Dogs do not actually prefer bones to meat; it is just that no one ever gives them meat. ~ Akan (Ghana)
Are you meant to be poor? Is your social condition “normal” and permanent? These are perhaps some of the questions you might ask yourself. With the above proverb, the Akan people of Ghana try to create that sense of consciousness amongst themselves and discourage one from accepting their negative social situation without trying hard to change it positively. To be able to achieve much in one’s life, they need to first change themselves.
When leaders asked for your votes and later abandoned their promises and left you in a usual precarious situation, if you did not insist on a change, your situation becomes a “norm.” Likewise, the failures or impunities on the part of the leaders, which you have accepted are indirectly legitimatized. Other leaders follow the same pattern of gross inefficiency and rampant deceit.
Clearly, you are not destined to be poor, but by accepting your miserable situation, you legalize and normalize your situation. Obviously, you do not – and no one does – prefer to remain in your terrible position; in fact, you would have most likely, preferred a better and more humane life condition, but you do not have the opportunity to be in such a good condition. However, not having that opportunity does not mean you cannot be in such a condition. You sure can. You can change your situation. For you to do so, you need to go for a change in order to achieve it.
Of course, like any other proverbs, the above proverb has other meanings. Could you share your own interpretation of the above proverb on Kata Kata?
Read our full humorous cartoon story “Useni and his Dog” and have yourself a laugh: https://katakata.org/useni-and-his-dog/