Famous Ghanaian Leaders

Ghana is a subregion of West Africa, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean. Today, a sovereign unitary presidential constitutional democracy, it was ruled by Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch of the United Kingdom, who took up the Governor General post, serving the same from 1957 until 1960. Thereafter, Ghana was ruled under Sir Charles Arden Clarke and the Earl of Listowel both of whom took up the post of the Governor General consecutively until 1960. In 1960, the constitution of the Republic of Ghana was first established. However, it was marred by alternating military occupancy until the establishment of the current and fourth Republic since 1993. Under the current constitution of Ghana, the President of Ghana serves as both the head of the state and government. He takes up the position for a four-year term which expires at the next general election. Since 1993, four political leaders have taken up the post of the President of Ghana starting from Jerry Rawlings, John Kufuor, John Atta Mills and the current President John Dramani Mahama. Browse through this section and find out more about famous Ghanaian leaders.

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 1 
Kwame Nkrumah
(First President of Ghana)

Kwame Nkrumah
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Birthdate: September 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nkroful
Died: April 27, 1972

Kwame Nkrumah was a Ghanaian revolutionary and politician. He played an important role in the independence of the Gold Coast in 1957, after which he served as the first prime minister of Ghana from 1957 to 1960 and then as the first president of Ghana from 1960 to 1966. He also played an influential role as an advocate of Pan-Africanism.

 2 
Kofi Annan
(Former UN Secretary General)

Kofi Annan
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Birthdate: April 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kumasi, Ghana
Died: August 18, 2018

Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He was the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation and a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. During his stint with the UN, he launched the UN Global Compact and worked to combat HIV/AIDS. 

 3 
Nana Akufo-Addo
(Politician)

Nana Akufo-Addo
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Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
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 4 
Jerry Rawlings
(First President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana (1993 - 2001))

Jerry Rawlings
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Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
Died: November 12, 2020
Jerry Rawlings led Ghana as the head of state and the president. An army pilot, he first came to power in 1979, after a coup. Though he was sentenced to death for plotting against General Fred Akuffo, he managed to escape. He had also formed the National Democratic Congress.

 5 
John Atta Mills
(President)

John Atta Mills
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Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tarkwa, Ghana
Died: July 24, 2012

 6 
John Dramani Mahama
(President of Ghana)

John Dramani Mahama
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Birthdate: November 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Damongo

John Dramani Mahama is a Ghanaian politician who served as the president of Ghana from July 2012 to January 2017. He was previously the vice president of Ghana from January 2009 to July 2012. He is the first head of state of Ghana to have been born after Ghana's independence. He is a staunch campaigner for sustainability. 

 7 
Edward Akufo-Addo
(Judge, Lawyer, Politician)

Edward Akufo-Addo
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Birthdate: June 26, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dodowa
Died: July 17, 1979
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 8 
Rebecca Akufo-Addo
(First Lady of Ghana)

Rebecca Akufo-Addo
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Birthdate: March 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ghana

 9 
John Kufuor
(President)

John Kufuor
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Birthdate: December 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kumasi

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John Dumelo
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Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ghana

 11 
Samira Bawumia
(Politician)

Samira Bawumia
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Birthdate: August 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sabon Zango, Accra, Ghana

 12 
Hilla Limann
(Politician)

Hilla Limann
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Birthdate: December 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gwollu, Gold Coast, Ghana
Died: January 23, 1998

 13 
Ignatius Kutu Acheampong
(Military Officer)

Ignatius Kutu Acheampong
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Birthdate: September 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kumasi, Ghana
Died: June 16, 1979

Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings
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Birthdate: November 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ghana

 15 
J.B. Danquah
(Politician)

J.B. Danquah
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Birthdate: December 18, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bepong, Ghana
Died: February 4, 1965

 16 

Charlotte Osei
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Birthdate: February 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Axim, Ghana

 17 
Samia Nkrumah
(Politician)

Samia Nkrumah
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Birthdate: June 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aburi, Ghana

 18 

Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang
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Birthdate: November 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cape Coast, Ghana

 19 
Lordina Mahama
(former First Lady)

Lordina Mahama
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Birthdate: March 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nkoranza District, Brong-Ahafo Region

 20 
Asiedu Nketia
(Politician)

Asiedu Nketia
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Birthdate: December 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seikwa, Bono Region, Ghana

 21 
Hanna Tetteh
(Politician)

Hanna Tetteh
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Birthdate: May 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Szeged, Hungary

 22 
Ursula Owusu
(Parliamentarian)

Ursula Owusu
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Birthdate: October 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: kim Oda, Ghana

 23 

Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Ghana
Died: July 1, 2020

 24 
Alex Mould
(Chemical Engineer)

Alex Mould
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ghana

 25 
Shirley Ayorkor Botchway
(Minister for Foreign Affairs)

Shirley Ayorkor Botchway
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Birthdate: February 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

 26 
Freddie Blay
(Lawyer)

Freddie Blay
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Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Nzema East, Ghana

 27 
Mavis Hawa Koomson
(Politician)

Mavis Hawa Koomson
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Birthdate: February 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sekondi-Takoradi, Western Region, Ghana)

 28 
Francisca Oteng-Mensah
(Member of Parliament)

Francisca Oteng-Mensah
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Birthdate: February 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mamponteng, Ghana

 29 
Henry Kwami Anyidoho
(Military Officer)

Henry Kwami Anyidoho
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Birthdate: July 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tanyigbe, Ghana

 30 
Faustina Acheampong
(Former First Lady)

Faustina Acheampong
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ghana

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Brigitte Dzogbenuku
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ghana

 32 
Akua Dansua
(Ghanaian Politician)

Akua Dansua
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Birthdate: April 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hohoe