Joyce Bamford-Addo

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Rt. Hon.
Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo
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Bamford-Addo in parliament
Speaker of Parliament
(4th of Fourth Republic)
In office
7 January 2009 – 6 January 2013
President John Evans Atta-Mills (2009-2012)
John Dramani Mahama (2012)
Vice President John Dramani Mahama (2009-2012)
Kwesi Amissah-Arthur (2012)
Preceded by Rt. Hon. Ebenezer Sekyi-Hughes
Succeeded by Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho
Supreme Court Judge
In office
1991 – October 2004
President Jerry Rawlings (1991-2001)
John Kufuor (2001-2009)
Appointed by Jerry Rawlings
Personal details
Born (1937-03-26) 26 March 1937 (age 77)
Accra, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Profession Judge, Barrister
Religion Catholic

Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo (born 26 March 1937) was the Speaker of the 5th Session of the Parliament of Ghana. The Speaker's position is the third most important in the Republic of Ghana. She is also a retired Supreme Court Judge. She was also the first female Speaker in such a position in the West African sub-region.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Joyce Bamford-Addo attended the St. Mary’s Boarding School and the OLA Boarding School along with her sister Cynthia in Cape Coast for her basic education. She subsequently attended Holy Child School, also in Cape Coast for her secondary education. She proceeded to the United Kingdom for further studies. She joined the Inner Temple for her law studies and was called to the English Bar in 1961.[3]

Judicial Service[edit]

Mrs. Bamford-Addo returned to Ghana after working in the UK for a year. She was called to the Ghana Bar in 1962. She worked as a State Attorney from 1963 and rose to become Chief State Attorney in 1973. She was appointed the Director of Public Prosecutions in 1976, a position she held for 10 years. She was also appointed by Jerry Rawlings as a Supreme Court Judge in 1991. She retired from the Supreme Court in October 2004 following allegations that she was bypassed for her junior, Justice George Kingsley Acquah in the appointment of Chief Justice.[4]


In 1991, Mrs. Bamford-Addo became the 2nd Deputy Speaker of Ghana's Consultative Assembly, set up to draft what became Ghana's current constitution, the 1992 constitution. Following the 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections, she was elected unopposed as the Speaker of the Fifth Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana.[5]


  1. ^ "Grandma Joyce is Historic Speaker". Ghanian Chronicle. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-08. 
  2. ^ Cynthia Boakye (2009-01-08). "Ghana records another first. Justice Bamford Addo is first Female Speaker". Business News (Statesman Online). Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  3. ^ "The Speaker - Rt. Hon. Justice Joyce Bamford-Addo". Parliament of Ghana. Retrieved 2009-01-29. [dead link]
  4. ^ "CV of the new Speaker". General News of Thursday, 8 January 2009 (Ghana Home Page). Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  5. ^ "Fifth Parliament makes history". General News of Wednesday, 7 January 2009 (Ghana Home Page). Retrieved 2009-01-29. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rt. Hon. Ebenezer Sekyi-Hughes
Speaker of Ghanaian Parliament
2009 - 2013
Succeeded by
Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho
Order of precedence
Preceded by
John Dramani Mahama
Vice President of Ghana
Joyce Bamford-Addo
Speaker of Parliament of Ghana

Succeeded by
Georgina Theodora Wood
Chief Justice of Ghana
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Kwesi Amissah-Arthur
Vice President of Ghana
Joyce Bamford-Addo
Speaker of Parliament of Ghana

Succeeded by
Georgina Theodora Wood
Chief Justice of Ghana