“The greatest of all Africans”. Many would agree with Nana Akufo-Ado as he recalls how they partied around the world with ‘Masakela’. However, the phrase does not go down well with Kwame Nkrumah’s son, Sekou Nkrumah as he considers his father as the greatest African.
Sekou reacted on Nana Akufo's trbute top Nelson Mandela on a Facebook post, “Mandela is not greatest of all Africans, Nkrumah is! Shame on you Nana Addo.”
Akufo Addo gave Masakela a decorative tribute. A person he partied with and clubbed with all over the world and with whom they shared great moments after he got out of prison.
In his post, Sekou vehemently talked of President Akufo Adddo’s try to “obliterate Nkrumah’s earned statuses”. He wrote, “someone should go and tell Nana Addo that Kwame Nkrumah, not Mandela is the greatest African! Is he blind not to see Nkrumah's statue in front of the AU headquarters!”
A dip in Nana Akufo Ado Biography.
Nana Akufo Ado was born on March 29, 1944, to a royal Accra family Edward Akufo Ado and Adeline Akuffo-Addo. Nana Akufo Ado reigns from a bloodline of political leaders as his grandfather, Nana Sir Ofori Atta ruled the Akyem Abuakwa as king.
The current president of Ghana attended Adabraka and later Kinbu School for his primary education. Upon completion, he took his examination at Lancing College, Uk for his O-level.
He later ventured into economics, philosophy, and politics at New College, the UK in 1962 terminating his tenure to return to Ghana.
Nana Akufo Ado on his return taught at Accra Academy before later studying law under apprenticeship.
Profile of Nana Akufo Ado.
Nana Ado began his baby steps in politics in the 70’s. His first party was the People’s Movement for Freedom and Justice that opposed military based governance. Years later in 1995, he joined a group of elites to form the Alliance for Change. They demonstrated to discourage the recently introduced policies of Value-Added tax of then and the violation of Human rights during the presidency of Rawlings.
Typical of elite groups, leadership wrangles forced the party to break with Nana forming his Ghana’s Committee on Human and People’s Rights.
Nana Akufo Ado’s Ghana presidential aspirations began in 1998 when he sought to represent NPP. He lost in the nominations to John Kufuor, harboring no hard feelings, a massive campaign saw John in office with Nana Akufo assuming the Attorney General's office from 2001 to 2003. He later served as a foreign affairs minister from 2003 to 2007.
Following a successful nomination for the NPP’s presidential flag bearer in 2008, Nana Akufo lost to NDC’s Atta Mills. Never giving up, a second successful nomination in 2012 saw him run against NDC’s John Mahama winning unconstitutional with 49.13% of the votes. Due to goodwill and Ghana’s economic concerns, he conceded defeat.
A third successive bid saw Nana Akufo Ado win 53.83% of the votes during the 2016 elections leading him to assume office on January 7, 2017.
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