Ghanaian political figure Gabby Otchere Darko, a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has sparked outrage by claiming familial links to Ghana’s historic Big 6, a group of significant political heavyweights.
In an exclusive interview with Bola Ray on Star Chat, Otchere Darko freely admitted his family’s government connections, giving light on his ties to the Big 6.
The Big 6, which included leaders of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), played critical roles in the political landscape of the former British colony, which became known as Ghana after independence.
The Big 6’s significant figures included Kwame Nkrumah, Ako Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, and William Ofori Atta.
Reflecting on his family’s legacy, Otchere Darko remarked, “Let me take my family, for instance. My own grandfather was a member of the legislative council, one of the first Africans in the council. I am talking about the history of the public service, my uncles and grandfather, including J.B. Danquah, Paa Willy, and all of them, they ended up being called the Big Six not because they contributed to independence, but because they were the front liners. Three of my family members are part of the six.”
Otchere Darko’s disclosure adds a fresh dimension to the current debate regarding political lineage and familial connections inside Ghana’s administration.
As the dispute progresses, it is likely to spur greater investigation into the relationship between historical legacies and current political dynamics in the country.