Ghana’s capital city’s new highway named after U.S. President George Walker Bush. Will President Obama have a road in Ghana or Nigeria too?

Ghana’s new capital city highway named after U.S. President George Walker Bush

Will President Obama have a road in Ghana or Nigeria too?


Many Americans do not know that an African nation back in February 2012 named one of their capital city’s new expressways after former President George W. Bush.
President John Evans Atta Mills officially named the National Highway 1 or N1 highway after former U.S President George Walker Bush, because of his contributions towards the establishment of the Millennium Challenge Corporation which funded the construction of the highway.The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty.
The George Walker Bush Motorway links the capital city, Accra, Accra’s international airport, with major ports and the country’s major agricultural regions.
As part of the opening celebration Ghana and US flags were hoisted along a stretch of the new freeway.

Ghana Compact with MCC
The Millennium Challenge Corporation’s $547 million compact undertook and completed one of Ghana’s most significant infrastructure projects: the rehabilitation and construction of a critical section of the N1 highway.

Throughout the construction phase, more than 4,800 people and 2,500 structures were relocated and those affected received resettlement compensation of some $12 million.
The Government of Ghana has provided an additional counterpart funding to relocate utilities, install a new water main.
MCC states that Ghana is poised not only to be West Africa’s primary economic hub, but also an enduring partner for the United States and MCC.
A group calling itself the Concerned Youth of Ghana has been against the official naming of the N1 highway as the George Walker Bush Motorway and has proposed “Adwuma Wura Highway” instead in honor of Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom’s role in securing the project.
The N1 is named Kwame Nkrumah Motorway (Accra-Tema Motorway), after Ghana’ first president, from the Tetteh Quarshie interchange in Accra to the city of Accra Tema.
The New York Times reported the following on February 21, 2008
Bush Confronts Hard Questions in Ghana
February 21, 2008
The New York Times
ACCRA, Ghana – Traveling across Africa this week, President Bush has been a little like Santa Claus, a benevolent figure from another land handing out gifts – American foreign aid – and generating smiles wherever he goes.
But here in the capital of Ghana on Wednesday, the smiles stopped for a moment as Mr. Bush confronted skepticism about American military policy and his AIDS initiative.
Mr. Bush used a news conference to address the widespread suspicion that the United States planned to establish military bases in Africa as it expanded its strategic role on the continent. And for the first time, he suggested that he might consider dropping a requirement that one-third of AIDS prevention dollars be spent on abstinence programs – but only if he was convinced that the approach was not working.
“I know there’s rumors in Ghana, ‘All Bush is coming to do is to try to convince you to put a big military base here,’ ” Mr. Bush said at a news conference with the country’s president, John Kufuor. “That’s baloney. As they say in Texas, that’s bull.”
The suspicion grows out of the administration’s plan to establish Africom, a command headquarters that the Pentagon says would involve only operational and planning offices to help train African troops. Even so, there is concern in countries like Ghana, where memories of colonial rule are still fresh, that the United States wants to use the command as the first step toward putting American troops on the continent, possibly in a move to gain access to African oil or to counter the growing influence of China.
Only Liberia, which Mr. Bush intends to visit on Thursday, has expressed interest in playing host to the Africom headquarters. But the Pentagon says that for now, the headquarters will remain in Stuttgart, Germany.
Still, Mr. Bush said: “That doesn’t mean we won’t develop some kind of office here in Africa. We haven’t made our minds up.”
Mr. Bush has been handing out assistance packages all week, and Wednesday was no exception. With Mr. Kufuor by his side, the president announced he would make available $350 million over five years to provide treatment for lesser-known tropical diseases like hookworm, river blindness and schistosomiasis, also known as snail fever.
George W. Bush was the first and only U.S. President to appoint an African American man and African American woman to the highest presidential cabinet positions in the history of the United States.
General Colin L. Powell was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005. He was the first African American to serve in that position. Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, and was the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009. Rice was the first female African American secretary of state and the second woman after Madeleine Albright. The Secretary is a member of the U.S. President’s Cabinet and is the highest-ranking cabinet secretary both in line of succession and order of precedence.
United States Embassy-Ghana received new offices in Accra in 2007
Some say that the new facility comes close to looking like a fortress
Ghana and Accra
Ghana was formed by the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory. It gain independence from Great Britain in 1957, the first sub-Saharan country in Europe’s colonial Africa to gain its independence.
Ghana population: 25,241,998
Accra population: 2.29 million
Accra metropolitan population: Over 4 million

Golden Jubilee House (now renamed Flagstaff House)
In January 2009 the incoming government of President Mills moved the office of the president back to Osu Castle and later changed the sign in front of the building back to its original name. Osu Castle was once a European colonial trading fort of goods and enslaved Africans.
The new presidential complex in Accra served as the seat of government and official residence of President of Ghana, was christened the Golden Jubilee House named this, because of the nation’s 50 years on from independence from a European power, the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Former President John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor’s government built the new presidential complex in Accra and he was the only president to use the complex for the seat of government. Former President Kufuor has described the renaming of the building which is supposed to serve as the official seat of the president from the Jubilee house to its old name Flagstaff House as one borne out of envy and hatred by the current President John Evans Atta Mills-led administration. The Mills government was criticized that the name Flagstaff House which was given to the original building on the site by the British Colonial government glorifies Ghana’s European colonial past.

George Walker Bush Motorway
Ghana is not the only African national capital city to name a major road after a recent U.S. president.
In Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) the national capital city of Nigeria, there is a major road leading to the capital city’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and it is named Bill Clinton Drive after the 42nd president of the United States.
New freeway construction conversion project in Abuja, Nigeria

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2 Comments on “Ghana’s capital city’s new highway named after U.S. President George Walker Bush. Will President Obama have a road in Ghana or Nigeria too?”

  1. kwaku kwakye Says:

    well done but we can do better than this, we can move Africa to the next level as we all come together with had working and stop corruption and be faithful to our country and people who are appointed us in the offices, focus in the area that we need more and we make sure we do things right things will be charge no matter how, we need the leaders who had visions to move our country forward. may the good God help our home country and our people.


  2. Nefertiti Says:

    Good grief,

    Why on earth would they name a highway after a U.S. president and especially a Republican one?? Republicans do not like blacks at all so why would Africans honour them?


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