Gone were the days when owners of Black and White television sets were demigods in their vicinity. Hitherto, most people come from afar to encamp at vantage areas and stay glare at the emitting rays from the TV sets, with all their protruding foreheads and eyes determined not to miss a sight of programmes telecasted on GTV.
Morality was at the apex level as the very people in existence avail themselves as vessels for the propagation of positive change among children. Our traditional customs and taboos were cherished so well that it safeguarded our ethics and conduct. Due to the way abominable acts were handled, that is, such offenses were tantamount to banishment.
Their willingness to build and leave unprecedented legacy for the generation to come was a patriotic one. Media censorship was in operation which served as a tool to shape the morality and content in relation to talk shows on the media and on TV drama shows as well.
Those in authority had a sense of nationalism and the zeal to help build a nation where communal interest remains paramount.
However, a generation from nowhere arose who demeaned, blamed and classified their ancestral era as “barbaric”. These critics who we thought knew better rather ended up blindly copying the western cultures and neglected their own. The 21st Century Ghanaian embraces everything “white” as good in its own paradigm.
These days, parents can’t watch television together with their children. Radio and television adverts are full of aphrodisiacs or better still sex enticement drugs and explicit contents. Our female celebrities are the worse to talk about. The lyrics composed by our musicians are full of profane. Those who go nude are given free airtime in the media dispensation to display their naivety over the expense of life changers. The country simply lack role models and patriotic leaders!
Ghana is simply lost in the maze. The citizens have lost their sense of direction. They’ve abandoned the good old path established by their forefathers because of westernisation. Ladies have lost their pride in the name of fashion, appearing sexy & Facebook likes. Men of God are selling salvation to the highest bidder neglecting the poor. The leaders are more corrupt than the word itself. The education system is outmoded rendering graduates to become squatters. Simply put, everything in the country is not working right on moral grounds.
Going forward, I can’t continue further by summing up with the proclamation by Prophet Jeremiah in the Christian Bible. “This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it” Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV). Without much ado, the status quo must be changed and broken. The explicit contents, nudity, aphrodisiac drugs and profane lyrics gaining strong roots in the media must be censored!
By: Adu Sarpeah (Content Creator @ Ghbase.com)