Lieutenant General Ben Akafia
Date of Birth: 20 December 1940
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Place of Birth: Vui-Keta
Lieutenant General Ben Akafia, born on 20 December 1940, is a distinguished retired Ghanaian military officer with a notable career and contributions to both the military and diplomatic fields. He served as the Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces from October 1996 to February 2001, succeeding Air Marshal Achilles Harry Kwami Dumashie and handing over to Lieutenant General Seth Kofi Obeng. Following his military career, he transitioned into diplomatic service, becoming Ghana's Ambassador to Egypt.
General Akafia's educational background includes studies at Keta Secondary School and enrollment in the Ghana Military Academy, Teshie, in 1961. He underwent further cadet training at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, India, obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in War Studies from the National War College in Delhi, India. Additionally, he holds a Certificate in Management and is a member of the British Institute of Management.
Throughout his 38-year military career, General Akafia held various command and staff positions, showcasing his leadership and expertise. Notably, he served as the Commandant of the Military Academy and Training School, Chief Instructor and Second-in-Command, and Commanding Officer of the Jungle Warfare School. His senior staff appointments at the General Headquarters included Director-General roles in Personnel Administration, Logistics, Military Operations, Joint Operations, and Plans. He culminated his military career as the Chief of Staff, General Headquarters.
In the international arena, General Akafia played a role in peacekeeping missions, serving as the principal staff officer at the headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from 1985 to 1987.
After retiring honorably from the Ghana Armed Forces on 22 March 2001, he transitioned to a diplomatic role as Ghana's Ambassador to Egypt, appointed by President John Kufuor. In recognition of his contributions, he was awarded the National Honour of Member of the Order of the Star of Ghana (MSG) by the President of Ghana on 6 January 2001.
General Ben Akafia's multifaceted career exemplifies his dedication to both the military and diplomatic spheres, contributing significantly to the security and diplomatic relations of Ghana.