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Bukari Kpegla Adama

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Busa Wa, Ghana

Bukari Kpegla Adama was a Ghanaian politician and a Minister of State in the Second Republic of Ghana.

He was born on November 15th, 1925 in Busa, located in the Wa district of Ghana. He attended the Wa Native Authority Primary Boarding School in 1934 and completed it in 1939. He then proceeded to the Tamale Government Middle Boarding School, from 1940 to 1943.

Bukari Kpegla Adama also attended the Tamale Government Training College, and subsequently left in 1944 to join the Medical Field Unit (M.F.U.) as a technician specialising in yaws and typhoid. He resigned that same year to pursue his career in politics.


In June 1954, he contested for the seat of the Wala South constituency in the Legislative Assembly and won on the Northern Peoples Party (NPP) ticket. He was the Chief Whip in parliament and remained in opposition till 1965 when Ghana became a one-party state.

Due to his refusal to join the party, he was not re-elected to power. He played a leading role in the merger between the Northern People's Party (NPP) and the National Liberation Movement (NLM) that formed the United Party (UP) Avoidance of Discrimination Act which was passed in 1967. He was an executive member of the Northern People's Party (NPP).

Bukari Kpegla went to the United Kingdom in May 1957 to study Parliamentary Practice in Westminster, London. He then became a member of the "Ghana delegation" to the Nigerian Independence celebrations in October 1960.

In 1965 he went into voluntary exile for four months before the 1966 coup in February and returned to Ghana after. He was then elected to the constituent assembly for the Wa Administrative District in December 1968.

He was elected as a parliamentary member representing Wala South in 1969 and served till 1972. He was appointed Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in 1969 and later Defence Minister in 1971 serving in the Busia Administration until Col. I. K. Acheampong's coup d'etat of 13 January 1972.

He also contributed to the deliberations that led to the formation of the Popular Front Party inception of the Third Republic and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 1993.