President Nana Akufo-Addo has turned 75 years today, March 29, 2019, and many have taken to social media to wish him well.
Having spent close to 50 years as a public figure, a lot has been known said about Akufo-Addo. But even for the staunchest of his followers, there are some details which may unknown especially concerning.
It is a known fact that Akufo-Addo is a devoted family a man and it is no wonder that his wife, Rebecca, often leads in wishing him well on such occasions. Beyond this, not much is known about how he lives with his family.
To celebrate his 75th birthday, YEN.com.gh brings you five fun facts about Akufo-Addo as revealed by Rebecca and three of their children — Edwina, Valerie and Gyankroma — in a rare interview during the 2016 elections campaign.
The interview provided - and still provides - deep insight into Akufo-Addo's relationship with his family.
1. Akufo-Addo is a loving husband and father
According to Mrs Akufo-Addo, the NPP leader is a very caring husband and father who loves his wife, children and grand-children so much.
2. Akufo-Addo loves politics
She said: "Politics makes Akufo-Addo tick. He lives and sleeps politics. He has so much that he wants to do for his country and wants to be given the opportunity to put Ghana in the right place on the map.”
3. Akufo-Addo doesn't care about insults
Nana Addo is a seasoned politician who knows harsh verbal attacks come with the territory. According his wife, he handles them well and has taught her how to handle them well also.
However, she finds them difficult to handle sometimes: "At times it can be painful and very upsetting to hear what people come up with about him - people who hardly know him. They will come out and say very, very nasty things all because of politics, and I must say our politics is degenerating into a bad state of affairs.”
4. Akufo-Addo's children lead normal lives
According to Akufo-Addo's daughter, Edwina, he raised them to be independent and to lead normal, simple lives. They fit into society well because they do not see their lives as extraordinary.
5. No politics in Akufo-Addo's house
Akufo-Addo's daughter, Valerie, notes that although their father is a career politician, the family does not discuss politics at home 90 per cent of the time. When he returns from campaigning, thee NPP flagbearer spends most of his time with his grandchildren.
Gyankroma Akufo-Addo adds that the family is now used to his frequent travels away from home as part of his campaign.
Watch the interview below:
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