Anthony Karbo

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The Honourable

Anthony N-Yoh Puowele Abayifaa Karbo

Deputy Minister
Assumed office
March 2017
PresidentNana Akuffo-Addo
Preceded byIsaac Agyei Mensah
Member of Parliament
for Lawra
Assumed office
January 2017
Preceded bySampson Abu
National Youth Organizer
for New Patriotic Party
In office
February 2010 – August 2012
Preceded byJohn Boadu
Succeeded bySammi Awuku
Personal details
Born (1979-08-12) 12 August 1979 (age 40)
Jekarayili, Ghana
Political partyNew Patriotic Party
Spouse(s)Awenlue Kante Karbo
EducationUniversity for Development Studies
University of Birmingham
CommitteesAppointments' Committee Communications Committee

Anthony Abayifaa Karbo is a Ghanaian politician and member of Parliament. He is a member of the New Patriotic Party and the deputy minister for Roads and Highways in Ghana.[1][2][3][4][5]

Early years[edit]

Karbo is a member of the Dagaaba ethnic group and hails from Lawra in the Upper West Region of Ghana. He was born in Jekarayili a small town located in Tamale, Ghana's Northern regional capital. A member of the Abayifaa Royal Family, Karbo was introduced at an early age to political activism. His father, Abeifaa Karbo was a founding member of the Northern People's Party, eventually becoming the first Member of Parliament for the Lawra- Nandom constituency. He was a leading voice during the oppressive reign of Ghana ’s first President Dr Kwame Nkrumah.[6][7]


Karbo studied at the University for Development Studies, receiving a bachelor's degree in Integrated Development Studies in 2005. As a student, Karbo distinguished himself as a student leader and rose through the ranks to become the Central Student Representative Council President of the University for Development Studies in 2004. Before then, he was President of Tescon, Navrongo Campus. Karbo also served on the Central Committees of both the National Union of Ghana Students and the University Students Association of Ghana. His performance in these roles earned him an appointment on the Upper West Regional Campaign Team ahead of the NPP 2004 general elections. In 2006, he graduated with a Masters in Economic Policy and International Business from University of Birmingham

In 2007, at the behest of then flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo Karbo returned to Ghana to pursue active politics.[8]

Party politics[edit]

In March 2008, Karbo was appointed a member of the national research team of the New Patriotic Party. He was promoted in the December 2008 to be the campaign coordinator for the Vice Presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia. After the defeat of the Party in the 2008 elections, Karbo returned to the Party ’s office and served as a key member of the Party's communication unit.

In 2010, Karbo was elected National Youth Organizer of the Party.[9][10] Karbo held this role until 2012 when he resigned to pursue his bid of becoming the Party's Parliamentary candidate for the newly created Lawra Constituency in keeping with the Party's policy.[11] Unsuccessful in his attempt, Karbo returned to serve as a Deputy Communications Director of the New Patriotic Party and Spokesperson for the Vice Presidential Candidate.[12]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Abayifaa Karbo was first elected to the Parliament of Ghana on the ticket of the NPP in December 2016 after defeating the incumbent Sampson Abu and Upper West Regional Minister Bede Ziedeng.[13] Prior to the elections, many had doubted questioned his chances of success since the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) had held the seat for eight years.

Few days after his swearing in as MP, it was largely speculated in the Ghanaian media that he was going to be appointed a deputy Minister.[14]

Deputy Minister[edit]

In April 2017, Karbo was appointed as Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways. As Deputy Minister, Karbo chaired the working committee on the Sinohydro deal at the Ministry for Road and Highways, the biggest infrastructure barter in the history of Ghana. Karbo has persistently argued for open partnerships as a way of developing Ghana's road infrastructure.[15]

Personal life and interests[edit]

Karbo is married to Awenlue Kante-Karbo (née Kante) and has three children. He is a Christian, born and raised a Catholic and is a devout member of the Lawra Parish of the Catholic Church. Besides politics, Karbo actively pursues farming and likes to take advantage of opportunities to engage in communal farming activities with his constituents and thus further consolidating his persona as a grassroots politician. Anthony Karbo is generally viewed as pro-African and pro-poor in his beliefs. While not rejecting foreign cooperation and assistance, Karbo has often called for economic partnerships which directly benefits the ordinary citizens of African States.


  1. ^ "Deputy Ministers". Government of Ghana. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Akufo-Addo releases names of 50 deputy and 4 more ministerial nominees". Graphic Ghana. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  3. ^ "List of Akufo-Addo's 50 deputy ministers and four news ministers". Yen Ghana. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Akufo-Addo names 50 deputies, 4 ministers of state". Cifi FM Online. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Akufo-Addo picks deputy ministers". Ghana Web. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Parliamentary Profile". Parliament of Ghana. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Naa Abeifaa Karbo". Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  8. ^ "I was torn between following Akufo-Addo and getting a job- Karbo". MYJOYONLINE.
  9. ^ "Karbo Charges NPP Youth". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  10. ^ "NPP Elects Collapsable Squad". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  11. ^ "NPP Youth Organizer Karbo Resigns". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Bawumia 2016 poster: Karbo fingers NDC's Saint Osei, Alhaji Nasiru". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  13. ^ Parliament of Ghana Retrieved 28 October 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ Retrieved 28 October 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Gov't open to partnering citizens to finance road projects – Karbo". Retrieved 30 October 2018.
Parliament of Ghana
Preceded by
Sampson Abu
Member of Parliament
for Lawra

Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Isaac Agyei Mensah
Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Boadu
New Patriotic Party National Youth Organizer for
Succeeded by
Sammi Awuku
Preceded by
Curtis Perry Kwabla Okudzeto
Deputy Director of Communications for New Patriotic Party
Succeeded by
Curtis Perry Kwabla Okudzeto
Preceded by
Spokesperson for Mahamudu Bawumia
Succeeded by
Gideo Boako