Shoddy no wan marry

Kuukua Asante

Shoddy gree say make we marry

She talk say make we go see ein poppee

i gree

ein poppee say make me den my family come collect list.

we gree.

Dem say this be traditional marriage

bet the list say make we bring cloth from Holland

make we add whiskey from Scotland

Ei the gods sef demma taste go international

Dem say make we add bible, then ring, then hymnbook

ah I no dey bab sometin

when the gods then God tear one team?

why say dem no dey want GTP

Why say dem no go drink akpeteshie or palm wine sef

shoddy bore

she talk say I be controversial

wey I tell am say ibi she mmom dey live for denial inside

how you go do traditional marriage with wig from Brazil

then add shoes from Milan

I no dey want talk make up den oda tins sef

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Inevitable

I don’t understand why I wept uncontrollably this morning. Could it be the death of a relative? Maybe. Mena is a thirteen years old and I don’t know how she may go through this period. Even though she has not lived with her mother for four years, reality will definitely set in. Absence they say makes the heart grow fonder. I will never see my mother again I believe that’s her statement.

No mother to speak to when things seems tough. There is a saying that if your tooth is rotten it is still in your mouth and you cannot ignore it. That is a mother irrespective of who she is, she gave you birth. I am weeping, sad  and heartbroken than Mena. Why? Because even at my age I’m not old…..,I don’t know how I will come to terms with the loss of my parent. But there is nothing one can do if death lay its icy hands on you. Death is inevitable. As a student rightly wrote ” I will imprison death forever” because he doesn’t want to lose his loved ones.

A thirteen years old boy was sobbing uncontrollably because he couldn’t take part in an assignment all due to lack of resources. ” Go and call your mother” that was my statement. His response: my mother is dead. I just flipped what the hell is death that its takes people and makes them vulnerable to a whole lot of challenges. I believe if his mother was alive she could have supported his husband to provide his needs. I know the world cannot contain everyone if there was no death. The unexpected nature of death hitting us is what makes us to ask a lot of questions.

No one is ever prepared for death but who is ever prepared for it? Can we ever prepare for the death of our loved ones? This is a big NO. It is one aspect of life that we cannot live without. “How I wish death could be jailed for life”. May all the departed souls especially in 2016 sleep peacefully . Rest well till we meet again.

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