This week, Nana Akofo Addo was joined by his other compatriots to mark the 25th anniversary of the “kume preko” demonstration. The said demonstration passed off in 1995, with attorneys, politicians, and journalists all taking part. Akufo Addo was one of the leaders as over one hundred thousand Ghanaians took to the streets to protest the Jerry John Rawlings Regime.
Other leaders of the demonstration were Dr. Charles Wreko Brobbey, Kwasi Pratt Jnr, Dr. Nayarko Tamakloe, Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako, Akoto Ampaw, Victor Newman, Kwaku Opoku, Napoleon Abdulai and Agyeri Blankson.
Dubbed “kume preko” – which translates in twi as “you can as nicely kill me” – the protest was against corruption and hassle in Ghana. The protest, however, grew to become chaotic with a number of the demonstrators maintaining numerous stages of injuries.
Exactly 25 years after the incident, President Akufo Addo met with some of his compatriots who took part in the demo. Kitted in their face mask, Kwaku Baako and the others exchanged pleasantries with the president to mark the day.