Today In History: Edward Akufo-Addo Became President Of Ghana In The Second Republic

Edward Akufo-Addo was once the President of Ghana. He was the only other member of the Big Six, aside from Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who eventually ascended to the highest position in the land.

He was a ceremonial President until the coup d’état in 1972.

Edward Akufo Addo
Edward Akufo Addo

From 31 August 1970 until his deposition by coup d’état on 13 January 1972, Akufo-Addo was the President of Ghana in the Second Republic.


About Edward Akufo-Addo

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The Big Six

Edward Akufo-Addo (26 June 1906 – 17 July 1979) was a Ghanaian politician and lawyer. He was a member of the “Big Six” leaders of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), and one of the founding fathers of Ghana who engaged in the fight for Ghana’s independence. He became the Chief Justice and later President of the Republic of Ghana.

Family of Edward Akufo-Addo

Akufo-Addo was called to the Middle Temple Bar, London, UK, in 1940 and returned to what was then the Gold Coast to start a private legal practise a year later in Accra.

After independence (1962–64), Akufo-Addo was a Supreme Court Judge – one of three Judges who sat on Treason trial involving Tawia Adamafio, Ako Adjei and three others after the Kulungugu bomb attack on President Kwame Nkrumah and for doing so, he was dismissed by fellow judges for finding some of the accused not guilty.

From 1966 to 1970, he was appointed Chief Justice by the National Liberation Council (NLC) regime, as well as Chairman of the Constitutional Commission (which drafted the 1969 Second Republican Constitution).

He was also head of the NLC Political Commission during this same time period.

His son, Nana Akufo-Addo is the current President of Ghana.

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