This is the morning after the event. Welcome to Britain in glitz glitter and glamour with gold, gold, and more gold. This was global Britain to the world’s. What does global Ghana look like? Ghana, too, can use the power of gold to reshape its destiny, going forward. But we will need wise leaders…mansa musa writes
Amidst the pageantry and age-old tradition in Royal Grandiose show off, here in UK for King Charles III’s coronation. The show of opulence and excessive riches for the few and yet felt by the many albeit in relative terms. An occasion characterised by such public display of acquired wealth from far distant destinations, i.e., from Nigeria, India, and Persia. Even within this pomposity, this annoying posture of a country where gold and diamonds have never been mined can put on show, so much weight in gold for all to see. Nothing spared. There was nothing subtle about this occasion. Everything was bombastic but in a grand style. About 100 million dollars, money well spent? Ask the anti-monarchy demonstrators and agitators.
If ever we wondered why their forefathers travelled to our shores to exchange perishables and sometimes fought our forefathers and forcibly took our gold away, the result and reasons is what was displayed. Gold shaped into many things, as gold carriages for their Kings and Queens. On our part, the gifts received by some of our forefathers are nowhere to be seen, all gone.
What is there to learn
The wisdom gathered from what we’ve witnessed should prompt us to ask thyselves, why Britain is in possession of so much gold and how its leaders have used the power of gold to build and protect their country, their culture, their identity and their traditions. Ghana, too, we have so much wealth in gold, but why doesn’t our enormous wealth in gold manifest in our very existence. In our case, gold is not building us and not protecting us. Rather, gold is destroying our lands, our rivers, our ecologies, and our environment.
I can only hope that, our high dignitaries, fortunate enough to be invited to witness King Charles III’s coronation will not only take home expensive gifts received or purchased but will go back home to re-evaluate, re-assess their general outlook on governance. The king was asked to promise to serve his people, and he did. I hope our African leaders and sub-chiefs from the uneven, un-commonwealth, poor enclaves around the world, had learnt some lessons on how to turn gold to riches, not only for themselves but for their people as well. This should be the new progressive thinking for the future, going forward.
Mansa Musa wants Africa and Africans to change their ways. Thank you