On 1 July 1960, Ghana became a republic after proclamation by the then Prime Minister, Kwame Nkrumah who became its first president. According to Wikipedia, a republic is a sovereign [having your own power] state or country which is organized with a form of government in which power resides in elected individuals representing the citizen body and government leaders exercise power according to the rule of law. In short, a republic is a nation whose leaders are elected democratically and rule according to the law. The concerns of Ghana’s state of being a republic is that though we elect our leaders democratically, we are yet to experience a total rule of law. What we are experiencing is just majority rule, a kind of winner takes all policy. There are no effective laws to ensure that imports are reduced and that takes a toll on local businesses.
In the light of that, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale has urged Ghanaians to support themselves by purchasing made in Ghana goods. On his twitter handle, he wrote, “Happy REPUBLIC DAY Ghana. Let’s continue to support ourselves. Patronize GHANA MADE PRODUCTS…….”
Shatta Wale has been in the news for wrong reasons lately but that hasn’t deterred the self-acclaimed dancehall king from showcasing his love for his country, Ghana. Even in the music sector, all his “fights” have been geared towards ensuring that musicians are duly rewarded for the services they offer.
Love him or hate him but one thing you cannot deny is Shatta Wale’s undying and unflinching love for Ghana his Motherland.