#GHgot: The North Remembers

The people of the north will never forget their contributions to the history of their land.

In George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, the North is a cold and hard place that breeds hard men. From the Kastarks to the Umbers and Mormonts, the northerners have in them resilience and grit that other inhabitants of Westeros do not possess. They have features that are in stark contrast to their southern counterparts. Eddard Stark and Jon Snow bear these in their long, solemn faces, their dull, grey eyes highlighted as giving nothing away.

The cold, snowy plains teach them the value of staying together, for warmth and for protection. Love is known in a northerner’s face by another northerner, and all those south of the neck do not belong. They have their own gods, their own names, and possibly, they would bow to their own kin before some king in the south.

From the outside it looks like a plain populated by a band of rough, uncultured men; blame not the men but the land. The ferocious cold of its lands makes it difficult for outsiders to survive, meaning the inhabitants, from the Starks to the Mormonts and even the southerly Manderlys, enjoy millennia of kinship that has bred loyalty beyond the Iron Throne. It is this loyalty that gathers the Flints and mountain tribes around Stannis Baratheon on his quest to free Ned’s girls. It is this loyalty that causes Lord Wyman to betray the Boltons by daring the Onion Knight to go after Rickon Stark. It is this loyalty, ultimately, that made Jon Snow one with the Freefolk, earning him Ygritte’s love and the trust of Mance Rayder. Making him king!

 

In Ghana, the three northern regions show scenes of lush greens and bursting fruits in the short rainy season. Come the dry season, however, and the lands transform into a hot, arid plain where the sun sits like a cauldron of torment. The air is still and humid. Put plainly, southerners shun the place.

Just like the North in ASOIAF, those whose ancestries are traced to the three northern regions have a bond beyond the divisive world of politics. When a man filled with pent up stereotypes points and says such-and-such about the north, it is in reference to each and every one of the many ethnic groups.

For this reason, the NDC are in a particular fix regarding the presidential candidate they put forward in 2018. Casting Mahama aside in favour of a southern candidate might have political repercussions on the northern front. Political divisions would deepen where first only cracks existed. They are bonded like that, the north.

In addition to their togetherness, there is a strikingly similar characteristic to them that makes them different. Whether with single cross-cheek marks or the multiple face-long strikes, the northern ethnic groups sometimes bear tribal marks that are as distinguishable from those from the south as rice differs from maize. That remarkable facial expression is visible on former president, John Dramani Mahama. The North Remembers!

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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