There have been some allegations of nepotism in Ghanas political arena and this has been evident in our skewdness of our appointment patterns.
The current President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, appointed his daughter to head a council and a section of the public suspected some favouritism in the appointment.
We go down memory lane to look at families that have benefited by family ties with prominent politicians.
The former president is the longest serving head of state in Ghana. His wife Nana Konadu Agyemang-Rawlings is the founder and leader of the National Democratic Party (NDP). Their daughter, Zanetor Rawlings, is the current MP for Korley Klottey Constituency.
Dr. Kwame Addo-Kufour served as Minister of Defense and Minister of Interior during the presidency of his brother, John Agyekum Kufour.
The former president came under criticism for allegedly appointing only members of his tribe and awarding contracts to his family members. Recently, his rich brother, Ibrahim Mahama, was hurled to the Economic and Organized Crime Office for investigations into the COCOBOD scandal.
The President appointed, his cousins, Ken Ofori Atta and Samuel Atta Akyea as Finance Mininster and Minister and Works and Housing respectively. The Director of the Creative Arts Council, Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, is also the daughter of President Akufo-Addo. It is worth noting that the President's father also served as Head of State from 1970 to 1972.
The Ahwoi Family
The Ahwoi brothers have been widely criticized for monopolizing the National Democratic Congress. Kwamena Ahwoi served as Minister for Local Government and Rural Development from 1990 to 2001 during the reign of President Jerry Rawlings. Kwesi Ahwoi also served as former Minister for the Interior of Ghana. In 2015, he was appointed as the first Ghanaian ambassador to the Comoros and also doubled as ambassador of Ghana in 4 other countries; Lesotho, Mauritius, Seychelles and Swaziland. Ato Ahwoi was the former boss at Ghana National Petroleum Corporations.