We are in an election season yet again this year and coupled with this season’s drama is that of the United States-having the least favorites of the majority of the populace standing as candidates. Back here in Ghana, the campaigns have heated up and one can tell from the faces of the candidates that the intensity of the around-the-country travels is wearing them out. But I guess the crown is worth the price, right?
Unlike presidential elections which occur after a stipulated amount of time, there’s another kind of politics which occur in our daily lives. It’s the love politics. I never considered the similarities until a counselor pointed them out on a radio program days ago.
Here in Ghana, it’s during the election season that we the citizens get to see the benevolent side of our politicians. These ‘big’ people who sound so power-drunk on the media now humble themselves to hang out with the people just so to win their votes. Pictures of such personalities pounding fufu and braiding hair making its waves on social media are enough proof of that.
The same way, couples dating and hoping to seal the relationship would go out of their way to please their partners-to win over their hearts. They promise each other paradise and a life of bliss and fulfilment just as our politicians would sugarcoat their words with sweet-sounding promises about making our lives better. They keep drumming them into our ears to the point that we start believing them and imagining them possible.
And some single people are lucky enough to have more than one person interested in them so they weigh their options just as we would consider who to vote for in an election. And here in Ghana where there are countless stories of vote-buying in cash and in kind, some couples try to ‘buy’ the love of their love interests and they assume that they have indeed won until the final choice is made. And it might be too late to ask for a refund.
So the D day arrives and the votes are cast and the winner is announced. The same way, vows are exchanged in front of a priest, family and friends and are declared Mr. and Mrs. The president-elect then assures the electorate that they have made the right choice and would do his/her best to fulfil the promises made. Likewise, the promises are reiterated during the honeymoon and the couples look forward to a great future together.
But do our politicians actually perform according to their promises after they are voted into power? Or do they partially neglect their promises and focus on their own personal agenda? I guess we all have our answers.
What about the couple? Do they find out their partners are who they thought them to be or totally different? Again, no answer is wrong.
Politicians know they are ‘safe’ after being voted into power so they refuse to be accountable to their promises until their term is up and would have to go back to the people to solicit for votes. And the cycle starts all over again.
Similarly, some couples become complacent in fulfilling the promises made to each other after they get married. After all, they have already won the prize, right? What’s the need for the extra work? However, it might not be a cycle for married couples but for those who have separated or broken up, it is. What a world we live, right?
© Josephine Amoako 2016