NAPO Blasted Online After Dismissive Comments About Ghana Founder: “Take Your Kwame Nkrumah”

NAPO Blasted Online After Dismissive Comments About Ghana Founder: “Take Your Kwame Nkrumah”

  • New Patriotic Party running mate Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh sparked controversy with seemingly dismissive comments about Kwame Nkrumah
  • The running mate had said President Akufo-Addo stood as Ghana's most impactful president
  • Prempeh was officially unveiled as the NPP running mate at a rally at the Kumasi Jubilee Park

New Patriotic Party running mate Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh fuelled the perception that he is arrogant after dismissing Kwame Nkrumah's undeniable contributions to Ghana in favour of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

This sparked intense criticism of Prempeh and an outpouring of online support for Ghana's founder and first President and anti-colonial hero, Nkrumah.

NAPO Blasted Online After Dismissive Comments About Ghana Founder
Prempeh asserted that no president, including Nkrumah, has developed Ghana like President Akufo-Addo. Source: Matthew Opoku Prempeh
Source: Facebook

Prempeh was comparing President Akufo-Addo's achievements to Nkrumah's when he said no president could match Akufo-Addo's.

“Since independence from 1957 till today, we’ve not had any president that has helped Ghana like Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo."

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After Prempeh's comments went viral, several people online voiced support for Nkrumah while criticising the NPP running mate.

What people said about NAPO online

People amplified a 2019 John Mahama post which read: "Nkrumah never dies."

Broadcaster Captain Smart was also critical of Prempeh, saying: "How can you disrespect Nkrumah like this? This guy is an arrogant person. You can never lead this country."

Efforts were also made to stress that Prempeh's comments were factually inaccurate, given Nkrumah's contribution to Ghana and the global black community.

He established the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, introduced free and compulsory primary education and established the University of Ghana, among others

Prempeh's controversial comments came right after the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II cautioned him against undermining his ticket and the perceived arrogance.

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The Asantehene urged Prempeh to be humble and diligently serve as running mate.

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Haruna Mohammed, the Deputy General Secretary of the NPP, said such suggestions were unfortunate.

Deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Mustapha Gbande, had drawn a link between Prempeh and Manhyia.

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Delali Adogla-Bessa (Current Affairs Editor) Delali Adogla-Bessa is a Current Affairs Editor with Delali previously worked as a freelance journalist in Ghana and has over seven years of experience in media, primarily with Citi FM, Equal Times, Ubuntu Times. Delali also volunteers with the Ghana Institute of Language Literacy and Bible Translation, where he documents efforts to preserve local languages. He graduated from the University of Ghana in 2014 with a BA in Information Studies. Email: