Prince Minkah writes: The breadwinner and the Ghanaian economic struggle’

I chanced on a picture on social media and I was shocked to the bone. This picture depicts everything wrong with the Ghanaian society and everything wrong with our body politics in this nation that is blessed so much.

A black nation that made black slaves across the globe so proud when it broke the shackles of colonization is today suffering from whips of voluntary recolonization in a form of loans and grants that culminated into throat-cutting debts.

Ghana, the black star of Africa; Ghana, the gateway to Africa; Ghana, the pacesetter of democracy on the continent: wonderful accolades that beat one’s imagination anytime it is mentioned simply because the reality is what is in this picture I came across on social media.

In this picture, a man is seen salvaging something that comes across as valuable from an accident scene. A mangled minivan in a plantain farm with clothes of what is suspected to have belonged to victims of the accident hanging loosely on the destroyed car seats while others are hanging loosely on the window.

Now here is the intriguing part of the picture. A man at the accident scene is barefooted and in a dirty faded jeans with a t-shirt that is a pale shadow of its glorious past. The intensity of his facial expression gives you an idea of the thoughts running through his mind as his entire fingers hold tightly a loaf of bread.

His other hand is where a fire extinguisher clearly from the accident vehicle, will rest peacefully. I guess you are eager to know what is intriguing about a man at an accident scene holding a loaf of bread? He is a breadwinner, that’s what is intriguing.

He may have won the race to grab the bread from the accident scene but he is also a breadwinner. The enthusiasm to grab the bread from the accident scene depicts the struggle of the average Ghanaian male working and the unemployed class.

He has to fight tooth and nail to put simple bread on the table of his family. In the case of this man, he has to fight every human feeling of being sensitive to the lives being lost as a result of the accident. Call him insensitive and I tell you will be a hypocrite.

We all go through ways and means to make ends meet in this economy that is saddled with debt and a deception that a certain 6.9 billion Ghana cedis E-Levy revenue will save us.

So yes, allow him to sneak out of this accident scene with this loaf of bread. In this life race, he is the winner of the bread, the breadwinner.


The writer, Prince Kwame Minkah is a broadcast journalist with XYZ Broadcasting Limited. He is the host of Dwaboase on Power FM and TV XYZ.

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