By Francis Anthony Govia
If I were a slave, work would never be completed. No purpose would ever be achieved. I would take no orders.
If I were a slave, no man would be my master. No thoughts would be inspired by me. No vision of mine would ever take form.
If I were a slave I would not propagate. I would not agitate for any cause. There would be no ideas, no values, no commitments for which I could live.
But what if I were a free man?
As a free man my labor is bountiful. My vision is limitless. My energy is sustainable, and my aspirations are unrivaled. Yet, my use to a society founded on the principles of exploitation may still be zero.
And there is the source of my dilemma. For I who wish to love, live, propagate and aspire to more than I have been given must accept the fate that I must exist as partly slave and partly free man.
And he who wishes to capitalize from my existence must appear to be a benefactor of my freedom.
A Cry of Freedom was painted in acrylic on canvas by Ghanaian artist Desmond Boamah.