of nationalism.
Though it’s the Info Ministry which initiated the coverage, it wants the collaboration of different establishments such because the Nationwide Fee on Civic Schooling, the Ghana Schooling Service, Fee on Tradition, Fee on Youngsters, the Church buildings, Mosques, the Shrines in addition to particular person mother and father and lecturers to have the ability to successfully govt it for the success of the Nationwide Orientation programme within the supreme curiosity of the nation.
At this juncture, it’s crucial to say a phrase of appreciation to all Ghanaians from the President of the Republic to the truck pusher on the Sodom and Gomorrah marketplace for the large assist accorded the Nationwide Group. Ghanaian Parliamentarians made higher noises than even the Supporters Unions who have been paid to make noises. For these Pastors who solid away their orthodox cassocks for a second and placed on attire in nationwide colors to evangelise with their congregations blowing horns within the church buildings all wearing nationwide colors, God has taken observe of the holy spirit of nationalism that descended on them.
Our Muslim brothers and sisters in addition to the normal worshipers couldn’t be outdone within the large assist for the Black Stars. Did you see that man who at all times went to the stadium with stay guinea fowls? How about those that carried R.I.P.coffins of sure international locations and opponent gamers? They have been all a part of psychological supporting methods. As for individuals who don’t consider within the existence of God, God nonetheless loves them any method.
But when prizes have been to be awarded to people or teams of finest supporters of the Black Stars, Ghanaian girls would have cleared all at stake palms down. Ghanaian girls don’t solely know how you can play soccer however they will analyse soccer and assist the nationwide crew in grand types. My goodness! I noticed girls of all styles and sizes from toddlers to octogenarian supporting the Black Stars from January to December non cease. It was unimaginable. Aside from supporting the Black Stars as a Nationwide Group, Ghanaian girls immediately established girls supporters unions for each particular person Black Star participant.
Right here is the checklist of Girls Supporters Unions for all 23 gamers of the Ghana 2008 match:
1. Sammy Adjei – Girls Supporters Union
2. Hans Adu Sarpei – Girls Supporters Union
3. Asamoah Gyan – Girls Supporters Union
4. John Paintsil – Girls Supporters Union
5. John Mensah – Girls Supporters Union
6. Anthony Annan – Girls Supporters Union
7. Laryea Kingston – Girls Supporters Union
8. Mihael Essien – Girls Supporters Union
9. Manuel Agogo – Girls Supporters Union
10. Kwadwo Asamoah – Girls Supporters Union
11. Sulley Ali Muntari – Girls Supporters Union
12. Andre Ayew – Girls Supporters Union
13. Baffour Gyan – Girls Supporters Union
14. Bernard Yao Kumordzi – Girls Supporters Union
15. Ahmed Apiamah Barusso – Girls Supporters Union
16. Abdul Fatawu Dauda – Girls Supporters Union
17. Nana Akwesi Asare – Girls Supporters Union
18. Eric Addo – Girls Supporters Union
19. Alhansan Illiasu – Girls Supporters Union
20. Quincy Owusu-Abeyie – Girls Supporters Union
21. Harrison Afful – Girls Supporters Union
22. Richard Kingson – Girls Supporters Union
23. Hamidu Draman – Girls Supporters Union.
These girls supporters unions might be present in each residence in Ghana right now. And it was their singing, dancing and creative antics alone that supplied the required vitality for the Black Stars to die for the nation. Any challenger?
Ghana has succeeded in proving to your entire world by the Africa Cup of Nations that Africa is a continent of gorgeous cultural heritage. The straightforward however profound closing ceremony was distinctive within the historical past of the match. Just one particular person might have taken the trophy to the rostrum to be handed over to the successful crew. However this straightforward act was dramatized with 4 stable bodybuilders a.ok.a macho males, carrying an harmless fairly little woman like an enormous queen mom in a palanquin was fabulous.
The smiling candy “black angel” was adorned in royal ornaments of gold and vibrant kente headgear with conventional contact. The a number of “fontonfron” divine drummers stirred the muse of African tradition and the Egyptian champions couldn’t assist however to strive their very own palms on the drums and dancing like historic Pharaohs. When their floating spirits have been appeased, they solemnly and respectfully collected again the magnificent glowing trophy they introduced from Egypt from the fatherly palms of the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E.J.A. Kufuor.
Fellow nation women and men, even when Ghana couldn’t fulfill the aim of “Host and Win” dream, the Native Organising Committee (LOC) has performed the nation proud. The match has elevated Ghana to the zenith of World soccer pyramid. There isn’t any nation that’s value its identify on this planet right now can say she has not heard of a rustic known as Ghana in West Africa.
What should be performed now as a nation is to not cry over spilt milk or interact in blame sport. We should admit our little, little organisational brief falls comparable to accreditations, ticketing and the potato-like fields of our magnificent stadia. The present Black Stars should be maintained and sustained in order that they will stay in type always. There’s a have to inject recent blood of first-class strikers into the crew. As for technical and medical features of the crew, I go away to the specialists. If we do our residence work very properly, use artistic visualisation strategies and petition God to be our Information, come 2010, Ghana can win each the African Cup Nations in Angola and the World Cup in South Africa at in the past. Do not forget that he who laughs final…
Ghana 2008 and the Spirit of Nationalism
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