#GHgot: A Golden Yoke

President Edward Akufo, Nana Akufo-Addo, Tyrion Lannister of Westeros

Good name is better than riches, they say. What if you have a good name and riches? Tyrion and NADAA both suffer the bitter taste of a silver spoon, and nobody has sympathy for them.

“Ɔyɛ Tsikata ba, and so what,” retorts M.anifest on his #NowhereCool album. It is in the nature of people to find fault where none exists. Nana Addo, born into the famous Akufo-Addo family, is perhaps one of the most privileged people this part of the world. He is related to JB Danquah and William Ofori Atta, two of the Big Six who shaped Ghana’s political history. His own father was Chief Justice and a former president of the Republic. His grandfather was a king in days when Ghana was still Gold Coast. By all standards, the man from Kyebi was born into a royal household of politicians and freedom fighters.

This unusual ancestry has brought both good and negatives to NADAA. He has been vilified for the alleged sins of his fathers. There are those who point to the Aliens Compliance Act as his father’s supposed legacy, and by proxy NADAA’s fault-to-be. It is perhaps with this singular backdrop that NADAA has been cast as a separatist. Citing his Akyem heritage and rumoured fallout with JA Kufuor, the President is considered the human embodiment of the NPP’s conservative agenda.

In ASOIAF, GRR Martin has cast Tyrion into one of the most privileged positions in literature. With him being disfigured and all, Tyrion comes to appreciate his Lannister name. But for it, he is certain he would have been thrown down the well or had to eke out a living jesting at tourneys. The misdeeds of his family name, particularly the sacking of Kings Landing, follow him like a tall spectre.

Tyrion has learnt to use his privileged birth to his advantage, however. Where Cersei never forgets to remind others of who and what she is, Tyrion draws on his family’s riches to buy friends and allies. In A Dance with Dragons, he uses his Lannister heritage to persuade the Second Sons to take him in after his master has succumbed to the Pale Mare. With his father dead and his sister the queen regent, Tyrion convinces the mercenaries that Casterly Rock is his birth right since his elder brother forswore it by joining the Kingsguard. That heavy name and riches will buy him his freedom and put him on a journey to meet Daenerys, maybe.

Ever since he was born, his father has blamed him for the death of Joanna Lannister, Tyrion’s mother and Tywin’s wife. The Imp has not lost sight of this fact. When he is on trial for the death of Joffery, he pours his heart out to the public, claiming he was on trial for being a dwarf, and that he regretted ever saving them.

But he was a man with a conscience. His evil grins and lewd comments notwithstanding, Tyrion Lannister has proven to be a man for the people. He loves and protects his family name. He refuses to bed Sansa against her wish. And he executes that man whom Cersei used to murder one of Robert’s bastards.

In Ghana, despite all the vilification he has suffered, NADAA has been praised for his human rights stance. Much like his ancestors, he has served in important human rights groups during his younger days. But of course, it matters little what good you do in the game of politics. What matters is getting the seat, and NADAA is propped on the highest in the land.


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.

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