#GHgot: A Short Man is not a Boy!

President Akufo-Addo, Bawumiah, Oberyn Martel and Tyrion Lannister

It is not the man in the fight that matters, but the fight in the man, goes an old adage. In more ways than one, NADAA (Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo) has proven to the world that he has a reach longer than his enemies give him credit for.

“I am not Ned Stark. I understand the way this game is played. Threaten me again, and I will have you thrown into the sea,” Tyrion once declared to Varys.

Tyrion’s shrewdness is as plain for the reader as it evades his guileless tormentors. As Hand of the King, he ensured the safety of King’s Landing during the war of the Blackwater by stalling Stannis’s superior forces until help arrived from his father. Not only did he strategize with Wildfire to perfection, the Halfman led men twice his size to battle. He survived where The Hound wavered. With a battle axe the size of his little hands, he swept across the field screaming his proud name and hacking giants to bits.

Tyrion’s greatest feat, though, could easily be his successful recruitment of both Bronn and the mountain clans near the Vale. That move saved him at the Battle of the Green Ford where his father could well have wished for his death. His willingness to compromise was manifested with his reaching out to Oberyn Martel to help protect Myrcella before the battle with Stannis. Given the documented bad blood existing between the Lannisters and Martels, the move is echoed by NADAA’s co-operation with Rawlings.

During the 2016 election, the propaganda secretariat of the NDC went into override in a bid to discredit NADAA. He was declared absurd names, called arrogant and a separatist. Some pointed to his age and height as evidences of his unworthiness to rule a country the size of Ghana. The insults did not end there. Chiefs swore on their all-powerful gods that NADAA would not be president. Another threatened to abdicate his throne should the incumbent not retain his seat. These moves, in blatant disregard for the constitution, explained how lowly they esteemed the three-time running candidate of the NPP.

Smart as any politician ought to be, the man from Kyebi would rely on his strongest pillar: the running mate. Where Tyrion had Bronn to deter any fool with murderous intentions, NADAA resorted to using Dr Bawumia’s grasp of ‘the economics of issues’ to appeal to the graduate and unemployed. The NDC had been so focused on NADAA that they had no arsenal against the economist. NADAA’s running mate led an intellectual discourse on a pulpit higher than his shorter boss while the propaganda department turned to deifying Mahama. They put John Mahama on a pedestal one step beneath Nkrumah. As high as they placed their man, his fall was heavy.

NADAA’s ability to forge his connection was Rawlings evidenced the breach in trust between the NDC and their founding father. His victory at the polls was both a relief and a well-deserved result for one who had been cast unworthy for so long. The peaceful election that ensued was a victory for Ghana. Now, the people await.


Disclaimer

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 judgement.