Watch Them Gamble Lives, Destroy Public Health, And Complain After…
African journalists must work a lot harder and understand the importance of timely interventions and enough efforts, not just efforts. Whereas African cultures are broadly diverse, African governments, including journalists, are relatively the same, with very little difference. They under copy instead of learning or at least rightly copy… We must understand the importance of setting and raising standards and confronting excuses, especially by governments and businesses.
We will have to narrow it to few verifiable examples, but do you understand the problem is way beyond the detailed examples and Gambia as an example?
Last night while traveling from Barra to Banjul, I again went from admiring how God blessed Africa with kindness above most places. Shortly after, I was distressed by the incompetence of a broad range of professional Africans than ordinary Africans.
I love Africa, the place or where, but I see the average Africans as a ‘burden’ and opportunity to teach, for God to pay. Whereas I am pretty certain that God will pay and already pay for my efforts, the bonus will always be seeing actual change, but what is enough difference, and shouldn’t I be thankful for the privileges? Being thankful must include inviting fellow human beings to seek the same privileges the indifferent may remind you to be grateful for.
I will skip the long waits for a ferry, to and fro. It was around 9 pm. I boarded the ferry from Barra to Banjul, and the sweet breeze, plus the moonlight, made me feel better than sleeping with the average African or earthly woman, who often loves to be begged.
It felt so good, so fresh, that it rejuvenated my desire to own a “million dollar’ yacht within a year and be spending some nights in the waters of the Lord, some days every month and almost any time of the year, while in Africa.
We are in October, and many western countries are in one-digit weather, heading towards minus and in two digits. Anyway, that great feeling was short-lived. Minutes after, two small boats with very few lights crossed very close to the ferry. I thought the low standard of lights of the boats were gambling lives. They may claim they did it for decades without big disaster, but it is a lot more than seeing your waterways. The waters and air are secondary blessings to humankind. We have limited control over them and must be extra careful in such an environment. A yacht, ferry, fishing trawlers, etc., can easily hit such under-lighted boats.
It often takes a disaster for Africans to underreact. After a couple of boats sank in the Gambia, they mandated life jackets, but under investigate why the boats sank and why we should have annual boat inspections like we have vehicle inspections and demand needed maintenance where need be.
The sad reality is the government may collect fees and do almost no work. The tiny Gambia has no identified waterways, and how many are in your country compared to vehicle roads? They offer no water GPS for local water travels to avoid rocks, or why should you pay for international GPS at robbery rates and not include local water routes?
A couple of years ago, The Gambia Tourist Bureau for water-related told me to pay D20,000 ($400) to transport tourists, and that is just one of the fees to get started, not taxes. So it is literally permission to use the waters in dangerous ways because they refuse to invest half of that money to have waterways and local GPS?
That money is to pay folks in suits and big gowns for going to school, not necessarily serve in any significant ways. If I owned a media house, I would have consulted the Minister of Tourism, defense, water resources, etc., and suggested how they must raise the standards or risk a nasty confrontation that will cost them money. Instead, using the Gambia’s navy and consulting countries like the UK, we can set up a team that will identify enough waterways and raise red flags or double identification of all dangerous water spots.
We will tell them your citizens come as tourists, and it is vital to help minimize any accident. We need Xyz experts for ways and GPS. We will train and give such for the D20,000 fee payers. High fees and taxation without necessary service are worse than colonization. If they refuse to act, I will wait until the middle of the tourist season and run a headline on how dangerous Gambian waters can be? Some Gambians will get mad or join me to protest and raise the standards to a safer level. The local boat owners get spin-off benefits. Like vehicles, we should demand all boats to have at least four lights and preferably different colors to identify the entire length of the approaching water vehicle.
Minutes after the boat issue, I discovered the ferry cabins were not lighted. So thousands of people sat in the dark for about thirty minutes. That is a perfect example of destroying public health openly. Human knowledge reveals we can ruin our eyes by opening them in the dark. It is troubling to consider the thousands of people who saw or knew the dangers, not just the inconvenience, and it still didn’t make any or enough headlines to effect change.
How many journalists and health workers use the ferry at night and do not feel like it is a dangerous example to the public? Where is the writing evidence that the educated folks at the ferry demanded regular or solar-powered bulbs for the ferry?
They protest for higher pay but gamble the very health of their customers with silence? Should I ask my God to give them eye diseases or worse for committing sins between creatures, from negligence to cruelty? The journalists who skipped such reporting and complained about not having enough staff or medicine at the eye clinic should also be imprecated against, or will they repent?
Which media house dare headline president Barrow, minister Xyz, and manager Xyz are destroying the eyes of Gambians by refusing to buy lights for the ferry and how many public places in and beyond the Gambia? They refuse to invest a few hundred on lights, took millions in loans to ‘cure’ eye problems and accidents through diminished seeing capabilities?
The Marijuana activist knows Marijuana helps with glaucoma. However, I still care about my eyes and the eyes of my neighbor, who may fear Marijuana or be denied access or even medical cannabis. Therefore, I demand the journalists in every African country to learn and employ rigorous journalism for a much better Africa.
Even from the middle of the sea, I can see the well-lighted cargo ships of the west, around Banjul, despite having limited people… We cannot complain about the cost. God has immensely reduced our burden through overworking Asians, mainly in China.
Certain coincidences are overwhelmingly beyond humans and even the praised journalists may be guilty of indifference and under echoing the best of us, including this Marijuana guy who prides in truth over intelligence. Yet he verifiably claims to be more intelligent than many of your adored westerners and a lot more truthful than the u.s and western governments, businesses, and people. God sent me not only to countries but also to specific places even within Africa to teach me and reteach people.
I was from a poor village with little hanging solar lights; I saw boats that make thousands but under-invest on the mornings. I saw ferries that make millions yet refuse to invest even hundreds of dollars for customers’ eyes; I saw cargo ships that make millions from the rich and poor, too, light their ships properly.
Then God was sending me to a particular street with fascinating individual and community lighting for safer streets? 18 street of Lamin Daranka is a verifiable example of God’s work through people that journalists and government under echoed? The street at the Petro Gas station towards Lamin Daranka market, around John Pickering senior secondary school.
I addressed the area as ‘Simple Addressing Example for Africa ‘, but the Gambia government do not value addressing enough and seem to be indifferent from getting the best type of addressing versus other lower forms of addressing; the Gambian media also seemed to enjoy complaining about addressing more than echoing solution-oriented activists.
I can address any African country in under three months. Anyway, I want to focus more on lightening than managing, just highlighting how God works beyond lights in this neighborhood. Every Gambian media house should consider visiting from the first boulevard, on 18 street, to around seven crescent (CR).
The street has lights that seem like a compound owner convinced fellow compound owners to act without government or NGO. They use the 28 watts led bulbs that are reasonably bright and cost just about four dollars, then some braces and wired from home. Simple, imperfect, but serving to be copied or improved by neighborhoods willing to learn. I suspect around ten dollars per compound for the setup and limited running cost with the mounts and electrician labor.
Imagine if a Gambian media house took the initiative to learn and teach about community street lighting. Who initiated this move, and why s/he stop around 7 CR, or is s/he indifferent to other neighbors? How about charging a little extra to distant neighbors?
Then cover it to inspire others and to do a better job. Imagine the countless electricians in this neighborhood or the Gambia waiting for work, but how about creating one? Writing a short letter to about five hundred compounds, I want to make our community safer.
For nearly ten or Xyz dollars, the electrical company or I will install a wired or solar-powered bulb at your gate as charity to your visitors, passing folks, or your very children. It will reduce falls, robbery, walking on muds, etc. Will we install a light with a camera for fifty or Xyz dollars and imagine the countless benefits?
This is a special just for this month. Is myself or Xyz NGO partially sponsoring it? Five hundred compounds by ten dollars are how much? You videotape the neighborhood and take it to the journalists, who may accuse you of wanting free advertisements because they are blind to how safety can raise their income or reduce their complaining? Or better, take it to another village head, and he may distribute the letters for you, and it can be your weekend work, plus possible spin-off that a compound owner may contract you for other work?
Then a journalist with so much love for Africa will write it in a way that will make a Ghanian or Nigerian in the Gambia forward to favorite media in their countries, and they may apply it faster than the Gambia. Then the Lord of atom’s weight may give you billion-dollar happiness through Marijuana or his choosing or may open other opportunities for you.
African journalists should also learn to work together a lot more. The Gambian press union can contact few press unions and suggest how to collaborate more than our questionable executives collaborate. This can include building or renting a place to house 10 to 20 journalists at a far cheaper rate than hotels.
Imagine the Ghanian or Senegalese press unions working with the Gambia press union, sending two journalists for one to three months. Sometimes it is not just what you may learn, but by teaching, the Lord often reteaches you a lot more. Experiencing places can be very rewarding, but the journalists must also be ready to sacrifice. You cannot expect perdiem from these struggling media houses.
It can be open and optional. With smartphones, you can easily learn French, Portuguese, or any language, and even one-month real practice of such language in a far country like Cameroon instead of Senegal, means your French Improve to help your fellow Africans, not just if you travel to France or Quebec of Canada. Our journalists must see beyond money and must collaborate a lot more for African uplifting or even unity.
Running from standards due to politics or fear of the lowest people is a huge problem in Africa. President Barrow quoted an imperfect saying of an adored westerner, and he applies it in the worst way. He said, ‘ when the people fear the authorities, that is tyranny; when the authorities fear the people, freedom/liberty. That is just partially factual, and this Marijuana guy is blessed with intelligence higher than many adored westerners. The reality is fear, greed, and arrogance are common enemies. The fact is, when the people fear authorities, that is tyranny; when the authorities fear the people, that is mayhem and a different form of tyranny. I will give you both African and western examples. No sane person Will deny it. If you study the words and actions of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, etc, you will honestly Conclude they had sympathy for enslaved and oppressed blacks. But then, they feared the evolved Majority of white America then. That fear was not freedom. It delayed freedom. The majority is not always right. A great leader is supposed to have the courage to educate a mistaken majority, which will gradually subdue. Present-day examples, a significant percentage of African leaders understand Marijuana should be legalized, but their fear of the majority of ignorant Africans translates to continuous oppression, not freedom. One term limit is among our best bets to avoid such fear of the majority and free Africa from many forms of government evil to satisfy public desire over genuine public interest, development.
While the Gambia ferries had problems, the boat docking station built in Banjul was widely covered by the Gambia’s media as an improvement. However, rather than urging the building of more docking stations around the country, they have taken it down for months now. We have little or no media coverage as to why we are running from standards. You cannot tell me journalists did not travel that route for months. Would they rather have people carrying people towards the boat instead of walking on a dock to a boat? I think you guys are already crazy; while lying, Marijuana will make us crazy, not the millions of Americans who now use it from medical to recreational? It takes some extremely stupid and indifferent officials to think the working rights of dozens of people are more vital than the safety and wellbeing of the thousands of people who use a boat.
Life must not be measured with just the immediate effects. The fat person who wants to walk to the boat must not be Gambling or told she must use the ferry. I have heard numerous reports when people are dropped by their carriers, they may not make it to media coverage, but that does not mean no damage is done. One is too much, but if ten people are going to tax-financed hospitals or local healers over such falls, or our refusal to accept higher standards, we are in serious trouble for failing to ‘exhort each other to the truth…’, as per ch. 103. Great journalists would have confronted the minister of health and interior with countless examples. How many properties fell and get destroyed through such carrying? How about the long-term effects of the falls? In one of my crossings, an about seventy-year-old laborer with a vivid skin disease on his neck offered to carry me. Although I used my mind and refused, can you imagine if that person carries two hundred people and infect about a hundred a month?
The journalists, the health Minister and officials, and maybe even me and you may be a lot more guilty than we may assume. Standard in public space and businesses are vital, but you foolishly think policing personal rights like Marijuana usage is our task? We should just advise and let God judge or reward on personal issues. May God bless show love Trinity: Let’s learn, work, and have fun.