Nana Akufo-Addo Biography, Early Life, Age, Family, Education, Career And Net Worth

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Nana Akufo-Addo is a politician, lawyer and the current serving President of the Republic of Ghana.

Prior to his becoming the president, Akufo-Addo had served as the Attorney General from 2001 to 2003 and as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007 under the Kufuor-led administration. He won the 2016 election against the sitting Pres. John Mahama National Democratic Congress (NDC).
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Nana Akufo-Addo Profile

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Full name: Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Date of birth: 29th March 1944
Age: 76 years
Nationality: Ghanaian
Parents: Edward and Adeline Akufo-Addo
Spouse(s): Rebecca Griffiths-Randolph
Children: Gyankroma Funmi Akufo-Addo, Edwina Nana Douka Akufo-Addo, Adriana Dukua Akufo-Addo, Yeboakua Akufo-Addo, and Valerie Obaze
Education: University of Ghana
Occupation: Lawyer, politician
Political party: New Patriotic Party (NPP)
Net worth: $350 million est.

Nana Akufo-Addo Biography, Date Of Birth, Early Life, Family And Education

Nana Akufo-Addo was born on the 29th of March, 1944 in Accra, Gold Coast (now Ghana) to the family of Edward and Adeline Akufo-Addo. His father, Edward Akufo-Addo was also a very popular Ghanaian politician and lawyer and was active in the fight for Ghana's independence. He has been described as one of the founding fathers of Ghana.

Nana Akufo-Addo began his primary education at the Government Boys School before proceeding to the Rowe Road School, where he obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. He then travelled to England for his secondary education, studying at Lancing College (1957–61).

Akufo-Addo further returned back to Ghana in 1964 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Ghana, graduating in 1967. He returned back to the UK to study law and was called to the bar in England (Middle Temple) in 1971 and in Ghana in 1975.

Career and Politics

In 1975, upon his return to Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo started working in the chambers of U.V. Campbell. In 1979 he co-founded the law firm Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co.

Akufo-Addo formerly began participating in politics in the late 1970s when he joined the People's Movement for Freedom and Justice (PMFJ), an organisation formed to oppose the General Acheampong-led Supreme Military Council's Union Government proposals.

In May 1995, he, alongside some other influential Ghanaians formed the Alliance for Change, an alliance that organised demonstrations against neo-liberal policies such as the introduction of Value Added Tax and human rights violations of the Rawlings presidency. The broad-based opposition alliance later collapsed as the elite leaders jostled for leadership positions.

Nana Akufo-Addo first competed for the Ghana presidency in October 1998 but lost in the primaries to  John Kufuor, who subsequently won the December 2000 presidential election and assumed office as President of Ghana in January 2001. Akufo-Addo was active during Kufuor's campaign and was appointed the first Attorney General and Minister for Justice of the Kufuor era after his victory at the polls. 

He served as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice from 2001 until 2003 when he got moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). He resigned as Minister in 2007 to contest to be the New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s flag bearer in the 2008 presidential election.

In the 2007 presidential elections, Akufo-Addo was the popular candidate tipped to win NPP's presidential primaries. He represents the NPP in a closely contested election against John Atta Mills of NDC. He garnered 49.13%, leading Atta Mills with a slim margin that was below the constitutional threshold of 50% to become the outright winner. John Atta Mills died on the 24th of July, 2012 and was succeeded by John Dramani Mahama.

In the 2012 elections, Akufo-Addo once again ran as NPP's presidential candidate against Mahama, who was later declared the winner of the election. The results were legally challenged by Akufo-Addo and the NPP over charges relating to electoral fraud. After several tense months, in August 2013 the Court upheld Mahama’s victory. Akufo-Addo had to accept the verdict in the interest of economic stability and international goodwill.

Not giving up, Akufo-Addo once again declared his intentions of seeking the party's nomination for the third time ahead of the 2016 election. He emerged winner in the primaries after polling 94.35% of the votes. During his campaign, Akufo-Addo focused on Ghana's economy, while promising to stabilise the country's foreign exchange rate and to reduce unemployment levels. He won the election with 53.83% of the votes against Mahama's 44.4%. Akufo-Addo was inaugurated on January 7, 2017.

Ahead of the 2020 elections, Nana Akufo-Addo has signed up for his re-election by picking a nomination form as the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) ahead of the 2020 general elections.

Personal Life

Nana Akufo-Addo is happily married to Rebecca Akufo-Addo and the marriage is blessed with five daughters, Gyankroma Funmi Akufo-Addo, Edwina Nana Douka Akufo-Addo, Adriana Dukua Akufo-Addo, Yeboakua Akufo-Addo, and Valerie Obaze.
Rebecca Akufo-Addo is a philanthropist and founder of the Rebecca Akufo-Addo foundation, a non-governmental organization to enhance efforts of government amongst Ghanaian women and children.

Awards and Recognitions

Nana Akufo-Addo's good governance has earned him numerous awards and recognitions, both in Ghana and beyond. Some of them include:
• In 2016, the Harmony Foundation presented Akufo-Addo with the Mother Theresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice
• In 2017, he received the National Achievement Award by the Africa-America Institute on behalf of the people of Ghana.
• In June 2018, he was presented with an award for Exemplary Leadership by the Whitaker Group
• In August 2018 he received the African Port Award by The African Port Award (APA) Foundation for his projects on modernising Ghana's ports
• In September 2018, the U.S. Africa Business Centre of the United States Chamber of Commerce presented Akufo-Addo with the 2018 Outstanding Leader's Award.
• In October 2018 he received the 2018 Governance Leadership Award
• In June 2019, the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) announced it will honour Akufo-Addo with the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Merit Award for Heads of State
• In January 2020, he was honoured at the fourth Ghana Hotels Association Awards

Nana Akufo-Addo Net Worth

Asides politics, Nana Akufo-Addo is also a successful lawyer who is notable for working in a couple of law firms in both Ghana and abroad. He has handled several positions in Ghana, including serving as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
According to Glusea.com, Pres. Nana Akufo-Addo has an estimated net worth of $350 million.

Social Media Handles

You can connect with Nana Akufo-Addo on:
Twitter @NAkufoAddo
Instagram @NAkufoAddo

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