Ex-President John Agyekum Kufour served as the President of Ghana between 2001 and 2009. Born on 8 December 1938, today marks his 77th birthday. Kuulpeeps wish him a Happy Birthday.
Now, here are things you probably didn’t know about him
He Was A Student Athlete
During his days at Prempeh College he played for Butler house and got to a point where he was selected to play for the school team.
He Was Once A Kotoko Chairman
The gentle giant was the Board Chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko between 1988 and 1991. He won two titles during his era as the board chairman. It didn’t come as a surprise when he made comments to Platinum Sports that Hearts of Oak comes nowhere near Kotoko.
I respect Hearts of Oak, but in terms of history of the game Hearts of Oak comes nowhere near Asante Kotoko, both teams have won several laurels but Kotoko is the greatest club
He Was Born A Royal
He was born a royal; the seventh of ten children to Nana Kwadwo Agyekum, head of the Oyoko royal family, and Nana Ama Dapaah, a Queen mother at Dabaa in the Ashanti region. The Oyokohene is the direct uncle of the occupant of the Golden Stool.
His Sister Was The Spouse of Asantehene Sir Prempeh II
Kufour’s elder sister, Nana Agnes Addo Kufuor was the spouse of the late Asantehene, Sir Nana Osei Agyeman-Prempeh.
He Is A Typical Kumasi ‘boy’
The former President was born and bred in Kumasi. He had his basic education in the city, continued his secondary school education at Osei Tutu Boys college (1951–53) and Prempeh College (1954–58). He later ended up as the chief legal officer and the city manager of Kumasi in 1967, posts he held until 1969. In an interview with Kwame Adinkra last year, he admitted that he prefers to speak Twi ahead of English whenever the opportunity presents itself.
He Was A Member of Parliament in two republics
He has twice been elected as a Member of Parliament for Atwima Nwabiagya, during the Second and Third Republics. He was also a member of the parliamentary delegation that visited the U.S in 1981 to talk to the (IMF) and the World Bank on Ghana’s economic problems.
He Gave His Village A First Class Road
Right after been sworn in as President, he tarred the road to his hometown Dabaah in the Ashanti region. Around the same time, a massive renovation was done in their family house which is also the palace.
His Kids Are Learned
Kufour has three boys and two girls who are all learned. Here is the list.
- J. Addo Kufuor – 37, worked with the Price Waterhouse in the United Kingdom. Moved to Ghana after father became president.
- Nana Ama Gyamfi – has a Fashion and Interior Design degree and is resident in Ghana.
- Saah Kufuor – sociology graduate from the London School of Economics
- Agyekum Kufuor – is a Graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans USA, he holds a BS in Computer Science
- Owusu Afriyie Kufuor – Graduated from Rutgers University & Harvard University. Now works for Price Waterhouse
He Currently Lives At Airport
Despite spending the better part of his life in Kumasi, he chose to live at the Airport residential area in Accra after his retirement. He main reason is that he is able to access Kotoka Airport easily whenever the need arises to travel. It doesn’t come as a surprise since by August of 2005, had visited over 63 countries as president of Ghana.
He Is A Knight Commander
He was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Knight Commander of the Order of Bath of the UK.