• But the truth is that in Ghana the middle class isn’t large and can’t ultimately influence votes all that much. And that’s what politicians care about. So unless this trickles down to the majority, who are likely illiterate and uneducated and uninformed. I haven’t seen much being done in that area. Someone told me recently that politicians are telling them that although prices are going up, when your family abroad send you money you will get more cedis…

    • You’ve hit the nail on the head! I was just discussing this on Twitter. Somehow, the middle class has to join forces with the poor and working class to magnify the message.

      Without the might of their numbers, the “dada ba” demos won’t mean much. And without the international exposure the middle/upper class affords them, the suffering of the poor goes unnoticed.

      • Is there enough time between now and election time for this to be corrected? Or will this take a much longer time? And what exactly is the message to them?

        • There’s plenty of time. Everyone in Accra has a town/village where they are from. Have an audience with the chief and elders. Explain how our fortunes are tied. We have a year.

          • I thought the chiefs and elders were part of the problem, taking bribes to get the villagers to vote a certain way

          • In some cases, yes. And that’s because they have been largely ignored by people who don’t see their worth.

            We have very strict protocols in Ghana about how chiefs are to conduct themselves. If it is proven they intentionally bring harm to the community, there is a procedure to depose them. People in the city don’t know that. We need to reconnect. It is the villagers and townsfolk who truly control the direction of our nation. Not the guy in his air conditioned Jag dashing from one meeting to the next.

          • I remember learning that in a university course… That’s definitely a good start though…