When I was growing up, we studied a subject called Civic Education (Civics) for two years in Primary School. One of the key areas of the subject was a study into the national symbols – National Flag, Coat of Arms, National Anthem, National Pledge, National Orders, Awards and Adinkra symbols, etc,

With respect to the National Flag, we were taught the essence of the colours – RED, GOLD (not Yellow as we teach children today) and GREEN. We were also taught that the Black Lode Star representing the African continent in the yellow also served as a connector between the RED (blood and toils of our fathers) and the GREEN (rich forests and wealth of the country). It was therefore not for nothing that the topmost point of the star touches the RED while the two bottom points of the star touches the GREEN.

I have however witnessed in recent years a worrying situation where our State Protocol Department (SPD) watches on as we deploy into the public domain, purported Ghana Flags that do not represent exactly what the Ghana Flag is supposed to represent sometimes in colour variant but more critically the sizing and positioning of the BLACK STAR. We saw it under H.E. John Mahama, and it’s continuing under H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo.

Ghanaians are very proud people when it gets to its State emblems and I don’t think the desecration of these emblems by the very institution (SPD) that was created to protect it, is acceptable, to say the least.

It’s about time our State Protocol Department and its sister institutions get more meticulous in its deployment of our national emblems. Our emblems represent our being and it’s their job to protect them and they cannot fail us in this.

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My dear friend,
"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live." – George Bernard Shaw
Over the last couple of years, I’ve dedicated a bit of my time to join the struggle of helping to raise the younger generation. This has been to ensure that they are well positioned to take over the reins of this country and improve on its lot.
Being a committed Christian, I have for the better part of my adult life been inspired by the philosophy, ‘Omnibus Omnia Factus Sum’, a Latin phrase adopted from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians 9:22 where he wrote that he became all things to all men that he might save some by all means.
I have therefore, utilized all manner of approaches to help influence positive change in the attitude and orientation of our people for the overall purpose of nation building. To this, I welcome you to my blog. Enjoy my take on issues espoused through the scripts as well as my brief thoughts on issues as they play out daily and news stories on various endeavors that I may play a part in.
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Eric Atta-Sonno


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