Somewhere in the 70’s, there was a popular highlife tune by AB Crentsil called “Atia”. I must say “Atia” is indisputably an all-time hit. The lyrics of the song made fun of our brothers and sisters from the north. AB Crentsil in the song, narrated the story of a young man by name Atia who travelled from Bolga to Kumasi to seek greener pastures, but instead of him sticking to dog meat and pito which are favourites of our friends from the north, drank apketeshie to death.
The people of the north were irked by AB’s song and decided to teach him some lessons. AB was on a nation-wide musical tour, and the people of Bolga waited patiently till it got to their turn; and the organizers had a windfall – the Catering Rest House where the event took place was fully packed. Uncle AB played songs upon songs without playing “Atia” because an informant had hinted him that the people had planned to beat him up if he played that tune.
The show was coming to an end and still “Atia” had not been played. AB handed his microphone over to one of his boys to continue with the show while he took a rest backstage. An angry youth approached him and whispered to him in imperfect twi, “AB, whether you play Atia or not, ye be fii wo.”
Folks, I have always maintained that the “gbeshie” spirits pestering the NPP are ruthless and always come in camboo shoes so leaders and members of the party do not perceive ominous signals, and I have never been proven wrong.
I am still struggling to understand why some opposition elements would want to disrespect Otumfuo when they know very well that Ashanti Region is their electoral world bank! The King was accused of having a hand in the ruling of the Supreme Court electoral petition case. He was also ridiculed for dancing to the tune “yentie obiaara” with His Excellency John Dramani Mahama. Worst of all, they wished him dead by spreading false rumours that he had died.
In response to this development, many Asantes who are NPP members are angry and have decided to distance themselves from activities of the party. And this was evident during the party’s flagbearer’s recent tour in the region. The apathy exhibited by the members of the party in the region was so serious that it broke the heart of Hon. S.K. Boafo, a former Ashanti Regional Minister under President Kufour’s regime.
Some of the irate party activists in the region told me that they are disappointed in their flagbearer because he never condemned the attack on their great King. They said that they have lost confidence in him and that they will show him something small on December 7, 2016, to prove to him that they also have two balls. One of them confided in me that it is too late for Nana to issue a statement on the attacks on the reverred King; and whether he condemns the act or not they will fii him on December 7, 2016. Kikikikiki, aye ka.