Hawa Yakubu

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Hawa Yakubu Ogede
Member of Parliament
for Bawku Central
In office
January 2001 – January 2005
Preceded byFati Seidu
Succeeded byMahama Ayariga
Member of Parliament
for Bawku Central
In office
January 1993 – January 1997
Preceded byFirst Parliament of Fourth Republic
Succeeded byFati Seidu
Personal details
Born24 March 1948
Tarkwa, Ghana
DiedMarch 19, 2007(2007-03-19) (aged 58)
London, England
NationalityGhana Ghanaian
Political partyIndependent - 1993–1996
New Patriotic Party - 1996–2007

Hawa Yakubu Ogede (24 March 1948 – 19 March 2007) was a Ghanaian politician. She was a Member of Parliament in the Fourth Republic of Ghana and also served as Minister for Tourism.

Hawa Yakubu was born at Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana. She is a native of Pusiga in the Upper East Region.

Hawa Yakubu being a member of the Bissa ethnic group, was a founding member of the annual Zekula festival.[1]

She died in London, England, due to cancer.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1979, Yakubu was elected unopposed to her local council and was the youngest member of the constituent assembly which wrote the constitution of the Ghana's Third Republic. Yakubu fled to London then Nigeria when a military coup occurred in 1981, where she lived in opposition until 1991. In that year, Yakubu returned to Ghana and, in the following year, contested a seat in parliament from the Bawku Central district, which she won despite being an independent candidate. She then lost the seat under controversial circumstances and moved to Cotonou, Benin until 2000. In 2000, she returned to Ghana and won back her seat. In 2001 and 2002, she was appointed to be Minister of Tourism under President John Kufuor. She also served at this time as a Ghanaian representative to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) parliament. Yakubu lost her parliament seat in 2004. At the time of her death in 2007, it was reported that she had been suffering from cancer for quite some time and had sought treatment in London and South Africa.

She is survived by three children, Derek Ayebo from her first marriage and Amanda and Didi Ogede from her second marriage.


  1. ^ "Bissa People in UER celebrate Zekula Festival". www.ghananewsagency.org. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  2. ^ ""Iron lady" is no more". Ghanaian Times. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-03.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Ghana
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Bawku Central
1993 – 1997
Succeeded by
Fati Seidu
Preceded by
Fati Seidu
Member of Parliament for Bawku Central
2001 – 2005
Succeeded by
Mahama Yariga
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Gizo
Minister for Tourism
2001 – 2002[1]
Succeeded by
Jake Okanka Obetsebi-Lamptey

  1. ^ "Hawa Yakubu resigns?". Ghana Review International. Retrieved 2007-05-03.