Harona Esseku

Harona Esseku

Harona Esseku is a Ghanaian politician who served as a minister of state in the second republic and played a key role in founding the New Patriotic Party.

14 August 1934


Harona Esseku was born on August 14, 1934, in Krobonshie, Senya Beraku, in the Central Region.

 Early life and Education
01 July 1941

Early life and Education

He attended Senya Beraku Oma School for his basic schooling. He then transferred to the Accra Academy, where, in 1953, he earned his Cambridge diploma. Between 1954 and 1955, he was a student at the Kumasi College of Technology. Following his time in Kumasi, he taught chemistry and geography at his alma mater, Accra Academy. In 1958, he began working as a higher executive officer at the government statistician's office.

18 July 1962

University of Ghana

He enrolled at the University of Ghana and completed an economics undergraduate degree program there in 1962 on a Texaco scholarship. He was a trailblazing college student who lived in Third Hall, which was later renamed Commonwealth. At the conclusion of his first year, he was the first student to be chosen as president of the Commonwealth Hall Junior Common Room (JCR).He served as the International Association of Students in Science and Economics (AIESEC) and Students' Representative Council (SRC) presidents in his senior year.

05 July 1967


He worked as an executive trainee for Pioneer Tobacco Company (British American Tobacco Ghana) in 1962.[8] He served as the Brong Ahafo's and the era's Northern Region's sales promotion manager in the marketing division. By 1967, he was Pioneer Tobacco's advertising manager after taking many paid training trips abroad. He also founded his own company, which has been active in commerce, distribution, and transportation. He's interested in farming and fishing, too.

03 July 1968

Senya Beraku Development Association

Esseku served as the Senya Beraku Development Association's secretary as well as the Council of Youth Associations, which represents the three traditional Senya, Awutu, and Winneba regions.

01 July 1969

Minister for Transport and Communications 1969

He served as Ghana's Minister for Transport and Communications from 1969 to 1971.


10 July 1979

PFP 1979

He joined the Popular Front Party (PFP) as a founding member at the start of the third republic and later joined the party's steering committee. He and other former Progress Party leaders, however, were prohibited from holding public office in the Third Republic as a result of unfavorable committee findings made against them following the fall of the Second Republic. They failed in their joint effort to have their ban lifted at a court hearing.

05 July 2005


At age 35, he received approval to serve as a cabinet minister, making him the Second Republic's youngest cabinet member. He joined the Fourth Republic as a founding member of the New Patriotic Party, serving as the organization's National Chairman from 2001 to 2005.

04 July 2007


Harona Esseku is the recipient of the John Agyekum Kufuor, who was president at the time, Member of the Order of the Star of Ghana honor.

28 June 2022

Personal life and death

Janet Esseku, a Ghanaian broadcaster who works for the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, was Esseku's wife. Esseku died on August 3, 2022

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