It has been nearly nine months since the past general election which the descendent of “the Big Six” and son of a former President Edward Akufo-Addo has taken office – His Excellency, Nana Akufo-Addo. With almost a year spent of his term as President of Ghana, Mr. Akufo-Addo has begun to deliver on his promises with the approval of the nation. Internationally, he has inspired millions who have eyes on Africa – placing himself at the forefront of the new age of Africanism. He has spurred the Ghanaian youth to become increasingly politically active in the affairs of the nation and the Continent. In the age of Twitter and Instagram, the President has effectively used such social media platforms to engage with Ghanaians on a level that past presidents have not been able to find success. Here at GhanaMade we have dubbed him Ghana’s “Social Media President”.
As said by New Patriotic Party communications team member Emmanuel Danso Attefah in an interview, “Nana [Akufo-Addo] … thinks more about the youth. All his policies affects the youth of Ghana more.” Before assuming office, the President campaigned on many points such as assuring job prospects to every university graduate, free maternal care, and providing free senior high school education. Presently, more Ghanaian youth (an estimated 400,000+ since September 2017) are enrolling in secondary education which effectively increases the knowledge base of the nation. Every child ensured quality teaching and a healthy learning environment – bringing Ghana to the same level as the developed world in this aspect.
Surprising to some, the 2016 elections was Mr. Akufo-Addo’s fourth try since 1998 for the nation’s top job. A member of the New Patriotic Party, he duelled with John Mahama, the incumbent of the office at the time for the second time and won. It has been eight years since Mr. Akufo-Addo’s party has had control of both the legislature and the presidency. Finding strongholds in both the Ashanti region and the Greater Accra region during the election, the President found himself willing the mandate of the most populated metropolitan areas in the country.
In addition to supporting the youth in Ghana, he also campaigned on numerous industry advancing policies such as one factory for every one district, and one dam for every one village which increases job opportunities for Ghanaians and supporting national infrastructure. It is great to know the first of the two is currently underway as ground was broken in the Ekumfi district in Central Region late summer. Secondly, the President aims to balance the national foreign exchange rate, and remove several economically unfriendly VAT taxes to increase the buying power of Ghanaians.
Late last month he addressed the world at the United Nations in New York clamouring for UN reform in specific regards to Africa. He explained how the unfair structure of the UN encourages an imbalance to the needs of Africa. Citing the Ezulwini Consensus, an agreement made by African nations which would amongst many other things give the Continent of Africa five permanent seats on the UN Security Council, Mr. Akufo-Addo recognizes that the whole of Africa must take its place as the new center of developing global policies.
President Nana Akufo-Addo is a patriot to his country and a true Africanist, who only seeks for the betterment of his people and the Continent. The nation and the world is counting on his success – redefining Ghana’s global position as a leader and example for Africa.