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Kofi Asante Ofori-Atta

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Aaron Eugene Kofi Asante Ofori-Atta, MP (12 December 1912 – July 1978) was a Ghanaian educator, lawyer, and politician who served as the fourth Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana.

Early life and education

He was born on 12 December 1912 at Kibi, Akyem Abuakwa, and was a member of the Ofori-Atta royal family. After attending Presbyterian elementary school, he entered Mfantsipim School in 1925 and later left in 1928 to join Achimota School where he completed his secondary education in 1933.

He served in various capacities at the Abuakwa State College and was made the school's Vice-Principal and later Principal from 1944 to 1947. Later in 1947, he left for Ireland and entered Trinity College Dublin where he obtained his B. A Degree in law and a diploma in public administration.


Ofori-Atta was elected MP for Abuakwa Central and Begoro Constituencies. He first entered the parliament house in 1954 and was appointed Minister for Communication from 1954 to 1956. He beat a relative, J. B. Danquah, a member of the Ghana Congress Party and a founding member of the defunct United Gold Coast Convention to the Akim Abuakwa Central seat.

He was a Minister for Local Government in the Convention People's Party (CPP) government of Kwame Nkrumah in the first government of Ghana. He also served as the Minister for Justice in the same government.

He was later appointed Speaker of Parliament on 10 June 1965 in the First Republic of Ghana. He remained speaker until parliament was suspended by the National Liberation Council, formed after the coup d'état that ended the First Republic. Ofori-Atta is the uncle of Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana.


Ofori-Atta died at the 37 Military Hospital in July 1978 in Accra.