In the USA, actor Kevin Hart started the 25k challenge to support the American Red Cross after Harvey. Instead of ranting on social media, Sonnie Badu can do same for Sierra Leone.
Local news agencies suggest that the natural disaster has killed over 1000 people with hundreds still missing.
In Ghana, some media outlets urged their listeners to donate in cash and kind for onward distribution to some of the victims.
Ghana’s Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia led a government delegation to Sierra Leone to commensurate with them.
He also presented relief items valued at $1million to the African country as they recover from the disaster.
Other Ghanaians on social media used hash tags to show their support for the country during such hard times.
Moving across continents to August 27, 2017, Houston metro area and other towns in southeast Texas were devastated by floods.
Subsequently, actor Kevin Hart started the 25k challenge. He called on celebrities in the USA to donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross.
“I think we participate in a lot of challenges on the internet, some meaningful, some meaningless, but we’ve all done it. I’ve been a person who’s partaken in every one of them.”
“At this point, I’m going to start a real challenge. I am challenging a lot of my celebrity friends to follow my lead and donate $25,000 to Hurricane Harvey, to The Red Cross, okay."
“At this point, it’s a serious matter. I think people are in bad shape and they need help. I’m going to lead the charge by stepping up in this way.”
The challenge was started by a concerned celebrity. His other colleagues joined and have since been donating to the Red Cross.
On August 31, 2017, Ghanaian gospel musician Sonnie Badu posted a message I describe as appalling on his social media pages.
“@cnn @cnnafrica @bbcafrica @bbcafrica can we get the updates on the Sierra Leone? So we can get the A list celebrities to donate too? I guess all lives matter.. #justNeededAnUpdate”
Really? Did you post that?
Are you not a celebrity too? Are you not African? Can’t you start a challenge where your fellow African and Ghanaian celebrities also join you instead of putting up such a post?
But wait, do you know that a lot of media houses aside those you mentioned have reported on Sierra Leone’s mudslide?
Oh! Are you waiting for BBC and CNN to report before you act?
Africans have been talking about independence for so long. It means we must also stand up for ourselves; we must support each other and no longer wait for the colonial masters to direct us on what to do.
It also means we do not have to wait for BBC and CNN to report on the Sierra Leone mudslide before celebrities jump to help.
It means you can read every update on Sierra Leone’s mudslide on African news portals.
After Nana Addo’s swearing in as President of Ghana, he said; “we want to build a Ghana beyond aid; a Ghana which looks to the use of its own resources. We want to build an economy that is not dependent on charity and handouts, but an economy that will look at the proper management of its resources as the way to engineer social and economic growth in our country.”
Maybe put Africa wherever you find Ghana and it will show you the bigger picture.
Finally, let me remind you of what Ghana’s first president Dr Kwame Nkrumah said.
“The black man is capable of managing his own affairs.”