Ghana has had a total of 13 Speakers of Parliament with the last one being Rt Hon Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin who was sworn-in as Speaker on January 7, 2021.
Today, www.GhanaCNN.com brings you all the outstanding Ghanaians who have served and are now serving as Speakers of Parliament.
1. Emmanuel Charles Quist
Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Charles Quist was Ghana’s first Speaker of Parliament who served the state from 1951 to 1957. He was born on May 21, 1880.
2. Augustus Molade Akiwumi
Rt. Hon. Augustus Molade Akiwumi was Ghana’s second Speaker of Parliament who served from 1958 to 1960. He was born on April 7, 1891.
3. Joseph Addo
Rt. Hon. Joseph Aseidu was Speaker of Parliament from 1960 to 1965.
4. Rt. Hon. Kofi Asante Ofori-Atta
Rt. Hon. Kofi Asante Ofori-Atta served as speaker from June 1965 to February 1966. He was born on December 12, 1912.
5. Rt. Hon. Nii Amaa Ollennu
Rt. Hon. Nii Amaa Ollennu served his tenure as Speaker of Parliament from October 1969 to December 1971. He was born on May 21, 1906.
6. Rt. Hon. Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph
Rt. Hon. Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph was Ghana’s speaker from September 1979 to December 1981. He was born on September 6, 1914.
7. Daniel Francis Annan
Rt. Hon. Daniel Francis Annan was Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament from 1993 to 2001. He was born on November 7, 1928.
Rt. Hon. Peter Ala Adjetey served his tenure as Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament from 2001 to 2005. He was born on August 11, 1931.
9. Ebenezer Sekyi Hughes
Rt. Hon. Ebenezer Sekyi Hughes was Speaker of Parliament from 2005 to 2009. He was born on September 4, 1939.
Rt. Hon. Joyce Adeline Bamford Addo served as Ghana’s only female Speaker of Parliament yet from 2009 to 2013. She was born on March 26, 1937.
11. Doe Adjahoe
Rt. Hon. Doe Adjahoe was Speaker of Parliament from 2013 to 2017. He was born on January 3, 1957.
Rt. Hon. Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye is Ghana’s immediate past Speaker of Parliament. He served the august house from January 2017 to January 7, 2021. He was born on April 4, 1944.
13. Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin is Ghana’s current Speaker of Parliament. He was sworn-in into office on January 7, 2021. He was born on September 24, 1957.
Biography, Age, Education, Family of The Youngest Attorney General of Ghana, Godfred Yeboah Dame
Born on 5th June, 1979, Godfred Yeboah Dame obtained his GCE Ordinary Level and Advanced Level Certificates from Adisadel College between 1989 and 1996. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) in 2001. He proceeded to the Ghana School of Law from where he obtained his professional law qualification in 2003.
On being called to the Bar in October, 2003, Godfred Yeboah Dame commenced his professional law practice with the firm of Messrs. Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co., an elite law firm in Ghana, specializing in various aspects of civil litigation.
Godfred Yeboah Dame rapidly and firmly established himself as one of Ghana’s leading advocates, conducting with a remarkable degree of success many of the politically important trials and constitutional cases in the Superior Courts of Ghana.
In 2006, in recognition of his contribution towards the defence of media and human rights, rule of law and civil liberties generally in Ghana, Mr. Dame was one of a few lawyers from across Africa and the rest of the world awarded the Open Society Initiative Fellowship, and selected to pursue the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.
Mr Dame’s active law practice saw him take charge of a significant number of high profile and landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Ghana which contributed to the advancement of constitutional law, human rights, criminal law and good governance in the country, including serving as counsel for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in many cases of moment for the party between 2012 and 2016.
In 2016, he was a member of the NPP Manifesto Committee on Governance which drafted the Party’s proposed policies for the Legal and Governance Sector. In 2013, together with three of the Party’s former Attorneys-General, Hon. Papa Owusu-Ankomah, Hon. Ayikoi Otoo and Hon. Joe Ghartey, he was appointed to review the 2013 Election Petition Verdict and come up with proposals to avoid a defeat of the Party in the 2016 elections which would result in another election petition, after having already served as one of the counsel for the Petitioners in the Election Petition.
From 2011 to 2016, Godfred Dame was part of the teaching faculty for Company Law and Practice at the Ghana School of Law. In January, 2017, he was appointed as a teacher in Advocacy and Legal Ethics at the Ghana School of Law, a commitment he was unable to fulfill as a result of his appointment as Deputy Attorney-General and Deputy Minister for Justice in President Akufo-Addo’s first term as President.
He also served on very sensitive committees of the Ghana Bar Association contributing to the formulation of policy in the training of lawyers, notable among them being the Pupilage and Juniors Committee, which is concerned with the upholding of standards among junior practitioners of the law. In 2014, he was appointed member of the Ghana Bar Association’s legal team.
Mr. Dame, between 2009 and 2017, served as the Vice-Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association. Earlier, from 2008 to 2009, he had been Chairman of the Greater-Accra Regional Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee. From 2011 to 2017, he was also a member of the Ghana Football Association Elections Committee.
In 2017, Godfred Dame was appointed Deputy Attorney-General and Deputy Minister for Justice of Ghana, a position he holds to date. In that position, he distinguished himself in his active defence of the Government in various high-profile law suits against the Government and international arbitration involving the Government of Ghana.
He transformed the image of the Attorney-General’s Office into a formidable force in litigation. He is particularly noted for leading the efforts of the Government to recover the money paid businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, ensuring the termination of three mining leases given in favour of Exton Cubic Company Limited, the challenge to the constitutionality of the appointment of Mr. Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor, the challenge to the creation of new regions in Ghana, the challenge to the compilation of a new register of voters by the National Democratic Congress and many other cases.
He served on the Legal Service Board, the Ministerial Advisory Board of the Ministry of Justice, the Board of the University of Ghana Medical Centre and the Board of the Public Procurement Authority.
He is a Christian and married to Dr. Joycelyn Assimeng Dame. They have two children.
5 Interesting Facts About Ghana That Will Make You Feel Proud As a Ghanaian
Do you sometimes have a regretion of being a citizen of Ghanaian? Worry no more because, these tips are going to make you feel proud of your beloved country.
First of all, Ghana is considered as one of the most peaceful countries in Africa. Research by Global Peace Index indicates that Ghana is ranked the 4th most peaceful country in Africa and the 44th in the world. This is based on the fact that, Ghana has never experienced civil war.
Again, the sense of humor by the people of Ghana towards humans, in general, makes them unique among others, their indiscriminative mindset can’t be left out.
Also, the unique and beautiful culture of the people of Ghana is so tremendous. From their way of life, their style of dressing, their delicious meals, to their various languages.
In terms of productivity, Ghana is the second largest producer of cocoa in the world. Between the year 2018 and 2019, Ghana was estimated to have produced about 900,000 tons of cocoa beans.
Finalizing, Ghana is a home to the largest artificial lake in the world. The Volta lake of Ghana extends from Akosombo in the South to the northern part of the country.
Briefing in accordance,
1. Ghana is one of the peaceful countries in Africa.
2. The people of Ghana has a great sense of humor towards themselves
3. Ghanaians are known for their unique and beautiful culture and tradition.
4. Ghana is the second-largest producer of cocoa in terms of productivity.
5. The largest artificial lake(The Volta lake) can be found in Ghana.
Meet John & Samuel Jinapor The 2 Brothers In 8th Parliament on Ticket of NDC & NPP
On the eventful morning of January 7, 2020, over 270 members of parliament-elects were sworn into office as full MPs, and part of that number were two brothers.
Samuel’s elder brother, John Abdulai Jinapor, on the other hand, stood on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress for the Yapei Kusawgu Constituency and won with a whopping 58.43% of total votes cast.
John is just 41 years old whilst his biological brother Samuel is right behind him with only 37 years but both of them have served in enviable capacities in the country.
John was the deputy minister for power spokesperson of John Dramani Mahama back in the day and his brother has been the deputy chief of staff special aide to Nana Akufo-Addo.
It is unclear why the two brothers decided to pursue politics in directly opposite political parties but what is clear is that it appears to be working for them both.
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