I was at the Illustrators’ Workshop when I found out Atta Mills passed away. There was a period of confusion when my colleagues and I thought that it was a rude online joke and slowly realized it was real. One by one the illustrators began to find out and discuss what Ghana would be like now. The topic on everyone’s lips now is the vice-president, and how he will handle the transition. Mills passed away of illness at 37 military hospital, which is right near my house. Coming home from the workshop there was tons of traffic. I took a taxi later that night and got an interesting perspective on the event from my driver. I asked him what he thought of Mills as a president. The driver told me that with the previous president he had been able to run his own business, but with Mills the private sector went down, the cedi was devalued, and now he’s a taxi driver. Yet, I’ve heard conflicting accounts of his presidency and am not sure what to think right now. Regardless, this will be a rough next few months as Ghana transitions to a new president and prepares for the upcoming elections. Mahama was sworn into presidency last night, a few hours after Mills died. So far, things have been relatively calm; I hope they continue to be so as a nation pays tribute to their late democratic leader. Rest in peace, Atta Mills.
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