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Akufo-Addo, Bawumia Attends Memorial Service For Late Ama Busia

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President Akufo-Addo has arrived at the memorial service for the former first vice-chairperson of the New Patriotic Party, Ama Busia.

The service, which is being held at Ablemkpe in Accra, is led by the Methodist church.

Akufo-Addo arrived at the venue with his wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo.

Other notable members of the NPP present are the Vice President and NPP flagbearer, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and his wife, Samira Bawumia, the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare and bigwigs of the ruling party.

The sister of the late Kofi Abrefa Busia, who served as Ghana’s Prime Minister in the Second Republic, Ama Busia passed away on Tuesday 12 December 2023 after a short illness.

Ama Busia, who until her death was a member of the NPP’s Council of Elders and sister of the late Kofi Abrefa Busia, who served as Ghana’s prime minister in the Second Republic, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, after a short illness.

Ama Busia was one of the most notable members of the ruling New Patriotic Party. Despite difficulties with her health which had made her less mobile in the past decade, she appeared strong and beautiful up to the point of her death at the age of 87.

She was noted for waging a vigorous campaign against the government of Ignatius Kutu Acheampong and was a noted political critic in the 1970s and 1980s. It is a matter of record that she was arrested seven times because of her activism.

After her seventh arrest, she was detained for 90 days.

Ama Busia lost her father at the age of six and her mother at the age of 13. She had a challenging life before achieving success through education.

After the launch of the opposition United Party (UP) – formed through an alliance of anti-Convention People’s Party groups, including the Northern People’s Party (NPP), led by Chief Simon Diedong Dombo, supporters of J B Danquah’s United Gold Coast Convention and members of Kofi Busia’s Congress Party – she became involved in politics.

The UP re-emerged as the Busia-led Progress Party (PP), which eventually gave birth to the current New Patriotic Party (NPP).

During that time, Ama Busia joined the founding members’ team and placed the then Rawlings-led Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government on its toes.

When the New Patriotic Party won power with John Agyekum Kufuor in the year 2000, Ama Busia became a member of the Council of State.

A brilliant political organiser, strong campaigner and devoted member of the NPP, she occupied the first and third national vice-chairperson positions in the New Patriotic Party at various points.

Ama Busia had her primary education at Wenchi Methodist School and Methodist Middle Girls’ School in Kumasi.

She trained as a teacher at the Komenda Training College.

In 1959, she went into exile with her brother Kofi Abrefa Busia and moved to the United Kingdom.

In the UK, she studied institutional management and catering at Regent Street Polytechnic in London

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