Notes to broadcasters
One of the major concerns in developing countries is the way in which successive
governments have, through their actions and their inactions, intensified poverty. No wonder that, in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), poverty eradication has gained a place of honour as a key indicator in the measurement of people’s growth and well-being, especially the marginalized.
Poverty reduction has been a key goal in all international aid to low-income countries since the 1990s. In 2000, the United Nations Millennium Summit adopted the Millennium Development Goals, the first of which was eradicating extreme poverty. Poverty extends beyond a lack of income and touches on issues of social inclusion, opportunities, capacities, security, and empowerment.
This year, Mr Boni andhis family harvest nothing at the end of the season and Boni must wait for the dry season before he can earn money. Boniyo, Boni’s wife, steps in as the main breadwinner for the family. She is expected to support the family through petty trading, but events don’t go as planned.
The drama opens with Boni’s lamentation about the struggles of life in Bonikope. Boni then persuades his wife to go to the District Assembly for a poverty alleviation loan. But unfortunately his wife is involved in an accident. Boni uses the plight of his wife to insist that the chief of the village summon a meeting to ensure that the village has more control over development projects in the District. The drama begins in a dilapidated house. The walls of the house are not painted and the house has no window.
Boni – Head of family
Boniyo – Wife of Boni
Bonibi – Son of Boni
Gossip – A female member of the community
Nene – Chief of Bonikope
Boni and Boniyo’s house
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At the chief’s palace
At the chief’s palace
Let us wake from our slumber and ask questions when projects are brought to us. Let us consider the cost of the project, what long-term benefits it will bring, and let us use our local knowledge nurtured over generations. To alleviate our suffering we need honest and transparent relations with government, quality services and reliable social amenities. These are the indicators that Bonikope is a strong and successful community. Things like safe and clean water, employment opportunities, electricity, and a good road network. It is time for us to take responsibility for our own future and voice our concerns and our opinions. This is the only way that poverty in our community can be eliminated.
Contributed by Mr. Isaac Djagbletey, with assistance from Ms Alexandra Hyde and Mr. Kofi Larweh, Radio Ada, Ghana.
Reviewed by: Ajoy Bista, PhD candidate, University of Guelph, Canada.