Fauster Atta Mensah made a grand appearance on Ghana’s most trusted and authentic voice, formerly, the pulse (pause) of the nation. After that triumphant entry and appearance on our national television, the letter D has been properly inserted into the gentleman’s name ( F-R-A-U-D-S-T-E-R) to befit the illusion adventure he has indulged in all this while. There was a general uproar especially on social media as to why Fauster will engage in that level of self-deceit and public deceit and how GTV allowed themselves to be fooled by his photoshop antics.
UN-awarded Nobel Prize laureate Fauster and Moomen the great interviewer were virtually ‘lynched’. Reading the commentaries, I asked myself a question, ARE WE INNOCENT OF THE CRIME FOR WHICH WE ARE TEARING FAUSTER APART? Forget about Moomen for the moment. Let us focus on Dr Fauster as I choose to call him. Is he a strange thing that happened to GTV, the church of Pentecost and Ghana?
In Fauster’s wildest world of illusion he is a Nobel Prize laureate, chairman of many international boards, a great multi-lingual mathematician, a member of NASA and many others. That is the level to which he deceived himself and others. Maybe he should be given a national award titled Order of the Grandmaster of Illusion and Deceit. However, will it be fair to give this award to Fauster? Are there not so many other Fausters? Is there not a Fauster in each of us? Are there not many Fausters holding ‘leadership’ positions in this country?
Akosua Aboagyewaa Abebrease is your name. You were born with a fine skin which is just a little lighter than kiwi shoe polish. Your mum is a renowned ‘momoni, koobi and kako’ seller at Kumasi’s central market. She raised all her six children through this trade and built a house out of it. Your dad is a station master at the Asafo lorry station. You completed Krobo-Odumasi Secondary School and have struggled with Nov-Dec for three years so you resigned to some cosmetics selling business and you are doing so well. That is your original identity.
However your name on facebook is Richlove Akosua Darlington. You are known in twitter spheres as Pweedy Richlove. To your peers and numerous male suitors, your mum is a China-Dubai-Ghana business woman who imports canned fish and deep freezers and your dad has been out of the country since you were a kid. Your facebook profile tells us that you attended University of Cape Coast. Your pictures on social media show that you are as fair as Miss Nelson the actress, which is a far cry from your smooth kiwi colour. My dear sister, the only difference between you and Fauster is that you have not appeared on GTV yet. Just like Fauster, you also have Spanish and Portuguese ‘passing inside when you are speaking English’ simply because you are trying to speak like Richlove Darlington instead of Akosua Abrebrease of Bompata.
Thy Kingdom Tordzevu Nyagadedzordzorge is the name given to you at birth. It is also seen on your voters ID card and your other documents. However you are known in private life as Todd Quarshie. You are not proud of the Culture and Tourism degree you hold and go about telling people you dropped out of medical school but went back to school to read Telecommunication Engineering. And like the GTV folks, you let a lot of people believe you simple because you work at the MTN office. As to exactly what you do there, only you and your ancestors from Agbozume know.
You have sold your real identity cheaply on social media just to fit in and get accepted into some social media clique ,blocks and cults. You were lucky enough to have travelled to Austria for three months on the students summer program. However on your illusion and bragging sheets, you have been to most parts of Europe and have stayed in America for over a year. To the ladies, your favourite food is chips and chicken. Meanwhile you are my closest competitor when it comes to a gari feast. My brother, clap for yourself. Fauster will be so proud of such a comrade. The only difference between you and Fauster is that NASA has not yet granted you access to their system.
Have you met that aspiring MP who goes about promising the electorates that he will build schools, roads, banks, malls, hospitals and the like for them if he becomes their MP? He has the spirit of Fauster in him. Those who believe him are just like the folks who gave Fauster audience. There is a double-fold of Fauster in that politician who climbs the podium to tell the people that once he becomes president, everything will be fine and they will enjoy heaven on earth. Do you remember that fake certificate you used to get that job? That is a fauster spirit right there.
So you see, Atta Mensah became the most popular Fauster of 2014 because he was courageous enough to take it to the doors of the Church of Pentecost and the authentic voice of the nation. However there are many other Fauster species that walk our streets every day.