Thursday, October 9, 2008

On Rubbish Adverts

Ghana loves you,
Melcom loves you more…

I saw this rubbish byline on a fading billboard on the New Times Road. How dare you, in trying to be clever, insult national affection? In Turkey you’d go to jail. Somebody should tear down that offensive piece of male cattle crap.


  1. Indeed, in Texas it would be considered so unpatriotic, the corporate veil would be lifted for the infliction of very befitting self-help justice on the directors. And have you seen the other one on the Spintex Road? -- "At Melcom, we dont play GAMES" in obvious reference to the South African retail outlet.

  2. One must appreciate such endeavours from corporate citizens like Melcom and not condeminations. I see this board has a good public message and they deserve much more better encouragement from all. As for the one on Spintex road, tis subject to another debate some other time.
    Let's learn to give credits to whom is due...


  3. Kiz, I agree with everything about patriotism and Texan rules. I have seen the one the Spintex Road digging at Game. But that one, I think, is fairm game (forgive the pun)

  4. Dear Anon, I am unable to agree with you. I know Ghana loves me (I've been told that since primary school, lol). But how can a chain store claim to love me more than my country?

  5. Africa has been one of the hardest hit regions of the world with the HIV/ AIDS panepidemic.One must make a difference in the lives of
    individuals living with HIV/AIDS as many people with AIDS do not have loving friends or relatives to care for them.I think Melcom has done well by being the first to address on it.KUDOS to MELCOM.

  6. Ok, Anon, I vented, so did you.

  7. Dear Kissi,
    The days of Billboard wars has come to Ghana, Don't be taken aback if you see more of pun filled billboards.
    Don't talk of Texas,those people cannot even locate Texas in a map.


  8. Patriotism:
    The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?
    ~Pablo Casals

  9. [P]atriotism... is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. ~Adlai Stevenson

  10. Dear Nana,
    He loves his country best who strives to make it best.

  11. I love Ghana. I love the world. Brotherhood and sisterhood have no borders. My heart orbits the Earth, love cannot be measured in longitude or latitude.

  12. A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.

  13. wow.... i want to see 'that one'

    Nana, i see your worry! sorry!

    first, i'm no 'patriotism' fanatic...hehehehehe...

    i really don't get much sense out of what all the sectarianism labeled 'country' or republic or kingdom...doesn't make much sense especially when it's carved out of artificial imaginations such as the post-colonial Africa...IT'S A TRAGEDY!!!

    But well accepted that it's come to we are today called Ghana...and some other place is called Senegal or Djibouti...and so on and so forth....and there is faraway Azerbaijan on some other continent on this same earth...

    for me what's important is that these 'by-force' associations must lead to human advancement all over the world...and it must in no way at all lead to a suppression of the individual's spirit (once there is no threat to another life or property)...IT MUST NOT...

    The late Du Bois denounced his US citizenship and came to Ghana to seek more advancement for black people...BIG DEAL!!!?

    So Nana, let Turkey trample on the individual or corporate spirit for a "non-issue issue"...but let every man and every woman come to the realization that there is a higher goal to achieve than hanging on to labels in the name of patriotism bestowed on one by sheer association simply by birth or choice!

    i may choose to be a patriot or's not a big deal me think!

    I think once we come to realize that Osama bin Ladin is no more a terrorist than George Bush...once we see that a hungry child in Sudan needs food just as the one in America...then we should put all these so called patriotism 'albatross' aside and deal with pragmatic issues me think...yes me think!

    I'm not too much a fan of the capitalist world Melcom has committed a crime? not at all, me think...
    it's just a commercial...same i think goes for the one at big deal...

    reminds me of a billboard that was situated at Shangrila which had a nice legged lady peeping at the world through her parted legs to sell pads to all concerned...and then suddenly bingo! we hear some parliamentarian(s) raised hell that it could lead the them crashing their cars because it takes their attention off the so stupid me think...but well...

    so so so and's can only get lovely...

    cheerS people!

  14. It would certainly appear (on numbers) that this is one argument I lose. :-)

  15. All the comments firm me up in my view that the advert is highly unpatriotic. The arab owners of Melcom would certainly not run such an ad in arabland. They would be fried if they tried.

  16. At last, the cat is out the bag! Lol.

  17. Erm... I think you're all missing the biggest point: If you love someone, you tend to shower them with gifts or things of value. Considering the kind of cra...(how do I put this nicely)...things of little or no value or quality, provided to Ghana and Ghanaians by Melcolm I think they've proved time and time again that they have no love, or respect for Ghana or its people.

    Case closed ;)


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