Monday, January 10, 2011

Food Riots Everywhere

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The Helium Effect. Crude-oil hikes hoist up essential-foods rates. They’re scuffling with cudgels and pebbles and Molotovs in Tunis and Algiers. In other metropoles too. Fathom my flaming fear when food prices leapt up in Accra. But Accraians won’t flock to the streets – they whisper but don’t raise their fists over the bread-and-sugar spend.


  1. the 'accra-ttitude' - sometimes, i wonder if it's a blessing... it's a fair trade-off - peace for passivity.

  2. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu11 January, 2011

    Because they have 2012 to look forward to....the others don't. In Tunis they won't create jobs, won't allow people to trade properly, then they flaunt their wealth in people's faces.

  3. Perhaps they only wait to demonstrate with their thumbs, that is if the govt does not wise up enough to act in the election year.

  4. Two words for Accra-ians, "twenty twelve"! :-)

  5. @ Nana Fredua-Agyeman:

    That the Accra-ians may be waiting for the polls may be true now. But what about the days of unchanging military governments, when there were no food riots even though you and I know there were 'crazy' price hikes?

  6. @ Kwame Mensa-Bonsu:

    As to the wait for the 2012 polls, I would reply with the same words as I did Nana Fredua-Agyeman.

    As to showing off of wealth, we are fast getting there, if not there already!

  7. @ Kwegyirba:

    Again, I believe that the passiveness of our people is more subliminal than just the fact that we have an 'advancing' democracy.

  8. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu13 January, 2011

    Accraians are not known for their bravery where guns are! So yes, 2012 serves as a cop-out! lol

  9. It is the Accra-ian way. Riding that thin line between peaceable and cowardly like a pro!

  10. @ Kwame:

    I wholly agree that Accra-ians are coppers-out.

  11. @ Sel:

    So true. Being cowardly and pretending to be pacifists.


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