Why Asiedu Nketia changed biological name to Johnson

Hon. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, popularly known as General Mosquito, General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)

“I was born John but my friends always mocked and bullied me so I had to change it to Johnson,” says General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress.

According to Asiedu Nketia, he was given the name John when he started school.

“It was a Presby school at Seikwa where we were lined up and given English names as new entrants. I was about five to six years and hadn’t been baptized then so they named me John,” he disclosed on Joy FM’s Personality Profile show.

Recounting his days as a student, he noted his diminutive nature did not prevent him from aiming at academic excellence.

“I became the best student in an exam we called the Agyarko exams which is much like a common entrance into the middle school from basic school.

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“So we all assembled for the best 50 students to be selected and when they realised I topped and was called John, they began saying all sort of things,” he said.

He added: “Some mocked John was the name for rats among others so that was why I changed it but if I knew John was a presidential name in Ghana, I wouldn’t have changed it.”

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