Kwame Addo is a self-employed, freelance copywriter, photographer and music producer. He works from his late mother’s container, which is also his home. Mr. Quaye is a station master at the Madina transport yard who can barely make ends meet for himself and his two kids. Yaa is a street seller, who plies pure water sachets on congested streets near and around Abelemkpe. Nana Osei is the proprietor of a small school that shares walls with Mr. Quaye’s home. Adjo owns a little provisions shop and bar, serving the needs of the people in her working-class community.
What is common amongst all these people? Well except for the fact that they’re all human and obviously Ghanaian, not much. Oh that’s wrong, there is a connection. Like Pavlov’s dogs, these people’s lives have over the years come to be controlled, here by the theme, Electricity Comes and Goes (ECG).
Only now of course, the electricity hardly comes at all. On the heels of Chimamanda Adichie’s recent op-ed in the New York Times, Ghana’s ECG can absolutely be said to be following in the steps of big brother, NEPA (Never Expect Power At All) in Nigeria, whose name has been changed to PHCN, continuing the former power company’s legacy.
This is Ghana where our dishonorable “honorables” can’t be bothered to even fart their incompetence in our direction.
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