Dr. Hilla Limann, born on December 12, 1934, in Gwolu, Upper West Region, Gold Coast (now Ghana), was a Ghanaian politician and the third President of the Republic of Ghana. He served as President from 1979 to 1981.
Limann began his academic journey at the Government Middle School in Tamale before moving on to the Tamale Middle Boarding School. He later attended the University of London's Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture, where he earned a degree in Agriculture. He furthered his education at the University of California, Davis, in the United States, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science.
Returning to Ghana, Limann began his political career and joined the People's National Party (PNP). He soon rose through the ranks, becoming the party's vice presidential candidate in the 1979 general elections. The PNP emerged victorious, and Liman assumed the presidency on September 24, 1979, following the military overthrow of the Supreme Military Council.
During his presidency, Limann focused on restoring democratic governance and stabilizing the economy. He advocated for social justice, human rights, and the rule of law. Despite facing numerous challenges, including economic hardships and political tensions, Liman maintained a commitment to democratic principles and engaged in diplomatic efforts to foster regional cooperation.
However, Limann's presidency was short-lived. On December 31, 1981, his government was overthrown in a military coup led by Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings. Limann was subsequently arrested and detained for several years before being released.
Following his release, Limann played a limited role in politics but continued to contribute to national discussions on governance and democracy. He remained respected for his intellect, integrity, and dedication to public service.
Dr. Hilla Limann passed away on January 23, 1998, leaving behind a legacy of leadership and his commitment to democratic governance and social justice. He is remembered as a statesman and a symbol of Ghana's democratic aspirations during a critical period in the country's history.
Date of Birth: Dec 12, 34
Place of Birth: Gwolu, Upper West Region, Gold Coast (now Ghana)