Most Q&A sessions are mediocre experiences at best: an instantly forgettable interlude before the coffee break.
But Hillary Seguya, a Ugandan student at Harvard turned that cliché around when he openly told Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that he wanted to exchange him for Uganda’s President Museveni.
In a Q&A session, Seguya who is pursuing masters in International Relations had been given the opportunity to ask President Akufo-Addo one question after the lecture held at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and Harvard University’s Centre for African Studies on the theme “Empowering the Youth, Africa’s golden future”.
But he seized the opportunity to tell Ghanaian president how he and many other Ugandans were tired of their leader and want him out of power.
“Thank you so much His Excellency Nana for that wonderful pan-African speech. I’m very sure beyond doubt that our great ancestors Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela Madiba, … are very positive about what you’ve talked about. My name is Seguya Hillary Innocent Taylor. I am a Ugandan and I’m doing my master’s in international relations here at Harvard. I wish we could exchange you for our Ugandan president, Dictator Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has been in power for 33 years and we are telling him enough is enough,” he said.
His remarks threw everyone in the room into laughter.
President Akufo-Addo who is in the US on a nine-day trip to that country and Cuba could not hold back his laughter.
Unfortunately, it was a Q&A question, so Seguya was not allowed to go and go with his rant