“A people who ignore their history (culture) condemn themselves to not knowing the present”, Fynn and Fenning. How can you understand your position in the world, country when we have ignored the very thing that constitute our entirety, our identity. For our refusal to claim our true selves and better understand ourselves is what has caused the neglect of the Sissala people in Ghana for all these years even though we have provided great sons and daughters who served this nation and currently are the largest producer of maize etc to the food basket of Ghana. Our roads are death traps, the people are poor and the rest as usual are tales. Can we begin to imbibe in the younger generations what it means to come from these parts of our country. Can we ignite the pride, loyalty, high sense of patriotism that can go a long way to doing the right things and prevent any self centered individuals from taking advantage of us as a people. Our great history speaks for itself. Even during the time of the missionary educationists, we used to have “cultural activities” where every student participated and identified themselves with their culture and history. I do not think this is nonreligious and barbaric as we are made to believe. We see other parts of the world try establishing their identity even with History that is not theirs. This is shown in movies, books etc yet we do little. I will however be unfair if I do not acknowledge the works of institutions like the “Sissala Heritage Foundation”.
The way of life of a group of people is an entrepot that has kept the portal of generations coming and going. They way people do things; speak, talk, marry, fight, etc varies and an improvement in these already existing infrastructure, way of life is what we term as development.
On the other hand, when we attain a high level of this development is civilization. It is not copying blindly what other people have done without adopting it to suit you is what’s termed as development or civilization. Thus, we have gotten the concept of development and civilization wrong as Sissala’s, Ghanaians and Africans as a whole. This write-up seeks to bring to light how the Sissala culture has been an instrument of self identity and patriotism, Education, discipline and community development which seems to be some what lost to the so called ” western culture”.