It’s OK

Saturday Jun 15, 2013 -

As a child, I was told that if I was going to do something, or be somebody, I had to observe rules and follow them without questioning.

As a man I have come to realize that without questioning, it will be difficult for me to achieve my goal of being somebody or doing anything.

The generations before us did not help us much. My father, the late Kwesi Nsiah Bota, was a learned and hardworking individual.  A man  who wrote and published books to see himself through university  in Ghana and pursued higher education in Italy on a scholarship funded by tax payers’ money. Even a man as self made and learned as he was believed in conforming to whatever rules society threw at you without question. And so I was born steeped in that notion and grew up perpetuating that lie.

As a result, just like many in my generation, I am a conformed, yet, confused Ghanaian, following a certain way of life whiles questioning the very foundations upon which that life was built.

Just like you, I am one looking for an opportunity to vent, and that’s the reason for this blog.

They say a man’s environment is a perfect extension of his thinking, and my environment, as complex yet gratifying as it is, gives rise to many thoughts; these I will share with you on this blog.

Reading this blog, you will come to find out that, just like you, I am a multi-faceted man with my own ideologies, alter-egos, flaws and emotions.

By touching on the everyday  issues  that come with the hustle and bustle of life, I will share with you my thoughts, my love, my consciousness, my dreams, my past, my future, my vision, my fears and my strengths.

People will wonder, “why not express these sentiments through your music?” I have done that, but even multi-award winning lyrics and compositions are still restrained by rhymes and rhythms, metaphors, wits, similes and euphemisms as well as all the social, moral, ethical and political considerations that truly limit the free expression of art.

On this blog, however, I can express myself, state, punctuate, analyze and truly criticize while directly getting your opinions on the various issues I will be touching on.

Even as I seek to put my thoughts out and as you prepare to take them in, remember one thing, I am a man guided by the simple principle of common sense and the belief of doing the right thing.

For those who might be wondering, this is not a music blog, this is a platform to share with you my views on a myriad of everyday issues. Music is, however, my passion and business and so it would always weave its way into my thoughts and onto this blog. So if you want the music, keep reading.

However, even here, they restrain me; they say I am not allowed to write about politics and religion. See, even as a man, they still try to constrain me just like my daddy did; my question is “Why”?

Nonetheless, amidst all the chaos of my thoughts and the volatility of our everyday’s existence, history and evolution has taught me one thing; after all is said and done.

42 comments on “It’s OK

  1. YOU ARE RIGHT MY BROTHER. IF WE ALWAYS QUESTION THE WAY WE DO THINGS AS WELL AS SOME SOCIETAL NORMS AND BEHAVIOURS, THINGS WILL BE DONE RIGHT! WHY GHANA AND WHY ME? WE NEED TO ANSWER OURSELVES!

  2. Ur ryt bro and i´m proud of ya,cuz u never gave up till now and Keep on de gud work.
    Bravo & gud luck i wish ya.

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  6. THE “OBSERVANCE” OF RULES BY YOUR LEARNED DAD AND THE “RESTRAINT” OF WHAT TO POST ON YOUR BLOG BY THE OWNERS OF THIS SITE, CONFIRMS MY BELIEVE OF LIFE’S BEST GUIDELINE TO SUCESS WHICH IS “RULES”.
    SO YOUR DAD AND THE OWNERS OF THIS SITE CANT BE WRONG BY SAYING THAT.
    BUT IT ALL BORE DOWN TO THE QUESTION OF “HOW IS IT TO BE EXERCISED”
    AND NOW TO YOUR “QUESTIONING”, I WILL ADVICE THAT, YOU PREFIX IT WITH “RIGHT” TO BE “RIGHT QUESTIONS” AND HEY, AT THE RIGHT TIME, FOR THE BENEFIT OF WE THE VISITORS OF YOUR BLOG. SOME WILL ASK, FOR THE MERE FACT OF ASKING THE QUESTION WITHOUT ANY FACT OF INSTINCT, I HAVE TERMED THESE KIND OF QUESTIONS AS “WRONG QUESTIONS” WHICH ALWAYS LEAD TO FAILURE.
    IT IS OK PREFACE, ON OK BLOG BY OK.
    THUMPS UP MAN, YOU ARE INDEED A ROLE MODEL.

  7. please, find editors for your writings before you slap it online. lotta unnecessary gramaticas.

  8. Indeed your writing with its rhyme scheme alone touched my heart. You have the writing skills and with the conformity to rules in our societies, social facts itself directs socialisation. God bless you. But with politics, Uncle Kwame don’t go there at all. You may be asked to bring your pink sheets for verification. lol. Thank you.

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  10. You have a point here,Kwame….Yet I find a big Paradox that the very “norms” you seem to despise are what have made you who you are…
    The problem with non-conformism is the danger of a free spirit to go haywire in both directions….extremely good or simply disastrous….America is a good eg…think on it…

  11. Hello Okyeame, you have generated unassuming debate on this topic of NOT QUESTIONING NORMS. The idea of our fathers using this principle was to guide us not to fall into ‘pit holes’ they have experienced themselves. Yes, the idea was good but it is not helping us to be creative. Okyeame been a musician, is creative, and I understand your dilemma. When you don’t question, you have doubts in mind, and if you have doubts, you lack clarity in your decision making, and when you you lack clarity, you tend to lose direction. I agree with you, that we have to question why some things are done or not done, but we should not quickly condemn that principle for it was there for a reason.

  12. WELL OK,IT ALL SAID AND WRITTEN IN THE COMPOSITION OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL THOUGHTS. WELL DONE BROTHER KWAME,BUT WE SHOULD NOT FORGET THAT NO MATTER THE SITUATION AND CONDITION,NOT EVERY QUESTION WOULD BE ANSWERED. THAT IS THE REASON WE STILL HAVE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS. MY DEAR BROTHER, WELCOME TO THE MYSTERIOUS NATURE OF OUR WONDERFUL WORLD. THE ANSWERS ARE ALL WITH THE FOUNDER AND MAKER WHO BROUGHT US HERE. I WISH YOU EVERY SUCCESS IN YOUR CHOSEN SENSE OF ART AND DIRECTION.

  13. NYANSAP). . . . . ei boga kwame. . . me na wo y3 me sei. . . u no go call me. . ei . . u no go call me.

  14. Absolutely brilliant article.
    Straight to the point, articulate and intelligent.
    Kudos man

  15. interesting..i think if or not a person will question before obeying is partly a personality issue. for some people they are just ok being led. whichever way wise counsel is good for everyone. since i am not banned from going religious i’ ll quote the wise king solomon ” now young people listen to me (wisdom). do as i say and you’ll be happy”

  16. big ups bro! a holla frm da US..the “Woara” is too classic! i sometimes wonder, with such a small head lives a genius brain..Nyame ahyira wo!

  17. Hit the nail right on the head bro… We’re always told to follow and respect norms and traditions; what if the said norms and traditions were started by a bunch of fools…do we keep em or throw them out the window…

    This goes for our chosen forms of interaction and development such as work, governance and most importantly religion.. Thanks for starting this thought provoking blog and I pray the Almighty Creator to permit the issues raised here to educate and free the minds of our people.

    Peace Out

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  19. Gud 1 der my dear. Y3 se obisafo) nyera kwan. So it’s gud 2 ask. Why? When? How? What?··············

  20. I really respect your maturity and good will…it’s more than a great honour….thank you…

  21. Thank u all for. Reading and writing, i bliv we will change the world thru questioning.

  22. well okyeame u re one person who inspires me nd mkes me bliv in da power of arts nd also makes me proud of da fact am am artz student.bt den one thing d@ also mkes me happy nd proud of u z d@ even dough u av followed fa trend of gh music now,u av still found a wai 2 put da msgs nd knowledges of da nana ampadus nd across nd d@ apparently mkes u different 4rm all other stars in gh nd beyond.

  23. The principles of this general planet as propounded by great philosophers were raised with the “WH QUESTIONS”. Thus when,which,where how, who and why. Good one there Kwame!

  24. The societal norms and expectations are what separate us from animals yet as time changes,these norms get outmoded so u must ask again y? Why should I do this and that? That’s always bring you to yours conscience

  25. BRA Kwame, God Blees you with more and more Wisdom to continue with the Good works. Kudos