Huh? As3mp3! Operational Whaaaaaatttt!?!?!?!?! Did you say ORGASM?
Hell yeah, I did! It grabbed your attention. Come on! It is okay to use the word ORGASM. I promise using the word ORGASM will not cause you to lose your hair, job, or flunk an exam. Usage of the phrase ORGASM is not taboo, and it is not going to hinder your ability to perform as a functioning member of society.
Do you get where I am going with this? Aha! The Dreadlock Saga!
So, As3mp3, why will you just not let this dreadlock issue go? Helllloooo! Did you read my previous blog? Folks, we have an early Christmas gift! The gift to address social abnormalities that have become disappointingly inherent in Ghanaian culture! The running theme/excuses coming from MOTOWN, GES, NAGRAT, and other Ghanaian Educators from various institutions are:
“The children in secondary schools need DISCIPLINE.”
“It is the TRADITION and CULTURE of Motown to have children wear their natural hair short and neat.”
“It has been Motown’s culture and tradition since 1927”.
Jesus! Mary & Joseph! Since 1927? The word EVOLVE springs to mind! Some Ghanaians have accused me of being incapable of critical thinking and critically analyzing human interests and social issues independently. Instead, these Ghanaians tell me that my views and perspectives are all influenced by Western values. Western Values? Folk, the Western world have had their fair share of challenges and have had to claw, fight to effect change. Let us take the United States for an example on the evolution of RACIAL ISSUES from Jim Crow laws of racial segregation to civil rights movements: From the 1857 case of Dred Scott v. Sandford; Plessy v. Ferguson, in 1896, and the most recent Brown v. Board of Education, in 1954 (Kindly look them up if you are not familiar with these landmark cases on RACE relations in the US). I do not need to give you a long list of legal matters demonstrating how far the US has come and how much further we need to go. It is called EVOLUTION! We have to be prepared and accept change. Let us evolve and change with the times!
We tend to take dangerous myopic views and get stuck in a rut looking at just one side of the argument in our judgments and decision-making. The fear of the wrong idea of looking at things and the refusal to see any other sides is that folk get comfortable and complacent on the non-challenging side. My friend and classmate posted this quote in our WhatsApp group, and it got me thinking, “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” Indeed, what if I fly? Why do I have to fall? I can also fly, or? “Amending this dreadlock hair rule will not make us fall. It could very well make us fly”. Samuel Odartey Tawiah, Vice President of IT and Guest Services at the Baltimore Aquarium, and also my classmate, a true gem! (You have guessed it, part of my fine stone collection) Folk, we have come so far, and yet we appear to be stuck way behind. Why is that? Nothing prevents the Motown headmistress from granting these two intelligent young men reasonable accommodation to allow them entry into the school. After all, Motown grants mixed-race children reasonable accommodation, or?
In her column on Ghana Web, titled “The issue of ‘the other’ when it comes to school admissions: The case of Achimota School and Rastafarian students, “Dr. Mary Appea-Ashun, Principal of Ghana International School, and a Motown Alumna succinctly and eloquently addresses the relevant and core issues raised by the proponents of the Tradition/Discipline/Rules argument in the Dreadlock Saga feud, in a manner in which only someone with her pedigree can. Wow! I know you will be dazzled just like I was when I read Dr. Appea-Ashun’s piece! I read it three times! I loved every part of it, but her point about Operational Management got me so energized and excited, that I had to pause, do a cartwheel, and come back to continue reading! Wait for a second; did I mention Dr. Appea-Ashun was my classmate too? I know what you are thinking. As3mpe, another gem? Heck! Yet another gem added to my collection of fine stones! Do not take my word for it; kindly click on the link below and take your time to read this exceptional well-written article by Dr. Appea-Ashun. You can thank me later!
THANK YOU, DR. MARY APPEA-ASHUN
Ghanaian-Canadian Educationalist! Academic Researcher and Author
Ph.D. in Biochemistry
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew! I just gulped my Hibiscus and Sena tea! I swear the combination of this tea and the thrill from reading Dr. Appea-Ashun’s article has me on the verge of having an OPERATIONAL ORGASM! Bloody hell! Did I use the word ORGASM again? I better run before the we-refuse-to-evolve, and the closed-minded Folk come and pull my locs out! I am out of here! Oh, Wait! Wait! Wait! What is it about the dreadlock hair that has these nay Sayers so frightened? As for the Ghanaians who suffer from the Low Standard Syndrome (LSS) I have something for you to chew on! Next blog!