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

Kwame Nkrumah
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Famous As: First President of Ghana
Birthdate: September 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Ghanaian, Romanian
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

Kofi Annan
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Famous As: Former UN Secretary General
Birthdate: April 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Ghanaian
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. 

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 3 Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Ghanaian
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.

 4 John Dramani Mahama

John Dramani Mahama
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Famous As: President of Ghana
Birthdate: November 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Ghanaian

 5 John Atta Mills

John Atta Mills
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Ghanaian
Died: July 24, 2012

 6 John Kufuor

John Kufuor
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: December 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Ghanaian

 7 Edward Akufo-Addo

Edward Akufo-Addo
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Famous As: Judge, Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: June 26, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Ghanaian
Died: July 17, 1979
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 8 Sally Hayfron

Sally Hayfron
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Ghanaian
Died: January 27, 1992

 9 Ignatius Kutu Acheampong

Ignatius Kutu Acheampong
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: September 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Ghanaian
Died: June 16, 1979

 10 Peter Turkson

Peter Turkson
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Famous As: Cardinal
Birthdate: October 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Ghanaian

 11 J.B. Danquah

J.B. Danquah
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 18, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Ghanaian
Died: February 4, 1965

 12 Hilla Limann

Hilla Limann
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Ghanaian
Died: January 23, 1998

 13 Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie

Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Nationality: Ghanaian
Died: July 1, 2020

 14 Akua Dansua

Akua Dansua
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Famous As: Ghanaian Politician
Birthdate: April 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Ghanaian

 15 Nana Akufo-Addo

Nana Akufo-Addo
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Ghanaian

 16 Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings

Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Ghanaian

 17 Rebecca Akufo-Addo

Rebecca Akufo-Addo
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Famous As: First Lady of Ghana
Birthdate: March 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Ghanaian

 18 Samira Bawumia

Samira Bawumia
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Ghanaian

 19 Mavis Hawa Koomson

Mavis Hawa Koomson
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Ghanaian

 20 Ursula Owusu

Ursula Owusu
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Famous As: Parliamentarian
Birthdate: October 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Ghanaian

 21 Samia Nkrumah

Samia Nkrumah
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Ghanaian

 22 Asiedu Nketia

Asiedu Nketia
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Ghanaian

 23 John Dumelo

John Dumelo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Ghanaian

 24 Shirley Ayorkor Botchway

Shirley Ayorkor Botchway
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Famous As: Minister for Foreign Affairs
Birthdate: February 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Ghanaian

 25 Francisca Oteng-Mensah

Francisca Oteng-Mensah
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Famous As: Member of Parliament
Birthdate: February 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Ghanaian

 26 Lordina Mahama

Lordina Mahama
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Famous As: former First Lady
Birthdate: March 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Ghanaian

 27 Charlotte Osei

Charlotte Osei
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Ghanaian

 28 Hanna Tetteh

Hanna Tetteh
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Ghanaian

 29 Freddie Blay

Freddie Blay
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Nationality: Ghanaian

 30 Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang

Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Ghanaian

 31 Alex Mould

Alex Mould
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Famous As: Chemical Engineer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Ghanaian

 32 Faustina Acheampong

Faustina Acheampong
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Famous As: Former First Lady
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Ghanaian

 33 Brigitte Dzogbenuku

Brigitte Dzogbenuku
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Ghanaian