If there’s something Ghanaians love, it’s to give things and people nicknames, and our presidents aren’t left out. Most of our presidents have had nicknames given to them by Ghanaians and these are the most common ones.
Gentle Giant/Gentle JAK
John Agyekum Kufuor was president from 2001 to 2009 and during that time, lots of Ghanaians started to call him Gentle Giant or Gentle JAK (pronounced Jack) because of well the fact that he is tall and always seemed so calm and collected.
Nana Addo seems to impress some Ghanaians a lot. We don’t know when the nickname “Showboy” started, but it seems it’s because of a few projects he’s been able to pull off. During the COVID-19 lockdown in Ghana, his response was considered admirable by most people in Ghana and beyond and well, if you needed a reason to call him Showboy, this is a reason.
The late John Evans Atta Mills was known as asomdwe hene which means “King of Peace”. He earned this nickname mostly because any time he got the opportunity to, he’d talk about peace and he always seemed to avoid trouble.
The late Jerry John Rawlings was affectionately called Papa J by a lot of adoring Ghanaians. It was a reflection of the role some assigned to him as a ‘father figure’.
This name…John Dramani Mahama gave it to himself. Okay, not really. He once said, during his tenure of office that he’d developed a dead goat syndrome and just as a dead goat was unaware and unafraid of a knife, he was unperturbed by the civil protests of unhappy Ghanaians who were threatening to not vote for him in the 2016 elections.