How to Motivate Bribery as a Performance in Ghana Police (Motor-Transport Division)


Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born ends with a scene in which a soldier stops a trɔtrɔ; then some ostensibly commonplace exchanges occur. Here is some background: Kwame Nkrumah’s government has just been overthrown by the military who have set up security checks to ensure stability. Now back to the scene: after being stopped at this checkpoint, the driver takes out a booklet, sticks a note in it and hands it to the soldier. The military man peruses the booklet with a serious demeanor, removes the note and hands the booklet back to the driver who continues his journey. The military personnel, driver and his passengers behave like this is a banal thing, but Armah wants his reader to note a problem.

It is telling that most readers will know why this incident reeks of corruption.  For the non-initiated, the note in the…

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