American televangelists TD Jakes had nothing but praise for President Akuffo Addo for how he has transformed Ghana.
Bishop Thomas Dexter (TD) Jakes has recently made headlines after praising President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for “transformational leadership.”
“There were a lot of dirt roads and people just in meagre gear…and very few buildings and beautiful hotels,” said the Bishop of Potter’s House, a non-denominational American megachurch, when he first visited Ghana less than a decade ago.
“When I returned seven years later, there were interstates, freeways, hotels, five-star accommodations, and restaurants everywhere,” he says.
“There’s nothing like great leadership,” the televangelist said, noting that Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made the country one of Africa’s “wealthiest.”
These remarks were delivered by Bishop Jakes as he introduced the Ghanaian leader to his audience as one of the speakers for his upcoming leadership summit.
“I have observed with wonder for some time, the president of the Republic of Ghana and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, will speak at our International Leadership Summit this month,” the American preacher said.
“And, in case you are not up to speed on how things are going in Africa; Ghana is one of Africa’s wealthiest countries; he [President Akufo-Addo] has completely turned it around.
“It is the largest producer of gold on the continent and the world’s second-largest producer of cocoa”, Jakes explained, adding: “Under President Akufo-Addo’s leadership, Ghana has emerged as a booming tech centre – even welcoming Twitter. [Twitter] is moving to Ghana. Africa’s corporate headquarters of Twitter is going to be there”, he mentioned.
Aside from that, T.D. Jakes said: “President Akufo-Addo is also working to transform Ghana into key travel destinations, particularly for Americans but particularly, for African-Americans and the African diaspora and aggressively promoting investment in the country.”
Over the last couple of years, he told the audience, “Ghana’s government has set aside 500 acres of land for foreigners looking to resettle there”.
“Let me explain to all of you African-Americans – Ghana’s move to embrace African-Americans has particular significance because some of the largest ports of slavery [were] from Ghana and, so, the return home and some of the amenities that he’s extending [are] a step toward healing and restoration,” Jakes explained.
He continued: “Imagine the prodigal son coming back home and the father running to meet him and welcoming him back home. It has tremendous significance and he’s done some amazing things in that regard.
“We’re thrilled, delighted to welcome President Akufo-Addo and several other esteemed leaders to the next International Leadership Summit.”
Bishop TD Jakes praises the Ghanaian leader’s ability to communicate in multiple languages, particularly French, as “brilliant and smart.”
“The dude is amazing; he’s just smart,” he said emphatically.
President Akufo-Addo, in his opinion, has completely transformed Ghana.
“I was watching him being interviewed in Paris, and the guy was speaking to him in French, and President Akuffo-Addo speaks English, several languages fluently, and when he started speaking French to the man, the president turned and started speaking back to him in French; it speaks to his global ability,” Bishop TD Jakes added before showing his audience a 60-second clip.