Nana Akufo Addo Gets Sworn In Amidst Plagiarism Claims


First of all, Africa congratulates President Nana Akufo-Addo, who was sworn in over the weekend.

Nana has hence become the 5th Ghanaian President of the 4th Republic.

In President Nana Akufo-Addo’s inauguration speech, he thanked the people, African presidents who attended, and the outgoing President Mahama.

“I am determined to do all in my power to accomplish the tasks of the mandate and justify their confidence. I will not let you, the people of Ghana, down.”

But here’s what we just could not stomach, what is it with West African Presidents plagiarizing speeches of past US presidents?

Just when West Africa was getting over Buhari’s speech culled from Barack Obama’s speech, Nana makes his inauguration more historical by plagiarizing speeches of not just one but 2 past US presidents – George Bush and Bill Clinton.

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Nana’s victory during the elections and eventual swearing in as President was indeed historical. However being caught in the act of plagiarism somewhat ridiculed the ceremony.

After the swearing in ceremony on Saturday, January 7, social media enthusiasts revealed facts that Nana who was making a legendary move of becoming president, 46 years after his father was, had quoted verbatim, some parts of the speeches rendered by past US-presidents during their inauguration.

During the ceremony, Nana is recorded to have said this:

“I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character.”

The above happens to be a replica of what George Bush said on 20 January 2001 during his inauguration.

 “I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character.”

Nana also said:

“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.”

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It was also discovered that Bill used the exact same words on January 20, 2001.

“Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Americans 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.”

The only difference between the 2 is the interchangeable use of “Americans” and “Ghanaians” in the quotes.

What makes this embarrassing is not the fact that the President did not write the speech himself or that he used other people’s quotes. The only problem was failing to acknowledge the original owners of the quotes.

On that note, the President media aide responsible for President Nana Akufo-Addo’s inauguration speech has tendered an apology for the embarrassment; saying it was an oversight and unintentional.

“I unreservedly apologise for the non-acknowledgement of this quote to the original author.” – Eugene  Arhin, Communications Director.