The road to John Agyekum Kufuor’s presidency was tortuous and reflects Ghana’s political history, which has been dominated by military intervention since Kwame Nkrumah led Ghana, the first African country to achieve Independence in 1957.
This book chronicles how Kufuor, an Oxford educated lawyer, rose to become Ghana’s Deputy Foreign Minister and his later emergence as leader of the opposition and his subsequent election as President for the conservative New Patriotic Party.
Between Faith and History examines how President Kufuor, the first to succeed in the transition to power from one government to another in Ghana’s history, points the way to more democratic structures and accountability across Africa. This edition highlights Kufuor’s contributions in achieving peace and stability in the war-torn ECOWAS region since early 2000. His legacy as he completes his second term as president centres on his gentle persona and huge attempts at poverty reduction and infrastructural development. The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, describes his presidency as one of Africa’s best for economic and democratic reconstruction.
Key Selling Points
• One of the best biographies of an African leader in the 21st Century and a major contribution to Ghanaian, African and World History.
• The book will be of interest to historians, academics and students studying political history and culture in the Developing World.
• An essential addition to course reading lists on Ghanaian and African political history.
• The book was launched in Ghana on 10th January 2007, the year of the 50th Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence from colonial rule in 1957, by Professor Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian Nobel Laureate for Literature.