All you need to know about the NPP flagbearer

All you need to know about the NPP flagbearer

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is three-time presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The astute politician ran for president of Ghana in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections and is currently the NPP flagbearer for the 2016 elections. 

He is from Kyebi in the Eastern region of Ghana. shares with you some thing about the NPP presidential candidate you may not know.

#1 Did you know that three of the Big Six are his blood relation

Nana Akufo-Addo comes from a line of political big wigs. Three of the ‘Big Six’ [founding fathers of Ghana] who set things in motion for Ghana’s independence are related to the former MP. They are J. B. Danquah (grand uncle), William Ofori-Atta (uncle) and Edward Akufo-Addo (father).

#2 The first political party to be established in Ghana was headquartered in his father’s house

Nana Addo’s father’s residence popularly known as Betty House at Korle Wokon in Accra was the hub of a lot of political activities in the then Gold coast and later Ghana. Young Nana Addo probably learnt some of the things he  knows in politics from there.

#3 Nana Addo was once a teacher

After returning to Ghana in 1962, Nana Addo went to teach at Accra Academy Secondary School for 2 years before proceeding to read Economics at the University of Ghana, Legon.

#4 He was the organizing secretary of the NPP when it was first launched and subsequently campaign manager of Prof.Aduboahene in  the 1992 election.

Mr Akufo-Addo was a founding member/chairman of the Dankwah-Busia club which later transitioned to become the NPP where he became organizing secretary. Later, he became campaign manager for eminent historian and the 1992 presidential candidate of the NPP, Prof. Aduboahene.

#5 He is an activist

Since his early days as a lawyer, Nana Addo has always campaigned for the rights of individuals. He was the first chairperson of the Ghana Committee on Human and Peoples' Rights. He’s also been a stern critic of various military regimes especially that of Acheampong which was brought down in 1978.He also led the popular “Kumi preko" demonstration against  Valued Added Tax (VAT) by the Rawling government. He was also responsible for the repeal of the “notorious” Criminal Libel Law during his term as Minister of Justice.

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