Ghana’s First Lady, Rebecca Akufo Addo has caused a stir on social media over a throwback photo of herself shared on her Facebook page, today, Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
The photo she revealed was taken when she was 20-years-old.
Accompanying the youthful photos of the wife of Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo which she described as unassuming, coy, and bustling in her post-teenage fickleness, the first lady said she was not aware of what life had in stored for her then.
“I must have had dreams – or fantasies even, and I did care a lot about this country because I knew people who served her. Like my father, Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph, the first African Commissioner of Income Tax. He was a Judge and later Speaker of Parliament who woke up every morning putting in his bit, hoping that Ghana got better. Did I possibly see myself leading any of these charges? Most likely not,” she added.
In the message, she recounted her experience in the last four years beside her husband, his dreams, and aspiration.
“Yet the last four years have been humbling. I wake up every morning, adjusting to this charge of First lady; partnering a man not only for love but in deep service of our country – the first gentleman. Today, I wonder what the 20-year-old Naa Okaikor understood of marriage and of service to country. Whether she ever imagined that she would become a First Lady. And that the nation’s love would be her love and the nation’s companion would be hers too and more so, the nation’s worries,” the message reads.
“It’s a reality a 69-year old Rebecca Akufo-Addo has had to get used to – that if you marry a man whose heart beats for his nation, yours must beat for it too,” she added.
She also called on Ghanaians to vote massively for the President and the NPP to continued the good works they have started.
Ghanaians React to the Picture and Accompanying Message
Scores of Ghanaian have since reacted to the picture and the message accompanying it, describing her as real inspiration to generations and young girls, especially.
GhanaPlus .com came across some of the comments and this is what they had to say,
Alex Joojo Krampah said “Beautiful. Our First Lady with brains. #4More4Nana #4MoreToDoMoreForYou”.
Isaac Dankwah wrote that “Very much inspiring mum. You’ve shown me who a wife is, and is much deep. Hey guys, find a wife who is supportive, and obtain the favor of the Lord”.
Nanayere Afua Papabi Addae-Ayepah “Mum you are blessed, 69! Oh my days, you are beautiful. You inspire me a lot and was part of the reasons why I voted for your husband four years ago and I will do so come 7th. If not for anything, your contributions to maternal health are admirable and I give you a thumb up. I tap into your heart of service”.