Ghana’s president Mills died unexpectedly on Tuesday. That same day, then vice president Mahama was sworn in (ironic that my last post was about Mr. Mahama’s book tour and “NPR this morning” interview). BBC interviewed a Ghanaian journalist Thursday; the journalist expressed pride in the country’s people for turning to the constitution rather than to fighting in order to decide how to proceed. The constitution is only 30 years old. With all of the unrest in so many parts of Africa, this peaceful transition of presidential power does seem to be a beacon of hope for rule of law if not democracy itself.
I look forward to reading now President Mahama’s memoir.
You may have heard the story. John Dramani Mahama, Ghana’s vice president, wrote a memoir called My First Coup d’Etat. He read passages about his childhood beginning with a story of being a child not picked up from boarding school at a holiday’s start; it took school officials a week to work out that his father had been arrested and family had to flee.
I’m intrigued to read it. No doubt as I read I will hear the rhythm of Mahama’s accent, one that soon will be all around me.
Noticing our American Independence Day today, separating from British colonization in 1776. Ghana separated from the British in 1957 and recognize their independence day in March.
I hear crackles of neighborhood pop rockets outside and am grateful that I know it’s only toys. In many parts of the world, one might not be sure at all.