Angolan President Speech Proves Heavy Starter for Feast

By Andrew Ivey | Public Speaking

Dec 29
A President Dos Santos speech

President Dos Santos' New Year speech

A short New Year’s speech from Angola’s President might be welcomed at this time of year. But President Dos Santos’ speech proved nearly as impenetrable as the civil war that ended nearly ten years ago.

A 44-word first sentence set the mark. The President’s speech then continued with a sentence of 22 words. Mercifully he followed that with a 5-word sentence.

But if we thought that his speech was on the right path we were mistaken.

The speech fog continued. President Dos Santos’ speech went further with an 81-word sentence designed to lose any audience. Hard on the ears.

Passive speech forms added to the fog:

This trend will be accentuated as from 2012, thanks to a better coordination of the implementation of the Micro- Small and Medium Enterprise Law, of the National Programme of Rehabilitation of the Secondary and Tertiary Roads, of the Water for All Programme, of the Programme of Municipalisation of Health Care, of the Development Rural Trade Programme and the Social Housing Programme.


The said Law must be applied in a creative way in order to also benefit such entrepreneurs as women that deal in street vending, creators of culture like musicians, producers, dance and theatre associations, handicraft producers, plastic artists, etc.

But beyond these difficulties the President’s speech meant well. There was purpose to his message. The democratic path is long and tiring. And yes, his speech did mention moving forward:

We still have eight months ahead and what matters is that everyone, within their family, find in this Festive Season, the love and energy required for us to move forward, in a spirit of unity and social solidarity, defending the highest interests of the Angolan motherland.

But you really can’t fault a speaker or his speech when it concludes with:


Um acabamento maravilhoso.

Yes, Please

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+