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Unlearning Our Old Politics and Making Way for New and Relevant Political Models


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I have engaged in different discourses on this platform on how best to run our country over the past week. I am summarizing some of my postings on different posts here:

One commentator was questioning whether we had options for the existing political system or party in power.

I believe the options are countless if we look outside the box. We don’t need to work within the framework set up for the current establishment. We need to create a model that works for a lot more Ghana people.

One commentator was wondering who will create the new model and how come the options that I allude exist have not come up. My response is simple. May be the model has not come because we have failed to remove sentimentalism such as tribalism and subjectivity from our body politic. The power is with the people. The people can bring the new establishment. But the people have to have the right ethos to sustain a positive change.

The same commentator says he admits the people might not have the right ethos and are largely buried under heaps of tribalism and asks where do we start? He further goes to ask that will the builders of the ‘super model‘ not factor the natural tendencies of the people with whom the power rests into its workings? He indicates that he thinks the greatest problem we face as a people with models isn’t the mechanical or technological details, it is in getting the system to recognize the terrain – the character of the people etc.

I agree with him on the problem he raised on the people and system’s inability recognize the terrain. Note that the systems are the bureaucracies set up by the bureaucrats/technocrats. I think though that people can only recognize what they know or have experienced directly or indirectly. The question is do Ghana people, and in this context also the bureaucrats/technocrats know the right things, do we as people have the capability to contextualize the right or relevant case studies and are we ready or capable of unlearning some dogmas and what we already know that has proved unworkable through out our history?

Now summing up my position on the best political framework for our mother Ghana, I bring a response I made on a post by Bright Simons on Ghana’s political timeline and the ideas each leader had sort to push over the years.

I guess our best bet is leadership contextualized and localized that seeks the common good of the people based on economics and vision. We dont need any imported ideologies. We dont need models that have worked elsewhere but their core design are not based on the relevant and unique attributes of the people who live in Ghana. We have attempted copy and paste leadership which lacks focus and sustainability and that has failed us woefully. Also we need to establish a strong moral code that will govern the conscience of our leaders. We need to think outside the box with strong ethos and values underlying the ideas that we come up with as a nation.


About Derrydean Dadzie (24 Articles)
Derrydean Dadzie is a co-founder and CEO of DreamOval limited, an indigenous company that provides internet and mobile software services. He’s been described as part of Africa’s emerging class of young entrepreneurs who present a challenge to Western ideas of African economic development. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Ashesi University. He has over 8 years’ experience in the software industry and business process engineering and streamlining. Derry has spoken at the highest level at mobile and internet technology conferences. He has also written articles on the mobile and internet space and has been a key resource person for various consultants, international organisations and development partners on the African software industry and mobile and internet technology. With vast experience in the mobile and internet software services industry, he’s been cited in diverse articles and presentation on mobile technology and entrepreneurship in Africa. He was recently adjudged the Young Entrepreneur for the year 2011 by WAVES international.

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