Ghanaians are used to state protocol rolling out the red carpet for foreign dignitaries anytime these people visit the country. Whether they are from Africa or outside, Ghanaians go the extra mile to show that they are hospitable.
But with regards to Western visitors more than any others, Ghanaians like to go above and beyond to show that we are likable, agreeable and pliable.
This was shown in the recent visits of the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump and Prince of Wales and son of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles.
The truth is these elaborate celebration of the visits of foreign dignitaries reveal a set of things that lay at the root of our mentality towards foreigners especially if these dignitaries are whites or Westerners.
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YEN.com.gh list a number of things that are revealed in our celebration of white or Western visitors.
1. We are forgetful and forgiving of history
In a country where over 40% of its population are under 50 years, the education or knowledge of political history will suffer.
It seems this is what is revealed when Ghanaians forget the relationship between for instance, ourselves and Great Britain.
A history of slavery and colonialism is swept away and we act as if everything has been fine with the two peoples.
2. We seem not to care about international politics
Before Donald Trump became a politician, he kicked off a campaign of doubting the legality of Barack Obama as president of the US. Trump said that Obama was not born in the United States.
Trump also went on to denigrate Latin American and African countries. In all of this, his wife Melania Trump either supported him or kept silent.
However, when she was here no one in Ghanaian media asked her about it.
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3. They are representing their nations' interests
When these foreigners come, most Ghanaians seem to forget that they are here in the interest of their nations. Indeed, most Ghanaians would think it was because Ghana is very loved.
It is important not to forget that nations look out for their interests first when we welcome foreign dignitaries.
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