On 7th January 2017 Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo was sworn in as the 5th President of the 4th Republic of Ghana after a convincing victory in the 2016 Presidential Election. As has become the convention, the first assessment of Nana Addo's performance as President shall be based on his first hundred days in the highest office of the land.
Civilisation encompasses broad life transformation ranging from technological advancement, social integration, lifestyle changes and the rest. It entails a dynamic phenomenon that has far-reaching influence on human life in all ramifications.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is yet to come to terms with the massive defeat it suffered at the hands of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the December 7, 2016 election.
In a few weeks’ time, Ghana will be celebrating 60 years of nationhood. On March 6, 1957, an independent country, Ghana, emerged from what was then the Gold Coast. The new nation, Ghana, adopted the motto: Freedom and Justice.
On Sunday, January 15, 2017, the President of the Republic, Nana Akufo-Addo delivered a solemn message to the congregation of the Accra Ridge Church seeking God’s favour and divine grace to build a new Ghana.
Life as an MP in Ghana is traditionally a short-lived stint, partly because of a tradition of mocking longstanding MPs as "Mugabe", writes journalist Elizabeth Ohene, herself a former MP, in our series of letters from African journalists.
Welcome, Africa! That is the clarion call on the lips of all Gabonese, even those who initially opposed the hosting of the 2017 AFCON tournament in that country and protested vehemently. Indeed, we have come to realise that in recent times, countries that thrill the African continent at such football gatherings are those who happen to test their abilities for the first time in their lives.
For and on behalf of all Ahenemma and Grandsons And Grand-Daughters of The Golden Stool
“To everything, there is a season, a time to every purpose under heaven, a time to be born and a time to die” Eccl.3:1-2
Until Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, Asantehene, mentioned the name of his mother’s sister, Nana Afia Kobi, as the possible Royal person he was thinking of choosing to succeed Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko as Asantehemmaa, I had never met or indeed, heard of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.
“Each passing moment in the lives of mankind brings them joy or sorrow; success or failure; challenges or solutions.”
The hearts of Nananom of the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs have been in deep and poignant distress following the demise of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, Asantehemaa, on Monday, 14th November, 2016.
“None of us lives to himself
And none of us dies to himself
If we live, we live to the Lord
So then whether we live or we die
We are the Lord’s” – Romans 14:7-8)
The President and the entire membership of the National House of Chiefs received with deep sorrow and grief the death of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, Asantehemaa.
From tomorrow, Parliament will begin another series of vetting of ministerial nominees.
When Christ Jesus told his disciples that they are obliged to forgive offenders seventy-seven times seven times, they naturally expressed their exasperation.
The initiative and resourcefulness of the President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in going round the country to thank Ghanaians, through the chiefs, for giving him the mandate to govern this country for the next four years underlines a belief that indeed, sovereignty resides in the people of this country.
President Akufo-Addo rightly set the tone for 2017 when he suggested that those who wanted to make money should go to the marketplace and work to achieve their ambition of wealth.
Soon, the State of the Nation’s addresses will begin. As I wrote two years ago, it is usually an occasion for the serving President to tell us what good the government has done and what it will do to make life better for everyone.
It has been a hard-fought election. The strategies and confrontations have been of great interest to analysts. Many have enjoyed the rallies and fun and the expectations have been great.
It’s unfortunate that the plagiarism controversy linked to President Akufo-Addo’s inaugural address somewhat tarnished the extremely inspiring message he delivered at the Independence Square last Saturday, January 7, when he was sworn into office as the fifth President of the Fourth Republic.
I foresee tomorrow being a very emotional day as a new era begins in Ghana with the swearing into office of Nana Akufo-Addo as President. There will be the tears of joy of a dream come true, as well as the misery tears of those who find it all a nightmare; those who never foresaw this day.
Surprisingly, the victory of the NPP in the general election had hardly been confirmed by the Electoral Commissioner than some people and organizations started urging President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo to honour his campaign promises! I find such calls most unfair.
Now that Election 2016 has come and gone and its outcome known to all, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will be sworn in on January 7, 2017, as the fifth President of the Fourth Republic.
Since the beginning of the Fourth Republic in 1992, Ghanaians have voted to choose their leaders at both the constituency and the national levels and tomorrow’s epoch-making polls will be no exception.
All too soon another election is beckoning Ghanaians and members of various political parties and candidates are already experiencing stomach-churning moments as they seek to know the possible outcome of the election and for that matter who wins the 2016 Election.
I have toyed with transferring my vote to Ayawaso West Wugon which is the constituency in which I live in Accra. But somehow I haven’t summoned the courage to transfer my vote from Abutia which as the whole world knows, is my home town.
His Excellency John Dramani Mahama is not having a good campaign. As the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), he has based his entire campaign to be re-elected as President of this republic on the premise that his government has brought infrastructural development to Ghana.
It does not appear to me to be much point in engaging in a competition if both sides cannot agree on the rules of the game. When you have agreed to the rules and both sides agree to subject themselves to those rules, you can have a successful game.