Nana Akufo-Addo Copied Part Of His Inaugural Speech From U.S. Presidents

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    By: Ofori-Mensah | 4 Month(s) ago

    Nana Addo talked about being a responsible Ghanaian citizen, but the speech appeared almost identical to one George Bush delivered in 2001, and Bill Clinton’s in 1993.

    Nana Akufo-Addo


    Nana Akufo-Addo delivered his inaugural speech at the Independence Square on Saturday, January 7, 2017, and parts of it were lifted from a speech delivered by Woodrow Wilson and used by George Bush during his 2001 inaugural speech.

    Nana Addo in his speech Saturday:

    I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities and our nation. Let us work until the work is done.


    Thomas Woodrow Wilson, an American politician and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921.

    In a speech in 1913, Wilson said:

    We are bound by ideals that teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these ideals. Every citizen must uphold them…. I ask you to be citizens. Citizens, not spectators. Citizens, not subjects. Responsible citizens building communities of service and a nation of character.

    Another portion where Nana Addo urged the citizenry to believe in their strength in tackling challenges seems to have been lifted from Bill Clinton’s 1993 inaugural speech.

    Per checks, the only difference in the statement was the replacement of ‘Americans’ with ‘Ghanaians’.


    Nana Addo in 2017:

    Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Ghanaians have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people…

    U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1993:

    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.


    Eugene Arhin, the Director of Communications at the presidency on his Facebook page admitted the mishap and attributed it to an oversight and not a deliberate act.

    Now check out these 11 Quotes From Nana Addo’s Inaugural Speech That’ll Make You Believe In Ghana Again.


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