I have developed a thick skin in my public life

When will someone turn to you and say, “I have developed a thick skin in my public life”? It could be said at different times depending on the occasion or circumstance.

Once, I quite remember very well and even shared my views by publishing two or more articles about it when Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, shrugged off some public criticisms of his actions by saying, “I have developed a thick skin in my public life”. This goes to tell, regardless of how the public viewed his then actions as wrongful, he could not give a darn what the public or his critics were saying.

The definition of thick skinned is someone who is not easily upset or insulted and who can take criticism well. An example of thick skinned is a person who is insulted and simply says “whatever, I don’t care.” From the quoted definition aimed at buttressing my point, why should some Asanteman chiefs bother to threaten the lives of people who come out strongly to criticise, but not to malign, their Asante Overlord, to be precise, their Asanteman ceremonial head?

Some of these chiefs shamelessly in their depiction of audacity, but forgetting that they are infringing the laws as are prevalent in a democratic Ghana, do go on air to threaten the lives of those who boldly come out to constructively or destructively criticise certain doings of their most revered traditional overlord in Ghana, thus, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

Not long ago, one of the chiefs in Ashanti region went on live television to grant an interview to that bogus Oheneba Media in which he said, if one Twene Jonas, the basher of Otumfuo, were in Ghana and say in Accra, he would go for him and by the time he reached Nsawam, he would have decapitated him and taken his head to Kumasi to show to Otumfuo that he has killed his basher. What an unexplained high level of stupidity in exhibition by a modern day chief but who is still relishing in the authoritarian criminalities by the Asante chiefs in the 16th to 19th centuries.

Ghana is a republic but not a total monarchy as prevailed in many centuries ago. Therefore, if anyone offends you, by way of insults on your personality, you had better take the person to court but not to seek to kill the person as it is still the opinion of some sycophantic chiefs supportive of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

Just yesterday, Thursday, 24 June 2021, I heard on Ghana radio news how the self-styling Kumawuhene Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua (Dr Yaw Sarfo), the puppet imposed on Kumawu as their paramount chief (Omanhene), was seeking to reward his master, Otuumfuo Osei Tutu II, by stupidly wading into an ongoing fracas over one pastor, Dag-Heward Mills’ alleged insults on Otumfuo. He, Dr Yaw Sarfo, has issued ultimatum to the pastor to find a better alternative to apologising to Otumfuo than his apology rendered through the social media. He said, if by Sunday, 27 June 2021, and the pastor has not properly apologised to the Asante Overlord, he will ensure the congregation of his church will not attend church service in Ashanti region and if they dared, they will smell pepper.

What a disgraceful level of stupidity and sycophancy in display by Dr Yaw Sarfo, another clueless and unbefitting chief in Ghana. What power has he to walk to the location of the churches to ensure that the church members are not allowed to attend church service until their pastor went to lick the feet of his overlord, in what is a pacification and submission to the authority of the overlord.

Do the Akans not have a proverb that goes, “Baabi a ye kyekyere aboa no, eho na ye gyae no”, to wit, “Where we tie the animal is there that we untie it”. This means, the very medium by which, or the platform where, the pastor insulted the Asante Overlord, should be the same medium or platform to be used to apologise to him and as at writing, he has done same. Why then the threats to his life and his church members? We need to grow up and wise up to stop our bullying nonsense.

Why can’t they go to court if they feel their overlord has been defamed by the pastor or whoever, rather than seeking to take the laws into their own hands?

Does Asantehene who is a law unto himself with his decisions superseding the authority of any judge in Ghana afraid to go to court on the issue of some people tarnishing his hard earned reputation? Has his thick skin now worn very thin hence now hurt by the alleged destructive criticisms of him?

If you do good, nobody will insult you unless those idiots who insult for the sake of it and in the name of partisan politics.


Rockson Adofo