Some years ago India and Ghana were involved in a football match. Anytime the Indians kick the ball, it turns into a blazing metallic ball and enters the Ghana goal post. Anytime the ball gets to the Ghanaian players, it again turns into a blazing metallic ball so they could not kick it. The Indians managed to score 1000 goals through this strategy. In the dying moments of the game, Mfum, a striker of the Ghanaian side had a fine opportunity, as he got ready to kick the ball, it turned again into the blazing form. This time he threw caution to the wind and kicked the hot metal so hard that it went straight into the Indian post and even tore the net. The match ended 1000 – 1 in favour of India. Mfum’s leg got swollen and he could not walk again. India was subsequently banned from football. In the part of the world where I grew up, this was the ‘historic reason’ given for why India is not seen in any football competition. Did you also hear a similar story when you were growing up?
Many of these fictitious history are still making rounds in this country. This dangerous relay of fiction as history was what most of us were fed with as kids. Luckily for some of us, education opened our eyes to some of the falsehood behind these ridiculous tales. Funny enough, this practice seem to resurrect in another form all together. This time it possesses a threat to the very core of the documented history we are leaving behind for the generation unborn. The dangerous practice in journalism now where some journalists for their own mischievous reasons write fiction and put it out as real news (happenings) is getting out of hand.
Today, people who call themselves journalists do total works of fiction and put them out as things that actually happened. Unfortunately, these stories will be preserved and served to the unborn generation as the authentic history of their country. If you think this story of Ghana and India is ridiculous, just go through some of our print and Social Media sites. You will be shocked to the bone. I believe it is high time the appropriate authorities and the general public call these mischievous people to order. We should document real happenings, not fictitious lies.