It is kind of sad and funny when WE in Ghana suddenly appear to be surprised by some things that happen all around us but we have pretended not to hear, see or read.
Today, the torturing to death of a 90-year-old woman is trending. Many are voicing great concerns that this happened in 2020 Ghana.
But this is not a new thing and we shouldn’t pretend that it is NEWS.
Where are all those who today expressed surprise today when in November 2010, a 55-year-old Pastor Samuel Fletcher Sagoe led some people to burn a 72-year-old woman, Ama Hemmah, alive in Tema? She was alleged to be a witch. See here: https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Witchcraft-Grandma-set-ablaze-198244
I wrote a piece to chronicle the dastardly actions in my article, “Battling Ignorance and superstitions”, and wrote inter alia: “Of course, the constitution guarantees religious freedom and freedom of assembly. What it does not guarantee are rights to assemble and commit egregious crimes like setting fire to human beings. What our constitution does not guarantee is the right to disturb our neighbours’ sleep by chanting prayers to our gods in the middle of the nights.
We need laws to regulate this whole business of bible peddling. We shouldn’t wait until the parasitic priests become too emboldened before we call them to order. A firm example should be made of this dastardly priest. The full sanction of the law should be visited upon his callous if ignorant head.” –
“It is the sad duty of the writer to chronicle the ills of his society.” – Fẹ̀mi Akọmọlàfẹ́
Fẹ̀mi Akọmọlàfẹ́ is a writer and author, His Books are on Amazon:
- Africa: it shall be well: https://tinyurl.com/sn64ocd
- Africa: Destroyed by the gods: https://tinyurl.com/vglfk7w
- 18 African Fables & Moonlight Stories: https://tinyurl.com/s7qrp4p
- Africa: A Continent on Bended Knees: https://tinyurl.com/y239z24a
Try and get your copy. And, please, help me share the links.