Mr Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Leader of the National Patriotic Party (NPP)
Date of Birth: 29/03/1944
Place of Birth: Swalaba, Ghana
Married to Rebecca Akufo-Addo (nee Griffiths-Randolph), has five children.
Education: Lancing College, Sussex, United Kingdom; BSc Economics, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, 1967; called to the English Bar, Middle Temple, 1971; called to Ghanaian Bar, 1975.
Career: Associate Council, Coudert Frères, France, 1971-75; Senior Partner and co-founder, Akufo-Addo Prempeh & Co; General Secretary, People’s Movement for Freedom and Justice, 1977-78; Chairperson, DHL, Ghana, 1984-2001; Vice-President, Greater Accra Regional Branch, Ghana Association, 1991-96; Founder and Chairperson, Ghana Committee on Human and People’s Rights; Chairperson, Kinsenic Communications Co. Ltd, 1991-2001; New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate, Abuakwa Consituency, 1992, 1996, 2000; Member of Parliament, NPP Abuakwa Constituency, 1997-2001, 2001-05, 2005-09 (South Abuakwa); Chairperson, Parliament Select Committee on Subsidiary Legislation, 1997-2001; Attorney General, 2001-03; Chairperson, Legal Service
Board, 2001-03; Minister for Foreign Affairs, 2003-07; President, United Nations Security Council, 2006; Chairperson, African Union Executive Council, 2007.
Commentary: Nana Akufo-Addo was defeated in Ghana's 2008 presidential elections. Although he received the highest number of votes in the first round of voting, he failed to win a majority, forcing the election to go to a second round runoff between himself and John Evans Atta Mills.
In August 2010, Akufo-Addo won the bid to be his party's flag-bearer and is running for president in the 7 December 2012 elections.
Akufo-Addo has chaired numerous NPP committees and is an honorary fellow of the University of Ghana. He is the son of Edward Akufo-Addo, a former President and Chief Justice of Ghana.
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The governing party has the power of patronage but the business-friendly NPP, after four years in opposition, looks well financed too and with Nana Akufo-Addo as its presidential candidate again, is determined to win the return match...
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The NPP’s presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo, is appealing over the head of the government to foreign donors for the required technology...
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On taking power in 2009, Mills replaced Acheampong and several of his senior colleagues
Kwesi Pratt, Editor of Insight, was quoted in another cable as having told a US Embassy official that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP presidential candidate in 2008 and today, used to smoke marijuana, ‘and I mean a lot...
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Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate of the main opposition New Patriotic Party and former ally of Kufuor’s, has hit the campaign trail as well...
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Jerry Rawlings has described these people as ‘traitors’; followers of the opposition NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, are merely ‘enemies’...
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Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP’s defeated presidential candidate in 2008, has consolidated his position in the party and is favourite for the presidency in 2012...
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The rift in the New Patriotic Party between defeated candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Alan (‘Alan Cash’) Kyerematen, backed by Kufuor, continues...
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In last year's national elections, Mills won the presidency by a margin of just under 50,000 votes; after some tense moments, the incumbent New Patriotic Party and its candidate Nana Akufo-Addo conceded defeat...
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Presidential Spokesman Mahama Ayariga said the target of his boss's anger was the defeated flagbearer of the opposition NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo...
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Bawumia has a long-term contract with the Bank, which ends in June 2010, but it has been made clear to him that the NDC is uncomfortable with his continuing as Deputy Governor because he was running-mate to the defeated NPP presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo...