In August this year, a delightful feature article in the Daily Graphic by Ms Elizabeth Ohene, veteran journalist and broadcaster, went viral on social media.
It was titled ‘Let’s get to the Point’.
Ms Ohene’s gripe had to do with long-winded public events in respect of long salutations, introduction of chairmen, vote of thanks and other bits that could be pruned off the events and make them mercifully shorter.
From the reactions on social media, it was clear that the article resonated with many. I loved it.
The telephone call
The other day, something got me thinking about Auntie Elizabeth’s article.
I concluded that perhaps we as people were wired to be long-winded, which is why we hardly got to the point most of the time in our daily lives.
A friend I had not heard from for a while called. I was at work, preparing for a meeting.
For the first three minutes, he went on about how long it had been since we spoke, enquired about anyone we both knew, how work was and a host of other little pleasantries that I was beginning to find mildly irritating, given that I really needed to get off the telephone. I hoped he would get to the point.
Eventually he did. He wanted help with school placement for a friend’s daughter.
Perhaps he felt that I would be offended if he delved straight into the meat of the matter, given that we had not spoken in quite a while.
Our traditional DNA?