Ghanaian-American comedian Michael Blackson has taken to social media to express his interest in vying for the highest seat of office in his home country provided he receives the necessary support.
Blackson’s announcement to run for president of Ghana in the 2024 elections comes in the wake of the #FixTheCountry campaign that was started by Ghanaians on social media to highlight grievances including bad governance and economic hardships in the country.
In a Twitter post on Saturday, Blackson, who has spent the last couple of months in Ghana, said he’s willing to put his house in order to run for the presidency, adding that he’s serious about it.
“I’m going to clean up my act and run for president of Ghana in 4 yrs,” the 48-year-old tweeted. “No joke I’m too passionate about my people. Who will vote for me? Let me know now so I won’t waste my time.”
Over the last few weeks, the Coming 2 America actor has taken to social media to weigh in on African politics and the standard of living on the continent. In a series of tweets on May 3, the comedian expressed his worries over the high cost of living in Ghana as well as the lack of affordable housing in West Africa. This spurred him to also create a #FixAfrica campaign on the social media platform.
“I’m so confused with what’s going on in west Africa, if the average income is $100-$200 a month why aren’t there affordable homes with mortgages ranging from $25-$50 a month?,” he asked in one of his tweets.
“Houses in Ghana costs more than Atlanta but average income is less than what a crackhead gets on the street,” Blackson added.
In another tweet, the Meet the Blacks actor wrote: “The richest people in Africa are the government officials but in America I know b****es on only fans that makes way more than Joe Biden.”
And though Blackson admitted he “hates” taxes, he said he thinks Africa “needs a tax system so that money can help the less fortunate.”
Time will tell if Blackson is really serious about running for president in his home country. In the meantime, take a look at some reactions to his unofficial “presidential announcement”