13 iconic photos that sum up Akufo-Addo's 74 years on earth

13 iconic photos that sum up Akufo-Addo's 74 years on earth

President Nana Akufo-Addo celebrated another milestone on Thursday.

Born March 29, 1944, Ghana's eighth democratically elected head of state, turned 74.

YEN.com.gh .tells the Akufo-Addo story with these iconic photos of his life.

X iconic pictures of Nana Addo that sum up his 74 years on earth

A young Akufo-Addo with his mother, Adeline

Nana Addo was born to Edward Akufo-Addo, a top lawyer in the Gold Coast at the time and Adeline (nee Ofori-Atta), who was the niece of J.B. Danquah and the sister of William Ofori-Atta (all of Big Six fame).

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X iconic pictures of Nana Addo that sum up his 74 years on earth

Nana Addo (the only black man in the picture) in class at Lancing

After receiving his primary education at the Government Boys School and part of his secondary education at Oreilly Secondary School, and later at the Rowe Road School (now Kinbu), both in Accra Central, he left for England to study for his O Level and A Level examinations at Lancing College, Sussex.

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He returned to Ghana in 1962 to teach at the Accra Academy before going to read Economics at the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1964, earning a BSc(Econ) degree in 1967.

After getting his degree from the University of Ghana, Nana Addo travelled back to the UK to study law and was called to the English Bar (Middle Temple) in July 1971.

X iconic pictures of Nana Addo that sum up his 74 years on earth

Nana Addo (arrowed) as a young lawyer

He was called to the Ghana bar in July 1975 along with notable Ghanaian politicians such as Nana Ato Dadzie and Tsatsu Tsikata.

It was around this time that became actively involved in national politics joining the People's Movement for Freedom and Justice, an organization formed to oppose the General Acheampong-led Supreme Military Council's Union Government proposals.

Not much was heard from President Akufo-Addo on the national political front until 1995 (Ghana's political arena had been dominated by military juntas who always outlawed political party before 1992) when he led a demonstration to oppose the introduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT).

X iconic pictures of Nana Addo that sum up his 74 years on earth

Nana Addo and other leading members of the Kume Preko demo

In 1998, he contested the NPP's presidential primary and lost to J.A. Kufuor who eventually won elections in 2000 to become president.

13 iconic photos that sum up Akufo-Addo's 74 years on earth

Nana Addo and suspended NPP General Secretary, Kwabena Agyepong worked on his 1998 campaign

Under the Kufuor government, Nana Addo became Attorney General and Minister for Justice and later moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) from where he resigned to contest the NPP's flagbearership again.

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He defeated 16 other candidates, notably, Alan Kyeremateng, the then Vice President, Aliu Mahama, Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor to become the party's presidential candidate.

X iconic pictures of Nana Addo that sum up his 74 years on earth

Nana Addo and his close contender, Alan Kyerematen at the 2007 Congress

In the general elections, he was defeated by the NDC's John Atta Mills in a run-off after winning the first round.

He again defeated the Alan Kyeremateng and other candidates to emerge as the NPP's presidential candidate for the 2012 elections which he lost to the NDC's John Mahama.

After being declared the loser, Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP, citing some irregularities, went to the Supreme Court to contest the results. After months of litigation, the Court ruled 5/4 in favour of John Mahama.

X iconic pictures of Nana Addo that sum up his 74 years on earth

Nana Addo heading to the Supreme Court for the final verdict on the election petition

For the third time, Nana Addo was chosen as the NPP's flagbearer in 2014 and after two years of campaigning he was declared winner on December 9, 2016, after sitting president Mahama called him to concede defeat.

X iconic pictures of Nana Addo that sum up his 74 years on earth

Nana Addo receiving the phone call from John Mahama which made him president while his daughters look on

He was sworn into on January 7 at a colourful ceremony which's shine was nearly taken away by the news that parts of his speech had been plagiarized.

X iconic pictures of Nana Addo that sum up his 74 years on earth

Nana Addo acknowledges cheers from the crowd after taking his oath of office on January 7, 2017

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Within the nearly 15 months as President, Nana Addo has had the privilege of hosting about twelve other leaders in Ghana.

X iconic pictures of Nana Addo that sum up his 74 years on earth

Nana Addo has hosted world leaders including French President, Emmanuel Macron

In September 2017, he launched his government's flagship 'Free SHS' policy which makes second-cycle education free for children who qualify to enroll.

X iconic pictures of Nana Addo that sum up his 74 years on earth

Nana Addo speaking at the launch of the Free SHS policy

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Nana Addo is married to Rebecca and they have five daughters, Edwina, Valeria, Adrian, Gyankroma and Yeboakua.

X iconic pictures of Nana Addo that sum up his 74 years on earth

Nana Addo and Rebecca celebrated their wedding anniversary last year

Nana is known sports enthusiast who played active football to high level including featuring in the University of Ghana's team.

X iconic pictures of Nana Addo that sum up his 74 years on earth

As a kid, he was also interested in boxing.

In the video below, the deputy education minister, Mrs Barbara Ayisi, speaks on how President Akufo-Addo inspires her, and how the president's success story must also inspire the youth of Ghana to greater heights:

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