Nkrumah government

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First cabinet of Kwame Nkrumah in 1957
Standing (L to R): J.H. Allassani, N.A. Welbeck, Kofi Asante Ofori-Atta, Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, J.E. Jantuah, Imoru Egala
Sitting (L to R): A. Casely-Hayford, Kojo Botsio, Kwame Nkrumah, Komla Agbeli Gbedemah, E.O. Asafu-Adjaye;
Kofi Baako (1956)

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was the first Prime Minister and first President of Ghana. Nkrumah had run governments under the supervision of the British government through Charles Arden-Clarke, the Governor-General. His first government under colonial rule started from 21 March 1952 until independence. His first independent government took office on 6 March 1957.[1] From 1 July 1960, Ghana became a republic and Nkrumah became the first president of Ghana.

Nkrumah's first independence government (1957 – 1960)[edit]

Portfolio Minister Time frame Notes
Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah 6 March 1957 – 1 July 1960
Minister for Foreign Affairs Kwame Nkrumah
Kojo Botsio
Ebenezer Ako-Adjei
March 6, 1957 – 1958
1958 – 1959
1959 – 1960
Minister for Defence Kwame Nkrumah 1957 – 1960
Minister for Interior[2] Ebenezer Ako-Adjei
Krobo Edusei
Kwame Nkrumah
Ashford Emmanuel Inkumsah
March 6, 1957 – 1958
1958 – 1958
1958 – 1958
1959 – 1960
Minister for Finance Komla Agbeli Gbedemah 1954 – May 1961
Minister for Health J.H. Alhassani 6 March 1957 – ?
Minister for Local Government A.E.A. Ofori Atta 6 March 1957 – ?
Minister for Education
Minister for Education and Information
J.B. Erzuah
Kofi Baako
6 March 1957 – ?
1958 – ?
Minister for Agriculture Boahene Yeboah-Afari[3] March 6, 1957 – 1960
Minister for Housing Ashford Emmanuel Inkumsah 6 March 1957 – ?
Minister for Trade and Labour Kojo Botsio 6 March 1957 – 1958
Minister for Communications Archie Casely-Hayford 6 March 1957 – ?
Minister for Works N.A. Welbeck 6 March 1957 – ?
Minister without Portfolio Lawrence Rosario Abavana 6 March 1957 – ?
Minister without Portfolio Krobo Edusei 6 March 1957 – 1958

Nkrumah's republican government (1960 - 1966)[edit]

Portfolio Minister Time frame Notes
President Kwame Nkrumah 1 July 1960 – 24 February 1966
Minister for Foreign Affairs[2] Imoru Egala
Ebenezer Ako-Adjei
Kwame Nkrumah
Kojo Botsio
Alex Quaison-Sackey
1960 – 1961
1961 – 1962
1962 – 1963
1963 – 1965
1965 – 1966
Minister for Defence Charles de Graft Dickson
Kofi Baako
1960 – 1961
September 1961 – 24 February 1966
Minister for Interior[2] Ashford Emmanuel Inkumsah
Kwaku Boateng
Laurence Rosario Abavana
Ashford Emmanuel Inkumsah
Laurence Rosario Abavana
1960 – 1961
1961 – 1964[4]
1964 – 1965
1965
1965 – 1966
Minister for Finance Komla Agbeli Gbedemah
Ferdinand Koblavi Dra Goka
1954 – May 1961
June 1961 – ?
Minister for Health Komla Agbeli Gbedemah
Laurence Abavana
June 1961 – ?
? – 1964[4]
Minister for Local Government A.E.A. Ofori Atta 6 March 1957 – ?
Minister for Education and Social Welfare Alfred Jonas Dowuona Hammond
Kwaku Boateng
 ? – ?
1964[4] – ?
Minister for Agriculture[3] Francis Yao Asare
Kojo Botsio
Lawrence Rosario Abavana
Krobo Edusei
F.A. Jantuah
1960
1960 – 1962
1962
1963 – 1965
1966
Minister for Works and Housing Emmanuel Kobla Bensah  ? – ?
Minister for Trade
Minister for Overseas Trade
Lawrence Rosario Abavana
Kwesi Armah
June 1961 – ?
1965 – 24 February 1966
Minister for Transport and Communications Krobo Edusei  ? – ?
Minister for Information Kwaku Boateng
Tawia Adamafio[5]
Imoru Egala
 ? – ?
1960– 1962
1962 – ?
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Kofi Baako  ? – ?
Minister for Presidential Affairs Tawia Adamafio 1961 – ?
Minister resident in Guinea Stephen Allen Dzirasa  ? – ?
Regional Ministers
Ashanti Regional Minister Osei Owusu Afriyie  ? – ?
Brong Ahafo Regional Minister Stephen Willie Yeboah  ? – ?
Central Regional Minister Joseph Essilfie Hagan  ? – ?
Eastern Regional Minister Emmanuel Humphrey Tettey Korboe  ? – ?
Northern Regional Minister Emmanuel Adama Mahama  ? – ?
Upper Regional Minister Ayeebo Asumda  ? – ?
Volta Regional Minister Francis Yao Asare  ? – ?
Western Regional Minister John Arthur  ? – ?

Some of the information for 1960 - 1966 is taken from Liste der Regierungen Ghanas on the German Wikipedia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1957 Govt. of Ghana". Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  2. ^ a b c R.L. Bidwell, ed. (1974-02-25). Guide to Government Ministers: The British Empire and Successor States, 1900-72. Routledge. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-7146-3017-5. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Former Heads of MoFA". Official Website. Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Article Preview". New York Times Archives (New York Times). May 2, 1964. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  5. ^ "Ghana: Double & Deadly Jeopardy". Time (magazine). 1965-02-19. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 

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Preceded by
Colonial government
Government of Ghana
1957 – 1966
Succeeded by
National Liberation Council, 1966-1969
(Military regime)