Albert Kwadwo Adu Boahen

Albert Kwadwo Adu Boahen

Albert Kwadwo Adu Boahen was a Ghanaian historian, academic, and politician who ran for president in the 1992 Ghanaian election.

19 October 1932

Early life

He was born on 24 May 1932

19 October 1959


He joined the University of Ghana in 1959, becoming a professor in 1971 until his retirement in 1990. He was the first African to chair the Department of History (1967-1975) and served as a dean (1973-1975). Boahen was also involved with The Journal of African History, visited various institutions, and contributed to the General History of Africa between 1993 and 1999.

19 October 1987


Boahen's academic influence extended to politics when he gave a public lecture on Ghana's history from 1972 to 1987, breaking President Jerry Rawlings' "culture of silence." These lectures were later published as "The Ghanaian Sphinx" in 1998.

19 October 1990

Movement for Freedom and Justice

In 1990, he co-founded the Movement for Freedom and Justice, and later ran as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) nominee in the 1992 presidential election, where he lost to Jerry Rawlings. Boahen received 30.4% of the vote and boycotted the 1992 parliamentary election. In the 1996 presidential election, John Kufuor ran for the NPP, and in 1998, Boahen attempted to return as the NPP's presidential nominee but was not chosen. Ultimately, Kufuor won the 2000 presidential election.

19 October 2006

Legacy and death

Boahen, a member of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, was posthumously honored with a state funeral, the Order of the Star of Ghana, and the Avicenna Silver Medal from UNESCO. He passed away on his 74th birthday in 2006 and was survived by his wife, Mary Adu Boahen, and five children. His son, Charles Adu Boahen, held a government position in 2017 but was later removed due to corruption allegations.

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