SUULIA NO BE GOAL is a painting on the topic of The Colonial Independence of Nations.
''A statue has no sovereignty, for with a tamed tongue, it surrenders to the harsh weather conditions outside the castle in shame and humility. It is freedom and reason that make us human, take that away and we are all only insovereign statues of a spirit-broken man outside towering castles, corroding away in a coup d'etat of the rain's acid, the wind's blows and the sun's scorch''. On the 6th of March 1957, Ghana (formerly known as Gold Coast) became the first African Country to gain its independence from european colonization. A powerful achievement that would set the precedent for the wave of liberation from colonial rule to characterized the late 20th century in the continent of Africa. A formidable milestone achievement of a ''suulia'' towards the struggle for independence from colonial rule, in favour of Ghana and the African Continent as a whole, . ''Suulia'' is a term from the game of football in Ghana; it describes an occurance in the game when one passes the ball between the legs of the opponent, an achievement that is celebrated almost as vigrously as a goal, for its display of prowess, dominace in skill and superiority. It is a humiliating display against an opponent that subdues their fighting spirit and leaves them vulnerable, susceptible to the idea of being less skilled and inferior, all while boosting the morale of the suulia scorer; a boosted morale which when well wielded, can facilitate a goal. This painting simultaneously communicates the very important facts that ''The immense significance of a suulia towards the overall objective of scoring a goal is not to be understated'' and '' it is however not to be overstated, for it can not and does not replace a goal, the goal foerever remains the higher purpose''.
The painting ''suulia no be goal'' draws a parallel between the two pairs of ''a suulia and a goal'' and ''colonial independence, and a complete (cultural, economic, academic, political etc.) independence of colonized nations''. The painting embodies the incomplete independence of modern day African countries, through the use of illustrative designs of colour, loud facial gestures, body language, human interaction and sports. In the painting, two people can be seen, one red and the other yellow; The red person on the left, represent the european countries that partook in the invasion and colonization of African countries. The red colour of the ''european countries'' person's body symbolizes the barbaric thirst for blood of the invading europeans, the destructive inclination towards which they leaned, and their utter disregard for the basic moral aptitude of regard for human life, the same moral aptitude that was afforded them by Africans upon their arrival. The yellow person on the right is the west african country Ghana, a suitable representative of all colonized African countries, as it led the charge for the cause of colonial independence across the continent. The rich yellow colour of the Ghana/Africa person sybolizes the richness of Africa, particularly gold, in the case of Ghana. The abundance of gold in the country Ghana (formerly known as Gold Coast) is where its former name comes from. Within the four corners of the painting, the two people play the sport of foootball. The football is in the lower left corner of the painting, and has been passed through the legs of the european representative by the African representative, A secured suulia for Africa. it symbolizes the attainment of independence by all African countries.
The painting ''suulia no be goal'' reminds us all as Africans that, suulia is not the main objective of a football game, that the objective is to score a goal, the goal of complete and total independence from colonial rule, in the context of this painting. The name of the painting correctly echoes the message it bears to share. ''suulia on be goal'' is a combination 3 languages (twi, pidgin and english) which means ''suulia is not a goal''. The name of the painting is a blunt and straighforward reminder of the untimate goal of all African countries; An awakening from the excessive bask in the ''suulia'' of the late 20th Century, and a new immersion and refocus on the ultimate goal of complete independence, a struggle and eye-single focus towards the goal of scoring a goal; A relocation from the harsh weather conditions outside the castle, into, within it's strong walls, wherein one is protected and shielded from outside influence.THE GOAL OF SOVEREINGTY.