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‘Sika mpɛ dede’: President Akufo-Addo’s quote and social media reactions

President Akufo-Addo.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, addressed the nation on the State of the economy on Sunday, October 30, 2022.

In his address, he gave updates on the economy and announced measures taken by the government to relieve Ghanaians of hardships.

Among other things, he urged Ghanaians not to talk down the cedi, avoid negative speculation about the currency and help strengthen it. This, he claims, will contribute to its woes.

President Akufo-Addo used a French proverb to make the point.

“Fellow Ghanaians, as the French would say, l’argent n’aime pas le bruit, to wit, money does not like noise, sika mpɛ dede. Where there is chaos, where there is noise, where there is unrest, you will not find money. If you talk down your money, it will go down. If you allow some unidentifiable person to talk down your money, it will go down.”

Also, the proverb, shared in a tweet, gathered more than 6,000 likes and 3,300 shares at the time of writing (here).

A tweet of the proverb (Source: @NAkufoAddo/archive)

The Twi form of the proverb—Sika mpɛ dede—has got Ghanaians reacting to the address. Social media users have also been sharing their views about the address.

See the reactions below:


Using open-source research, it was discovered that the President tweeted about “Sika” during the Mills-Mahama administration. Here are some tweets we discovered:

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