Portuguese-speaking countries have been busy behind the scenes trying to get their voices heard in ECOWAS, which is dominated by French- and English-speaking members. The president of Guinea-Bissau has even reached out to foes Alassane Ouattara and Alpha Condé.
With Ghana looking set to lose two of its most strategically important posts at the UN and the African Union in 2021, Akufo-Addo is redoubling his efforts to get Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee appointed as deputy chair of the AU Commission.
Ghana's 16,000-strong army has become one of the main levers of Accra's outsized diplomatic influence in Africa and beyond, with nearly 3,000 soldiers deployed across a dozen UN missions. President Nana Akufo-Addo is particularly fond of his country's armed forces and increasingly relies on his Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed Akwa.