After much debate and confusion, on December 9th at 7:51 pm GMT, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) won Ghana’s 2016 Presidential Election. Come and see jubilation! While I perused my Facebook feed I saw people celebrating in the streets, partying at President-elect Akufo-Addo’s residence, and individuals expressing their opinions of the election and its processes online. Ghana is a Democratic nation so of course, all of the above are allowed. However, I began to ponder the fact that no matter who won Ghana’s election, ultimately the citizens of Ghana have the real power if they come together and use it wisely. Keep reading to learn how Ghanaians play a huge role in the election process.
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Become Active In Your Community. Don’t wait for a figure in the form of a man or woman to exact change. Each citizen of Ghana regardless of class, religion, or tribe can set a precedent for improvement in their environment. Start a workshop where you can teach others a trade, formulate an organization dedicated to human rights or services, or become a local politician. Position yourself where you can play a pivotal role in making or modifying laws.
Charity Begins At Home. Be an example of leadership and advocacy. Be willing to stick up for family members, friends, and neighbors when they’re being maltreated. Teach others how to be assertive and not aggressive. You’d be surprised how being reared in a positive environment can be a changing force in Ghana’s future.
Support Local Businesses And Political Ventures. You don’t have to become a politician per say; volunteer for one, become a member of a local politician’s staff, or intern for a local government municipal. It is also beneficial to support those who support us – this means if you sell Koko, you can purchase your supplies from a local business man or woman. You can also prepare your goods for mass production and selling; this way you can empower yourself and fuel the Ghanaian economy.
There are a plethora of ways we can help ourselves. Don’t sit around and wait for change. Be the change.
What are some other ways Ghanaians can be a champion of change? Please share in the comments section. Until next time.