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The aftermath of the ‘Breaking News’

Breaking News!

 

What becomes your immediate response when TV3 suddenly truncates, without any prior notification, the rolling or telecasting of your favourite African movie that showcases the crème-de-la-crème of film stars on the continent, especially including the ever-hilarious comedian of all time, Agya Koo?

 

Your guess may be just as right as mine; disappointment and extreme ire amplified in those scornful facial and oral expressions of yours. “Mo koraa mo kyere moho dodo”, the typical Akan man from Kumasi will say. At this particular juncture, viewers forget about the unrivalled fact that TV3 is never synonymous with DSTV (Multichoice Africa) which is accessed strictly via subscription.

 

But to Adwoamanu, a very unpredictable character tagged by many, especially foes, as a political maverick (or better still gymnast or acrobat), the response was rather the opposite; an ignited curiosity to fish out the ‘news’ behind that conspicuous display of unprofessionalism which is a rare characteristic of the Kanda-based television powerhouse that pride itself as the “first in news, best in entertainment”.

 

Breaking News!, the TV screen shows for the second time, and (paraphrasingly) the silky-voiced, beautiful anchor appears to deliver the hot news (that probably can’t wait till the late news bulletin)

 

“The president, H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, has just red-carded from his government Hon. Kwamena Bartels who, until this very minute, served in the capacity as the Minster of Police Affairs.

 

In addition, President Kufuor has recycled into the same government (which is only about six months from public scrutiny) Messrs Kwame Addo Kufuor and Papa Owusu Ankomah, both of whom abandoned the ship in pursuit of their individual presidential ambitions, only to concede defeat to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the NPP”.

 

“But this is no news at all, let alone befits the qualification as breaking news”, exclaims Adwoamanu, who had on several occasions prognosticated the development at hand. Her reasons are not far fetched.

 

In fact, the missing pellets of coke from the police custody and the haphazard manner in which policemen are handing over their AK47 ammunitions to warring factions to fuel the age-long Northern conflicts may even be enough to inform the president’s axe, despite the numerous allegations of corruption leveled against the big man and pursued with vigour by the local media, especially ‘The Enquirer’.

 

 Remember also the flamboyance, the extravagance, the pomp and pageantry, and overall the goodies that were reportedly alleged by the media to have characterized (or actually hallmarked) the daughter’s birthday celebration. In fact, these acts of omission and commission on the part of uncle Kwamena brought the image of the government, and that of the old man, into irreparable disrepute, raising a whole lot of questions centering on corruption in the government.

 

With such conducts, perceived corruption may eventually be taken as real corruption, if not properly handled by the party’s propaganda machinery, and may eventually affect the electoral fortunes of the great elephant party. Or could it be that Uncle kwamena was only working perfectly to put the policy of property-owning democracy into materialization? That is, leadership by example.

 

 But to ‘sub-professor’ Stephen Adei of GIMPA, there is nothing like perceived or real corruption, but corruption.  

 

And so (still paraphrasing) the anchor continues with her delivery, whether ‘breaking news’ or just ‘news’.

 

“The following people have been short listed by the President to receive highest awards in this year’s President’s State Awards. They are the Asantehene, Otumfuo Dr Osei Tutu Ababio II,………and Prof Evans John Atta Mills, the presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).”

 

Yes!, this the real ‘breaking news’ and not the previous items, says Adwoamanu, these gentlemen really deserve national awards.

 

 And just as the next morning dawned, the breaking news was no more news, because virtually all the newspapers, notably those set along political lines, had them front-paged, accompanied by all forms of expert exegesis, somehow superfluous. As for Uncle Kwamena’s own, it was no more newsworthy to be captured on the front pages because doom sayers had over-predicted its occurrence.

 

So for now, the multi-million question that started making the rounds was simple, only that it presented a subtle misconstruction of the primary objective underlying the institution of the President’s State Awards. This simple question has been; Does Prof Mills deserve to be recognized with a national award in an election year like this?

 

Undoubtedly, proponents of this particular question share a common denominator, just like Adwoamanu. They are mostly of the NPP blood. But Adwoamanu is quite different here, because of her entrenched abhorrence for the phrase ‘kokofu’ ballgame.

 

She argues to put the minds of her fellow party men and women at ease that, the decision to bestow a national award on Prof Mills never means an apparent endorsement of President Kufuor, but only a reflection of what democracy should be made to have.

 

But don’t stop reading yet as Adwoamanu pours out detailed arguments to buttress and further consolidate her standpoint in her editorial titled ‘Prof Mills deserves it!’. Check it out from nowhere than the same site – adwoamanu.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

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June 13, 2008 - Posted by | Features

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