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I Support Achimota’s Rejection Of Rastafarian Students If The Debate Is About Religion And Against If It’s About Style – Samini

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Reggae artiste Samini has added his voice to the ongoing debate on the refusal of Achimota Senior High School to admit a student because of his Rastafarian dreadlocks.

This has sparked a heated debate in the country with the school’s PTA, the National Association of Graduate Student (NAGRAT) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) backing the headmistress’s decision not to accept the students while others like the Rastafari council, the former member of parliament for Kumbungu Ras Mubarak and some Ghanaians disagree with the position of the school.

In a post on Facebook Samini noted that

“If it is an issue of style and preference then I would humbly plead that our authorities take a second look at this questionable ‘decree’ that smacks of intimidation, discrimination and even to some extent, racism! How will the locks make other students uncomfortable?

“How will the locks affect his performance? Or wait, will the locks perhaps turn into snakes at midnight and hound other students?

“Can someone please help me understand why I cannot wear my hair the way I want to school in 2021?

“Let’s even leave the public schools and turn our focus on the private schools that allow any kind of hair preference on their premises. Do we have any records of any troubles being created? I don’t think so.”

On the otherhand he stated “if these lads who want to wear locks in school are insisting on that because it’s a religious requirement they cannot forgo, then by all means, let’s all stand with Achimota because allowing it, could be very very detrimental!

“A wise man, Eric Weiner, once said ‘Religion is like a knife. If you use it the wrong way you can cut yourself’ ‘Massaging’ institutionalised procedure to favour ones religion is a dangerous path we should not take! The repercussions could be terrible because once it’s done to favour religion A, it must be done to favour all and who knows what religion B might ask for?”

Read Samini’s full post below:

Been observing this Achimota School-Dreadlock drama for a minute. Here’s my take. Rules are rules. The many responsible men and women we see out there have all been shaped and fashioned by various rules, regulations and guidelines either from the home, church, community and in many cases, school.

But have all these guidelines, rules and regulations been truly helpful? Are some still relevant in this new age? I must admit I find it strange that in 2021, someone’s rights to education are being questioned over the “construct” of his hair. Not his intellect, not his ability to become a national asset in the areas of Arts, Maths or even the sciences…his HAIR!

But is the debate one of a personal hairstyle preference or a debate triggered by religion? If it is an issue of style and preference then I would humbly plead that our authorities take a second look at this questionable “decree” that smacks of intimidation, discrimination and even to some extent, racism! How will the locks make other students uncomfortable?

How will the locs affect his performance? Or wait, will the locs perhaps turn into snakes at midnight and hound other students?

Can someone please help me understand why I cannot wear my hair the way I want to school in 2021?

Let’s even leave the public schools and turn our focus on the private schools that allow any kind of hair preference on their premises. Do we have any records of any troubles being created? I don’t think so.

On the other hand, If it is an issue of religion; if these lads who want to wear locks in school are insisting on that because it’s a religious requirement they cannot forgo, then by all means, let’s all stand with Achimota because allowing it, could be very very detrimental!

A wise man, Eric Weiner, once said “Religion is like a knife. If you use it the wrong way you can cut yourself”

“Massaging” institutionalised procedure to favour ones religion is a dangerous path we should not take! The repercussions could be terrible because once it’s done to favour religion A, it must be done to favour all and who knows what religion B might ask for?

A school, like the military is a place to learn many things, but the most important from where I sit is discipline! I’ve heard many people speak about oppression, freedom and many others in relation to this particular subject. But guess what, without discipline, there cannot be real freedom! That’s why more than 6 decades after attaining independence we still question our freedom because we have not been disciplined enough in managing our own affairs as Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah declared. But let’s leave that debate for another day.

Achimota School is undoubtedly one of the finest intuitions we have in this country. The institution that nurtured and gave us legends like James K Aggrey, Joyce Ababio, Kwame Addo-Kuffuor, late former Heads of State, Jerry John Rawlings, John Evans Atta-Mills, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, musicians King Bruce, Reggie Rockstone, Richie Mensah, former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, Samia Nkrumah, TV star Berla Mundi and a lot more.

I am pretty sure that better than anyone else, they do understand the full construct of their crest. The black and white keys of a piano over an inscription that translates as “That they all may be one”. Is there a better way to express diversity?

To all my dreadlocked (religious or otherwise) out there. Let us not tear each other up or hurl invectives at one of Africa’s greatest educational institutions. Rasta is gentle. Rasta is wise. Rasta is strong. Rasta is obedient. Rasta understands and follows rules. Rasta is disciplined. If Achimota school cannot take Rasta, let Rasta move on.

That said, I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to some well to do Rastas out there. Can we come together to fund these lads through private school? Until Rasta builds schools like the Muslims, Catholics, Methodists, SDAs and so on have, can Rasta hold its own to ensure no one pushes Rasta about over rules Rasta must obey in everyone’s interest?

Life is one big road with lots of signs,

So when you riding through the ruts,

Don’t you complicate your mind

Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy

Don’t bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality- Bob Marley!

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Akufo-Addo Threatens To Sack Ministers Over Flagbearer Campaign

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President Akufo-Addo has threstened to kick out ministers in his government who continue to engage in flagbearer campaign activities few months into his second term.

Disclosing this on Asaase Radio, the New Patriotic Party (NPP’s) General Secretary, John Boadu said “President Akufo-Addo, in his capacity as the President of the Republic of Ghana, has made it clear that anybody that he finds to be distracting his government as a result of his or her ambition, he would not hesitate in getting them out of his government, so that they can concentrate on their presidential ambition or whatever.

“Sometimes it is very difficult for me to talk about these things but it looks like that is what we are to do. So we are putting forward some proposals to the [NPP] National Steering Committee quickly by this month we would be at a National Executive Committee to fashion out some guidance in order to allow government work to go on.”

“What it means is that it would get all and sundry to understand that there is no point in testing waters now whether by their assigns or by they themselves or whoever and there would be very punitive sanctions if one decides to disobey such a measure”, Mr Boadu noted.

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Court Finds Akuapem Poloo Guilty Over Naked Picture With Son

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The Accra Circuit Court has convicted actress, Rosemond Brown, popularly known as, Akuapem Poloo after she admitted guilty on her own plea.

Akuapem Polo who has been charged with publication of nude pictures with her seven-year-old son earlier pleaded not guilty when she was first arraigned, but changed her plea on Wednesday.

According to a report by Starrfm, the accused person pleaded guilty to all three charges and was convicted on her own plea by the court presided over by Her Honour Christina Cann.

EIB Network’s Court Correspondent Murtala Inusah reports that the court has deferred her sentencing to Friday, April 16, 2021, for her to undergo a pregnancy test in compliance with the law regarding a woman who has pleaded guilty in court.

Meanwhile she has been remanded into custody for the prosecution to take her to any Government hospital to conduct the pregnancy test.

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‘4 More To Do More Dumsor’ – Yvonne Nelson Expresses Disappointment In Akufo-Addo

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Actress Yvonne Nelson has expressed disappointment in President Akufo-Addo after the recent power outages that has bedeviled the country.

In a series of tweets, she expressed unhappiness over how dumsor is  resurfacing five years after her vigil against the erstwhile John Dramani Mahama administration, although the authorities are downplaying the seriousness of the situation.

Using the governing New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) 2020 campaign slogan of “4 more to do more”, mocked: “4 more to do more Dumsor”.

She called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to fix the problem, adding: “Never did Ghanaians think you’d let us experience dumsor”.

The tweets read: “4 more to do more DUMSOR”

“Seriously!!!!! This has to stop MR PRESIDENT. #DUMSORMUSTSTOP @NAkufoAddo

“NEVER did Ghanaians think you’d let us EXPERIENCE #dumsor but here we are ….. same leader who bashed ex-president years back! Our leaders keep FAILING us!

“Continue fighting for them…..you’ll sleep in the heat, they’ll sleep in their a/cs regardless.”

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