Dominic Oduro said, Ghana without any doubt is one of the few countries in Africa that have been deemed successful in its democratic governance. it has shown that it is possible for a sub-Saharan African country to escape from the downward spiral of collapsing growth, escalating debt, rising poverty, and political instability that has so marred many African countries in the 1980s. it has taken the lead by becoming the first SSA country to transform peacefully from one civilian rule to another distinctively. In 2000 and 2009 respectively, Ghana transitioned from the ruling party to the opposition despite the marginal leads in both elections. The recent 2012 general elections withnessed again a smooth transition from the ruling government with a margin difference between the two leading political parties was less than 2% of the total votes cast. It is obvious that this miles stone achieved by the country is well received by the international community and has become a role model in African context. it is quite understandable why Ghana still remain a star pupil of the international community and remains a model for other African countries. it is necessary to relate the performance of SSA countries since the 1960s. Sub Saharah Africa (SSA,s) countries poor performance over the years attributed their sluggishness to a combinations of policy failures or policy syndromes and in worse cases both. Luckily a combination of factors have spared Ghana the sort of calamities that have befallen the other African countries. so in terms of our democratic culture the country has not done badly at all. The question that readily arises is how much has the success chalked so far translated in the lives of the ordinary Ghanaian since independence. In fact President Robert Mogabe (Zimbabwe President) in his recent visit to Ghana stated that he could find any difference between Nkrumah's Ghana (1957) and Mahama's (current president), in other words whats the point putting in place measures aimed at translating our democratic gains into economic and political freedom (with the view of appeasing the international community but lacks the political will to implement them. it is one thing to have a rich democratic culture and it is another to enjoys the benefits thereof. Most Ghanaians believe that the country is retrogressing in terms of human development. The gab between the rich and the poor keeps widening even though Center left government (social democratic) have occupied the seat of government the most (23 yrs out of 31yrs). Unfortunately it is not always the case that ones democratic gains (credentials) will necessarily translate into socio-economic development. Yes in terms of good governance Ghana has done exceptionally well as compared to its peers but in terms of development i bet to differ.
The Ghana case provides many questions than answers and one of them is whether good governance leads to development or the reverse is true.