#GHgot: The Long Harmattan

Harmattan is Ghana’s version of winter. Not unlike Ned Stark’s Winterfell, the dry, dusty winds that blow from the Sahara desert bring very unlikable comforts.

The Stark words are full of foreboding. The coming winter has been predicted since the Northerners have known snow. Right at the beginning of the book, GRR Martin utilizes foreshadowing to tell us of imminent peril through the sighting of the dire wolves. The antler that kills the mother wolf is equally portentous, and throughout the series, we keep reading of the long, cold, night that has been coming since the beginning. As the cold winds blow southerly, the White Walkers follow it (or lead it). They promise the end of the world as we know it, with dead men walking and the glory of the Night King returned.

In Ghana’s Game of Thrones, the people of Gonjaland speak of harmattan and its gruesome promise…

From the deep north where the vast Shivering Sand rests like a shape-shifting demon, the wind will sweep down cold and terrible. A golden mist will shade the sun like the breath of some Paga Spirit. Wings of fear will settle on the masses… the fear of water, the fear of bare skin, and with it will come the stink of bodies many weeks unwashed. Grown men will turn white as death, their knuckles weak and dry as bone; the White Walkers, they have been called before.

The voices of babies will rise as a dirge weaves between mourners, for their mothers will hide wet nipples, and their pampers will be frozen cold so there will come from their groins something hard and erect, and their fathers will look on with little love and much envy, and will vow to take back the milks of their dowries. Such a day lovers will enjoy bloody kisses, and the shea nut trees will reign like the Weirwood, and the children of the ancestors will be watching…

Thus, have the ancestors forewarned; Harmattan is Coming!



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 John Mahama was Ned Stark,” 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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