What makes former President Kufuor’s birthday unique is that it comes right after an election day (December 7) in Ghana.
Therefore, one can imagine the best birthday gift he received back in December 8, 2001 – Being elected President of the Republic of Ghana!
Born on December 8, 1938, former President John Agyekum Kuffour marks his 79th birthday today.
Speaking on GHOne’s morning programme ‘GH Today’, the former President mentioned three things that he is looking forward to in life.
He disclosed that even though he had other wishes or things he is praying for, those three things are very important to him now.
“I look forward to always hearing good news around me.”
“I want good health and I want to grow and live longer with my family,” the former President told the presenter in a phone interview.
He continued that he also hopes to have prosperity in abundance so that he could continue being of good help to others in the society.
Asked by the presenter how he intends to celebrate his birthday today, the former President said he wants to keep it low with his wife, family and friends at home.
“For today I will be home with my wife and some family and friends. I know I will get some visitors too,” he said.
He further thanked God for the gift of life and for allowing him to see this day.
Former President John Agekum Kufour was President of Ghana from January 7, 2001 to January 7, 2009.
He served two full terms (8 years) as President on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He succeeded former Jerry John Rawlings of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
At the time of his rule, former President Kufuor earned the nick-name “The Gentle Giant” for his gentle way of handling matters yet a firm leader.
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He is credited with the construction and rehabilitation of the Flagstaff House (the current seat of government), the Accra-Tema railway line and many others.
It was during his tenure that Ghana was also declared a Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC).
The former President also owns a foundation ‘The John Agyekum Kufour Foundation’ which aims at championing transformational leadership in Ghana.
He is also reported to own huge number of shares in African Regent Hotel, Accra Mall and others.
Mr. john Agyekum Kufuor is married to Theresa Kufuor with five children
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