Ghana has made history once again with the swearing-in of H.E Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo as the 5th President in the 4th Republic of Ghana.
The new president just like his four predecessors received the sword of office along with his deputy as they took the oath of office to serve Ghana and uphold the constitution for a four year term.
One of the highlights of every inauguration is the outfits the new president wears to the event and so far all presidents we’ve had in the 4th Republic have fared so well in this regard.
Each of them had their personal style spinned with the rich Ghanaian culture and customs which continues to be the envy of nations across the world.It’s also worthy to note that none of the presidents have worn a British suit or it’s American/Italian counterparts to their investiture, a major boost for our highly esteemed traditions.
Take a look at the Ghanaian version of dapper during our inauguration day which always on the 7th of January after four years.
Ft. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings
Former President Rawlings was the first democratically elected president after the country returned to democracy in 1992. He beat his main contender Professor. Adu Boahene of the NPP to occupy the Ghana’s No. 1 position. At his investiture, Mr. Rawlings who hails from the Volta Region wore a satin green shirt with a colorful traditional Kente cloth as it’s the custom with tribes who live along the coast such as the Ewes, Gas and Fantes.
In 1997 after beating his closest contender, John Agyekum Kuffour in the 1996 election, he opted for a white men’s jumper and another Kente cloth with similar to what he wore in 1993 for his second term.
John Agyekum Kuffour
Ex-President John Agyekum Kuffour who hails from Atwima Nwabiagya in the Ashanti region of Ghana was clad in a much more colorful kente cloth for his inauguration. This is perhaps because the Kente cloth traces it’s origin to the Ashanti Kingdom where he hails. He wore it without a shirt as its the custom with Akans in the hinterlands.
In 2005, the Gentle Giant as he referred to was retained as president and he did a white, yellow and red Kente cloth for the inauguration ceremony for his second and final term of office.
John Evans Atta Mills
The late Prof. John Evans Fiifi Mills was the 3rd president of the 4th Republic who passed away before his term of office elapsed in 2012. President Mills who hails from Otuam in the Central region picked a white lace jumper shirt synonymous with Fantis along the sea with a kente cloth. The kente cloth was similar to what his boss J.J Rawlings wore at his swearing-in.
John Dramani Mahama
Prof. Mills’ deputy, John Dramani Mahama after steering the affairs of the country upon his death became president in 2013. As a northerner from Bole Bamboi in the Gonja district, John Mahama didn’t do the Kente style despite his tribe having their own version of the cloth. He adorned himself in a pure white Agbada with embroidery details on the chest.
Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-AddoThe current president of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo earlier wore a white fugu which most thought would have been his outfit to the Blackstar square but changed into a traditional kente cloth. Prior to his inauguration, most Ghanaians thought the astute Lawyer would ditch the traditional outfit for a suit. President Akuffo-Addo,a royal from the house of William Ofori-Atta, king of Akyem Abuakwa wore a special woven Kente cloth that had adinkra symbols representing love, unity, peace and wealth.
Congrats to all our presidents and the future ones we yearn to more style mixed with tradition on your paths