List of Ghana heads of state by age

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This is a list of Ghanaian Presidents by age. This table can be sorted to display Ghanaian Presidents by name, order of office, date of birth, age at inauguration, length of retirement, or lifespan.

Two measures of longevity are given; this is to allow for the differing number of leap days occurring within the life of each President. The first figure is the number of days between date of birth and date of death, allowing for leap days; in parentheses the same period given in years and days, with the years being the number of whole years the President lived, and the days being the remaining number of days after his last birthday. Where the president in question is still living, the longevity is calculated up to 21 October 2014.

Overview[edit]

The median age of accession is roughly 47 years and 8 months, which falls between Joseph Ankrah and Hilla Limann. The youngest person to become president was Jerry Rawlings (age 31 years, 347 days). The oldest president to become president was John A. Mills (age 64 years, 170 days).

The oldest living former president is John Kufuor, born 8 December 1938 (aged 75 years, 317 days). The youngest living former president is Jerry Rawlings, born 22 June 1947 (aged 67 years, 121 days).

The longest-lived president is Nii Amaa Ollennu, who lived from 1906 - 1986. For the presidents whose lifespans are precisely known, the longest lived one was Joseph Ankrah, who died at the age of 77 years, 99 days.

Ghanaian Presidents' ages[edit]

#
President
Date of birth
Date of
inauguration
Age at
inauguration
End of
term
Length of
retirement
Date of death
Lifespan
1 Nkrumrah, KwameKwame Nkrumah 1909-09-21(1909-09-21)21 September 1909 1 July 1960 (1960-07-01) 50-28450 years, 284 days 24 February 1966 (1966-02-24) 2,2542,254 days 1972-04-2727 April 1972(1972-04-27) 22,864 days (62 years, 219 days)
2 Ankrah, JosephJoseph Ankrah 1915-08-18(1915-08-18)18 August 1915 24 February 1966 (1966-02-24) 50-19050 years, 190 days 2 April 1969 (1969-04-02) 8,6388,638 days 1992-11-2525 November 1992(1992-11-25) 28,224 days (77 years, 99 days)
3 Afrifa, AkwasiAkwasi Afrifa 1936-04-24(1936-04-24)24 April 1936 2 April 1969 (1969-04-02) 32-34332 years, 343 days 7 August 1970 (1970-08-07) 3,2453,245 days 1979-06-2626 June 1979(1979-06-26) 15,768 days (43 years, 63 days)
4 Ollennu, NiiNii Ollennu[1] 1906-00-001906 7 August 1970 (1970-08-07) 64-000~64 years 31 August 1970 (1970-08-31) 5,844~16 years 1986-00-001986 29,220~80 years
5 Akufo-Addo, EdwardEdward Akufo-Addo 1906-06-26(1906-06-26)26 June 1906 31 August 1970 (1970-08-31) 64-06664 years, 66 days 13 January 1972 (1972-01-13) 2,7422,742 days 1979-07-1717 July 1979(1979-07-17) 26,684 days (73 years, 21 days)
6 Acheampong, IgnatiusIgnatius Acheampong 1931-09-23(1931-09-23)23 September 1931 13 January 1972 (1972-01-13) 40-11240 years, 112 days 5 July 1978 (1978-07-05) 0,346346 days 1979-06-1616 June 1979(1979-06-16) 17,433 days (47 years, 266 days)
7 Akuffo, FredFred Akuffo 1937-03-21(1937-03-21)21 March 1937 5 July 1978 (1978-07-05) 41-10641 years, 106 days 4 June 1979 (1979-06-04) 0,02222 days 1979-06-2626 June 1979(1979-06-26) 15,437 days (42 years, 97 days)
8 Rawlings, JerryJerry Rawlings[2] 1947-06-22(1947-06-22)22 June 1947 4 June 1979 (1979-06-04) 31-34731 years, 347 days 24 September 1979 (1979-09-24) 5,8645,864 days[3] 2014-10-21 24,593 days (67 years, 121 days)
9 Limann, HillaHilla Limann 1934-12-12(1934-12-12)12 December 1934 24 September 1979 (1979-09-24) 44-28644 years, 286 days 31 December 1981 (1981-12-31) 5,8675,867 days 1998-01-2323 January 1998(1998-01-23) 23,053 days (63 years, 42 days)
10 Rawlings, JerryJerry Rawlings[2] 1947-06-22(1947-06-22)22 June 1947 31 December 1981 (1981-12-31) 34-19234 years, 192 days 7 January 2001 (2001-01-07) 5,8645,864 days[3] 2014-10-21 24,593 days (67 years, 121 days)
11 Kufuor, JohnJohn Kufuor 1938-12-08(1938-12-08)8 December 1938 7 January 2001 (2001-01-07) 62-03062 years, 30 days 7 January 2009 (2009-01-07) 0,2,1132,113 days 2014-10-21 27,711 days (75 years, 317 days)
12 Mills, JohnJohn A. Mills 1944-07-21(1944-07-21)21 July 1944 7 January 2009 (2009-01-07) 64-17064 years, 170 days 24 July 2012 (2012-07-24) 00 days 2012-07-2424 July 2012(2012-07-24) 24,840 days (68 years, 3 days)
13 Mahama, JohnJohn Mahama 58-11-29(1958-11-29)29 November 1958 24 July 2012 (2012-07-24) 53-23853 years, 238 days 0,000Incumbent 0,000Incumbent 2014-10-21 20,415 days (55 years, 326 days)
# President Date of birth Date of
inauguration
Age at
inauguration
End of
term
Length of
retirement
Date of death Lifespan
  1. ^ Ollennu was an Acting President.
  2. ^ a b Rawlings served two non-consecutive terms, which are listed separately.
  3. ^ a b Rawlings was a retired president between his two terms, and has been a retired president since 2001.

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