The Rise of a King

President of Ghana swearing-in ceremony and Tyrion Lannister on the Iron Throne

The Rise of a King analyses events in the lives of President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and Tyrion Lannister of Westeros.

Tyrion Lannister and President Nana Akufo Addo share the obvious trait of shortness. While Tyrion is technically a dwarf, references to NADAA being too short to rule have been just one of several insults hurled in his direction. His privileged upbringing has also been referenced to show he is disconnected from reality. In the WikiLeaks cables of a few years ago, it was repeated of how NADAA had a habit of smoking so much it was visible in his eyes. A thick cloud of smoke hovered around his head, as if some wings of a dreaded beast…

…apparently, Tyrion has had a fascination for dragons since he was a boy. That fantasy has been nurtured by reading, leading to his linguistic excellence and a smattering of dragon tongue: aka Valyrian. As wits go, there is quite none like Tywin ‘the unsmiling’ Lannister. Coming in close behind, however, is the half man, the man who takes binge drinking to a whole new level. He toys with people’s intellect the way NADAA peers down (sorry, up) from his round glasses to speak French in an ‘un-Ghanaian’ accent.
Like the Lannister name, the Akufo-Addo history is one of kings and big leaders of Ghana’s independence. Where Lannister earns the dwarf grudging respect and maximum contempt, NADAA suffers from too much riches and heritage.

The Rise of a King is a four-part feature that analyses events in the lives of the two characters. It will show, in short exciting details, how their ambitions and surroundings have shaped opinions about themselves. The Rise of a King will tell of how a short man from Nima came to the highest pulpit in the land…

The Rise of a King will be published under three headings:

A short man is not a boy

A golden yoke

Valar Morgulis

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Ghana’s Game of Thrones (#Ghgot) is an analysis of events and characters in A Song of Ice and Fire and the Ghanaian political scene. Rather than drawing a like-for-like comparison between the characters considered, the features seek to juxtapose events in the characters of the series with similar events on the Ghanaian scene. Thus, it is a typical “4 Game of Thrones Moments on the Ghanaian Political Scene,” or “The 3 times John Mahama was Ned Stark,” kind of analysis. Unless where stated explicitly, the parallels drawn are to be taken at face value. They are in no way an attempt to predict or portray the real political and moral lives of the persons concerned.

This is written without judgment.