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Thinking in English : The Nduom Movement

Posted by paa.kwesi on Mon, 06/25/2007 - 22:15

I'm beginning to see plenty of hype coalescing to encourage Paa Kwesi Nduom of Ghana to run for president. This got me thinking about the whole race for the presidency hubbub in the motherland.

So to the real 2 old Ghana pesewas (by next week, we'll be spending the new pesewas).

In the final event, I, as a young person, am looking for some more leadership. I'm looking forward to a team with a far-sighted captain that builds on the good things out of the past. I am willing to look up to leadership that demonstrates a level-headed grasp of what the consequences of the past mean for the present and the future.

Yes, I am part of the future, and I want to spend that future building upon the work of my ancestors.

In the background: "Judge Not", Bob Marley...


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Paa Kwesi Nduom

PaaKwesi, where is the hype? I have only seen a small facebook group for his campaign and haven't heard anything official.

I cannot pit Prof Nduom's strengths against his colleagues but I think he's been quite a great busineessman - Coconut Grove hotels and resorts and is doing a great job in his capacity as the MP for the KEEA area (Komenda, Elmina, etc)

Oh wait, I just realised Mr. Nduom is Paa Kwesi's namesake? any relations? :-)


Anyone checked out Dr.Arthur Kennedy?

I saw a couple of videos of the man and read a few of his speeches.I personally love the candidate.He quotes Benjamin Franklin and de Tocqueville left and right (as if Ghanaians care!) and appears to be a shrewd intellectual politico.BUT alas! Schooled gentlemen like the good Drs.Nduom and Kennedy may be 2 decades too early on the Ghanaian political scene.

In a country with literacy rate of only 74% (that's assuming everyone is equally well-schooled and thinks critically) where only a handful of even educated people can tell their party's platform on any given issue,intellectuals (or intellectual politicos) seem to be biased against not just on the candidature side but also on the voter side.Even in the US where literacy rate is higher and voters are arguably better informed,party ID is a more significant motivator and indicator of voter choice than candidate qualification,policy,platforms or campaigns...so in a Ghanaian context,the odds are even more stark against our Drs.hopefully i can blog more about this sometime. Anyway,i am pumped abt the 08 election!Anyone else...?

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High Anticipation

Next Election will be very exciting indeed. But i am afraid the Ndoum movements of this world no matter how promising they are would be overshadowed by Ministerial Aspirants and that of the Opposition who have had more National exposure by dint of their positions and are bound to be considered more able candidates by a majority.

But having said that, exemplary MP's like Prof Ndoum are lifelines for the electorates in their constituencies and fine trailblazers for future generations, as they are the people bound to shake up Paliamentary discussions and decision making. That to me is also a very stong position to be in. So with or without the post of Presidency long may the good work of the Ndoum and other movements continue. Ghana needs them.

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