Oh John Dumelo! Why Should we Try to be Rome?

This post isn’t about John Dumelo, my ex-boo. A while ago I wrote about how much I admired him and how compassionate and brilliant he was. Then we went and started speaking off script in a series of videos, tweets and radio interviews and my regard for him imploded. The gravitational pull of my contempt for him destroyed the walls of the ivory tower I’d mentally placed him in. It’s not like someone close to him hadn’t warned me about John Dumelo earlier, either. But as the old adage says: I can show you better than I can tell you.

This post isn’t about John Dumelo. It’s about a nation of John Dumelo’s – or rather a large enough section of population that share his philosophies and thought processes. These are the people who – in the midst of the worst power crisis Ghana has ever seen – want to lead us to proverbial Rome.

Welcome to Ghana, land of my birth. Akwaaba! In the metropolitan areas, there is a load shedding schedule that cycles on 36-48 hours of electricity off, 12 hours on. I’ve heard of people going on 8 day stretches without electricity. My father was one of them. There is very little manufacturing that takes place in Ghana for a myriad of reasons: Corruption, coups, mismanagement, fraud. Pick a combo from the menu; the results are the same. Ghana consumes WAY more than it produces, and the power crisis only goes further to hinder the efforts the few manufacturers that dare to operate under these conditions. In the middle of all these comes John Dumelo, megastar actor and beneficiary of the ruling government’s World Cop “generosity”.

He appealed to Ghanaians to give the president time to fix the power crisis.

“After all, Rome was not built in a day.”

You see this? This is the sort of Post Traumatic Colonial Disorder that plagues the nation. This is anti-Blackness. THIS is why Ghana is spiraling downward. Remember when MP Nelson Baani (NDC) wanted to stone/hang adulterous women because “that’s what they do in Afghanistan”? He was reminded before he went slithering back into obscurity that Ghana is NOT Afghanistan, it is not a caliphate and his job is not to function as anyone’s executioner. But it’s not his fault. Like John Dumelo, Nelson Baani suffers from Post Traumatic Colonial Disorder. He can’t think for himself. He relies on a prescribed set of rules from people who have never had his or his own people’s interests at heart to dictate what and HOW he thinks.

Why would we want to look like Rome, I ask you?

The Romans were notorious copycats. They stole from the Greeks, North Africans and Persians. They appropriated global cultures and presented it as their own inventions with such veracity that the antics of Kylie Jenner and Iggy Azalea pale in comparison. They were a democratic society, but they were far from egalitarian. Their survival and progeny was wholly dependent on violence, and that violence kept power and privilege centralized in the hands of the few. The strategies that Romans used to facilitate slavery would later serve as the handbook for a successful 400 years of African enslavement in America, right down to determining who was fit to reproduce and who wasn’t. Oh, and they had some really nice gardens, pottery, aqueducts and a coliseum. But is Roman society what Ghana is meant to aspire to?

Oh, John Dumelo-ites!

In making his comments about Ghanaians and their expectations for leadership to do their jobs in regards to solving the energy crisis, the actor came off as insensitive and completely out of touch. This was the impetus for fellow entertainer Yvonne Nelson’s hashtag #dumsormuststop which went viral in hours. It consequently led to an interview with the BBC the next day. This of course, made government officials livid. Several of them went on a rampage, calling Yvonne Nelson and her compatriots “liars” and seeking to discredit them. Please. The proof is at Kotoka (Ghana’s international airport), where the lights just off a few weeks ago for the world to see.

But let me show you how dumsor (lights on – lights off) affecting real people. The following infographics have been brought to you by Fazebook and Twirra.

The Problem:

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The Promise(s):

The Influential Defenders of Incompetence:

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 The Outrage/Grief/Disbelief:

The “Unofficial” Official Government Response:

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In case you are wondering who this misogynistic bloke who is more interested in policing the bodies and relationship statuses of Ghanaian women, he is a former aid to “D” President’s Chief of Staff. Chances are, he’s still functioning somewhere in Ghana’s government.

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And that is the cycle, my friends. This is why Ghana will NEVER progress…because at the end of the day, our political officials, religious leaders and business titans are more concerned with the location and preferences of a woman’s vagina than they are dedicated to solving pressing issues.

Because Rome.

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8 thoughts on “Oh John Dumelo! Why Should we Try to be Rome?

  1. Ama

    This has been one of the saddest days for me! How can we progress as a nation with such uncouth men in charge? And who were the 22 hyenas who applauded him? I have come across others posing as women calling her by the p word and worse!
    And the heartbreaking part of it is that they get away with it. Their leader does not haul them in for even a slap on the wrist!

    1. Malaka Post author

      I hope his last mine was not missed on anyone “after all her mouth is not done.”
      These people do not respect anything but violence. We can talk as much as we want to but they only respect physical retaliation. Such a shame that our leadership has come to this!

  2. Nana Ama

    Bravo Malaka my sentiments exactly. I would also like to know where Oye Lithur is in all of this. Especially with that post about Yvonne Nelson and Lydia Forson. She needs to come out and condemn that nincompoop that is Alhaji Haruna.

    1. Malaka Post author

      And swiftly too! I don’t want to hear this nonsense about his words being “taken out of context”, either.

      This lot should be banished.

  3. Sam Kargbo

    People who dangle about after other peoples thoughts and situations are bound to experience backlashes like this. The poor chap might have genuinely put out himself as a pacifier but certainly betrayed a disconnect from the imperative mood against the government’s poor service delivery. It is in this spirit that I am compelled to share or allocate my sympathy to both Dumelo and Malaka,
    The positive I take from Malaka’s response is the gratifying feeling that Africans are beginning to realize that their respective government’s can hardly perform over and above the standards they set for them. A high level of intolerance against ineffective governance can certainly keep, otherwise indolent, public officials on their toes.

  4. Marshall

    Rome may have not been built in a day, but at least they were building something. Just sayin.

  5. malameyobbings

    “This is why Ghana will NEVER progress…because at the end of the day, our political officials, religious leaders and business titans are more concerned with the location and preferences of a woman’s vagina than they are dedicated to solving pressing issues.” Hahahaha ajei

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