Ghana will have its first Zongo First Lady if Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia wins the 2024 election, according to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s claim, which has provoked emotions from the public.
During his speech in Nima, an Accra suburb, he made a number of remarks, including that he had attended the coronation of Mohammed Saini Farl, also known as Nii Futa, as the new paramount chief of Nima.
“If, by the grace of God, Mahamadu Bawumia wins the presidency in December 2024, we will have a Zongo First Lady in Ghana,” Akufo-Addo said.
He spoke about his connection with Nima and the significance of his attendance at the chief’s coronation.
“Nii Futa has chosen this day to be henceforth known as Nima Day; it is a very important day in my life because it is the birthday of my mother, the 17th of December, and she was a big maghajia of Nima, as you know. I grew up here; I came here when I was 12 years old. Our father moved us here. I don’t think there is any part of this area that I don’t know; I know this area like the back of my hand. I enjoyed some of the happiest days of my youth right here in Nima. So it is important that I be here on such a day because I am one of you. Because I, too, am a Nima boy,” he stated amid applause from the gathering.
Some Ghanaians, however, disagree with the President’s comment, claiming it was disrespectful to the Zongo people.
The flag-bearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) is Bawumia. If he wins the 2024 presidential election, his wife Samira Bawumia will become the country’s first lady.