And the new Ghanaian president is... Nana Akufo-Addo!

Since the inauguration of Donald Trump just happened a week ago, U.S. politics is now on air at every news channel. My stay in Ghana also gave me an insight into Ghana’s presidential elections. Former president Mahama from the political party NDC (National Democratic Congress) and the rival Nana Akufo-Addo from the NPP (New Patriotic Party) were opposed. During the election campaign, songs were played on the radio about the two opponents but all I could hear is ‘’onaapo’’ and ‘’nana kalypo’’. I was always facing supporters of each party singing loudly in ecstasy the songs. I cannot remember such songs for chancellor Merkel, Schröder or other candidates in Germany. On the evening of the election, I felt the tension in the country and the will of all around having peaceful elections. After two and a half days, the result that Nana Akufo-Addo is the new president of Ghana was finally confirmed by the Electoral Commission. After the announcement of the result the whole country fell into party mood and people were dancing and singing to the Akufo-Addo song everywhere on the streets. I felt partly that the election victory was celebrated like the football world championship in Germany 2014. On the following Sunday, I was able to witness the entire church celebrating the election victory at the service and the "party" didn’t really find an end. Many people associate with Akufo-Addo an end to corruption in the country and an improvement in the economic situation. Personally, I see great issues about waste disposal in Ghana. Not far from the Black Star Square (Independence Square), the landmark of Ghana, is the beach, which is filthy with plastic waste. In Accra you can find places where the plastic garbage piles up or the garbage is simply thrown into the gutters. I sometimes find myself in vain searching for a public trash can. I hope “Change will arise” as Nana Akufo-Addo always said in his election campaign. To be continued…

 

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