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Ghanaians react as Akufo-Addo’s daughter makes phone call during national anthem (video)

Mixed reactions have greeted a video making the rounds which shows Edwina Nana Dokua, the first daughter of President Akufo-Addo making a phone call right beside his father while a national anthem.


Ghanaians react as Akufo-Addo’s daughter makes call during national anthem.


The video was filmed at the 30th-anniversary celebration of the death of Eleanor Akufo-Addo, the President’s late wife and mother of Edwina.


She was captured in the video speaking on the phone right beside her 'no-nonsense' father while the national anthem was being sung after the emcee had asked the gathering to rise in honour of the anthem.


Some social media users say it smacks of double standard while others don't see anything wrong with it.

The video has sparked numerous reactions especially as it emerged following recent development in which President Akufo-Addo expressed unhappiness with Nii Torgbor Obodai Ampaw, the chief of Mempeasem for failing to stand up while the national anthem was being played.


This particular incident occurred on Friday, June 9, 2023, a ceremony at the Green Ghana Day event held at the University of Ghana.


The footage showed Akufo-Addo furiously instructing the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey to tell the traditional leader to stand up. His anger stemmed from the fact that everyone, including he the first gentleman of the land stood up in honour of the national anthem but the chief remained seated.


Subsequently, the chief issued a statement to apologise to the President and explained that his failure to stand up for the national anthem was due to ill health and the effect of a medication.


Standing during a national anthem is regarded as a display of reverence and is meant to honour the nation that it represents.


Andreas Kamasah, news reporter at Pulse.com.gh. Good at creating original content and writing comprehensive feature articles on humanitarian and social issues. Professional and impartial.


Credit: Pulse Ghana

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