It is not unusual for Ghanaians to be given a combination of local and foreign names when they are born.
Regardless of the possession of names with foreign roots, some people, for various reasons, choose to keep such names private.
YEN.com.gh has compiled a list of six popular political figures, who prefer to be known and addressed by their local names only:
1. Akua Sena Dansua:
Akua Sena Dansua is an accomplished politician as well as a media and communications consultant.
She first entered parliament in 2001 as the MP for the North Dayi constituency. In the year 2009, she became the minister of state, when she was appointed as minister for women and children's affairs.
She became the first female minister for youth and sports after a cabinet reshuffle in January 2010.
Dansua was also appointed as minister of tourism in January 2011, and later an ambassador of Ghana to Germany.
2. Nana Oye Lithur
Nana Oye Lithur is a Ghanaian lawyer and politician, who served as minister of gender, children and social protection in 2013.
She gained national attention for all the sensitive reasons when news of the divorce from her husband gained media attention in the year 2018, after her husband, Tony Lithur, accused her of having extra marital affairs.
3. Kwadwo Afari Gyan
Kwadwo Afari-Gyan is an academician, political scientist and former chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana.
He retired in the year 2015, and was replaced by Charlotte Osei. Afari-Gyan worked as a lecturer and a professor in Political Science at the University of Ghana.
He has also lectured in the United States and Nigeria. He was a member of the Committee of Experts that drafted the fourth republican constitution for Ghana.
4. Professor Kwesi Botchwey
Professor Kwesi Botchwey is a Professor of Practice in Development Economics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University.
He was appointed by former president Jerry John Rawlings as Ghana's minister of finance from 1982 to 1995, to assist in stabilizing Ghana's collapsed economy.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported of his interest in running as flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), but he failed to pick forms as at the closing date for picking nomination forms.
5. Yaw Osafo Maafo
Yaw Osafo-Maafo is a retired Ghanaian banker, engineer and politician. He is currently the Senior Minister of Ghana.
In the year 2017, he drew national attention to himself, after claiming that the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, was too young to read, as at the year 2005.
This was after the MP had sought answers with regard to Maafo’s tenure as finance minister during the John Agyekum Kufuor administration.
6. Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng
Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng is a Ghanaian physician and cardiothoracic surgeon who established the National Cardiothoracic Center and the Ghana Red Cross Society.
He is also the President of the Ghana Heart Foundation and was the Chief Executive Officer of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
Frimpong-Boateng was elected a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in December 2002, and currently serves as the minister of environment, science, technology and innovation.
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