Title of Book: Who Will Build the Nation?
Name of Author: Mordecai Kofi Amofa
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Number of Pages: 54
Reviewer: Naa Korkor L. Watson-Nortey
What is Politics? Political system is equal to development politics plus political politics’
- Abdul Kalam
Politics is not for everyone. Many may not understand its protocol. Others call it a game. A speaker once was recorded to have said jokingly that, ‘politics is for politicians.’ I am not a fan of politics in any form. As a result I have kept my political interests, be it national politics, student politics, church politics or even ‘casual home politics’ neutral. In some instances, I have avoided reading materials with political content. However, this book got me glued to the last page. It was overwhelming to learn that each of the sides of the Good, Bad and Ugly together build political strength. It then behooves the citizen which side to choose.
The book, craftily presents the strength of the masses as the Politicus who desire autonomy in a town Masem (to wit, ‘My case’). Which is to say, in a country, regardless of the issues, our concern should be heard. Susubribi encourages one to be thoughtful and speak wisdom. One can never ignore the Religis who form part of the system and must sometimes be treated equally; be it Christianity, Islamic and Traditional Religions. Although, only one religion was represented, one could tell the ridicule he experienced in the story. How about Luscano, the journalist? One can liken the Radicus to the Ghanaian context of the foot soldier. How about some media houses whose outfits are used to perpetrate violence because of politics? Someone must begin the campaign for accountability with respect to taking care of issues in the community. Each must be held responsible for their actions.
As a political satire, the author found a subtle way to ridicule the political vice and folly of these respective institutions in a system. He found a way to bring to the fore what can be replicated in real life should there be a town like Masem. It all ended that, in all situations, violence hardly resolves a problem. Radicus, admits the wrongs and later counsels readers by saying on page 54:
‘In my fetish anger, I was swallowed up in violence,
But when the dust settled on the steam of my frenzy emotions,
I realized that I have lost much than what I sought to gain,
Violence does not build a nation, it ruins,
Hate does not unite for good, it destroys.’
The book has simple diction although some words and expressions possess in-depth meaning. It is ideal for all ages except readers at the lower classes; who may not find any other meaning than the surface meaning which will be as a result of reading for pleasure.
As a lecturer, Mordecai Kofi Amofa was my student. He thinks critically and provides unique responses to questions during interactions. He contributed immensely to my teaching career by sharing his knowledge on the course I instructed during his period on campus. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communications in 2016. He is a change advocate and a strategic communicator. He is in his late thirties.
He hails from Atti Morkwa, Twifo Praso near in the Central Region. He believes in accountable governance and desires to see a responsible society where everyone owes an allegiance to the development of the society.
Looking forward to more books from the author. I suggest that a key be provided on the last page to give clues of the names of the characters mentioned in the book.
Who Will Build the Nation? will be launched in the last quarter of the year 2019.