Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has announced government’s determination to uphold the legacy of Professor Kofi Abrefa Busia also known popularly as K. A. Busia.
According to him, Professor Busia’s legacy in academia and politics has been acknowledged and celebrated over the years, adding that the philosophy under-pinning his politics continues to influence the policies and programmes of adherents of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition.
Dr. Bawumia who joined the chiefs and people of Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo Region during the celebration of the life and legacy of Professor K.A Busia 40 years after his demise said Ghana owes a debt of gratitude to Professor Busia, adding that the NPP government of president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will endeavour to keep his legacy alive.
Professor Kofi Abrefa Busia was Ghana’s prime Minister in the 2nd republic.
Below is part of his biography.
Wife: Naa Morkor Ausia
Education & Career Pattern
Methodist School, Wenchi, Brong Ahafo Region; Mfantsipim College, Cape Coast, Central Region.
- 1931 – 1932: Wesley College, Kumasi, Ashanti Region 1936 – 1939 : Teacher, Achimota College, (Gained first Degree with Honours in Medievial and Modem History from the University of London, through correspondence during this period) 1941 : Oxford University – BA (Hons) (Oxon) Politics, Philosophy & Economics; MA (Oxon), Ph.D.Social Anthropology
- 1942 – 1949: District Commissioner
- 1949 – 1954: Appointed first lecturer in African Studies (His thesis for Doctorate on “The Position of the Chief in the Modern Political System of Ashanti” is regarded as one of the best on the subject and is often quoted in scholarly works). He became the first African to occupy a Chair in the University of Gold Coast
- 1951: Elected by the Ashanti Confederacy to the Legislative Council
- 1952: Leader of Ghana Congress Party (The Congress Party merged with the other opposition parties to form the United Party)
- 1959: As leader of the opposition against Nkrumah,Busia felt his life threatened and fled the country. Became Professor of Sociology and Culture at the University of Leiden in the Hague, Netherlands.
- 1961 – 1966: Senior Member of St. Anthony’s College,University of Oxford
- 1966(March): Returned to Ghana after coup and appointed Chairman of the National Advisory Committee of the NLC
- 1967 – 1968: Chairman, Centre for Civic Education (Combed the length and breath of the country as Chairman of the CCE and sold himself as the next leader)
- 1968: Member, Constitutional Review Committee (When the NLC lifted the ban on politics, Busia, together with friends in the defunct UP formed the Progress Party, PP)
- 1969: PP won the parliamentary elections of that year with 104 of the 105 seats contested
- 1969(October): Sworn-in as Prime Minister (Busia continued with NLC’s anti-Nkrumaist stance and adopted a liberalised economic system. The Alliance Compliance Order which forced about half million Nigerians out of Ghana and the devaluation of the cedi by 44 per cent in 1971 met with a lot of resistance from the public. While in Britain for a medical check-up, the army under Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheampong overthrew his government on January 13, 1972.
- 1978: Died of a heart attack.