Akufo-Addo @ 75, Happy Birthday Mr President!


Today is exactly 75 years since Ghana’s current President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo was born.

Born William Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on 29 March 1944, to Edward Akufo-Addo and Adeline Akufo-Addo, little Akufo-Addo had his primary education at the Government Boys School, Adabraka and later moved to the Rowe Road School (now Kinbu).

President Akufo-Addo later went to England to study for his O-Level and A-Level examinations at Lancing CollegeSusatopa, where he was nicknamed ‘Billy’.

He began Philosophy, Politics and Economics Politics and Economics course at New College, Oxford in 1962, but left soon afterwards.

He returned to Ghana in 1962 to teach at the Accra Academy, before going to read Economics at the University of GhanaLegon, in 1964, earning a BSc(Econ) degree in 1967.

He subsequently joined Inner Temple and trained as a lawyer under the apprenticeship system known as the Inns of court, where no formal law degree was required. He was called to the English Bar (Middle Temple) in July 1971.

He was called to the Ghanaian bar in July 1975. Akufo-Addo worked with the Paris office of the U.S. law firm Coudert Brothers.

He co-founded the law firm Prempeh and Co in 1979.

He is a former Member of Parliament for Akim Abuakwa South and Abuakwa respectively.

He also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Attorney General under the erstwhile John Agyekum Kufuor’s government.

He became President of Ghana in 2016 after two failed attempts.

He is married to Mrs Rebecca Akufo-addo and has five children.

Mr President! the team at Ghanaxtra.com wishes you a Happy Birthday!

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