Friday, July 2, 2010

Ghana, the Pride of Africa

We love Ghana!
This Time for Africa. Tonight the whole of Africa will be united in support of Ghana!

We love Ghana because it is a model for good governance and successful democratic elections in Africa. We are proud of Ghana because it has twice the per capita output of the poorer countries in West Africa. We are supporting Ghana because Ghana is ranked the second least failed state in Africa after Mauritius. We like Ghana because its media is one of the most free in Africa. We look up to Ghanaians because they hosted US President Barack Obama in 2009. We respect former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan, who is from Ghana.

But we also love Ghana because of their excellent performance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The whole of Africa will also rally behind the Black Stars, Ghana's national football team, when they are playing against Uruguay. Ghana is the third African team in history to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

Oh yes, they did beat the USA! Horace Campbell analyzed the importance of the win to Africa in his Pan-African Postcard on Pambazuka:
Some Ghana fans
"With Africans around the world rallying in support of the Black Stars and unified in their celebrations of the win, the team gave us a glimpse of a 21st century continent that is ‘united, strong and peaceful’."
"Not only did the Black Stars demonstrate the reality that they were able to play as a team, they exposed the optimism for and the possibility of a united, strong, and peaceful Africa in the 21st century – which is the essence of the African transformation. Africans across the continent mentally broke down their colonial boundaries and rallied, with hope and optimism, around the Ghanaian team as though one united African team. In this encounter of performance and conflict, Ghana with a very young team matched the best qualities of a society with massive resources. Although the US team was drawn from a reservoir of a new multiculturalism, these US players could not match the Africans in ‘in athleticism, stamina and never-say-die spirit.’"
"This was neither the Africa of colonial times nor the Africa synonymous with ‘failed states.’ It is the Africa of a much forgotten but glorious past. It is the true Africa that only we Africans knew existed and persisted, even as torrential tribulations attempted to diminish the sounds of men and women beating drums, the harmonious ululations of our mothers, the contagious laughter of children, and the breeze sighing through a conserved nature."
Tonight, we will probably depend a lot on Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan...
Ghana, please remember the whole of Africa is supporting you tonight, tomorrow, in the finals, and forever!

LET'S DO A LITTLE CONTEST AS WELL. Predict the outcome of the match Uruguay - Ghana by putting a comment to this post. The first person who enters the correct end result of the match wins Ksh 1,000/-. Only entries from before the actual start of the match will be taken into account.