When Mr. President waves at you.

Melanie

Author of this post:

CBS Project Manager Melanie

In one and a half week, there will be presidential elections in Ghana. Campaigning has been ongoing since months. For CBS, it has been a noisy time! Due to the Chief’s Palace Location near CBS, EACH rally passes by CBS. Also, single campaigning cars with loud music which drive around town often park somewhere near CBS and play their music there for people to enjoy.

Especially the DBS students are members of specific parties, as well as some of the DBS lecturers, of whom some are also active in the campaigning. So, during weekdays, the music rather just disturbed us, as it becomes difficult to hear the teacher talk in the class room. On weekends, it normally lifted up the spirits of the students supporting the various parties and they would often run out of the class room to quickly go and dance to the music and cheer to the people campaigning. For the GIRLS’ CLUB, it again just was annoying and disturbing. So experiences have been mixed. But it is clear that the most exciting moment was last week, even for the NVTI students, who normally don’t have much interest in it but rather complain about the constant noise. But last week, it was a different level! Suddenly, there were loud sirens which made us go to the main door and check what was happening. And right there, in between  many police and military cars as well as party members in NDC cars and on motorbikes, there he was, the President of the Republic, sitting in a car, smiling and waving at our students. You can imagine the enjoyment it created!! 😉

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Mr. President was travelling in this car. At this time of the year, everything gets dusty, also presidential cars 😉

The convoy was quite impressive – next to heavy armed police officers and soldiers, there was even also an ambulance following the President. It – so I assume – was his last trip to the north before the upcoming elections.

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Heavy armed officers – ready to jump?

About the author:
Melanie is a social anthropologist and holds a MA in Development Studies with a focus on Local Development Strategies from the distinguished Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She is a qualified trainer of youth leaders in Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation and has led youth projects in Switzerland, Ghana and Kenya.

Melanie is a Co-Founder of CBS Business School and the Co-President of Sono Foundation Switzerland.

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