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Former NDC Chairman Dr Kwabena Adjei is dead

BY: Graphic Online
Former NDC Chairman Dr Kwabena Adjei dies at age 76
Former NDC Chairman Dr Kwabena Adjei dies at age 76

Former National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Kwabena Adjei is reported dead at age 76.

Popularly referred to as "Wayoo! Wayo!", he is said to have died Tuesday morning at the Greater Accra Regional [Ridge ] Hospital in Accra.

Sources said he has not been well for some time now.

Born on March 9, 1943, Dr Kwabena Adjei is credited with several unique achievements as an executive appointee and an NDC party man from 1987 to 2019.

Especially, it was during his supervision as National Chairman that the NDC returned to power through Election 2008, which was marginally won by the late President J.E.A. Mills.

He succeeded Dr Obed Asamoah as National Chairman of the NDC in 2005 at the "famous" Koforidua Congress which also saw General Mosquito (Johnson Asiedu Nketia] becoming General Secretary of the party.

When he entered politics in 1987, Dr Adjei was instrumental in stabilizing the governance of the Volta Region where appointee changes had become the order of the day and a destabilizing force in 1987 and discharged his obligations as a Deputy Minister or as a substantive Minister wherever he was appointed.

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Among other things, he is credited for being politically instrumental in defusing the "time bomb" planted by the breakaway Reform Party to weaken or disintegrate the NDC around 1998-99 and led the NDC to resurrect from its slumber and shutters in opposition to a marginal electoral victory in 2008.

Dr Adjei led the NDC to retain power in 2012 and was deposed by Mr Kofi Portuphy as chairman. 

He hailed from Nkonya Ntsumuru in the Volta Region and was an academician, politician and a businessman.

Educational Qualifications

  • 1978: MBA (Marketing Option): University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana.
  • 1973 PhD (Research Methods & Statistics in Psychology): University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
  • 1970: BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
  • 1964/65: GCE “A” Level—London (Private Tuition), British School of Careers, UK.
  • 1964: GCE “O” Level—London (Private Tuition), Rapid Results College, UK.
  • 1960: MSLC—West African Examinations Council, Accra, Ghana.

Occupational Background

Full-Time Teaching Engagements

  • 1981/1986: Senior Lecturer in Psychology & Sociology, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.
  • 1974/1981: Lecturer in Psychology, University Of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.
  • 1974/1976: Lecturer, Educational/Child Psychology, University of Cape Coast.
  • Lecturer, External Degree Centre, Institute of Adult Education, Accra, Ghana.
    Lecturer, School of Social Welfare, Osu, Accra.

Free Utility Teaching Engagements

1981/1986: Lecturer in Social Psychology of Communication, University of Maiduguri Borno, State Nigeria.
Lecturer in Research Methods in Political Science for MA Degree Students, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.
1974/80: Lecturer in Introductory Psychology for Nursing Students, University of Ghana, Legon.
Lecturer in Introductory Psychology for Certificate Courses in Prisons Administration, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana.

Courses taught while in academia

1. Psychology - a. Experimental Psychology,  b. Industrial Psychology, c. Social Psychology, d. Abnormal Psychology

2. Social Statistics For Social Scientists

3. Social Research Methods

4. Sociology & Anthropology

5. Communications

Political Administration

  • 1978/1979: Elected Council Member: Jasikan District Council, Jasikan, Volta, Region, Ghana.
  • 1979-1981: Parliamentary Candidate Biakoye for the Popular Front Party
  • 1986-1987: PNDC Deputy Secretary (Deputy Minister of State) for the Volta Region, Republic Of Ghana.
  • 1987-1992: PNDC Deputy Secretary (Deputy Minister of State) for Industries, Science & Technology, Republic Of Ghana.
  • 1998/1992: Member Of Committee Of Secretaries (The PNDC Cabinet),
  • 1992: Key Member since the founding of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 1992.
  • 1993/1996: Member of Parliament (MP) for the Biakoye Constituency,

Parliament of the 4th Republic Of Ghana.

  • 1993/1994: First Deputy Majority Chief Whip: Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
  • 1994: Majority Chief Whip: Parliament of the 4th Republic ofGhana.
  • 1994: Deputy Minister for Lands & Forestry: Republic Of Ghana.
  • 1994/1996: Minister for Lands & Forestry: Republic Of Ghana.
  • 1996/2000: Member of Parliament (MP) for the Biakoye, Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
  • 1997/1998: Cabinet Minister for Lands & Forestry, Republic of Ghana.
  • 1998: Cabinet Minister for Food & Agriculture, Republic of Ghana.
  • 1998/2000: Leader of The House (Majority Leader): Parliament of 4th  Republic of Ghana.
  • 1998/2000: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Forth Republic of Ghana Chairman of Business Committee, Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana. Member of Select Committee, Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
  • 2001/2004: Member of Parliament (MP) for the Biakoye Constituency, Parliament Of The Fourth Republic of Ghana. Member of Finance Committee, Parliament, Republic of the
    4th Republic of Ghana Member of Health Committee, Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
  • 2005 to 2014: National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC)