All the phone calls Yvonne Nelson received from Mahama, Akufo-Addo before the dumsormuststop demo
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All the phone calls Yvonne Nelson received from Mahama, Akufo-Addo before the dumsormuststop demo

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All the phone calls Yvonne Nelson received from Mahama, Akufo-Addo before the dumsormuststop demo.
Yvonne Nelson, a Ghanaian actress, has revealed significant details about her interactions with former President John Dramani Mahama and current President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo prior to her renowned #dumosormuststop protest. In her recently published book, titled ‘I am not Yvonne Nelson,’ she sheds light on their respective positions and responses to her cause.

According to Nelson, President Akufo-Addo personally reached out to her to offer his support and encouragement. During their brief conversation, he praised her efforts, recognizing her as a true daughter of Ghana. Akufo-Addo assured her that the entire nation stood behind her and encouraged her to persevere, stressing the importance of her cause.

“It was expected that such a significant problem would provide a political advantage to opposition parties. While the government did not initially appreciate our protest, the opposition parties supported us wholeheartedly, even though we made it clear that our agenda was nonpartisan.”

“In the days leading up to the protest, I received a call from someone who said I should wait for the presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. In that brief call, he expressed his support for my cause and encouraged me. He called me a true daughter of the land and commended my actions, urging me to continue without discouragement, as Ghana stood behind me.”

On the other hand, Nelson received calls from then President John Mahama’s office expressing his desire to meet her. However, she declined the invitation, insisting that her fellow protest organizers be present during the meeting. Despite pressure from the presidency for a one-on-one meeting, Nelson stood her ground, asserting that a meeting without her colleagues would not take place.

“I also received calls from President John Dramani Mahama’s office. The callers mentioned that the president wanted to meet me, but I informed them that I would only meet him if my fellow protest organizers were present. The officials at the presidency insisted that the president wanted to meet me alone. I stood firm, stating that if the president wasn’t prepared to meet me with my colleagues, then the meeting wouldn’t happen,” she stated in her book.

Reflecting on the political landscape, Nelson acknowledged that the magnitude of the problem naturally offered political advantages to opposition parties. However, she emphasized that her protest was intended to be nonpartisan, despite the solidarity shown by the opposition parties.

The #dumosormuststop protest garnered significant attention and brought the issue of power outages in Ghana to the forefront. Yvonne Nelson’s activism and determination in addressing the problem captivated the nation and sparked public discourse.

Regarding her book, ‘I Am Not Yvonne Nelson’ offers an explosive and captivating account of a young woman’s journey to self-discovery, revealing that she had been living with a false identity. The story is filled with drama, twists, and turns, resembling a spellbinding movie script. However, the protagonist, being an actor, grapples with a reality that occasionally brings tears to her eyes.

Unlike a typical autobiography, the author exposes herself completely to the audience. The book provides a comprehensive glimpse into the author’s life, uncovering both the good and the bad sides, as well as the realities of the celebrity world.

The book launch was attended by numerous industry stalwarts, businessmen, and politicians, including John Dumelo, Adjetey Anang, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, and Becca. Media personalities such as Manasseh Azure Awuni, Sammy Forson, and GhanaWeb Entertainment Editor Abrantepa Benefo Buabeng were also present.

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