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Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo 2017 State of the Nation Address

21 February 2017

MESSAGE ON THE STATE OF THE NATION  BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO, ON THE OCCASION OF THE STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT ON  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017.

Mr. Speaker,

It is good to be back here again in this Chamber, where I spent some 12 memorable years as a Member of Parliament. I recollect with nostalgia the vigorous debates of my days here as a Minority MP, and I have very fond memories of being on the Majority side also. I can see some old faces from my first days here – like the 2nd Deputy Speaker, Hon. Alban Bagbin, whom I came to meet in the House in 1997, and who became a good friend of mine; and Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader, with whom I entered Parliament on the same side, at the same time.

On December 7th, 2016, the Ghanaian people went to the polls, and voted decisively for change. As a result, today, I am here again in this House, this time as President of the Republic, having secured an emphatic, electoral victory. Mr. Speaker, we have to thank God for His Grace and Favour for a peaceful and smooth transfer of power, in which Ghanaians rose to the occasion, and made our nation the object of world admiration. The Ghanaian people are to be commended for their strong attachment to the principles of democratic accountability. I would like to take this opportunity, Mr Speaker, to express my sincere appreciation to my predecessor, President John Mahama, for his leadership and his role in the transition. His conduct has been a credit to our nation. Mr. Speaker, I am happy to see the presence in this House of two other former Presidents of the Republic, their Excellencies Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor. I am in the enviable position of being the first Ghanaian leader to be able to draw on the experiences of three living, former Presidents. This should, definitely, enrich my tenure of office.

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What does your company do?

At Pernia Couture, we use African beads and other beads to design and manufacture ladies’ accessories like neck pieces, bags, slippers etc. and also transform different types of African prints into beautiful ladies clothes.

What inspired you to start your company?

I was born with a creative talent, so being a woman and knowing how important it is for a woman to be confident, I saw creating bold unique accessories and clothes as a way of contributing to making other women feel more confident....

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Goil Holds Annual National Sales Conference

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