Albert Kwesi Ocran

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Albert Kwesi Ocran
Member of Presidential Commission
In office
3 September 1969 – 7 August 1970
President Lt. Gen. Akwasi Afrifa
Prime Minister Kofi Abrefa Busia
Member of NLC
In office
24 February 1966 – 1 October 1969
President Lt. Gen. J. A. Ankrah
Lt. Gen. Akwasi Afrifa
Personal details
Born (1929-07-21) 21 July 1929 (age 87)
Brakwa, Central Region, Ghana[1]
Nationality Ghanaian
Profession Soldier
Cabinet National Liberation Council member
Military service
Allegiance Ghana
Service/branch Ghana army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands Chief of the Defence Staff
President Veterans Association of Ghana

Lieutenant General Albert Kwesi Ocran (born 21 July 1929) is a soldier and politician. He was a member of the Presidential Commission of Ghana between 1969 and 1970. He is a former Chief of the Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces and was a member of the National Liberation Council (NLC) military government in Ghana.


Ocran was commissioned as an officer in the Gold Coast Regiment of the United Kingdom's Royal West African Frontier Force in 1954. He later rose to become a Colonel in the Ghana army after independence. He was the commander of the First Infantry Brigade of the army now known as the Southern Command at the time of the coup d'état of 1966.[2] He was promoted to Brigadier following the coup and made Chief of Army Staff, a position he held for six months.[2][3] He was reappointed Chief of Army Staff in May 1967.[3] He was promoted to the position of Chief of the Defence Staff in November 1968 and continued as such until November 1969.[4]


The then Colonel Ocran came into national prominence with his involvement in the first coup d'état in Ghana. This led to the overthrow of the Convention People's Party (CPP) government of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on February 24, 1966. After the coup, he was one of the eight members of the National Liberation Council (NLC), which replaced the Nkrumah government.

He was promoted to Brigadier as well as becoming a member of the new NLC military government.[2] After the parliamentary election of 1969, Ocran became one of three members of an interim Presidential Commission which ushered in the second republic. The other members were John Willie Kofi Harlley, the Inspector General of Police of the Ghana Police Service and Lt. Gen. Akwasi Afrifa who was the chairman. He remained on the commission till it was dissolved in August 1970.[5] The commission was replaced by an interim ceremonial president, Nii Amaa Ollennu.[6]

Life after politics[edit]

Albert Ocran became the president of the Veterans Association of Ghana. He is also one of the people honoured by president John Kufuor in 2006.[7]


  • Ocran, Albert Kwesi (1968). A Myth Is Broken: An Account of the Ghana Coup d'Etat of 24th February 1966. New York: Humanities Press. 
  • Ocran, Albert Kwesi (1977). Dennis Austin and Robin Luckham, ed. Politics of the Sword: A Personal Memoir on Military Involvement in Ghana and of Problems of Military Government. London: Rex Collings. 


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c Kraus, Jon (April 1966). "Ghana Without Nkrumah: The Men In Charge". Africa Report. Archived from the original on 19 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Past Army Commanders / Chiefs of Army Staff". Official website. Ghana Armed Forces. February 2008. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Past General Officers Commanding /chiefs of the Defence Staff". Official website. Ghana Armed Forces. February 2008. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  5. ^ "The National Liberation Council and the Busia Years, 1966-71". Ghana: A Country Study. United States Library of Congress. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 
  6. ^ "Leaders of Ghana". Political leaders. Roberto Ortiz de Zárate. Archived from the original on 29 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  7. ^ Robertson, Megan C. (2006-03-27). "Medals of Ghana". Orders, Decorations and Medals Website. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Major General C. M. Barwah
Chief of Army Staff
Succeeded by
Major General C. C. Bruce
Preceded by
Major General C. C. Bruce
Chief of Army Staff
1967 – 1968
Succeeded by
Brigadier D. C. K. Amenu
Preceded by
Air Marshal Michael Akuoko Otu
Chief of the Defence Staff
1968 – 1969
Succeeded by
Major General D. K. Addo