Who is in charge?

新愛国党アクフォアド大統領候補/ガーナ大統領選挙演説
ガーナ, 2012年, ナナ·アクフォ=アドゥ

It was the smallest margin of victory in the history of African democracy.

After three rounds of voting, John Atta Mills beat Nana Akufo-Addo to win Ghana’s 2008 presidential election by 50.23% to 49.77%.

The drama and excitement – including many noisy and passionate rallies (a political rally = a big meeting of supporters) – were recorded in a movie called An African Election.

Nana Akufo-Addo is running again in the 2012 election, which will be held in December. He concludes this rally (at 19:47) with a powerful rhetorical question (a question designed to impress or persuade, not to ask for information).

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So who is in charge of Ghana today?

Who is in charge of our country today?

Twice – not once; twice – we are told by his apologists that he tried to stop a payment. And yet that payment, somehow or other, went through.

So, question: who is in charge of our country today?

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Notes

1) Some of this speech is in Twi, a native language of Ghana.

2) When he was young, Akufo-Addo went to school in England. Some people think his accent is more British than Ghanaian.

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