Ignatius Kutu Acheampong

Ignatius Kutu Acheampong
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6th Head of state of Ghana*
In office
13 January 1972 – 5 July 1978
DeputyNone – (1972 – Oct 1975)
Lt. Gen. F.W.K. Akuffo (1975–1978)
Preceded byEdward Akufo-Addo
Succeeded byLt. Gen. F.W.K. Akuffo
Personal details
Born(1931-09-23)23 September 1931
Gold Coast
Died16 June 1979(1979-06-16) (aged 47)
Accra, Ghana
Spouse(s)Faustina Acheampong
Military service
Allegiance Ghana
Service/branch Ghana Army
Years of service1951–1978
UnitRoyal West African Frontier Force
Battles/warsCongo Crisis
*Head of State of a military government

Ignatius Kutu Acheampong (ŋ/ ə-CHAM-PONG) (23 September 1931 – 16 June 1979) was a military head of state of Ghana who ruled from 13 January 1972 to 5 July 1978, when he was deposed in a palace coup. He was later executed by firing squad.

Early life

Acheampong was born to Catholic parents of Ashanti origin. He attended the Roman Catholic schools at Trabuom and the St Peter's school (also Catholic) at Kumasi, both in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He attended the then Central College of Commerce at Agona swedru in the central region of Ghana.[1] He was commissioned in the Ghana Army in 1959, and served as part a member of the UN peacekeepers during the Congo Crisis.[citation needed]

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