In the early hours of today the Incumbent President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama sent his congratulatory message to the newly democratically elected President Nana Akufo-Addo ending rather abruptly his Cinderella story. I remember that sad day like it was yesterday, I was watching Metro TV in the month of July in the year 2012, when it was announced that Prof Atta Mills had been rushed to a hospital, minutes later the reporter said "I can confirm Prof Atta Mills is dead" everywhere was dead silent, if you dropped a coin in the exact place I was in the city of Koforidua that day you would have heard it clearly. Ghana was thrown into a state of mourning.
Then came the swift swearing in of the late presidents then vice president, John Dramani Mahama. What happened in that hall that day won him the election before he even decided to contest. Mahama came in and you could see clearly his eyes has been full of tears only a moment ago. And he sat down at the sit he normally would sit as the vice president - on the left. The procession began and the swearing in was done, he was then given the room to speak. He couldn't hide the tale that he was just in tears over the passing of his Boss. After his speech, he then proceeded to his sit but forgetting he was no longer a vice president, so he went in the direction of the left and then those present echoed for him to move to the right. He was a simple man and with this he won the heart of the citizens and got himself elected without much stress the next year.
But a Cinderella is not always a great queen. Nigerian student four years later told me of how they had to start travelling to the border of the country to get money for fees and upkeep. So it was no surprise to me that this very simple man was voted out for a man that is not generally like-able; Nana Akufo-Addo. Now this drama had played exactly the same way in Nigeria. The Cinderella was Goodluck Ebere Jonathan and the man not like-able is General Muhammadu Buhari and the campaign slogan was CHANGE , but the country is not Ghana but Nigeria.
Does this mean that the same thing Nigeria has faced since the new government would be the exact thing that Ghana would begin to face from next year, Absolutely NOT! If Nigeria was Ghana as the man from the North came the South would form their own terrorist group (Niger Delta Avengers) because they think the terrorist from the North (Boko Haram) that disturbed the peace during the time of the leadership of the time of the man from the South would come to an end or better said they would get amnesty and then begin to live lavishly in Gwarimpa and Otikpo - but Nigeria is not Ghana.
The challenges that you, Ghana, would face would be unique to you. Don't think because your story is similar then your challenge would be similar. You would have challenges but they just might not be similar to that of Nigeria. So get prepared to be patient with this new government and fight for the success of your country because the collective success of all the countries in Africa can make Africa a better continent.