Let this attitudinal change stay

Hi, I am Inkenson, a resident of Takoradi in Ghana and a regular listener of the BBC’s World Have Your Say. Ahead of tomorrow’s programme I will like to share some thoughts with you.

The Africa Cup of Nations and the euphoria that it brings should bring some issues into sharp focus. I cannot overstate the value our attitude towards preparations has brought us, the image of our country and Africa as whole.

People now should have a positive perception about Africa’s ability to hold other big events like the Olympics and I am quite sure that it will erase many doubts about Africa not being able to host the World Cup in 2010. This Nations Cup has changed to some extent our attitudes: but if there’s any positive benefit that Ghanaians are going to reap when the tournament is finished, above all else it will be:

– our punctuality

– a positive mental attitude

– a transparent system of organising things which is less bureaucratic and more media friendly

– and a general sense of patriotism which transcends to accountability

– all of these things have hitherto been rare.

Let’s be transformed by the renewal of our mind, shun corruption, be time abiding, have a positive mental attitude, believe in ourselves, have a high sense of duty to the nation, call a spade a spade and finally not talk the talk but walk the walk.

I know you may differ in opinion, but if you think this is just a flash in the pan then reconsider, because if it has been done for 3 weeks, certainly it can be sustained because surely our conscience have been transformed. I would like to know what you think.

10 Responses to “Let this attitudinal change stay”

  1. 1 Thomas Murray
    January 31, 2008 at 21:41

    A sensational attitude.

    I hope that you can inspire others, on a deeply troubled continent, to feel the same.

    You can save the world.

    Best Regards,

    –Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

  2. January 31, 2008 at 23:49

    The African Cup of nations has been an excellent advertisement for Africa and shows just what Africa and Africans can achieve.

  3. February 1, 2008 at 10:16

    Dearest Ros and the most marvellous WHYS team : I just want to say to Inkenson YES, YES, YES, and a THOUSAND YES ! Inkenson, if you were in Baghdad on Sunday the 29th of July (the glorious day when the Iraqi National Football Team had won the Asian Cup of Nations 2007), then you’d have understood why I’m supporting your opinion so strongly ! Please dearest Ros, can WHYS discuss Inkenson’s thoughts today, even for ten minutes during the programme ?! With my love ! Your friend forever Lubna in Baghdad !

  4. 4 Rn.Ski-El-Jay
    February 1, 2008 at 10:59

    I support inkenson’s argument very much and would like to say that it’s about time Africans got to believe in themeselves and take initiaves.
    I’m new to the blog and I think its wonderful.
    Ski Jay

  5. 5 Brett
    February 1, 2008 at 12:24

    Agreed with Mr. Murray. What a wonderful outlook Inkerson!

    Brett ~ Richmond, Va.

  6. 6 Chernor Jalloh
    February 1, 2008 at 18:25

    I do take your points up to some extent,Inkenson in Ghana.Hosting international games like football in Africa is good,but howbeit it cannot change the dark image that it has got due to selfishness,dishonesty and greed at all.
    SouthAfrica hosted the African cup of nation in 1996,but since then crimes are on the increase.In every thirty or so seconds somebody is either killed or stabed to death.Last year,a Tanzanian diplomat was attacked by armed robbers.Lucky Dube, a man of peace was murdered in a vicious way.And South Africa was estimated is one that has got the highest crime rates in the world after the USA.Iam not in a position to censure the African dreams.No,far from it.
    It was reported that Ghanians due to the unemployment that is preverse in the country people have now opt to selling drugs in the streets.Drugs which are brought in from Colombia by those narcoterrorists(FARC).
    We always say our leaders are corrupt and change is needed to fulfill our objectives while the population is part of the problem too.The Kenyan politicians never went out to kill ordidary civilians,but it was those men who said they want a change and started killing people at random.
    Africa needs change and that change is not by hosting games that ignites violence and immoral attitudes towards ones adversary and their football team that they support for not doing well in a match.

  7. 7 George USA
    February 1, 2008 at 19:44


    Sounds righteous hoss, carry on.

    (I particularly like the punctuality part)

  8. February 4, 2008 at 20:35

    Graciously,it was great to be part and parcel of the ‘WHYS – World Have Your Say’ in Takoradi,Ghana.Greetings to you Inkenson wherever this piece finds you.God bless and hopefully,Ghana will lift up the glittering tropy for Mother Ghana.Peace!!!

  9. 9 Dennis Young, Jr.
    May 9, 2008 at 03:36


    thanks for your commentary!!!!

    From: Dennis in Madrid, United States of America

  10. 10 Jason
    July 18, 2008 at 14:18

    Excellent Post 


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