The Apostle Safo Situation
“The black man is capable of managing his own affairs”, as espoused by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was one of the foremost reasons which resulted in the radical reforms to the defect of ‘Proto-nationalism’ to the ushering in of ‘militant nationalism’ after the second world war in 1945.
The independence of most African countries which Ghana pioneered in 1957 in sub-saharan Africa, was thoughtfully built on the urgency and the need for the Africa man to manage his own affairs without external interference.
After fifty-seven years of independence in 1957 as a nation, after fifty-four years of achieving a republican status, after walking through difficult moments of political putsch beginning from 1966 coup, we are here today as a nation and a people seeking deliberate modalities and measures to realising concrete economic and social development.
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah just after independence thought of a plan to industrialised this nation of ours. His dreams to see mother Ghana transformed into an industrialised economic power house in a way was seen gaining roots.
Ghana indeed was transformed into an economical force to reckon with in terms of industries. Talk of the meat, glass, jute and sugar factories. The ‘mighty’ Akosomba dam, the Tema industrial city and port, and so on. What did we expect then? A forward transformation or a backward retrogression. I guess the unfortunate incident happened. A coup d’etat happened in 1966 thus bringing the ideologies and ideals of the Osagyefo to a halt.
From there, subsequent governments have tried all means and efforts to bring the lodstar of Africa to the limelight of industrialisation. Measures whether realistic or frugal have being taken to make things work but it seems unambiguously that nothing of a solid result have being chalked.
As a nation we are richly blessed by God with all the raw materials and human talents to needed push us forward in our quest to reaching the promise land.
The era of technological advancement and inventions are making countries invest into these areas because of it juicy yielding returns. We are in need of machineries and automobilies but have somehow turn a blind eye to the talents we have.
This streams my write-up into the innovativeness and multi-talent of Apostle Dr. Kwadwo Safo Kantanka. Here is a man who has all it takes in terms of knowledge to make things real. He is a genius beyond measure. His inventions are simply tremendous.
I remember those days when I was around the ages of nine year as I vividly watched Apostle Dr Safo popularly known as ‘Kantanka’ every Sunday morning on Ghana Television (GTV). Though I was young yet I saw all his innovative ideas transformed into reality. His cars, his tractors, his machineries, his superb medical inventions. This was more glorifying and admiring. I felt so proud as a Ghanaian and an African.
Years have gone by and governments have changed yet Apostle Safo has received no support. I ask myself, are we seriously a country seeking development?
Our Governments make policies without a thought of this exceptional inventor. Those given the mandate to ‘man’ the affairs of the state make exorbitant budgetary allocation without the thought of this great man. Our legislative house make laws and approve bills without a single thought about the importance of this ‘super man’.
Isn’t it a sad thing noting how ungratefully this nation has been all this while in appreciating this mammoth talent given to us by the Creator? Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s quote as aforementioned in the write-up seems irrelevant taking into consideration the kind of antagonistic posture and unfair treatment meted out to this black man by this nation. The African seems not sure of how to manage their own affairs.
Ghana will not get anywhere if this kind of undesirable treatment is continually meted out to her own gems and talents. We have a long way to go and the surest way is by tapping the knowledge and human resource we have locally as well as our natural resources.
By Nana Arhin Tsiwah