#GHgot: Worlds Apart

Ghana's GOT: Martin Amidu and Lord Beric Dondarrion

The lightning rod is ever present on the heraldry of Beric’s House. Martin, fierce and resilient, wears his on his face.

(This part of Martin’s Kiss of Life; a Ghana’s Game of Thrones series.)

Beric in Blackhaven

When we first meet him, the Lightning Lord is all chivalry and knightly beauty. His red-gold hair is shiny in the sun, his armour and starry cloak dashed with a bolt of lightning. He is described so favourably that Jeyne Poole looked like she would have kissed him if he’d asked her to. Little else is known of this man who came to win the Hand’s tourney, but very obvious is his unflinching loyalty to justice.

As Lord of Blackhaven and vassal to the Storm Lands, Beric of House Dondarrion is the model servant. His unwavering support for his drunken King is displayed when he declares to the Hound later in the series: “Robert is slain, but his realm remains. And we defend her.” His first death came from carrying out his ‘King’s’ orders to bring justice to a giant tormentor of lives. And for the rest of his deaths, his unflinching loyalty to the truth is portrayed in his fight against looters and raiders. Despite the injustice perpetuated by the Lannisters, Lord Beric’s battle is an affront to the Iron Throne.

Martin in Ghana

At first glance, Martin’s life in the north of Ghana appears different from the man from the southern Dornish Marches. While one was raised a Lord and betrothed to the Lady of a noble House, the other emerged from humble beginnings that involved a spectacular dislike for education. His hometown in the north of Ghana is everything but splendid. Stereotypes abound about the harsh weather and the conducts of their people. These differences end just where they began, however, and we find they are two sides of the same coin; they share initial allegiance to the ruling forces.

Ghana is Westeros

Just like Beric, Martin Amidu was a key member of Ghana’s government before his vigilante days began. It’s believed he played an important role in drafting the NDC’s vision at the approach of Ghana’s 1992 elections. He has been at the Attorney General’s office for twelve years of his public office life. He served as deputy to Ghana’s Justice Minister under the PNDC before Mills appointed him for the substantive post. Eventually, though, this loyalty to the NDC House, as it were, would turn to something else.

If there was anything that defines Mr Amidu’s existence on our airwaves, it was his continuous undermining of the then ruling government’s attempt at projecting an honest face. For years he cut deep into the bone of their existence, chipping away at an ever reducing integrity of the party founded on the principles of probity and accountability. Stories tell of how Martin lost his AG post by making corruption allegations against his colleagues. Where Beric revolted against king Joffery, Martin revolted against his president. Beric has been declared a rogue and a bandit by the King and his supporters among the Freys and Lannisters. Martin Amidu has been condemned by elements sympathetic to the government he rejected. His reference to rented elements within the media is equally well documented. Only recently, a petition was signed by NDC big-talkers to have him disciplined for his conduct. Like a flash of lightning, the Kaiser evaded them, emerging later in another role that might well haunt them for a long time.




Ghana’s Game of Thrones (#Ghgot) is an analysis of events and characters in A Song of Ice and Fire and the Ghanaian political scene. Rather than drawing a like-for-like comparison between the characters considered, the features seek to juxtapose events in the characters of the series with similar events on the Ghanaian scene. Thus, it is a typical “4 Game of Thrones Moments on the Ghanaian Political Scene,” or “The 3 times when John Rawlings was Tywin Lannster,” kind of analysis. Unless where stated explicitly, the parallels drawn are to be taken at face value. They are in no way an attempt to predict or portray the real political and moral lives of the persons concerned.
This is written without judgement. 

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