Theresa Kufuor

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Theresah Kufuor
First Lady of Ghana
In role
January 7, 2001 – January 7, 2009
President John Kufuor
Preceded by Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings
Succeeded by Ernestina Naadu Mills
Personal details
Born Theresah Mensah
(1935-10-25) 25 October 1935 (age 82)
Wenchi, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Political party New Patriotic Party
Spouse(s) John Kufour
Relations J. H. Mensah
Alma mater University of London
Occupation Nurse, Midwife

Theresa Kufuor (born 25 October 1937) is the wife of John Kufuor, the second President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, and former First Lady of Ghana.[1] She is a retired nurse and midwife.


Theresa Kufuor started her education at the Catholic Convent, OLA, at Keta in the Volta Region of Ghana. She later went to London, where she was educated as a Registered General Nurse, in the Southern Hospital Group of Nursing. Edinburgh, Scotland.[2]

After further study at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and Paddington General Hospital, London, she qualified as a State Certified Midwife with a Certificate in Premature Nursing.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Theresa Kufuor has five children with John Kufuor, former president of Ghana;[3] J. Addo Kufuor, Nana Ama Gyamfi, Saah Kufuor, Agyekum Kufuor and Owusu Afriyie Kufuor.[4] She is a mother of five, and a grandmother of eight. She is a devout Roman Catholic.

Despite being the first lady of Ghana for eight years between 2001 and 2009, she has managed to maintain a low profile in the political arena.[5] In 2007 she pushed for policy changes in the Government's white paper on Educational Reforms towards the implementation of UNESCO's Free compulsory universal basic education (FCUBE) program for kindergarten children.[6]

She founded the Mother and Child Community Development Foundation (MCCDF), a non-governmental organisation operating in Ghana and Canada that supports work in prevention of mother to child transmission.[7][8]

Following the Panama papers incident that first came to public notice April 2016, Theresa was cited as a beneficiary to a Panamanian bank account of her first son John Addo Kufuor worth $75,000.[9][10]


On October 25 Pope Benedict XVI conferred on her husband President John Kufuor, the Papal Award of Knight Commander of St. Gregory the Great, for his dedicated service to mankind and the Catholic Church in general.[11] Theresa Kufuor, on her part was awarded the Papal Award Dame of St Gregory the Great for her commitment to the plight of poor children and their mothers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Former First Lady Mrs. Theresah Kufour Is Not Dead!". 233 News. Retrieved 5 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ a b "First Ladies - Ghana's First Lady". Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "John Agyekum Kufuor Biography - family, children, history, wife, school, mother, young, born, college, tall". Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "President's Kufuor Family". Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Amamoo, Joseph Godson (2011-12-16). Ghana: 50 Year of Independence. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 978-1-4628-3761-8. [self-published source]
  6. ^ Online, Peace FM. "Early Childhood Dev't In Ghana: Day Care Centre's Now A Business Venture?". Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Mrs. Kufour Launches Mother & Child Foundation". Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Rebecca, Samira will clean up Lordina & Matilda's mess - Janet Anane". Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Panama Papers: Sons of Annan, Kufuor used offshore accounts to hide wealth". Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  10. ^ Admin (12 April 2016). "Missing Pages Of Ghana's Political Corruption: Kufuor's Panama Papers". News Ghana. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "POPE HONOURS FORMER PREZ. KUFOUR & WIFE". Adepa Radio. Retrieved 5 February 2015.