Re - “We go see ow moss influence dem geh on di ground.”.
Apparently, they have a good idea about the suffering that the good people of Shierra Leone are suffering on di ground. And that's why they want to change the suffering to at least “not-suffering”. If all the people who are suffering in Sierra Leone voted for Bio/ Kamara/ Mansaray/Yumkella, how soon would their suffering end?
Please bear with me ( “experience teaches a lot”)
I remember the Nigerian elections of 1983. In the Riverine area where I was on election day with my Kalabari folk on the island of Bakana, ( the Rivers State minister of agriculture Levi Braide, an N.P.N. man lived on the island), voting was over by 2pm and then the party began, spontaneously! There was much dancing. Why ?, asked I, “ Isn’t it a little early in the day to start dancing?” I was told, “ N😋:N: Magic!” I was also told that later, when they finished the vote counting in some other areas, they threw the excess ballot papers into the river.
When I got back to Sweden, I read through the four years of news that I had missed ( reading old newspåapers as history is fun ) I got to the coverage of the 1983 Nigerian Presidential elections and one of the main Swedish newspaper ( DN) had carried the headline “Triumph of Democracy!” They had no idea, hadn’t a clue those elections had been deeply flawed , that Nigerians had been shuffering some of the ills that the long-suffering people in Sierra Leone are now suffering and not smiling ( so I’m told ) - but in Nigeria, exacerbated by austerity measures - the cost of rice and other basic imports had gone up something like 80% and government workers were being owed over four months arrears in salaries (just imagine at the beginning of 1981 the official rate of exchange of the Naira was roughly a naira to the £1 Sterling and by Xmas 1983, the Naira was going for about ten p . It was no wonder to me that just as Jerry Rawlings struck on 31/12/1981, so too Brother Buhari and his crew struck on New Year’s Eve of 1983, when the corrupt elite was making merry. SOme say that then Democracy in Nigeria got screwed, Those who feel it know. Others said, cheers!
For Zimbabwe it was a lot worse of course: IN 1980 when Zimbabwe became free, a Zimbabwean dollar was being exchanged for the $ 1 and by the time Mr. Mugabe’s war veterans had started invading and confiscating the White Man’s farms, the rate of exchange had dropped to One Million Zimba dollars to the $ of USA , by which time Sam Zoker proposed that since the Zimbabwe dollar wasn’t worth the paper that it was being printed on, why didn’t they ( the bankers) just find some leafy tree that only grew in Zimbabwe and use that as the national currency. Not funny. When I was last in Sierra Leone ( ten days in April 1970) it was two Leones to the British pound. Have Bio, Kamara, Mansaray and Yumkella been promising that they will miraculously restore the Leone and the FBC to its former glory? Let us pray !
It’s the same phenomenon, when it comes to diaspora-mainland relations if we are talking about Iran or e.g. Israel about whom the diaspora is fully informed through a media coverage that’s second to none - although the fact is that to capture the actual mood in the country, in any country, you have to be there; sometimes it’s like the difference between reading about heaven - whether of the mundane kind that presidential candidates are promising, if they win the election ( the end of poverty, riches for everybody, zero infant mortality, good hospitals, good schools, 24 hrs electricity and a fast internet connection for everyone, full employment and at least a day of rest for everybody) or the more spiritual abode of the 72 holy virgins per suicide-bomber shahid - some more heavenly sex after death and the graveyard. Faith is OK, reality is OK , but you’ve got to be actually there to know - its the tension between knowing and not knowing what is yet unknown...you know,
“The undiscovered country from whose bourn
No traveler returns..."
Faith is OK , but as the bard said,
“Ya either got faith or ya got unbelief and there ain't neutral ground”
( You’re either with ( in alphabetical order) the APC, the NGC or the SLPP amongst whom there are those who pray that the first shall be the last.The usual prayer of course is to be the head and not the tail…
Bio wants to be the head, not the tail.
Kamara wants to be the head, not the tail.
Mansaray wants to be the head, not the tail.
Yumkella wants to be the head, not the tail.
Each one says the first verse of Psalm 143 and each one knows that
Two bulls can't reign in one pen
Two lions can't roar in a small den
Two kings don't wear the same crown
Two beauties don't have the same gown on ( Bad Man)
We don’t know what the church prophets, the local seers ehn di murray-man dem who are on the ground in Sierra Leone are saying but it seems that the Honourable Мистер Abu Sokolov is essentially echoing the same understanding of other diaspora folks like his comrade Alpha Bah who is of the opinion that “This election will provide us with two presidents: a President of Sierra Leone and a social media president for some section of the Sierra Leone diaspora.”
Of course, as they say, “Faith can move mountains” and on a more practical level there’s the “ 'If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain”
Some of the Diaspora intelligentsia ( of every tribe and stripe) believe in Yumkella, the way that Paul believed in Jesus ; some of the APC and SLPP folks have yet to undergo the conversion experience of a face to face meeting with Yumkella, on the road to Damascus to become true NGC believers, with Yumkella as their saviour - as for me it’s only if he wins and fulfills all that should be fulfilled by the Messiah, that I will believe, that Yumkella is the man. In the meantime, I ask, where are his twelve disciples and who are they? ( Next you will be wanting to know, “ and who is the Judas among them ?” Apart from his cabinet of twelve, are there any hungry wolves among them?Is Yumkella going to talk about austerity measures ? Of course not !
Come the post-election blues, among the losers , we will have those who will take comfort behind soothing balm such as, “ a prophet has no honour in his own country”
Oh, 007 !