Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, MP Ellembelle Constituency
Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah is a Ghanaian politician who served in the government of Ghana as Minister of Energy and Petroleum in the John Mahama administration from 2013 to 2016. Buah, a member of the National Democratic Congress, is the Member of Parliament of Ellembelle constituency in the Western Region. He was the Deputy Minority Leader in the Parliament of Ghana after replacing James Klutse Avedzi.
Early life and education
Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah hails from Atuabo in the Western Region. He holds a law degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Maryland, University College in the United States.
Kofi Buah was nominated by President Atta Mills in 2009 to serve as deputy Minister of Energy. On 17 January 2013, Buah was named as Minister for Energy and Petroleum. He was succeeded by Hon. Boakye Agyarko in 2017 when the New Patriotic Party won the 2016 Presidential elections. He has been the member of parliament for the Ellembelle Constituency since 2009. He serves on the Trade, Industry and Tourism committee, Members Holding Offices of Profit committee, Privileges committee and Committee of Selection committee.
Buah has two children. He is a Christian.
He shared his insights on top three things that leaders do in an episode of Logistics with purpose. During this podcast he also shared his early life
He explained his father was a postmaster who died when he was only seven (7) years old. As father who was the sole breadwinner of the house left them with only the government bungalow they stayed until they were asked to evacuate the building. His mother took on the responsibility to cater for their needs and make sure the did their homework despite being uneducated. Hon. Buah exclaimed he never knew his mother was uneducated until he was much older since his mother was so concerned about their academic performances. The struggle his mother went through to ensure their needs were met inspired him on the path of success, it was his responsibility not to fail his mother.