Aside David’s post on social media, I heard him on several platforms opposing the intention of organising the vigil. Surprisingly, he showed up at the grounds, took part in the event and distributed candles for people to light up as suggested by the organisers
The ‘dumsor vigil’ organised on May 16, 2015 saw hundreds of aggrieved Ghanaians from all walks of life join the protest the government’s handling of the power crisis in the country. It started with a harsh-tag [#dumsormuststop] which was trending on twitter and other social media platforms. The initiative, championed by actress Yvonne Nelson and some celebrities had received divergent views from the general public. While some believed it was spot on, others felt that it was misplaced. One person who seemed to have taken a “U-turn” is David Oscar.
The stand-up comedian before the vigil posted on his Facebook page:
“I'm not even gonna be hypocritical and join the #DumsorMustStop trend. How many of us have tried to conserve energy? Thanks to our waste, the dams are suffering. Don't get me wrong, I'm a mindless critic of the president JDM, and I understand that there are alternative sources of energy, but do you think that if it was that easy to fix the power crisis, the president would not save himself the blames and constant harassment? As a nation, we happen to be fault seekers and less of vision implementers. Dumsor must stop, but your constant whining and whimpering would not act as a magic wand. Period!”
These comments led to some people showering insults on David. I condemned the act because his opinion was important in the dispensation we find ourselves in. I maintained that we claim to be exercising our rights by organising a vigil; yet, we insult people for their divergent opinions forgetting that, that is also their right.
Aside David’s post on social media, I heard him on several platforms opposing the intention of organising the vigil. Surprisingly, he showed up at the grounds, took part in the event and distributed candles for people to light up as suggested by the organisers.
I ask: What changed? Why did he join the protesters?
I have already said that the vigil started with the #dumsormuststop trend on twitter, David Oscar said he was “not even gonna be hypocritical and join the #DumsorMustStop trend”. Dude turned up. Does he accept the hypocrite in him? The vigil sought to give an amplified voice of the many Ghanaians who are afflicted by the phenomenon of the current power cuts in the country. Protesters want the government to find solutions to the energy crisis. Do not forget that David had said, “…do you think that if it was that easy to fix the power crisis, the president would not save himself the blames and constant harassment? As a nation, we happen to be fault seekers and less of vision implementers. Dumsor must stop, but your constant whining and whimpering would not act as a magic wand. Period!” So why was he at the grounds? Was it the case of, “It is only a fool who does not change his mind”?
Perhaps, the response of Selorm Branttie of IMANI Ghana to David’s post made him think twice. According to Mr. Branttie, David Oscar cannot make academic arguments.
“I also know you got a degree from the University of Ghana, so you should have tried being analytical for just a second before the blood rushed into your head to post what you did on facebook…The Dams are not suffering because of our waste. The dams are suffering because of a lack of support to maintain it to an optimum level, the dams are suffering because transmission losses and smart transformers aren’t being acquired and obsolete mechanisms dating to the 60s are still being used. Get your facts right”, portions of his response noted.
Did David join the protest because he realised his post lacked academic rigor?
Maybe he was there to mock them. Why? Organisers of the vigil asked participants to come along with lanterns, candles, torchlights or any other thing that gives them light when the lights go off to show their frustration. Well, the ‘comedian of excellence’ was spotted distributing candles. Was that a real intent or he was being sarcastic? As if he meant to say, “Your protest will not be heard because the dead goat syndrome is still at work. If you want light, take these…”
If it is none of the above, then he is an obsessed attention seeker. Sometimes, I feel he decided to oppose the #dumsormuststop trend because he wanted his name to be trending on virtually all platforms. I think he deserves an applause because it worked perfectly for him. At least, he got me writing a whole article about him. But how does that make him funny?
I have heard him on various platforms trying to do a damage control. He keeps saying he never mentioned “vigil” in his post so that means he was not against the vigil but “a certain trend that had started on social media where people were using foul language, insulting the president about dumsor must stop. I thought that was not good….people were not patient to understand what I was trying to say, they just jumped into conclusion and some of the media also twisted the whole story and people started insulting and so I seized making sense to people. I never said I wasn’t going to come for this vigil. I only said I wasn’t going to jump on a certain trend where people were being too insulting.”
Now, that is interesting! You know why? David Oscar is a poor communicator. The said statement has no connection with the interpretation he has given. It clear that either he is a hypocrite or an attention seeker.