Kwesi Tawiah, a young fella hailing from the Eastern regional town of Nsawam but now residing in Kumasi to eke a living says life is becoming unbearable since his mother passed about three years ago leaving his good self, two other brothers and a sister to fend for themselves.
Tawiah asserts that his father’s inability to fend for them put so much stress and burden on their farmer mother till she passed.
“My mother managed to cater for the four children she bore from primary school to Senior High School without a pesewa from my father,” Tawiah stressed painting a rather gloom picture of a negligent father.
Because he had arrears to clear in school, Kwesi Tawiah is unable able to check out his WASSCE results to even know if he passed the exams.
Concerned about his sister’s wellbeing, Tawiah sought jobs to earn a wage to fend for his sister so she advances through the educational system but despite putting in the work, he’s wasn’t paid his commission for months. The frustrations compelled him to move and now sells Fan Milk Limited’s frozen ice creams, FanYogo yoghurt, Fan Ice and related products.
Its tough work he says, pushing the ice cream truck from Adum Pampaso to KNUST Junction but despite his best efforts sometimes falters to even sell GHc30 worth of products, a situation which compels him to sleep on an empty stomach.
Life’s turbulent wind swaying him at will sometimes gives him the urge to resort to ‘blood money’ or ‘sakawa’ where a ritualist performs rituals for him to become wealthy but courage fails him at the most crucial time .
“My younger sister who lives our father’s house with my step mother is suffering. The stepmother is treating her bad. She has hired a land and farming on it at Nsawam making her do tedious work.”
“If my mother is to be alive, we wouldn’t have gone into this kind of situation,” he concluded.
Folks who wish to support Kwesi Tawiah or her sister can contact journalist Kamal Ahmed who is based in Kumasi on 0579552094 for more details.
By Kamal Ahmed