The march of democracy in Africa is going to be very difficult to reverse-Ghana President
London, Nov. 26, 2017 (AltAfrika)-Typically associated in international media with political instability, disease, poverty, corruption, dictatorships and a lack of human rights and democracy, African countries struggle to deconstruct the stereotypes.
One of the few exceptions seems to be the Republic of Ghana.
Ghana today – at least on the surface – is enjoying political stability, with a multiethnic population coming together in peaceful democratic elections.
President Nana Akufo-Addo speaks with Al Jazeera’s Jane Dutton on why his country is so different from its neighbours in this respect – and what work still remains to be done in Ghana and in the rest of the continent.
In 1957, Ghana became the first sub-Saharan country to gain independence from colonial rule.
“We had our problems early,” Akufo-Addo tells Al Jazeera. “After the volatility of the first 30-odd years after independence, the people of Ghana … made up their mind that they wanted a democratic government.”
Akufo-Addo took office on January 7, 2017, after winning Ghana’s seventh peaceful democratic elections since multiparty democracy returned to the country in 1992.
“The determination of the Ghanaian people to go through democratic principles and values has meant that election after election has been stronger in terms of its credibility and its transparency – and it has also meant that the willingness of the population to accept the results of our electorate council has heightened,” he says..