It’s official—Nana Akufo-Addo has won the Presidency of Ghana. Of course, this isn’t the President-elect’s first rodeo; in fact, he ran for office under the New Patriotic Party in both 2008 and 2012. However, this year he focused on the ongoing struggle of Ghana’s high unemployment rate and the poor economy, and frustrated voters spoke out and ushered in a new voice for the people. Akufo-Addo has served the country in a variety of capacities including holding a seat in the national parliament and serving as attorney general and foreign minister. Now, after hard work, perseverance, and a country ready for change, Akufo-Addo is ready to add another title to his resume: President of Ghana.
Shorty after the count was official, President-elect Akufo-Addo got his official call from President Mahama congratulating him on the win, tweeting, “A few minutes ago, I received a call from President @JDMahama congratulating me on winning the 2016 Presidential Election.” Akufo-Addo certainly has a lot of work ahead of him, but his strategy to boost the economy through integrating mining and the aluminum industry has many excited for the future. As hundreds of supporters took to the streets in front of Akufo-Addo’s home, the next leader of Ghana announced, “I make this solemn pledge to you tonight: I will not let you down. I will do all in my power to live up to your hopes and expectations.”
Akufo-Addo elaborated to the press his hopes of ushering in a new era of government by stating, “The expectations they have of me, that I’m gonna bring them a new government, a new style; a government of honesty, a government that is concerned about the welfare of our people—that basic commitment is the one I am determined to fulfill.”