I was between the ages of ten (10) to thirteen (13). However, at this age I could read and see who was telling me the truth or who was doing the right thing. I knew wrong from right. It was a big compound house we had, where all my grandmothers shared a semi a touch huts.
Her hut was in the middle of the two grandmothers. I also remember that the other two grandmothers where closer friends to each other than her. She was the first grandmother my grandfather married, making her the elderly wife and hence the first love of his husband(true love). She was followed by my owned grandmother and then the last grandmother.
I observed that she never like dirt. She is always the first to sweep or tightened her compound or surroundings. Growing up as a kid, I was very found of her all the time. Honestly I don't know why but now I think its because she was an honest hearted person. When she goes to the market and returning she always makes sure to buy us some sweets or "edibles" for us regardless if we belong to her or not. I don't think it was the sweet that makes her dear to me. There was something extra. Several times when I take her gifts my grandmother or the last grandmother will call me secretly, take the Sweet's destroyed it or throw it away. Aaaah why? I will exclaimed. I don't get it. All their answers are she is a witch? At that time I never understood the concept of witchcraft but I had a feeling something was " fishy".
When she cooks and fetched for us, that food or soup will never be tasted by us. She cooks luxurious, with all the meat and fishes in the soup, how could such soup be thrown away? I reason. I never got an answer to these my questions until today. I write with conviction that it was all about hatred, its insecurity that makes another woman called her own woman a witch. She was out spoken, she never tolerate nonsense, she speaks off her mind regardless of who is involved. She dares all the time to speak the truth in front of any man, let alone women. She fears none! She was a proud mother of over seven children. The point is if she was a witch as claimed why did she not harm or kill her children. She loved and cared for her kids and any other kids equally, no discrimination. Why should a woman strength be seen as witchcraft? Why should a woman confidence be a threat to her own society?
Today, I beat my chest in boldness and with pride that I do not believe in witchcraft. There is no witchcraft and they are no witches. This name tag is perceived by society and it own insecurities. As a Christian I also know the Bible very well indicated that He(God) created us in his own image. If we are created in God's image does that also means that God is a Witch? I do not disagree with the fact that at sometime wickedness is paradox as witchcraft. So if wickedness is witchcraft which one of us in this platform can be exempted? Have you not in a time acted wickedly towards your neighbour before? See, we all are imperfect beings and as much as hard, we can try to be good and do good but at some point we have all acted wickedly stabbing one another with pain. Is that witchcraft for you? No! That is imperfections!
If your answer is yes, then we all are witches. Yes you acted wickedly so you are also a witch? Why should few be segregated into camps? Without protection and care for them? That again is witchcraft.
Again, I wonder why only widows and the elderly or old age women are referred to as "witches"? Is this a strategy to weaken self esteem? To make them vulnerable in the society. You think about that! The Bible even gave prestige to widows and fatherless sons. It says, anybody that harms any of these two groups, He(God) will avenge in their behalf. What a tender love God has for widows.
A week ago, I posted here about my petition to close down an alleged "witches" camp in the northern part of Ghana. This is an extension to the post. These women are innocent as dove's and do not deserved this treatment that they are currently going through. Believe me or not its a fact. You can reason as to where they will go after their released? Or about their family willingness to take them back? And the brouhaha, but my answer will still remained the same. Freedom for all! Even God gave us the freedom of free will. To chose to obey him or not. Why should we denied others this freedom? If later the petition goes through and other widows still wants to remains in the camp, fine that is their free will and at their own risk isn't it? However, currently please rally strongly behind my back so together we will effect this over forty years (40yrs) change. At least if not for anything but for this years widows day 23-06-19.
Thanks for reading and following through with me. If you are for the petition please sign and share.