Dear Nii Kpakpo,
You remember that day I sent you a photo of the little girl “sitting by the gutter ears” (transliteration from Ga, currently popularized by ace boxer Bukom Banku), that photo gained a lot of attention especially since I took that picture just a day before were going to vote another set of “babies with sharp teeth” politicians into office.
Kpakpo, they told the electorate they will move heaven and earth to make our situations better but almost four years down the line we can say with the people of Cape Coast as they sang during their Afahye festival that “if we were eating rice, we’re now eating gari”.
The calibre of unfortunate economic events that have hit this nation of ours has been unprecedented yet some people still are getting fat whilst others are just being marginalized. That is not really my worry and I don’t want this letter to be all about my political frustrations.
Nii Kpakpo Thompson, it is high time we as individuals realize that we don’t have to wait for the so called government to put policies in place before we act in national development issues. With regards to my part of the world, see what happened to the savanna accelerated development authority which was to manage a development plan of same such name. From what we heard later of how the programs fell flat, the agenda was managed woefully. YA ell it was all over the news so I won’t dwell on it.
But Kpakpo how did we expect to have a development plan that didn’t prioritize education and its accoutrements. I have said and I still maintain that it is only in Africa that we don’t take education seriously at all. We are lagging behind other continents and we seem to be satisfied with our mediocre attempts at improving the education sector.
Honestly, government can not do everything and some of us must step up to the plate to help out. It is in this vein that me and some friends have decided to help inculcate a reading habit into the Savanna child. We are targeting children between the ages of 5 to 15years to promote reading to them.
Kpakpo these children are the future leaders and we want to catch them young. A child reader today is an adult leader tomorrow and reading opens up a whole new world to these children. We want to stock the library so much that even when a child takes away a book we won’t mind because we know that child took it home to read it and is going to share that book with another child.
As such we have declared the month of November #BookCollectionMonth and we aim to collect 1000 books to donate to the Tamale Children’s library so they can fill their shelves with books.
Kpakpo, we intend to sustain this project with a bigger project by one of my friends called Pieces for Peace which would distribute books and learning materials in various schools in the savanna and also the support of the regional library with its mobile van we’d organize library and reading sessions in communities which are far from the library.
Nii Kpakpo Thompson we are counting on individuals to support us in this venture of inculcating reading into these savanna children and we hope you use your akasanoma radio to spread the word for us.
Please have those who want to support contact me as Kola Nut on Facebook or via my cellphone 0244526203 so I can make arrangements to take their contributions.
Anyemi Kpakpo now that there is gas flowing through the pipeline we pray fervently that our hope for this country isn’t in a tunnel since they’ve started their political bickering via agencies already. They should just do well to keep the lights on at the end of the tunnel.
As for me, isn’t it already obvious that I’m putting my hopes into these 5 to 15 year olds that I’m trying to inculcate a reading habit into.
Let me just sign off here and please spread the word that our children need to read and also that education is key to national development.
Keep well my friend.
Your Cousin in law