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Ghana’s lesson

January 8, 2009

This week, Ghana completed its smooth transfer of power from the ruling party to the opposition after an election that won praise around the continent.

President John Atta Mills certainly faces plenty of challenges, but the change of guard – the second such democratic victory of the opposition over a ruling party in Ghana – was a big achievement in itself on a continent where such a possibility sometimes seems more theoretical than real.

“Ghana has once again shown that we are very open minded and capable of leading Africa. I hope other African countries will follow suit,” commented Kofi Preko on the last Ghana post on this blog.

Will they? The new military rulers of both Guinea and Mauritania are now promising elections this year after earlier doubts. Plenty of other countries have elections too. What are your predictions? What is behind Ghana’s success?

(Picture: Ghanaians celebrate during presidential inauguration ceremony of opposition leader Mills at the Independence Square in Accra. Reuters/Luc Gnago)


If there is any country that needed to learn fron Ghana’s conduct in democracy, it is my big-for-nothing country, Nigeria. I love my country but terribly ashamed that we are so shameless. We cannot even organise an election with all the human and capital resources at our disposals.
I wish to suggest to Ghana to start issuing visas to Nigerian visiting their country so that the shame will come full circle.


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