On October 17 this year, social media went ‘crazy’ over President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s surprise birthday wish to dancehall artiste, Shatta Wale born, Charles Nii Armah Mensah.
The issue was highly discussed ant to the surprise of many, Shatta Wale went all the way to the Flagstaff House to meet the president.
However, the story was not the same during the birthday of the immediate former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama. Many Ghanaians expected President Akufo-Addo to at least send some goodwill messages to his predecessor publicly but nothing of that sort was seen.
The situation has left many people wondering if the ‘snub’ was deliberate or that of forgetfulness on the part of the President of Ghana.
It however cannot be ascertained if there was a closed door birthday wish sent to ex-president John Mahama from Akufo-Addo.
Even if that was the case, many people would have wanted to see a public celebration of the former president by Akufo-Addo.
Social media users in Ghana have subtly started asking questions about the ‘friendship’ that exists between the two statesmen or if the move was politically motivated.
Likewise, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia did not wish the former president well since activities on his social media page were full of government business.
In October, President Akufo-Addo made the headlines on Twitter when he publicly wished self-acclaimed dancehall king, Shatta Wale well on his birthday. The wish was so special because it was written in ‘pidgin English’; the very first time the president used ‘unofficial language’ on his official social media page.
The birthday wish from Akufo-Addo to Shatta Wale gained international attention as it was even reported by international news agency, BBC.
A section of the media lambasted the president for his choice of language but Shatta Wale and many other Ghanaians came to the defense of the president to ward off the media attacks.
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