The University of Ghana is one of the prestigious universities in Ghana and it is known to have some of the most notable alumni among universities in Ghana. The university was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast and was renamed to the University of Ghana after it gained full university status in 1961.
The university offers one of the widest ranges of courses in its undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. It is the oldest and the largest of the 13 national public universities in Ghana. Also, it is considered to be one of the best places to study if you’re looking for a school with a conducive environment and quality teaching personnel.
University of Ghana Notable Alumni
Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Anas Aremeyaw Anas is an investigative journalist that has received national and global recognition due to his investigative works that led to the unmasking of corruption in the Ghana Football Association and the Judiciary of the Republic of Ghana.
Nana Akufo-Addo has held many positions but his most notable position was being the president of Ghana. He earned a BSc (Econ) degree in 1967 from the University of Ghana before picking interest in politics.
As the son of Edward Akufo-Addo who was Ghana’s third Chief Justice, he was easily recognized as one of the elites and went on to become the Attorney General, and then the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Presently, he is the incumbent President of Ghana.
John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills
John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills was one of Ghana’s prominent politicians. During his lifetime he was a legal scholar and served as the President of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.
Mills is one of the most notable alumni of the University of Ghana and that is not only become he obtained a bachelor of law degree, LLB and a professional law certificate from the university, but also because he served as a lecturer in the university. He was also the Vice President of Ghana before being elected as President.
George Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor-Williams
Kofi Awoonor is a reputable Ghanaian poet and author. Kofi Awoonor is not only known for his poetry and books but also for his political achievements. He was Ghana’s ambassador to Brazil from 1984 to 1988 and then served as his country’s ambassador to Cuba. From 1990 to 1994,
Awooner headed a committee against apartheid as Ghana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Before his death, Awooner served as the Chairman of the Council of State. A position he held for 4 years.
There are few Ghanaian women that are as popular as Joyce Aryee. She is one of the most recognized female leaders in Ghana having served for more than 40 years in both the private and public sectors. Aryee graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon in 1969 where she was awarded a BA (Hons) in English.
After her graduation, Aryee worked in several reputable organizations before being appointed as the Secretary of Information for the PNDC. She also served as the Minister of Education, the Minister of Local Government, the Minister of Democracy, and as a Member of the National Defence Council.
Elizabeth-Irene Baitie is an award-winning Ghanaian writer. Elizabeth-Irene Baitie received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and chemistry at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Baitie has won several awards for her fiction stories. She won First Prize in the Burt Award for African Literature and the Macmillan Prize for Africa (Junior Readers).
George Ayittey is one of the notable figures in Ghana. He is a Ghanaian economist, author, and president of the Free Africa Foundation in Washington DC.
George Ayittey was awarded a B.Sc. in Economics by the University of Ghana, Legon. He was once a professor at the American University and an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
Akua Kuenyehia is a Ghanaian lawyer who graduated from the University of Ghana and then served as the Dean of Law at the university before moving to other professions. She once served as the First Vice-President of the Court and as a Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC). During her time at the ICC, she was one of the only three female African judges.
She also represented Ghana at the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) committee. Currently, she serves as the President of Mountcrest University College, Ghana.
Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen
Although Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen spent most of his early years in Ghana and studied at the University of Ghana at Legon, Ghana, he moved back to Nigeria where he became one of the most prominent figures in the Nigerian judiciary.
Onnoghen served as a judge in Cross River State and then as a justice of the Court of Appeal before becoming the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Georgina Theodora Wood
Most Ghanaians remember Georgina Theodora Wood as the first woman to become the Chief Justice of Ghana but only a few knew that she graduated from the University of Ghana where she studied law. After her graduation, she attended the Ghana Law School after which she was called to the bar. Woods also completed a Post-Graduate Officers Training Course at the Ghana Police College and then served as a deputy superintendent and public prosecutor for three years.
Wood went on to work at several courts, becoming the Judge of the Appeal Court in 1991. In 2007, she was appointed as the new Chief Justice of Ghana. She retired from the position in 2017.
Tsatsu Tsikata is a Ghanaian lawyer and academic. He once served as the Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. Tsikata was admitted into the University of Ghana to study law at the age of 16. He was awarded an LL.B First Class degree at the age of 18 years.
He later served as a lecturer at the law faculty of the University of Ghana and then the Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC).