Gyankroma Akufo-Addo is the daughter of Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo, whereas many believe her mother is the First Lady, the beautiful Rebecca Addo, well, she isn't. Apparently, both the President and First Lady Mrs. Rebecca Addo, do not have children together yet.
Gyankroma Akufo-Addo was born and raised in the UK and her biological mother is Virginia Hesse and whereas H. E Nana Addo and Ms. Virginia Hesse never married, reports says she was in the same university in the UK with H. E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo when she got pregnant.
The first biological daughter and eldest of the children, of the first gentleman of the state is therefore Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, and the biological daughter of Madam Virginia Hesse. Currently she is the ambassador to the Czech Republic and became an ambassador when Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo became the president of Ghana and was appointed in 2017.
Gyankroma, has three other sisters including Edwina Nana Dokua Akufo-Addo (whose mother was the late Eleanor Nkansah-Gyamenah popularly known as Obaa Saa), then followed by Valerie Obaze (whose mother Remi Fani-Kayode, is a Nigerian by birth, and the official first wife of H. E Akufo-Addo. Remi was the elder sister of a renowned Nigerian politician Femi Fani-Kayode. with Femi's biological junior sister, currently employed by the state as the President's Personal Secretary) and Yeboakua Akufo-Addo (I know little about her mother).
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Gyankroma had attended La Sainte Union Catholic School in London and is still serving as the Director of the Creative Art Council, an agency created by the NPP to oversee the sector and promote it's advancement. Earlier year 2020, she and the Council had facilitated the ‘Arts for All’ project which saw interchanges within Accra been painted by Ghanaian artists, see this interview on TV, here at decorated with beautiful paintings.
She has also been at the center of certain allegations and for instance, in July 2019, the then Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) had described as false and frivolous allegations that Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, the daughter of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was awarded a contract to airlift members of the Black Stars Supporters Union to the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
According to the statement signed by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, the publications allege that Ms. Akufo-Addo was contracted to airlift the Black Stars Supporters Union to Egypt and provide them with hostel and food for the period of the tournament.
Her mother, Virginia Hesse is a Ghanaian civil servant and diplomat. She is Ghana's ambassador to the Czech Republic, who has spent a majority of her professional career in the Ghanaian public service. A native of Osu, Accra, Virginia Hesse is a member of the notable Hesse family. Her brother, Lebrecht Wilhelm Fifi Hesse (1934 – 2000) was the first black African Rhodes Scholar, two-time Director-General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation and a member of the Public Services Commission of Ghana.
Her other brother, Christian Hesse served as Ghana's ambassador to the Soviet Union and later to Russia in the 1980s and 1990s. She is an alumna of the University of Ghana, Legon. She worked at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Accra, as a commercial officer and at the ministry’s diplomacy department. She was Ghana’s Deputy Trade Commissioner at the Court of St James's.
In the private sector, she also worked for a Swiss international firm as a project manager and later, for water supply and sewage treatment plants. She was also the President of the Accra chapter of the women’s empowerment global non-profit, Zonta International.
Virginia Hesse has only one daughter. Hesse is a lifelong Presbyterian and a member of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Osu.
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