Kwesi Amissah-Arthur

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Kwesi Amissah-Arthur
Vice-President of Ghana
In office
6 August 2012 – 7 January 2017
PresidentJohn Dramani Mahama
Preceded byJohn Dramani Mahama
Succeeded byMahamudu Bawumia
12th Governor of Bank of Ghana
In office
1 October 2009 – 6 August 2012
PresidentJohn Atta Mills
Preceded byPaul A. Acquah
Deputy Minister for Finance
In office
April 1993 – March 1997
PresidentJerry Rawlings
Deputy Secretary for Finance and Economic Planning
In office
February 1986 – March 1993
PresidentJerry Rawlings
Personal details
William Edmund Davidson Amissah-Arthur

29 April 1951
Cape Coast, Gold Coast
Died29 June 2018 (aged 67)
Accra, Ghana
Political partyNational Democratic Congress
Spouse(s)Matilda Amissah-Arthur
ChildrenKwesi Nyan Amissah-Arthur
Araba Amissah-Arthur
ResidenceAccra, Ghana
Alma mater

Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur born William Edmund Davidson Amissah-Arthur[1] (29 April 1951 – 29 June 2018) was a Ghanaian economist, academic and politician who was the fifth Vice-President of Ghana's 4th Republic, in office from 6 August 2012 until 7 January 2017, under President John Dramani Mahama. Previously he was Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.

He was sworn in as Vice-President on 6 August 2012, following vetting by the Parliament of Ghana.[2] He was nominated by President John Dramani Mahama to be the vice-president a week after Mahama himself was sworn in.[3] This followed the sudden death of John Atta Mills on 24 July 2012.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Amissah-Arthur was born at Cape Coast on 29 April 1951,[5] the capital of the Central Region of Ghana, at the time organized as British Gold Coast Colony.[6] His mother, Effie Amissah-Arthur is from the Hutchful family while his father, Jabesh Richmond P. Amissah-Arthur, an educator was from the Amissah-Arthur family and served as the second and longest serving headmaster of the Oda Secondary School at Akyem-Oda in the Eastern Region from September 1961 to December, 1977.[7][8][9][10][11][12] Both families originated from Cape Coast and are of Fante ethnic origin. Kwesi Amissah-Arthur had five other siblings - one brother and four sisters.[9][13] He attended the Aboom Methodist 'B' Primary School in Cape Coast and passed the Common Entrance examination from the Akim Oda Methodist School in 1964.[14] He completed his secondary education at the Mfantsipim School, where he obtained the GCE Ordinary Level in 1969 and the GCE Advanced Level in 1971. At Mfantsipim, he was a resident of Lockhart-Schweitzer House. He proceeded to the University of Ghana at Legon, where he obtained the B.Sc. in 1974 and M.Sc. in 1976, both in Economics.[15][16]

Economics and consultancy[edit]

Amissah-Arthur was a research assistant at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research between 1974 and 1975. He later joined the Economics Department as a teaching assistant from 1977 to 1978, going on to become an assistant lecturer in 1979. He lectured at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana between 1980 and 1988. He was also a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria (August 1981 – July 1983).[17] He went into politics until 1997. He worked as a consultant for the World Bank in The Gambia. He also served as a consultant for the Netherlands' government education project in Ghana. He then worked as Senior Economist for the Sigma One Corporation in Ghana between 1998 and 2000. Between 2001 and 2002, he was on assignment for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.[15] He was a supporter and a major shareholder in the football club, the Accra Hearts of Oak S.C.[18][19]


From 1983 to 1986, Amissah-Arthur served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, Kwesi Botchwey, in the Provisional National Defense Council government. Subsequently, he was Deputy Secretary for Finance in the PNDC government from February 1986 to March 1993. From April 1993, he continued as the Deputy Minister for Finance in the Rawlings government after the establishment of constitutional rule until March 1997.[15][17] He also served on the board of the erstwhile state-owned Bank for Housing and Construction (BHC).

Amissah-Arthur was appointed as Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by President John Atta Mills. He held this position until 6 August 2012, when he became Vice-President of Ghana following the death of Atta Mills.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Amissah-Arthur was married to Matilda Amissah-Arthur with two children.[13] He was a Christian and was known to worship at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka in Accra.[21]

Death and state funeral[edit]

Amissah-Arthur died on 29 June 2018 at the 37 Military Hospital after reportedly collapsing at the Air Force Gym during his routine morning workout session.[22] A state funeral, attended by several dignitaries, was held for him on 27 July 2018 at the Accra International Conference Centre after which his body, accompanied by a military cortège, was conveyed to the new Military Cemetery at Burma Camp for interment amid the sounding of the Last Post by army buglers and a 19-gun salute.[23][24][25]

Legacy and memorial[edit]

The Ghanaian government renamed the Moree Senior High School as Amissah-Arthur Senior High School in his memory.[23]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Gadugah, Nathan. "Amissah-Arthur is now Vice President". Politics. MyJoyOnline. Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Amissah Arthur is Vice President". General news. Ghana Home Page. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  4. ^ "President Mills Dies at 68". GhanaWeb. 24 July 2012. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Vice President". GhanaWeb. Archived from the original on 1 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Profile of late former Vice President Amissah-Arthur". GhanaWeb. Archived from the original on 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Amissah-Arthur's mother yet to hear of son's death - Family member". GhanaWeb. Archived from the original on 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Profile of deceased former Ghana Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur". The Ghana Guardian News. Archived from the original on 3 August 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b Online, Peace FM. "Vice President Amissah-Arthur Loses Father". Archived from the original on 4 August 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  10. ^ Andam, Emmanuel. "Father Of Vice-President Amissah-Arthur Laid To Rest". Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Veep unveils bust in honour of his father -". Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  12. ^ Nananom, Maxwell Okamafo Asamani Addo, Old student Odasco,. "Tribute To Mr. J R P Amissah-Arthur: Ghana Has Lost An Educational Compass". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Amissah-Arthur's funeral poster pops up". Archived from the original on 22 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Profile of late former Vice President Amissah-Arthur". Archived from the original on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  15. ^ a b c "President Mahama Nominates Governor Of Bank Of Ghana As Vice President". Official website. Government of Ghana. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  16. ^ "Alumnus Amissah-Arthur Cuts Sod For The Construction Of Economics Building". Official website. University of Ghana. Archived from the original on 21 September 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  17. ^ a b "The man Amissah-Arthur... he has risen through the ranks". Politics. MyJoyOnline. Archived from the original on 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  18. ^ "Hearts of Oak major shareholder Amissah Arthur passes on". GhanaSoccernet. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Hearts of Oak commiserate with family of late Amissah Arthur".
  20. ^ "Governors and Deputy Governors of the Bank Since its Inception". Official website. Bank of Ghana. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  21. ^ "Amissah-Arthur's security detail changed". GhanaWeb. 6 August 2012. Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  22. ^ Mordy, Jerry Tsatro. "Former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah Arthur dies".
  23. ^ a b Yire, Iddi (27 July 2018). "Dignitaries attend late Amissah-Arthur's funeral". Archived from the original on 28 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Amissah-Arthur's funeral: Photos of all the dignitaries present". 27 July 2018.
  25. ^ Abedu-Kennedy, Dorcas (27 July 2018). "VIDEO: Amissah Arthur's final resting place -". Archived from the original on 28 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Acquah
Governor of Bank of Ghana
Succeeded by
Kofi Wampah
Preceded by
John Dramani Mahama
Vice-President of Ghana
Succeeded by
Mahamudu Bawumia