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Ghana’s New President Nana Akufo-Addo Borrows from Former U.S Presidents Bush and Clinton’s Inaugural Speech | WATCH



President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana

Nana Akufo-Addo was inaugurated as president of Ghana yesterday.

It has however, been revealed that while addressing the gathering at the Independence Square, Akufo-Addo used the same words from a 1993 Bill Clinton inaugural speech, and a 2001 George Bush inaugural speech.

“I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens building your communities and our nation. Let us work until the work is done,” Akufo-Addo said.

The words above were also contained in George Bush’s 2001 inaugural speech – verbatim.

The president also said; “Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Ghanaians have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people. And we must bring to our task today, the vision and will of those who came before us”

Further checks revealed that these were the same words from Bill Clinton’s 1993 inaugural speech.

WATCH the videos below:

Newly inaugurated Ghanaian President’s speech borrows from US Presidents Bush and Clinton #Ghana

A video posted by BellaNaija (@bellanaijaonline) on

Video Credit: JOY News


  1. Andrew

    January 8, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Thats means ghana is hopeless for another 8 years lol.. at least he speaks better than our president

    • Kwesi

      January 8, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Hopeless did you say
      O don’t you just Wish

      Mschewwww GTFOHWTBS


    • Sevenade

      January 8, 2017 at 9:38 am

      When will Nigeria have a handsome, intelligent, articulate, visionary, and presentable president like Barack Obama? This country has been ruled by brainless, ugly ass men for damn too long. Donald Duke, pls vie for the presidency in 2019. But what is so difficult in speech writing? He could still have said the same thing using different words. That’s the beauty of the English Language: most words have synonyms. How can he fight corruption when he is guilty of plagiarism? Abi plagiarism no be corruption?

    • Bored in Gidi

      January 8, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      I’m surprised the words came out clearly for all to hear. I can’t even see his neck. I wonder what happened to it?

  2. ILoveMyPresident

    January 8, 2017 at 9:10 am

    The man is an extremely intelligent lawyer/man who is articulate and eloquent in the English and French language (practiced law in Paris for years), do u really think he lacks that much words. Listen to the full speech in its entirety before u judge stupidly. He quoted several people whose line he borrowed and his communication director has come out to Apologize for over sore of not including the two names of these quoted lines which is ndc sore losers are pushing it to trend as though the whole speech was plagiarize from beginning to end. And by the way how about those lines from Bush was not Bush eithet but originally by Woodrow Wilson to which Bush himself never sited once when he used it in his speech.

    We will not loose focus of what this special day means to us

    These enemies of progress called NDCs who are simply sore losers seems to forget why they lost. Majority of Ghanaians don’t care about no plagiarized blah blah blah cos even a blind bat knows about new president is more than able to write better speeches had he not designated it . What the voters care about and what the focus will be on after Monday is creating jobs for citizens not some plagiarized blah blah blah.

    NDCs you have failed and will keep failing. Get ready to go to jail for stolen billions or exile in Syria or some shit like that cos under this man you best believe you will not go scot free with our stolen monies.

    Most Ghanaians don’t give a shit rather we are discussing the other great nice things he said that gives us hope. We have a lot of work to do and that’s our focus.

    • Abena

      January 9, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      @iLoveMyPresident, some of you fail at analytical reasoning and give us all a bad name.

      I love my president too — but the truth is, parts of his speech were plagiarized; which is why his Director of Communications apologized. Covering up lies and the ineptitude of public officials is what got us into the mess were are currently in with the previous government. Public officials have to be held accountable, no matter what party they belong to.

      Why this has become a Ghana/Nigeria debate, I don’t even understand. Was it Buhari that wrote and read the speech?

  3. tunde

    January 8, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Rather than join the bandwagon on trending news, bn should have searched online to discover that Bush also borrowed same speech from someone else who used it 70yrs earlier. It’s no longer plagiarism given the time span

  4. lateh L

    January 8, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Who wrote his speech?? see embarrassment, this is what the world has become?

  5. Omo

    January 8, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Bellanaija why don’t you do ur research well both Clinton and bush also borrowed it from Woodrow Wilson one of the US president and this specific quote has been used by many presidents. I advise you include that because it does not belong to neither Clinton nor Bush. Thank you.
    @andrew , stop drawing into conclusions because Ghana is not gonna be hopeless for another 8 years thank you.
    @ lateh l , borrowing another’s quote is not an embarrassement I advice you look into the dictionary well and know the meaning of embarrassment before you start using it.thank you.

  6. Tolulope

    January 8, 2017 at 10:14 am

    It’s not called ‘borrow’ but plagiarize. Ok?

  7. Sevenade

    January 8, 2017 at 10:24 am

    @Tolulope, the third meaning of “borrow” in Oxford Dictionary is: to take words, ideas, etc. from another language, person, etc. and use them as your own. So, “borrow” is perfectly correct. Plagiarize can also be used though.

    • Tolulope

      January 8, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Thanks for the correction. Do i need to pay for your service?

    • Sevenade

      January 8, 2017 at 10:52 am

      You are welcome! Lolz… na…. you don’t have to.

    • no-one-at-all

      January 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Wrong! You can borrow a language, borrow lines from a poem(Things fall apart got it’s name from a line from a poem called ‘The Second Coming’) or borrow inspiration from nature. But there’s this thing called Intellectual Property, IP, that allows people to keep their ideas and others to respect the source and give credence to whom it’s due. Those words are Bush’s and Bill’s Intellectual Properties so he has no right to “borrow” it without quoting them or stating that the words aren’t his. If that we’re the case (If IP doesn’t exist) then I can claim to the originator of the axiom “cleaniness is next to godliness”.

      This sets a bad precedence for the incoming administration that it cannot innovate and doesn’t respect IP laws (something you need if you want foreign direct investments.) Also it’s a cultural shame on the people of Ghana. But what do Africans care? We have lowered our standards so much that we’ll accept anything and shame is a part of living in Africa.

  8. Editrix

    January 8, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Not surprised!

    Is it not the same Red Media (Adebola Williams + Chude Jidenowo) that laundered Buhari’s image and cinched the election for him that also laundered Nana Akufo-Addo image?. If a leader cannot pen simple message to express his thoughts for winning an election and his plans for his country, then its a big red flag. Ghana is in for a rude awakening. See, people should beware of those boys. They will do anything for money and anything they touch dies. Tueh. Turning point generation my ass,

    Bella, better post my comment.

  9. Ariere

    January 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

    This is really disturbing and shameful. With the Internet and recorded footage, nothing is ever truly forgotten. Anything and everything recorded can be retrieved instantly with a few clicks!

    Can a Leader of a country of almost 24 million people be this lazy and careless? It just says a lot about how the next 4yrs will play out for the citizens.

  10. m

    January 8, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    this is very embarrassing

    • tunmi

      January 8, 2017 at 4:52 pm


  11. Ade-Kofi

    January 8, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    With all the countless smart young people Ghana has, it is a huge shame that Nana Akuffor Addo chose Nigerians as his publicists/speech-writers! Nana tends to have a serious inferiority complex with anything Nigeria. Yesterday, he called out names of other countries but referred to Nigeria as ‘mighty Nigeria’. I know his first wife is Nigerian (Femi Fani-Kayode’s elder sister) so he has an old relationship with Nigeria. Someone should tell him, I have blood of both countries flowing through my viens…he has to be careful with Nigerians especially now that he is President. Nigerians are loud-you can’t be them to loudness-that makes them very good sales-people so I understand when he used them for campaign publicity. Mahama also used Dele Momodu. But it should TOTALLY end with the capmpaign. Those guys don’t have what it takes..common write a speech, they had to you-tube and google. If he had used even Ghanaian University students, they might not be as glamorous and charming and loud and all that but they would have written a powerful and very original speech for him to deliver. My Business School Prof codedly told me that if you have to be wary of anyone, be very wary of sales-people.Many Nigerians are natural salespeople…They sold ‘BUHARI’ to Nigeria as the next big thing to the extent that young people with countless degrees would see Buhari’s posters and start kissing it or crying….Buhari o…a man that should not even be managing a small business in 2015! That is the power of sales. Nana, campaigns are over..You need smart people now not salespeople.You need Ghanaians now not Nigerians.

    • E

      January 8, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      A sad post reeked with massive generalisations.

    • Abena

      January 8, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Nana Addo’s Director of Communications is a 33 year old Ghanaian, Eugene Arhin. I don’t know where you are getting information it is a Nigerian who wrote his speech. Regardless of who wrote the speech– this is an embarrassment. Plagiarizing is dishonest, no matter how and where you cut it.

    • TZR

      January 9, 2017 at 1:11 am

      Abena as a fellow Ghanaian I’ve advised myself and suggest you do same no need, this is a Nigerian blog they don’t respect us no give a fuck so why Bella keeps updating thisr site with updates of our president and approve disrespectful comments I will not understand.

      You don’t have to come on this blog if they are going to be disrespectful to us or our president. Not worth it. Let’s respect ourselves as we always (beacon of democracy in Africa we will always be and that’s a fact)

      #TZR blog is coming 2017, be patient and don’t respond to insults and disrespect on a foreign blog it is so not worth it. Keep it classy. Let’s concentrate on helping our leader rebuild. Instead of back and forth with a bunch of folks who don’t give a fck and in that case we don’t either. We will stay cordial but trust we don’t give a fck about u either and we never ever disrespect your Buhari so for u Bella to allow such disrespectful comments saids a lot about you. At end of day our nation has more peace and respect ourselves everywhere we go. We are blessed and now more blessed with a great leader.

      I’d have been shocked if the disrespect came from ivory coast SA or kenya but reading some of the comments on the various Nana Addo post here on BN, this is not thr first nor will it be the last the Nigerians disrespect us. You can do that in Nigeria not when you run to our great educational institutions on our land when yours is forever on strike or doing cultism things.! Money doesn’t buy respect. We are not rich nation but we have dignity and respect. So thank you Bella and your Nigerian readers.

      Am out.

    • Iris

      January 8, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      Lol I don’t understand. Are you lost? Your president is not on this blog. You came to a Nigerian blog to talk to a Ghanaian president about Nigerians and referred to Nigerians in the third person when we are the ones reading your blog. Please go to your presidential villa to deliver your message. Who your post epp?

    • Toroakinseye

      January 8, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      What do you mean beware of Nigerians? That is so low

  12. Segi

    January 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    When Trump’s wife did same, borrowed wasn’t the word. She was crucified and ridiculed.

  13. Nk

    January 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    This is straight out embarrassing! How will these idiots continue to shame and make mockery of this continent in this manner! I lack words right now!!!

  14. madman

    January 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Chude and Debola have sold another SCAM.

  15. Pat

    January 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Embarrassing. Thats why African has not developed much. Bunch of unintelligent block heads without wisdom ruling d continent. Jerry Rawlings come back and rule Ghana though u weren’t great u knew how to deal this this block heads in leadership position. Buhari same block head just as members of his cabinet. I even thought he will at least enforce rules to get rid of corrupt leaders but he is just chilling. The joke is on us citizens. We don’t protest till we see change.

    • Dr O

      January 9, 2017 at 6:55 am

      I hope it’s not Pres Akufo/Addo that you are referring to as unintelligent.
      The person that should be crucified is the speech writer/director of communications.
      The Pres on the other hand is one of the most intelligent and educated presidents that Ghana has ever had, as well as West Africa (in at least the last 30 years).

      I am Nigerian by the way.

  16. Todds

    January 8, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    To all my Ghanaian folks, no more debates on jolly rice henceforth. I’m now convinced with this evidence that it was stolen from us 🙂

  17. nwa nna

    January 8, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    When I say we Africans are intellectually lazy, I am called over sabi.. Here’s another example of intellectual inertia, hired speech writers ought to know better than to plagiarize other people’s work.. They obviously knew what they were doing because they not only plagiarized one, but two speeches .. This is outright unacceptable

  18. Remi

    January 8, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Its called plagiarize not borrow…………he didn’t give them credit or referenced them that he used their intellectual property. It’s actually a big offence except in Africa

  19. Living

    January 8, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    President? Or Village King with 2 wives??

  20. Jennietobbie

    January 8, 2017 at 10:06 pm


  21. clementine

    January 8, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Is plagiarism the other of the day.? First ir was Melania and now Akuffo Addo ,Shame, ,shame,shame,.He for kuku plagiarize Kwame Nkuruma .The man get beta speech pass the two American presidents mentioned.

  22. Grace

    January 9, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Whether he plagiarise or not itis nobody’s business people should mind their and leave him alone aaaaba, ghanaians and talking.

  23. trudy

    January 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    i listened to the whole speech and there were instances that he quoted the bible, Dr Abrefa Busia and Kwame nkrumah AND he gave them that reference. what i dont understand is why and how the speech writer forgot to reference this important statement (he has come out to apologise saying it was an oversight) but if i was in charge of anything, i would have fired him. that speech on that occasion is on of the most important speeches any president will ever make and now the world will never forget about this.

  24. Potcallingkettleblack

    January 9, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Muhammadu Buhari: Nigeria’s President plagiarized quotes from U.S. President Barack Obama in a speech promising change in the West African country, his office said on Friday.

    Last week, Buhari gave a speech to launch a campaign titled “Change begins with me,” part of his credo to end graft in Africa’s biggest economy which is gripped by mismanagement and poverty despite sitting on vast energy reserves.

    But one paragraph in the speech urging Nigerians not to fall back “on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our country so long” was copied from Obama’s victory speech after his election in November 2008.

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