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Meet Ghana's first vice president

Ghana as a country has had seven different vice presidents since Ghana became a republic in 1960.

However, each of Ghana's first eight presidents did not have any vice president. They had cabinet ministers which they worked hand in hand with.

Ghana got its first vice president in the year 1979.


Joseph William Swain De Graft-Johnson is Ghana's first vice president. He was born on 6th October, 1933 in Central regional capital, Cape Coast. He is married with five children


Joseph De Graft Johnson became the vice president under the term of Dr. Hilla Liman. Joseph De Graft Johnson was the vice president for two years and ninety eight days. 

His government was overthrown by coup d'état on 31 December 1981. He left for exile in England after the coup.


Aside Politics, De Ggraft Johnson was an engineer and a lecturer. He lectured at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST). His engineering career made him a consultant to the Zimbabwean government where he advised on the set-up of the Building Research and Development Institute in Lusaka.


De Graft-Johnson died on 22 April 1999 in London at the age of 65. He was buried in Cape Coast.


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