Meet Ghana's First Lady Her Excellency Rebecca Naa Akufo-Addo

By Nana Yaw Baafi

Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo was born on the 12th of March, 1951 to Justice Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph, speaker of Parliament in the Third Republic of Ghana and Frances Phillipina Griffiths-Randolph (nee Mann).

She attended the Achimota Primary School and continued at the Wesley Grammar School in Accra and then to the Government Secretarial School where she qualified as a Secretary.

Madam Rebecca worked at the Merchant Bank in Ghana before relocating to the United Kingdom. She qualified as a legal secretary in the United Kingdom and worked for Clifford Chance and Ashurst Morris Crisp both multinational law firms.

She is married to the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and they have five daughters and five grandchildren.

Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo and her husband are both staunch members of the Accra Ridge Church and are committed Christians. Her hobbies include floristry, interior decoration and reading.

Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo loves children and is the patron of Infanta Malaria a charity dedicated to the prevention of Malaria in children.

She has always been supportive of her husband’s career and has maintained an unshakeable belief in his ability to “Move Ghana Forward”.

As the first Lady of the Republic of Ghana her interests will include early childhood malnutrition and education.

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