- Ken Ofori-Atta has revealed that his mother was ordered to abort him when she got pregnant with him out of wedlock
- He said his mother ran away from home to avoid being forced to carry out the abortion
- The minister said he met his father for the first time when he was 10 and that his father took him to Accra to stay with him and also to start school
Ken Ofori-Atta, the minister for finance, has revealed that his mother was asked to abort him when she got pregnant with him.
Speaking at a finance-related conference in Europe, Ofori-Atta said his mother got pregnant out of wedlock and was pressured by her family to abort it.
Ofori-Atta, said his mother resisted the idea, but when the pressure became unbearable, she ran away from home to deliver him.
He said he did not know his father until he was ten or 11 years old.
The minister said when they finally met, his father who had just returned to Ghana after completing his PhD abroad, brought him from the village to live with him in Accra.
He said his father put him into primary school, after which he proceeded to Achimota Secondary School.
Ofori-Atta said from there he proceeded to Columbia University and then Yale University both in the US.
He said he ended up working on Wall Street in the US and returned to Ghana to set up an investment bank and an insurance company before joining politics and becoming a minister.
The minister told the conference that the strength of a woman which his mother exhibited in refusing to abort him and the sense of responsibility exhibited by his father after he (the father) met him for the first time as a 10-year-old were critical in changing the course of his life.
Ofori-Attah was appointed finance minister by President Nana Akufo-Addo in January.
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