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Edward Akufo-Addo

Edward Akufo-Addo


Edward Akufo-Addo 

Edward Akufo-Addo  was a Ghanaian politician and lawyer.  He was a member of the "Big Six" leaders of the United Gold Coast  Convention and one of the founding fathers of Ghana who engaged in the  fight for Ghana's independence. He became the Chief Justice, and later  ceremonial President, of the Republic of Ghana



Edward Akufo-Addo (26 June 1906 – 17 July 1979) was a titan in Ghanaian history, revered for his unwavering dedication to the nation's freedom and prosperity. Akufo-Addo's legacy extends far beyond his tenure as a politician and lawyer. Born into the bustling heart of Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region, he was nurtured by the rich cultural tapestry of his homeland. His parents, William Martin Addo-Danquah and Theodora Amuafi, instilled in him values of integrity, resilience, and service from an early age.

Akufo-Addo's thirst for knowledge led him on an educational journey, beginning at the Presbyterian Primary and Middle Schools in Akropong. His journey continued through Presbyterian Training College, Akropong, and Abetifi Theological Training College, culminating in a scholarship to Achimota College and later St Peter's College, Oxford. There, he delved into the realms of mathematics, politics, and philosophy, emerging with honors in philosophy and politics in 1933. Armed with a profound understanding of governance and justice, Akufo-Addo embarked on a lifelong mission to shape the destiny of his nation.

Returning to the Gold Coast in 1940 after being called to the Middle Temple Bar in London, Akufo-Addo established a private legal practice in Accra, marking the genesis of his illustrious career. His involvement in politics burgeoned with his pivotal role in the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) as a founding member. Detained alongside the illustrious "Big Six" after disturbances in Accra in 1948, Akufo-Addo emerged as a steadfast advocate for Ghana's sovereignty.

Following Ghana's independence, Akufo-Addo's judicial acumen shone as he served as a Supreme Court Judge and later ascended to the position of Chief Justice. His tenure witnessed landmark moments, including his chairmanship of the Constitutional Commission, which crafted the 1969 Second Republican Constitution.

Assuming the mantle of President of Ghana in the Second Republic from 31 August 1970 until his deposition by coup d'état on 13 January 1972, Akufo-Addo navigated the nation through tumultuous times with grace and fortitude. Despite the challenges he faced, his commitment to upholding the rule of law and democratic principles remained unshaken.

Beyond his illustrious career, Akufo-Addo cherished his role as a husband to Adeline Yeboakwa Akufo-Addo and father to four children. His profound impact on Ghanaian society was acknowledged with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1971.

On 17 July 1979, Edward Akufo-Addo bid farewell to this world, leaving behind a legacy etched in the annals of Ghanaian history

Time of Birth: 12 noon, Flat chart

Place of Birth: Dodowa, Ghana

Long: 0 W 0

Lat: 6 N 0

Time Zone: GMT 0

Ascendant: unknown

Sun-Sign: 3 Cancer 57

Moon-Sign: 25 Leo 48

Date of Birth: 26th June 1906

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