The African from time immemorial has shown unflinching believe in their ancestors.  It is understood in general that the ancesstors guide the path of the younger generation. As a result these falling and revered heroes are remembered often during state functions and at other traditional occasions such as child naming ceremony, unveiling houses or other huge furniture. It is against this background that arises the biggest question in Africa, how well do we value monuments and antiques? This article brings to bear the causes of such mishaps.

Its not easy to steer life without errors; at times forced by propensity; at times by Karma; at timesnegligence¬†pushes one to make mistakes…” says Dinesh Kumar. However, in  the Ghanaian setting it is quite difficult to admit that negligence pushes one to make mistakes. It is rather the mistakes that pushes them to make mistakes. Taking a stroll around Emintsimandze and other subburbs of cape coast and Elmina one is greeted with such stubborn negligence as monuments raised on Ghanaian soil are left to the mercy of nature. A quick look at the cemetery picture up there proved that we neglect these sites and spend money on other wasteful ventures. These buildings are in a deplorable state hence immediate actions need to be taken.

The major Achilles heel of those in charge of these state monuments is that they have no maintenance policy that will seek to care and maintain these historic sights. It is however sad to note that even the castles and other state buildings are in such a deplorable state that the ancesstors no longer feel comfortable to stay in them, especially if they had that option of choice. However,  since they are dead and gone, the living have blatantly refused to keep their place of rest same as seen in the cover photo. Sometimes it is difficult to understand why certain measures and systems are not put in place to check these anomalies. So who is to blame , the ancesstors or the living.

The debilitating factor in the decline of state buildings and monuments is the lack of will power. It is a syndrome rather than a conundrum for some Ghanaians to be proactive when it comes to issues relating to government artefacts. The laissez faire and lackadaisical attitude leads to the gradual deterioration of some of these buildings. No one seems to care because it belongs to the government hence it’s the government that benefits so it is therefore the sole prerogative of the government to ensure that such places are kept well. Sadly though they easily forget that they themselves form part of government hence they also have over site responsibility over these monuments too. The picture below shows a clear example of how the military cemetery which could be used as a tourist site has been left to the dead ancesstors to cater for.



The military cemetary consumed by Bush and debris.

To ensure that we benefit most from these sites we must eschew laziness, be vigilant, show concern and take initiative. These steps will help raise our monuments to a quality standard where we can generate income and employment.


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