It’s time we check the track records of the leaders we give power to – Sarkodie

April 25, 2023

Renowned Ghanaian hip-hop artist, , has voiced his disappointment over the Ghanaian government's lack of discipline, bad leadership, corruption, and nepotism in a series of tweets.

The rapper, who rarely speaks on social issues, expressed his concern over the failure of the government to offer solutions to the problems faced by Ghanaians.

He stated that Ghana has many talented and innovative individuals who can create something out of nothing with limited resources and sustain it for a long time, and these people should be empowered to help the country grow and develop.

Sarkodie's comments were made in response to a video analyzing why Ghana's first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, was ousted from power.

The video highlights Nkrumah's book, ‘Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of Imperialism,' which discusses how foreign capital is used for the exploitation rather than development in less developed parts of the world.

In the video, they also discuss how neo-colonialism breaks up formerly large united colonial territories into small non-viable states that rely on the former imperial power for defence and even internal security.

The “Biibi Ba” rapper praised Nkrumah for his selflessness and called on current leaders to follow his examples. He pointed out that everyday politician is only interested in fulfilling their political ambitions and not in building anything for the country.

Sarkodie urged Ghanaians to check the track records of the leaders they elect and to demand discipline, commitment, and resilience from them.

“We can't sit on all these resources and always sit humbly in front of other foreigners (with not that many resources) asking for help. At this point, we should be talking about collaborations only and still maintaining ownership (100%). When you don't want to be responsible, you should be fine with outsiders telling you what to do,” he tweeted.

Sarkodie's timely and relevant comments have been met with positive reviews and some pushbacks from others as Ghana, like many other African countries, continues to grapple with issues of governance and development.

The rapper's message is clear; Ghana has the resources, the people, and the talent to rise above its current economic decline. Still, it requires the government's discipline, commitment, and resilience to make that happen.

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