Life on earth has taught me one thing. Men come in classes. Some have played in the corridors of power; caressed it, mastered it, owned it for themselves and some go on to dish it out to others. When they use it for the good of others, we give them names like ‘hero’, ‘mentor’, ‘idol’ etc. To those who use it for abuse and to hurt others, we tend to tag them along names like ‘loser’ or ‘villain’.
In this comprehensive list, we want to share with you the people-power index of Ghana, 2021 with reasons. These are women and men whose words, actions, and decisions are powerful enough to either make or unmake life here in Ghana on a truly enormous scale.
But in this list, we will not mention people whose exercise of power is currently obsolete due to they being out of the offices they serve. So, for example, while we might have mentioned former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo probably as part of the top 5 last year or the years before, we may not include her name here. Because she is out of the high office.
P.S: The list is based on various factors like economic power, social influence, judicial and executive power. Enjoy the read…!
Here is the list
21. Rebecca Akuffo Addo – First Lady
There’s no mention of Ghana’s powerful people without mentioning the name of the first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo. She indeed is the power behind the strength of our current president Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo. Her father, Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph was a Speaker of Parliament in the Third Republic of Hilla Limann that replaced William Akuffo Addo and Dr.Busia. She worked as a legal secretary for Clifford Champs in the United Kingdom. In 2021, we crown her as the 21st most powerful person in Ghana.
20. Sarkodie – Rapper
Undoubtably Africa’s best rapper alive. Sarkodie’s sarknatives are an army of people from all spheres of life in Ghana and follow Sarkodie everywhere he goes. His words are held dear and meanings are read into every little action he takes. Sarkodie is our 20th most powerful person in Ghana. On a global scale, Sarkodie is to a large extent why many people know of Ghana, both in our arts, lifestyle and culture.
19. Shatta Wale – Dancehall Artiste
Before we discuss Shatta Wale, I need to make an honorable mention here which is Stonebuoy. I personally am a fan of Stone and not Shatta. Stone is an unparalleled musical genius but when it comes to the game of power, influence, and control, we think Shatta Wale got that. He can move the youth to do anything he wants. A very controversial figure, hate him or love him but the entertainer has been able to cause national stirs time and time again. The reigns of his power was most felt during his invitation to the Flagstaff House by the president who named him king of Dancehall music. His words and actions are powerful enough to either calm or stir a majority of the youth to any action intended.
18. Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor – SNITT Board Chair
He stands as the 2nd richest man in Ghana but that is not the only feat that qualifies him as the 16th most powerful man in Ghana. He is the brother of former president J.A Kufour and is currently the president of Ghana chamber of mines, chairman on the board of SSNIT among other positions. He’s served as both parliamentarian and minister in Ghanaian politics.
17. ArchBishop Nicholas Duncan Williams – Clergy – Action Chapel
The head of Charismatic Churches in Ghana is respected as the father of prayers in Ghana. Duncan Williams has prayed for every president in the 4th Republic. He has also led the country through national prayers on several occasions. This is a powerful Christian leader who was called to preach at the inauguration ceremony of US president, Donald Trump. He owns a sense of spiritual respect and most Ghanaians know that.
16. John Agyekum Kufour – Former President
John Agyekum Kufour was a President of Ghana between 2001 -2009. He is currently a key member of the NPP Council of Elders, one of the highest decision making bodies of the party. He is a key advisor to Ghana’s President behind the scene and controls some institutions of state in the current government.
15. Nana Aba Anamuah – Journalist
We think Nana Aba Anamuah is the 15th most powerful person in Ghana. Power is exercised in many forms. She’s been the darling journalist of the nation for almost 2 decades and this has won her several accolades and jobs. Very assertive, composed, eloquent are some qualities people talk about when referring to Nana Aba Anamoah. She has a degree in banking and finance but has been applying the knowledge in journalism in probing facts and figures that make the news. During her days at TV3 (a local TV Station), she made the morning show (New Day) the most-watched in the country at the time due to the innovative displays and content provided. She is currently the general manager of EIB network. She has from time to time been able to settle grudges and fits among bigwigs in our country and we think that is a superpower.
14. Sarfo Kantanka – Innovator, Engineer, Spiritual Leader
He is an Innovator and Founder of Kantanka cars. He is a religious and a spiritual leader in Ghana. His powers goes beyond politics, innovation, businesses and more. One of his daughters, Adwoa Sarfo Kantanka was once the youngest lawyer in Ghana. She currently serves as an MP and Minister of State. One of his sons, Kwadjo Sarfo Jnr. is a licensed pilot who now serves as CEO for Kantanka group of companies.
13. Hon. Kennedy Agyapong – Politician
The maverick politician stands out as one of the untouchable personalities in Ghana. This is a man who criticises members of his own political party. With a large following and deep source of wealth, Kennedy Agyapong has the power to either woo party supporters and undecided voters for the party during an election or disband all of them. His unquenchable influence both in government and the NPP leaves him as one of the most powerful men in Ghana. But that is really not enough proof of being the 13th most powerful person in Ghana. Ken (affectionately called) is a man who’s been known to fight for the deprived and defenseless in the country.
12. Mr. Osei Kwame Despite – Businessman
He is one of the most successful businessmen in Ghana with his investment areas in FMCG, Media and Banking. He owns the Despite Group of Companies with his brother Dr Ernest Ofori Sarpong. Osei Kwame Despite has over 200,000 employees across his businesses. He holds a key controlling interest in how the economy of the state is being run. His portfolio of media agencies: Peace FM, Okay FM, Asomdwie FM, Neat FM, and Hello FM, UTV makes him a very powerful custodian of the information we process in Ghana. Osei Kwame Despite is not a Politician.
11. Togbe Afede – President of House of Chiefs
He is the President of the National House of Chiefs. He presides over all Chiefs in Ghana. He owes more than 35 businesses and investments in Ghana, and across the world. Togbe Afede is an alumnus of the University of Ghana. He owns Africa World Airlines and some other notable businesses. He is an employer to close to 100,000 people.
10. Miss Gloria Akuffo – Attorney General
Being the attorney general, justice minister, and legal adviser to the president, Madam Gloria Akufo comes along as the best legal brain which prosecutes and processes major cases against the government and the state. By due of position, she’s the most powerful woman in Ghana’s Cabinet. Without her, Ghana would be ripped by several legal battles. She has power, real power.
9. Bishop Dag Heward-Mills – Clergy – L.C.I
He is the founder of the Lighthouse Chapel International. The church has grown from strength to strength since he founded it in 1988 and is now available in over 90 countries. A qualified medical doctor, Bishop Heward-Mills has written over 150 Christian books. His church’s headquarters in Accra, The Qodesh, boasts one of the biggest auditoriums in Ghana. His influence extends the church. He is well respected, truly humble and his followers take every word as gospel.
8. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare – Chief of Staff
Many don’t know the true power of the presidential chief of staff. The Chief of Staff of Ghana is the coordinator of the supporting staff and the primary aide-de-camp of the President of Ghana. The President’s Chief of Staff’s power derives from the fact that he or she has unmatched access to the President. He or she also has access and visibility into everything including every information (which means she has what it takes to sell Ghana out, lol) and everyone in the executive branch, unless explicitly excluded.
7. Mr. John Dramani Mahama – Former President, Leader of NDC
Former President, John Dramani Mahama is the flagbearer and leader of the biggest opposition party, the NDC. He was a one time President of Ghana in 2012-2016. John Mahama is currently protesting with his party against the EC and the ruling NPP over 2020 election results.
6. Kwasi Anin-Yeboah – Chief Justice
Kwasi Anin Yeboah (born May 1953) is a Ghanaian lawyer and the current Chief Justice of Ghana. In December 2019, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo nominated Justice Anin-Yeboah as the 14th Chief Justice of Ghana. As chief justice, Mr. Kwasi Anin Yeboah is the highest-ranking judge of the supreme court of Ghana. Some of his roles include:
• Administer the presidential oath and the vice-presidential oaths before parliament prior to both assuming their offices.
• Administer the oath of allegiance and the judicial oath to all justices of the superior courts or designate someone to act in his stead.
• Chairman of the Rules of Court Committee which makes rules regulating the practice and procedure of all courts in Ghana.
• To set up a tribunal to resolve grievances against the Electoral Commission of Ghana.
• Convene and chair a tribunal to oversee proceedings relating to the removal of the president of Ghana from office.
• Appoint judicial officers on the advice of the Judicial Council and subject to the approval of the president.
5. Dr. Mensah Otabil – Clergy – I.C.G.C
The founder of International Central Gospel Church (IGGC)has become hugely successful since he set the church in 1984. He oversees the Central University and several other businesses. He is not only respected among the Christian fraternity but also among muslim and political spheres as well. His national teaching broadcast, The Living Word has impacted many lives across all sectors of social classing for decades.
4. Chief Imam Osman Nuhu Sharubutu – Chief Imam
He is 101 years. A muslim scholar and is the pillar on which Ghanaian Islamic Religion operates. Under his tenure, Osman Nuhu Sharubutu has been able to quell tribal and religious clashes in Ghana, especially among Christians and Muslims. His leadership continues to foster peace and stability within the Islamic community. He is seen as a force of power in Ghana’s religious circles and his words are so powerful that even presidents have no choice than to take heed of them. He has been the National Chief Imam since 1993. Among some of the things he’s done in his lifetime are: The establishment of the Office of the National Chief Imam of Ghana in 1992. Engineering the realisation and manifestation of two (2) national holidays for Muslims in the official calendar of the Republic of Ghana. Establishment of the Islamic Peace and Security Council of Ghana (IPASEC) www.ipasecgh.org. He has been doctored with honors from The University of Ghana and several other universities across the world. He is respected by the different religious fronts in Ghana.
3. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia – Ghana Vice-President
This Economic scholar is a much-respected fellow and amassed himself a massive following after he decided to quit his job as the Deputy Bank of Ghana Governor and run as the running mate of Nana Akuffo Addo in 2008. He quickly rose to prominence as an astute public speaker as he frequently offered public lectures, often debunking statements by national bodies and challenging the then finance ministers to accountability. His fame and influence shot over the clouds when he appeared as the Star Witness in the 2012 election Petition which was widely broadcasted on which he displayed his intelligence even when being grilled by the legendary lawyer, Tsatsu Tsikata. He is currently Ghana’s vice president and the 3rd most powerful person in the country.
2. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II – King of Ashanti
He is the most powerful King in Ghana and one of the most powerful in the world. His reign lasts forever unlike a president who is only voted into power once every 4 years. He’s duly respected and honored among all Akans and Ghanaians at large. Spiritually, he connects with his ancestors and forefathers with the Ghanaian Tradition and Religion. Otumfuo controls more than half of Ghana’s gold mine with his presiding role in the Obuasi mine. When presidents get into power, they all pay courtesy calls to him. He’s hosted other important figures like presidents of other nations, diplomats, The Queen of England etc.
1. Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo – President of Ghana
Nana Akuffo Addo is Ghana’s current president and the most powerful man in the country. He is the Commander in Chief of Ghana’s Armed Forces and he runs the government administration. As the first gentleman of the land, he commands the armed forces with total power, has the power to fire anyone without question or reason, sign or veto legislation into law, ask for the written opinion of the cabinet of Ghana, convene or adjourn parliament, grant reprieves and pardons, and receive ambassadors among others.
So there you have it. The 21 most powerful people in Ghana, 2021. What are your thoughts about this post? Have any reservations or suggestions? Kindly share in the comments sections below.