Kojo Botsio

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Hon.
Kojo Botsio
Kojo Botsio 1964e.jpg
7th Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ghana)
In office
1963–65
President Kwame Nkrumah
Preceded by Kwame Nkrumah
Succeeded by Alex Quaison-Sackey
2nd Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ghana)
In office
1958–59
Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah
Preceded by Kwame Nkrumah
Succeeded by Ebenezer Ako-Adjei
Personal details
Born 21 February 1916
Died 6 February 2001(2001-02-06) (aged 84)
Accra, Ghana
Nationality Ghana Ghanaian
Political party Convention People's Party
Spouse(s) Ruth Botsio (née Whittaker)
Children Kojo, Merene
Alma mater Fourah Bay College
Brasenose College, Oxford University
Profession Educationist

Kojo Botsio (21 February 1916 – 6 February 2001)[1] was a Ghanaian diplomat and politician. He studied in Britain, where he became the treasurer of the West African National Secretariat and an acting warden for the West African Students' Union. He served as his country's first Minister of Education and Social Welfare from 1951, as Minister for Foreign Affairs twice in the government of Kwame Nkrumah, and was a leading figure in the ruling Convention People's Party (CPP).

Early life and education[edit]

Kojo Botsio attended Adisadel College, Cape Coast and then the Achimota College in Accra. He proceeded to Sierra Leone, where he obtained his first degree from the Fourah Bay University College, the only university in West Africa at the time. He then went to the United Kingdom in 1945 and attended Brasenose College, Oxford University, where he was awarded a postgraduate degree in Geography and Education.[1]

Career[edit]

Botsio was a teacher at the St. Augustine's College and the London City Council Secondary School in the United Kingdom. He was also once Vice-Principal of Abuakwa State College at Kibi in Ghana.[1]

Family[edit]

Kojo Botsio was married to Ruth Whittaker. They had two children, Kojo and Merene, both barristers.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Kojo Botsio is Dead". GhanaWeb. 7 February 2001. Retrieved 4 May 2007. 
Political offices
Preceded by
?
Minister of Education
(Gold Coast)

1951 – 57?
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
Minister of Trade and Labour[1]
1957–58
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah
Foreign Minister
1958–59
Succeeded by
Ebenezer Ako-Adjei
Preceded by
Francis Yao Asare
Minister of Agriculture[2]
1960–62
Succeeded by
Lawrence Rosario Abavana
Preceded by
Kwame Nkrumah
Foreign Minister
1963–65
Succeeded by
Alex Quaison-Sackey


  1. ^ 1957 Govt. of Ghana
  2. ^ "Former Heads of MoFA". Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Republic of Ghana. Retrieved 7 August 2012.