Rawlings used to call us Aki and Pawpaw – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has recalled moments he shared with New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s Volta Regional First Vice Chairperson, Dr Archibald Letsa.

Announcing his Regional Ministers-designate on Tuesday at the Flagstaff House, the President said former President Jerry John Rawlings used to refer to the two of them as though they were twins.

“Former President Rawlings used to call us Aki and Pawpaw,” he told the media amidst laughter.

‘Aki and Pawpaw’ are names that became popular following the release of the film ‘Aki na Ukwa’ in 2003 which featured Nollywood actors Osita Iheme known as Pawpaw and Chinedu Ikedieze as Aki.

[L – R] Chinedu Ikedieze as Aki and Osita Iheme as Paw-Paw

The names are given to people who are vertically challenged, a euphemism for people who are short.

Poking fun at the media briefing, President Akufo-Addo said Mr Rawlings used to tease them for being vertically challenged.

He later introduced the NPP official as the Volta Regional Minister-designate.

The other nominees include Sulemana Alhassan for Upper West; Kwaku Asoma-Cheremeh for Brong Ahafo, and Rockson Bukari for Upper East.

Dr. Kwaku Afriyie was nominated for Western Region, Eric Kwakye Darfour for Eastern Region and Salifu Sawed for the Northern Region.


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