President Nana Akufo-Addo has shared a personal joke with Ghanaians pertaining to the relationship between him and the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s Volta Regional First Vice Chairperson, Dr Archibald Letsa.
The head of the state revealed that former President Jerry John Rawlings used to refer to the two of them as though they were twins.
“Former President Rawlings used to call us Aki and Pawpaw,” he told the media amidst laughter.
The revelation was made during the announcement of Ghana’s new Regional Ministers-designate on Tuesday at the Flagstaff House.
‘Aki and Pawpaw’ are names that became popular following the release of the film ‘Aki na Ukwa’ which featured Nollywood actor’s Osita Iheme known as Pawpaw and Chinedu Ikedieze as Aki.
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The names are given to people who are vertically challenged, a euphemism for people who are short.
Poking fun at the media briefing, President Akufo-Addo said Mr Rawlings used to tease them for being vertically challenged.
He later introduced the NPP official as the Volta Regional Minister-designate.
The other nominees include Sulemana Alhassan for Upper West; Kwaku Asoma-Cheremeh for Brong Ahafo, and Rockson Bukari for Upper East.
Dr. Kwaku Afriyie was nominated for Western Region, Eric Kwakye Darfour for Eastern Region and Salifu Sawed for the Northern Region.