Edward Akufo-Addo was one of Ghana's founding fathers who contributed to the country's struggle for independence. He was a member of the Big 6 and one of the founders of the United Gold Coast Convention, a political group dedicated to achieving Ghana's independence. Ghana's current president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is the son of Edward Akufo-Addo.
Edward Akufo-Addo was born in a town in Accra called Dodowa on June 26, 1906.
He attended Achimota College and earned a scholarship to further his studies in the United Kingdom. He earned his degree in philosophy and politics in 1933.
In 1962, he was appointed as a supreme court judge, and then as chief justice from 1966 to 1970 by the then-ruling government, the National Liberation Council, the military regime which overthrew Nkrumah.
Edward Akufo-Addo was elected President of Ghana on August 31, 1970, but he was overthrown in 1972 by a coup d'état staged by Acheampong. He died of natural causes on July 17, 1979.
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