It seems the Citi Breakfast show Crew is frustrated with the numerous Awards ceremonies taking place in the country in the face of the numerous challenges.
During the Newspaper Review segment of the show, Bernard Avle exploded and with the support co-hosts on the programme taunted how Ghanaians have grown to love awards.
They mentioned the Expatriate awards, and over thirty other awards he googled.
“Let’s create an award show for award shows”, he said.
It would seem that he is upset Ghanaians are awarding and celebrating mediocrity. “Considering Ghana as a society, our mood should not be celebratory”. “Look at Countries that have done well, their moods are not celebratory”.
The crew, clapped and laughed at the various awards and couldn’t understand why “we are celebrating whiles our gutters are still choked, while our banking sector is in trouble”.
“Worst of all, people send text messages for awards. I tell people to text that I’m the best and they text for me to get an award”.
He went down to knock cotton farmers who were lamenting their exemption from the farmers day awards and advised that “People should rather seek to influence policies that link them properly to the value chain and not be overly concerned with awards”.
“In fact,I can even get up and create an award tomorrow”, he teased and said Ghanaians are more interested in optics over substance.
He cited the awful occurrence at Kumasi Academy and other things that should make the country sit up and work. “It’s very troubling for me when we celebrate mediocrity. Unfortunately, I wear a bowtie and MC a lot of these things. The Nigerians are conquering but Ghanaians who have gotten a few Dollars are satisfied about it”, he ranted.
“We are not winning, we are not even competitive and it reflect in political, religious leadership and all facets of our life, we do open defecation, we are among the worst.” He lamented the housing deficits and how several thousands of Ghanaians sleep on the streets and an education system that is not educating people.
He believes the awards are a kind of self-deception.
He blames the elite for the kind of impression they give because many of our leaders have traveled extensively and are not bringing down what they see in other countries.