​update: Akufo-Addo sworn in as president


Other heads of state will do same.

The First lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Second Lady; Samira Bawumia and other dignitaries shake hands with President Akufo-Addo.


He prays for good health for the president and the very best for Ghana.

He concluded by reiterating his best wishes to Akufo-Addo. He thanked the people of Ghana for receiving citizens of Cote D’Ivoire during difficult times.

He appealed to the political leaders as well as the citizenry to support president Akufo-Addo as he takes over as president.

“Indeed, with democracy there is no peace and without peace there is no sustainable development.”

He recounted the pleasant relationship they have had, adding that he is pleased with what they have achieved together for the consolidation of peace and security.

He said the people of ECOWAS will always be indebted to you for the important work he accomplished as chairperson of ECOWAS.

Preisdent of Cote d’Ivoire delivering his speech

“Long live Ghana, long live ECOWAS, Long live Africa.”

On behalf of the authority on heads of states and governments of COWAS we congratulate you, your vice president and the people of Ghana.

She looks forward to hosting Akufo Addo in may to Liberia in May when the heads of states summit will be held.

“We applaud your long time working commitment to peace and democracy.”

Madam Sirleaf says ECOWAS has no doubt that you continue the actions that makes Ghana a peaceful country.

“We welcome you to ECOWAS and look forward to the contributions you will bring to our discussions

“Actors may change from time to time, but the spirit of unity and peace of ECOWAS remains alive.”

“You Ghanaians make us proud,” she said.

She commended the Electoral Commission and all stakeholders for conducting preaceful, fair and transparent elections.

Congratulated President Mahama for his show of statesmanship and reminded him that he has a lot more to do even out of power.

“Thank you for demonstrating to all that indeed there is life after power,” she said.


President of Liberia and head of ECOWAS, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf delivering a goodwill message on behalf of ECOWAS.


Speech ends. Akufo-Addo walks back to sit on the presidential throne.

Thank you all for making me president and may God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong.

Our nation will work when the marginalised and catered for and treated with respect.

There will be discipline for all and not just some.

I see exciting times ahead. The rule of all will be apllicable to all and not jsut some.

I assure you who that i will advance my conviction with civility. I will call for responsiblity. this is my solemn pledge.

“I ask you to be responsible citizens not spectators,” Akufo-Addo

It is time to dream again. We must create wealth ad restore happiness to our nation.

He reiterates that his governement will reduce taxes.

Ghana is open for business again, he said

President Akufo-Addo says he will protect the public purse.

He said public service is just that, service, and not an avenue for making money.


Akufo-Addo promises not to left the people of Ghana down as he takes over the affairs of the state.

Akufo-Addo commends ex president Mahama’s show of statesmanship when he conceeded defeat. He wished Mr Mahama and his family well.


“This is the day the Lord ahs made and we will rejoice in it,” President Akufo-Addo.


Akufo-Addo delivering his first speech as president.


The 21 gun salut by the military taking place to welcome the Commander in Chief. This is done by the military as way of showing their allegiance to the new president.


Akufo-Addo takes the oath of allegiance. He is led by Chief Justice Theodora Wood.


Dr Bawumia signing the book of oath. The book serves as evidence that he is vice president. The Chief Justice will also sign the book to give validity to the oath.


Dr Bawumia taking his oath of office. He is led by the Chief Justice.


Speaker invites Chief Justice Georgina Theodora Wood to administer the oath of office for vice-president-elect Dr Mahamadu Bawumia.


Speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Ocquaye is calling Parliament to order after he suspended the House last night. He will announce the dignitaries present and then the real event will begin.


Akufo-Addo takes his seat right beside the presidential stool. He will seat on the presidential stool after he is sworn in as president.


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has arrived with his wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo

President of Nigeria Mahamudu Buhari is also at the Square.


Vice President, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia and his wife, Samira Bawumia have arrived at the Square.


Newly elected speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Ocquaye has arrived at the Black Star Square.

Ex President John Dramani Mahama and his wife, Lordina Mahama as well as ex vice president Kwesi Amissah Arthur and his wife, Matilda Amissah Arthur are all present at the grounds.

Former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor together with their spouses are also seated.

Hundreds of people are expected at the Black Star Square for the official investiture of Ghana’s President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Saturday.

The event will feature parades and cultural display performed before the crowd that would be made up of some African heads of state and Presidents from some European countries.

Nana Akufo-Addo will be sworn in by the Chief Justice, Theodora Georgina Wood as required by Ghana’s Constitution.

President-elects are expected to be sworn in by January 7, a month after the nation’s general elections on December 7.

So far, 15 heads of state have arrived to grace the occasion, among them are presidents from Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Zambia, Liberia, Equitorial Guinea, Togo.

There will also be representatives from 13 states across the world in the country to witness Akufo-Addo’s investiture.

President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouatara, who is a special guest to the ceremony arrived about 30 minutes ago.

The Inauguration Day schedule is below: