By Abijah Keru
Born into a family consisting of some of Ghana’s founding fathers including J.B Danquah, William Ofori and Edward Akufo-Addo, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is one of Ghana’s most recognizable names and faces. He is a Ghanaian politician who unsuccessfully contested for the presidency in 2008 and 2012.
He was born in Accra in 1944 and got his primary education at Government Boys School before proceeding to Orielly Secondary School and later Rowe Road School. He proceeded to England for his O and A level studies at Lancing College in Essex. After a teaching stint in Ghana, he earned a B.Sc. degree in Economics from The University of Ghana. In addition to this, he studied law in The United Kingdom and was admitted to The English Bar and later The Ghana Bar.
He then began practicing law in France where he soon became fluent in French before coming back to Ghana to open his own law firm, Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co. which became quite prominent and has churned out some of Ghana’s leading lawyers such as Supreme Court Justice Sophia Akuffo, former Justice Minister and Attorney General Alex Quaynor among others.
Following up on his legal success, like his predecessor J.B Danquah, he used it as a platform to advocate for human rights and democracy. He is popular for having given free legal aid to the poor. Politically, he has been elected three times as The Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South constituency and served as Foreign Affairs minister as well as Justice Minister and even Attorney General. He was later elected to take West Africa’s non-permanent seat at The United Nations Security council.
He also served on a number of boards and committees in different organizations in the country including DHL, Ghana Limited and Ghana Committee on Human and People’s Rights. Nana Akufo-Addo is worth $250 million.
Abijah is a journalism student who has a great passion for writing. She enjoys penning down her thoughts and sharing them with the world.