Fictional Truth – E01 – Bonsa (Western Region)

Two things are two things alone – Patriotism and Nationalism. The patriot is proud of his country for what it does and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; they are indeed two things alone. If patriotism creates a sense of responsibility where one feels obliged to protect the land on which he lives, then nationalism is about protecting the way one lives on his land.

In a peaceful country as Ghana, patriotism rules over nationalism. But how patriotic are we when we’re blinded of our own strengths thus begin to weigh and point fingers at those in power and their responsibilities? Pointing fingers creates awareness of ongoing problems and shortcomings, true, but what next?

Driving on my way to Nsuta in the Western Region, through the little towns, I was literally drawn to a small town as I passed over a bridge in a town called Bonsaso; interestingly, a native boy with his innocently unbroken voice drew my attention to the fact that the town wasn’t Bonsaso as read on the sign post, instead Bonsa. He said in Twi, “daabi ɛnyɛ Bonsaso, ɛyɛ Bonsa”. Certainly I couldn’t argue with him, it’s his town after all, so I gave him a little token to show my appreciation.

Along the way, I had to stop by a river where the native kids bathed and others fetched water from at the same time. Intrigued, definitely, but rather disturbed because the river was plain dirty brown on every side. Were they going to drink that water? No way! No way. Perhaps the Galamsey (aka Illegal Mining) activities in that area explains the colour of the river and why the natives didn’t seem bothered by it.

The Western Region contributes 8 Billion dollars to Ghana’s paltry with GDP of 11 Billion. Let’s just say we have more natural resources to get Dubai and most developed countries smiling at the mention of Ghana, why then are the natives of one of the richest regions so poor?

Fictional Truth does not aim at pointing fingers at those in power by unveiling realities on the ground when it comes to our motherland Ghana. When insanity uses the same strategy over and over rendering it’s state unchanged yet is hopeful to expect a different result each time, that is plainly wrong.

Let’s move from the days of posting accusing statuses that make us appear smart and brilliant only on social media. It’s time to show our fellow citizens and the rest of the world what Ghana is worth and how we can curb our shortcomings. It is time to tell the stories of all our regions just as it is, and bring to light all that makes each region stand out, moreover unveiling its truths.

We can view our motherland Ghana in a brighter light, yes we can; with our talents, visions, discovery, and our mentality.

Are you ready?

Source: Extracted

Photography: Yaw Pare