You may have realised that the “Aku Akuffo” and “Ho Poly” are among the top trends on Ghana Twitter in the last 12 hours.
This is as a result of a series of posts that Aku Akuffo made on her Instagram Stories in the last 15 hours.
But before we get into what she posted, here’s what you need to know about her.
Who is Aku Akuffo?
She was born Aku-Sika Akuffo and her father is reported to be a member of the Council of Elders of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
She is also the niece of President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo, former Chief Justice Mrs Sophia Akuffo and former Attorney General Gloria Akuffo.
Aku-Sika got married to Brian Bekoe at Christianborg Castle in Osu in January 2020, in a ceremony that ranks among the most talked-about Ghanaian weddings held last year.
According to Braperucci Africa, her maternal grandparents are top hoteliers in the country, who own the Georgia Hotels in both Kumasi and Accra. Her grandmother, Oheneyere Georgina Yaa Adepa known in private life as Mrs Georgina Adepa Konadu Kusi is the owner of Adepa Pharmacy, and also a member of the Council of State in the President Akufo-Addo’s government.
Aku-Sika is lawyer, fashion influencer and content creator. She is a London School of Economics (LSE), trained lawyer, and a barrister of both Lincoln’s Inn in the UK and the Ghana Bar.
Why is she trending?
On the evening of Friday, May 28, 2021, Aku-Sika made a series of posts on her Instagram Stories that got a lot of young Ghanaians on social media furious.
She made the posts in response to people who were criticizing Jake Bediako after he announced on Twitter that he had got “a pretty big promotion” at the presidency. He was the Global Youth Ambassador for Diaspora Affairs, at the Office of the President and was recently promoted to Presidential Coordinator for Youth Engagement and Strategy.
His father is reported to be one of the Bediako brothers; owners of Ernest Chemist, Media Pharmacy and other multimillion-dollar companies.
In responding to Jake Bediako’s critics, Aku-Sika made these posts on Instagram:
“People are actually haters in this Ghana! Like how are you angry that someone who is very qualified for a position has been given that position? A young person at that! We should be celebrating. Someone has gone to Cornell University and Cambridge University. Worked their ass off for years and you are angry their hard work is paying off? If it makes you so angry please go and do some so you too we can clap for you.”
“We have ministers who speak and the entire nation cringes. Education is a valuable asset people. But sure let’s pretend that a young man’s Cambrige and Columbia degrees were picked over your cousin’s Ho Poly certificate because “elitism”.
“I don’t care who the hell you are, you do not get to prevent someone from celebrating their wins or achievements just because you don’t understand or agree with them. Like I said, instead of hating go and do some so we can clap for you too!”
Reactions to her posts
She belittling an academic certificate from Ho Poly (Ho Technical University) in her posts, resulted in “Ho Poly” also trending on Twitter.
Aku-Sika’s Instagram posts in defence of Jake Bediako was not well received by many young Ghanaians on Twitter, and this is how some of them reacted:
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