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Victor Owusu

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Victor Owusu was a Ghanaian politician and lawyer. He has also served as Attorney General and Justice minister as well as foreign minister on two occasions. He was the Leader of the Opposition in the Third Republic from 1979-1981.

Early life

Owusu was born on 26 December 1923 in Agona, Ashanti Region. Owusu was an economist who later trained as a lawyer. He was a prominent member of the National Liberation Movement which stood for the 1956 elections in the Gold Coast prior to elections.

During the First Republic, he was detained under the Preventive Detention Act (1958) by the Kwame Nkrumah government. He was released after the 24 February 1966 coup d'état that brought in the military National Liberation Council (NLC) government. He was appointed Attorney General and Minister for Justice by the NLC.


Victor Owusu attended Achimota School between 1937 and 1945. There, his contemporaries included K. B. Asante and Joe Reindorf. He proceeded to the United Kingdom in 1946 to study Economics at the University of Nottingham and later studied law at the University of London. He was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1952.

In Government

He was a member of the Progress Party that won the 1969 elections. Dr Kofi Abrefa Busia appointed him foreign minister twice in the Second Republic. The first time was in 1969 and the second was between 1969 and 1971. On both occasions, he took over the portfolio from Patrick Dankwa Anin, who also served twice. The Second Republic came to an end with the 13 January 1972 coup led by General (then Colonel) I. K. Acheampong.

Leader of the opposition

Owusu was a founding member and leader of the Popular Front Party in the Third Republic. He was the runner-up to Dr. Hilla Limann of the People's National Party (PNP) in the 1979 Ghanaian presidential elections with 38% of the votes after the second round of voting.

After the election, the PFP merged with other opposition parties to form the All People's Party (AFP) under Owusu's leadership. The AFP, along with other political parties, were banned after the 31 December 1981 coup by the Provisional National Defence Council led by Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings.

From 1991 until his death, Victor Owusu lived in Putney, London, UK. He died in London on 16 December 2000. He was married to Agnes Owusu.

John Kufuor, former president of Ghana, said he had practiced as a junior in Victor Owusu's law firm. He was an uncle of Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby and a maternal half brother to Kobina Annan, a retired diplomat who also doubles as a paternal half brother to Kofi Annan.