#GHgot: Valar Morgulis

Nana Akufo-Addo sipping kalyppo, tyrion lannister drinking wine

Where the halfman has resorted to wits and bribery to escape trouble, NADAA’s “all die be die” comment has caused him more troubles than he would have wished for.

Nana is a lawyer. He speaks French, and talks with a mouth filled with foreign accents. His sharp shooting tongue has created what could be the most popular election sound-bite since “ɛyɛ Kube” was declared: “All die be die.” It goes without saying that many have pounced on this to denigrate his person the more. When he came out to claim those who wanted to leave the party would be offered words of gratitude and ‘escorted out,’ at least one ranking member of the NPP raised it as evidence of his unsuitability as a people-magnet. NADAA seems the person who would speak his mind with an unwavering conviction. His unerring trust in his own words has earned him many detractors. One would love to know what goes on in that head of his.

Tyrion’s friends are his books. His wit is derived both from experience as an underdog (read underdwarf) and the knowledge he gleans from all his readings. He has a smattering of Valyrian. Throughout the series, GRR Martin gives us incredible first-hand glimpses into the short man’s clock-work brain. The words he use and the jabs he delivers are a masterwork. Where others have their sword hands and feline cheeks, Tyrion utilizes his tongue to equal effect.

These bad people are what I’m good at. Out-talking them, out-thinking them – it’s what I am. And I like it. I like it more than anything I’ve ever done,” he declares after surviving a murder attempt at the Battle of Blackwater.

Perhaps, the most intriguing bit of remark he makes is when he goes to the Hand’s Tower to kill his father. “You are no son of mine,” Tywin says in scorn. The Imp aptly replies; “I am you writ small.” Beyond the concise punch line he sends his father’s direction, there are some who think these five words are a major spoiler alert that could affect the future of ASOIAF.

If the WikiLeaks cables of a few years ago are anything to go by, NADAA has had a soft spot for weed for some time.  His legendary piping days were said to be characterised by heavy rings of smoke sitting over his head like the wings of some conjured dragon.

On the other side of reality, we have the king of alcohol. His appetite for the drink, however, does not affect his wits. That is what he does; he drinks, and he knows things.

It would be interesting to find the two of them on a WhatsApp chat:

“My brother is undoubtedly arrogant.”

“The arrogance tag is a caricature of myself being played by my political opponents”

“I’m not questioning your honour… I’m denying its existence.”

“I will keep begging and begging and begging…”

“Perhaps you should speak to me more softly then. Monsters are dangerous and, just now, kings are dying like flies.”

“All die be die.”


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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