4 times Akufo-Addo and his government plagiarized to show lack of original ideas

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

The election of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo by the Ghanaian electorates on December 7th, 2016 could be defined as a glorious day. The victory announced by the Electoral Commission was widely celebrated by Ghanaians as they claimed the erstwhile Mahama administration did the country no good.

It was not surprising when Ghanaians from the four corners of the country trouped to the Independence Square to witness the swearing-in and inauguration of the then-president-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo. However, this joy was quickly soiled by the president’s act of plagiarism.

The Ghanaian media and other international media outlets picked on president Akuffo-Addo for plagiarizing his inauguration speech. The president, Akuffo-Addo was chastised for lifting lines in his 30-minute speech word for word from the inaugural speeches of two renowned presidents of the United States of America.

The first part of plagiarism was from president George W. Bush’s speech in 2001. “I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities and our nation,” the president said.

It was also revealed that another line from the president’s speech came directly from President Bill Clinton’s 1993 speech, substituting Ghanaians for Americans: “Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Ghanaians have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people. And we must bring to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us.”

Following this blunder, the Director of Communications at the presidency, Mr. Eugene Arhin came out to apologize on behalf of the president of the republic. This issue came to dent the image of a new president that people hoped was coming in with original ideas to govern.

Well, it did not stop just there, Ghana in May 2019 apologized for plagiarizing a photo of a high rise building in Nairobi, Kenya. The picture was used as the cover photo of the Ghana Beyond Aid strategy policy document. Ghana was mocked in Kenya and Kenyans began to doubt if Ghana is as beautiful as they have been seeing in Ghanaian movies.

Akufo Addo shows the brochure on TV
Akufo Addo shows the brochure on TV
The building in Kenya that was used as Ghana
The building in Kenya that was used as Ghana

The act of plagiarism in the NPP government continued. Do you remember the popular coronavirus quote of Akufo-Addo? It reads:

“We know how to bring the economy back to life. What we do not know is how to bring people back to life”.

Akufo Addo's plagiarized quote
Akufo Addo’s plagiarized quote

These words from Akufo-Addo got him trending. He was featured on several international media platforms while notable personalities across the globe retweeted and hailed praises on him. The quote was plagiarised by Akufo Addo. It was the heading of a post by Daniel W. Snare that was published by Houston Chronicle. See the image below:

Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle

Lastly, after countless times of apologizing for acts of plagiarism, the government led by Nana Addo Committed another act of plagiarism. The government plagiarized a photo by dancehall king, Shatta Wale where the musician was performing in front of a large crowd and replaced Shatta Wale with the president.

The shameful act has once again brought the wrath of Ghanaians on the president. To many, plagiarism is becoming synonymous with the name Nana Akuffo-Addo.

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