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Akora Justice Edward Akufo-Addo
Akora Justice Edward Akufo-Addo

A Lawyer, Politician and Scholar was born at Akropong on the 26th June 1906. His parents were Mr. William Addo and Madam Theodora Amoafi of Akropong – Akwapim. He was a grandson of Nana Addo Dankwa 1 of Akwapim.

He started his primary education at Dodowa and then entered Akropong Basel Mission Seminary to train as a Reverend Minister. He went on a transfer to Abetifi Theological Training College where he completed his theological training. He then went to the Achimota College where he was appointed the head prefect when he was in his final year. He did so well in his studies that the School Council awarded him a scholarship to study Mathematics at St Peter’s College in Oxford University. He switched from Mathematics to Politics, Philosophy and Economics and obtained an M.A (Oxon) at the end of his studies. He enrolled at the Middle Temple to read Law and was called to the English Bar in 1940.

He practiced Law in the Country from 1941-1962. He entered politics and became a founding member of the U.G.C.C. After the 28th February 1948 riots, he and five others of the UGCC leadership, Kwame Nkrumah, Obetsebi Lamptey, Ako- Adjei, William Ofori –Atta and J.B Danquah were arrested and detained. He became a member of the Coussey Constitutional Committee in 1949. The following year, he entered the Legislative Council.

In 1962, he was appointed a Supreme Court Judge but was removed in 1964 after giving the verdict of acquittal in a famous treason trail. After the overthrow of President Nkrumah’s government in 1966, he became Chief Justice, Chairman of the political Committee of the NLC and later, the Chairman of the Constitutional Commission. It was that Constutional Commission which made the Constitutional proposals for the 2nd Republic. When the constitution came into force and the Progress Party came to power, he was sponsored to become the Ceremonial President of the country from 1969 to 1972.

In 1971, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Civil Laws degree by the Oxford University at a ceremony in Oxford. In 1972, he was ousted from power by Col. Kutu Acheampong.

He enjoyed the support of his wife, Mrs. Adeline Akufo-Addo and their four children, Nana Addo Dankwa, Theodora Amoafi, Marigold Oye and Edward. He died peacefully on the 17th of July 1979.

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