Ghana presidential candidates disclose their CVs

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The following are the profiles of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and John Atta Mills presidential candidate of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Profiles of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,

Date of Birth: 29th March 1944

Place of Birth: Swalaba, Accra, Greater Accra Region


Married to Rebecca Akufo-Addo (nee Griffiths-Randolph). He has five children.


* Lancing College, Sussex, England

* University of Ghana, Legon 1964-1967: B.Sc (Econs)

* English Bar (Middle Temple): July, 1971

* Ghanaian Bar: July, 1975

Work Experience

* Associate Counsel, Coudert Frees Law Firm, Paris, France: 1971-1975

* Junior Member of the Chambers of U.V. Campbell Law Firm, Ghana: 1975-1979

* Senior Partner & Co-Founder of Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co. Law Firm: 1979-2001

Special Appointments

* Vice President, Greater Accra Regional Branch of Ghana Bar Association 1989-1991

* President, Greater Accra Branch of Ghana Bar Association 1991-1996

* Member, General Legal Council 1991-1996/2001-2003

* Member, Judicial Council 2001-2003

Political Career

* NPP Member of Parliament for Abuakwa Constituency 1997-2005

* NPP Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South Constituency 2005 to date

* Attorney General and Minister of Justice 2001-2003

* Minister of Foreign Affairs 2003-2007

Profile of Professor John Evans Atta Mills

Date of Birth: 21st July 1944

Place of Birth: Tarkwa, Western Region


Married to Ernestina Naadu Mills (nee Botchway), an Educationist. Prof. Mills has a son.


* Achimota School: ‘O’ & ‘A’ Levels 1957-1963

* University of Ghana, Faculty of Law, Legon, LL.B 1963-1966

* Ghana Law School: Professional Certificate in Law 1967

* London School of Economics: LL.M 1968

* University of London: Ph.D 1971

Work Experience

* University of Ghana, Faculty of Law: Associate Professor 1971-1996

* Acting Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service 1988-1996

* Visiting Scholar, Liu Centre for the Study of Global Affairs, University of British Columbia, Canada 2002

Special Appointments

* Member of Commonwealth Administration of Tax Experts

* Member of United Nations Ad Hoc Group of Experts in International Cooperation in Tax Matters

* Member of the United Nations Law and Population Project

Political Career

* Vice President of the Republic 1997-2001

* NDC Presidential Candidate 2000 and 2004

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