Theresa Kufuor

Theresa Kufuor

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16 November 1935

Early life

She was born on 25th October, 1935.



16 November 1945


Beginning her education at the Catholic Convent, OLA, in Keta, Ghana's Volta Region, she pursued nursing training in London at the Southern Hospital Group and later became a State Certified Midwife after additional studies at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford and Paddington General Hospital in London.


16 November 1961

Personal life

Theresa married John Kufuor at age 23 after meeting at a Republic Day Anniversary Dance in London in 1961; they wedded the following year in 1962. Together, they had five children: J. Addo Kufuor, Nana Ama Gyamfi, Saah Kufuor, Agyekum Kufuor, and Owusu Afriyie Kufuor. As a devoted Roman Catholic, she was a mother of five and a grandmother of eight. Despite her eight-year tenure as Ghana's First Lady from 2001 to 2009, she maintained a low political profile.


16 November 2006


Mrs.Kufuor established the Mother and Child Community Development Foundation (MCCDF), an NGO operating in Ghana and Canada, focused on preventing mother-to-child transmission.



16 November 2007


In 2007, she advocated for policy adjustments in the Government's white paper on Educational Reforms to support the adoption of UNESCO's Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) program, specifically targeting kindergarten children.


16 November 2020


On October 25, Pope Benedict XVI honored President John Kufuor with the Papal Award of Knight Commander of St. Gregory the Great, recognizing his devoted service to humanity and the Catholic Church. Theresa Kufuor received the Papal Award Dame of St. Gregory the Great for her dedication to supporting impoverished children and mothers.


16 November 2023


Theresa Kufuor passed away at the age of 87 in her Peduase residence on October 1, 2023.

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