Ghana Election 2012: CV of Nana Akufo-Addo
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the December 7 election, was born on March 29, 1944, in Accra,
His father was the late Edward Akufo-Addo, who became the third Chief Justice of Ghana and later a ceremonial President of the Second Republic from 1969-72.
According to the curriculum vita (CV) on the official NPP website, Nana Akufo-Addo’s father’s residence, Betty House at Korle Wokon in Accra, was effectively the headquarters of the country’s first political party, the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), after it was formed at Saltpond on August 4, 1947.
Nana Akufo-Addo had his primary education at the Government Boys School and later Rowe Road School (now Kinbu) both in Accra Central, and went on to England to study for his O- Level and A- Level examinations.
He returned to Ghana in 1962 to teach at Accra Academy before going to the University of Ghana in 1964 to read Economics and graduated from the University in 1967 with a B.Sc in Economics.
Nana Akufo-Addo read Law in the UK and was called to the English Bar (Middle Temple) in July 1971 and the Ghana Bar in 1975.
He worked in Paris, France, as a lawyer with a renowned international US law firm, Coudert Freres, for five years.
Nana Akufo-Addo joined the chambers of U.V. Campbell from 1975-1979 and in 1979, co-founded the law firm, Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co.
Under President John Agyekum Kufuor (January 2001-january 2009), Nana AKufo-Addo served as the Attorney-General and Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Nana Akufo-Addo was elected three times between 1996 and 2004 as Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa South constituency.
He was the flagbearer of the NPP in the 2008 elections but lost to the late President John Evans Atta Mills.
Nana Akufo-Addo was re-elected in 2010 to be the NPP flagbearer in the 2012 election and has served on the boards and committees of a number of political, legal and social organizations in the country.
He was the first Chairperson of DHL, Ghana Limited; Chairperson, Kinesec Communications Company Limited, publishers of the Statesman and the first Chairperson of the Ghana Committee on Human and Peoples Rights.
Nana Akufo-Addo was General Secretary of the People’s Movement for Freedom and Justice (PMFJ), which campaigned for a “No” vote in the referendum in 1978 for Union Government proposed by the then military government.
He was the chairman of the Organising Committee of the Danquah-Busia Memorial Club in 1991. The club is dedicated to the preservation of the memory and ideals of two great advocates of Ghanaian democracy, J. B. Danquah and K. A, Busia, Prime Minister of the Progress Party government of the 2nd Republic of Ghana.
In 1992, Nana Akufo-Addo became the first national organiser of the NPP, and, later that year, campaign manager of the party’s first presidential candidate, Prof. Albert Adu Boahen.
In 1992, Nana Akufo-Addo set up and financed “The Statesman” newspaper, which has become the unofficial mouthpiece of the NPP.
He is married to Rebecca Akufo-Addo (nee Griffiths-Randolph). They have five daughters and two grandchildren. GNA