Edward Akufo-Addo

Edward Akufo-Addo
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Edward Akufo-Addo
2nd President of Ghana*
(5th Head of State of Ghana)
(Second Republic)
In office
31 August 1970 – 13 January 1972
Prime MinisterKofi Busia (1969–1972)
Preceded byNii Amaa Ollennu
Succeeded byGen. I.K. Acheampong
3rd Chief Justice of Ghana
(15th including Gold Coast)
In office
1966–1970
Preceded byJ. Sarkodee-Addo
Succeeded byEdmund A.L. Bannerman
Personal details
Born(1906-06-26)26 June 1906
Dodowa, Gold Coast
Died17 July 1979(1979-07-17) (aged 73)
Accra, Ghana
NationalityGhanaian
Political partyNon-partisan
Spouse(s)Adeline Y. Akufo-Addo (née Nana Yeboakua Ofori-Atta) (d. 2004)
ChildrenNana Akufo-Addo
ProfessionJudge, Lawyer
ReligionChristian
*Ceremonial President with executive powers vested in Prime Minister

Edward Akufo-Addo (26 June 1906 – 17 July 1979) was a Ghanaian politician and lawyer. He was a member of the "Big Six" leaders of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), and one of the founding fathers of Ghana who engaged in the fight for Ghana's independence. He became the Chief Justice and later President of the Republic of Ghana.[1]

Early life and education

Akufo-Addo was born on 26 June 1906 at Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region to William Martin Addo-Danquah and Theodora Amuafi. Both of his parents were from the southern Ghanaian town of Akropong.[2] He had his basic education at Presbyterian Primary and Middle Schools at Akropong. In 1929, he entered Achimota College, where he won a scholarship to St Peter's College, Oxford, where he studied Mathematics, Politics and Philosophy.[1] He went on to graduate with honors in philosophy and politics in 1933.

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