Shatta Wale

Dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale has waded into the #FixTheCountry debate as he describes the activists calling on government to do the needful as, “educated fools and disappointed graduates.”

In a series of posts on Facebook on Tuesday, the multiple award-winning singer wrote: “Educated fools and disappointmented [sic] graduates saying #FixTheCountry. Fix yourself cheap thinkers.”

Born Charles Nii Armah Mensah, the singer said the country’s problem is its youth who cannot stand up and fight for themselves.

He said aggrieved youth engaging in social media activism won’t get anywhere if they don’t fix themselves.

In the last few months, Ghanaian youth have taken to social media to demand accountability, good governance and better living conditions from government. 

FixTheCountry advocacy which began in May has garnered huge support since campaigners, largely the youth, have been highlighting some of the inadequacies in the country.

Government in its response to the aggrieved youth outlined initiatives it has implemented including the Nation Builders’ Corp (NABCO), National Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) to build the human capital in the country.

But the protestors say the impact of these initiatives have not been felt on the ground.

Attempts by the campaigners to embark on a street protest have been foiled by the police through a court action but the campaign continued unabated online.

The recent murder of one of the #FixTheCountry activists by a mob in Ejura in the Ashanti Region appears to have strengthened the resolve of the campaigners, who point to the killing of Mohammed Kaaka as a symptom of Ghana’s rotten social fabric and political system.