The Koko Seller Won’t Turn Up – By Selikem Tenu Kweku Geni

Yesterday it was my very good friend Dela who was in consolable because the Hausa koko seller did not come to work. Today I’m beyond being inconsolable for Hajjia has failed to turn up and has not given us express notification that today was a no Hausa Koko and Kose day. Now let me delve into the history of Hausa koko in Ghana a little bit. Back in the 90s there were two brands of koko that were sold. The plain white koko made from just corn dough and the pepper koko which was the plain corn dough koko spiced with some pepper. Then millet was mixed with corn and hausa koko was born and gradually it replaced the our good old koko aka Akatsa. The good thing about Hausa koko is that it is found in every cranny of Accra and beholds a beautiful sight of people of different ages, race and social status queuing early in the morning to get some to refuel their tanks before the start of work. So what happens when your Hausa koko seller does not turn up? The year is coming to an end and as it is a political year, various political parties will be lining up to convince us as individuals to vote for them. Most of us will vote based on our political affiliations and there are two sure banker regions in which two of the numerous political parties will win mass votes. But the question I want to ask myself is what we really want as a people. Coming from a family of one of the great politicians in Ghana, I have taught myself to look at issues rather than have a political affiliation. I have been at political rallies where the heart of God was promised on a silver platter yet nothing was done when these persons were given the nod. I have seen a Politician give a picture frame of a white Jesus to a church making members vote for him massively but at the end of the day he did not even turn up to say thank you. I have also seen and heard stories of how monies, rice, bread, gari, beans, oil and T-shirts are distributed just to have people vote for an MP or a Presidential candidate whose lips dripped saccharine on political platforms but after winning power disappear into their Utopian Honorable premises and look down on we the very same people that gave them power. Deep in the depth of my heart, I can bet that politicians will even cry at the doorsteps of ‘ordinary folks’ who after they win power will not even want to smell begging for votes. They will promise to make our muddy water as clear as crystal and convert all of us into goldfishes. The major question on my mind now is whether we as a people ever learn? Every four years we go through this idiosyncrasies hoping things would change but they really don’t and yet we care not. The best we do is cry about them and say we will vote them out. To me all politicians are the same and are surprised when the populace believe and cling to the things they say since they do not believe in the things they say. We are the ones that give them the power, so we should dictate what we need as a people consolidated our strength and let these politicians know that without us they are nothing. In real terms every four years we the populace become the Hausa Koko and kose seller and these politicians are the clientele who come to refuel their tanks of power. We have always been there to hand over power to them hoping the will keep their side of the bargain and yet they don’t. It is as though the automatically become blind to our problems, then again you can say they have grown large pot bellies that blocks their view when they try to look down at the very problems they promised solving when we give them the mandate. How can you go and order koko and Kose and not pay the koko seller? Always getting away with it will place a smile on your face but the day the koko seller decides she won’t work will be the day you know what hunger is. And so I believe the only way to get these greedy politicians to listen to us is to ignore them when they come knocking to beg for votes or just like my koko seller, we do not turn up to vote one election day and when we are asked why we did not turn up we tell them due to their inability to pay for all the koko and kose we served them in the past without them paying a pesewa, we do not have money to buy the dough used in preparing the koko and therefore in plain language terms, The koko seller won’t turn up.