Ghanaians can be very creative sometimes and mischievous at other times. Since independence, they have given out nicknames to every Ghanaian president and head of state.
The nicknames are usually based on an attribute of the president or his performance in office.
Some of the nicknames are inspired by sheer mischief. Others are given out by opposition politicians and activists to the president of the day.
Here are some nicknames that Ghanaians have handed out to President Nana Akufo-Addo and six other former leaders of the country.
1. Nana Akufo-Addo - King promise/ Arishrish Nkontomire
After one year in office, Akufo-Addo has been nicknamed "King Promise" by some Ghanaians.
This nickname is inspired by what people say is Akufo-Addo's propensity to make new promises even when his old promises have not been fulfilled.
The president's critics have cited the slow roll-out of the "one-district-one-factory" and the "one-village-one-dam" initiatives as evidence of Akufo-Addo's failure to keep promises.
Arishrish Nkontomire - Akufo-Addo earned this nickname after some market women at the Kaneshi Market in Accra reportedly complained that they could not understand the "big, big English" he spoke when he paid them a visit.
2. Kwame Nkrumah - African showboy
Nkrumah earned this nickname due to his generally positive performance as president as well as his pan-African activism across the continent. Back in the day, he was deemed an action man, who loved to talk less and act more.
3. Ignatius Kutu Acheampong – Fa wo to be gye Golf
In the 70s, the former head of state and some members of his government were accused of sleeping with young ladies and buying them Volkswagen Golf cars. Acheampong is reported to have defended this conduct, reportedly asking men at a press conference whether they were sleeping with only their wives.
4. Jerry Rawlings - Mr Boom/ Gyato/ Papa J
Rawlings' speeches were said to have the "boom" effect, earning him the "Mr Boom" nickname. Others also call him "Gyato" because of his fair complexion.
He is also affectionately referred to as "Papa J".
5. John Agyekum Kufuor - Gentle Giant
J.A. Kufuor was nicknamed "Gentle Giant" because of his huge stature and what is considered his calm personality.
6. John Atta Mills - Asomdwehene
Atta Millls easily conceded defeat in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, prompting Ghanaians to nickname him "Asomdwehene", to wit: King of peace.
7. John Mahama - Commissioner-General/ Dumsorhene
Mahama's perceived penchant for commissioning projects prompted some Ghanaians to nickname him "commissioner general", during his time in office.
He was also nicknamed him "dumsorhene" (dumsor king) due the power crisis that rocked his Ghana during his administration for years.
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