Nana Akufo-Addo is the new president of Ghana who is being sworn in today, 7th January, 2017. He defeated John Dramani Mahama, the incumbent leader in the elections held in December.
While the swearing in ceremony would be witnessed thousands of people at Independence Square in central Accra, there are some cool facts you need to know about the president elect.
It is essential for you to know some things about the man Mahama is handing the baton of leadership to. Find below some interesting things about Nana Akufo-Addo:
1. Akufo-Addo was born and raised in Accra central
2. He started his education in Accra central
- He Studied at the Government Boys School in Adabraka and Rowe Road school in the central part of Accra.
- He went to England where he studied for his O-Level and A-Level examinations
- He went to University of Ghana, Legon, where he got a degree in Economics in 1967
- He studied law in the UK and was called to the Ghana bar in July 1975 (four years after he was called to the English bar)
3. He had a legal career
- Nana Addo practiced in France for 5 years as a lawyer.
- The president elect decided to return to Accra to continue with his legal career. He was part of the U.V Campbell chambers from 1975 to 1979 before he moved on. The Akufo-Addo law firm and Prempeh and Co he created in 1979 remain relevant till date.
4. He is driven by humanity
- He used his knowledge of law to help people fight for justice, freedom, democracy and above all, to champion their rights as humans.
- He gives free legal assistance to those who are needy and helped fight for the rights and liberty of Ghanaians.
5. He introduced mobile telephones to Ghana
- Through his associations, the use of mobile telephones in Ghana was made possible. His interaction with Millicom, a US company, made it possible for him to achieve this feat.
6. He was at one time an Attorney General
7. He has been in active pursuit of the office of the president
- Nana Addo competed in the 1998 presidential election where he lost to John Agyekum Kufuor.
- In 2008 elections, he resigned from this position to contest for the position of the presidential candidate of his party, the NPP, the then ruling party of Ghana. He had a remarkable performance in the election but lost to Mills with the smallest margin in the history of Ghana and Africa's political activities.
- He contested for this position again in 2012 national elections against John Mahama who emerged the winner again.
8. He is a lover of peace