Heads of State of Ghana (1957 – To Date)
Heads of State of Ghana (1957 – To Date)
The Unification of Gold Coast and British Togoland upon independence from Britain, took place from 6″th March 1957 to 1st July 1960. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who was the incumbent, was represented by:
Sir Charles Noble Arden-Clarke, as
Governor-General, from 6 March 1957 to 24 June 1957.
The 5th Earl of Listowel, William Francis Hare, (Lord Listowel), also served as the Governor General from 24th June 1957 to 1st July 1960.
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah served as Prime Minister of Ghana from 1957-1960. He became Ghana’s first president, in 1960, after Ghana became a Republic on 151 July 1960. His term of office came to an end in 1966, when Major-General Joseph Arthur Ankrah deposed him in a coup d’etat.
Major-General Joseph Arthur Ankrah,
Chairman of the National Liberation Council, came to power, under military rule, in February 1966. In 1967, he was forced to resign as Chairman of NLC and
Head of State over a bribery scandah involving Fracis Nzerehe, a Nigerian Businessman.
Akwasi Amankwa Afrifa came into power with the rank of Brigadier, but was later promoted to the rank of General. His tenure of office spanned from 1967 1969 as Chairman of the National Liberation Council and head of state.
Edward Akufo-Addo, was a Ceremonial President of the Second Republic from August 1970 to January 1972, when he was deposed in a coup d’etat.
Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong
(later, General), Chairman of the National Redemption Council took over from 1972 to October 1975. He had a second term from October 1975 to July 1978 (by which time the name of the junta had been changed to Supreme Military Council -SMC). He was overthrown by his second-in-Command, Lt. Gen. Fred Akuffo, and other members of the ruling Supreme Military Council (SMC) after he was accused of economic sabotage
Lieutenant-General Frederick William Kwasi Akuffo, took over in a military coup d’etat as Chairman of the S Military Council from July 1978 1979 when he was overthrown in d’etat by Flight Lieutenant Jen Rawlings.
Dr. Hilla Limann, flagbearer People’s National Party (PNP), was sworn in as a President of Ghana’s Republic in September 1979. He was however, deposed in a coup d’etat Chairman of the Provisional N Defence Council (PNDC), Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings December 1981.
Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings
Chairman of the Armed F Revolutionary Council, came into from 4 June 1979 to 24 Septembei after overthrowing Lieutenant-G Akuffo in a coup d’etat.
John Agyekum Kufuor, then flag of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), ce power on 7’h January, 2001, after democratically elected on 28* Dece 2000. He is currently serving a si term, which ended in December 2008.
John Evans Fifii Atta Mills (born 21 July 1944 is the third President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana. He was inaugurated on 7 January 2009, having defeated the ruling party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the 2008 election. He was Vice President from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings, and stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
John Dramani Mahama (born 29 November 1958) is a Ghanaian politician who served as Fourth President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana from 24 July 2012 to 7 January 2017. He previously served as Vice President of Ghana from 2009 to 2012, and took office as President on 24 July 2012 following the death of his predecessor, John Atta Mills. A communication expert, historian, and writer, Mahama was a Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2009 and Minister of Communications from 1998 to 2001. He is a member of the National Democratic Congress.
Mahama is the first vice president to have ascended to the presidency due to the death of his predecessor, John Atta Mills. He was elected to serve a full term as President in the December 2012 election. He ran for re-election to a second full term in the 2016 election, but was defeated in the first round by New Patriotic Party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, whom he had defeated four years prior. This makes him the first president in the history of Ghana to not have won a second term.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (born William Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo; 29 March 1944) is the Fifth and Current President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, in office since January 2017. He previously served as Attorney General from 2001 to 2003 and as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007.
Akufo-Addo first ran for President in 2008 and again in 2012, both times as the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), but was defeated on both occasions by NDC candidates: John Atta Mills in 2008 and John Dramani Mahama in 2012. He was chosen as the NPP’s candidate for a third time in the 2016 elections and defeated Mahama in the first round (winning 53.85% of the votes).