Full Biography of Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John)


Great and selfless man he was indeed, but just as death is inevitable and unpredictable, he left us suddenly and sadly.

Frankly, he was one of the real, rare and relevant leaders the country was ever blessed with.

His humour, coupled with his neutrality and faithfulness in speech and actions were undoubtedly a clear indication of someone who had a core mandate to serve his country wholeheartedly.

During his time on earth, he never took delight in triggering any form of factions or conflict in his party or the entire Ghanaian political environment. Instead, he made the political climate an attractive one for many young people who were ready to serve their motherland.

But one question begging an answer is: Why did President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo fly his relative and Ghana's Finance Minisiter, Kenneth Ofori-Atta to the United States for additional health support and treatment when he was sick, but did not do same for late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie and Jerry John Rawlings?

It is one of the most controversial issues worth arguing and answering so far as the safety, security and lives of our rare leaders are concerned.

Born in 1957 in the Ashanti Region of Gold Coast (now Ghana), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John initially obtained his Ordinary Level Certificate and Advanced Level Certificate from Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School in Bekwai and Konongo Odumase Secondary School respectively before proceeding to the University of Ghana, Legon for his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.

Afriyie then furthered his studies at the Ghana School of Law, Makola, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Degree.

He was then made a Solicitor and Counsel of Ghana's Apex Court. 

In 1981, Sir John was already on top of his practice legal practice in Ghana. 

When John Agyekum Kufuor assumed office in 2001, he was made him the Head of Legal Services at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC).

Probably, that was the beginning of his humble leadership career in the Ghanaian political arena. 

He was further elevated to the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation.

In 2010, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie was given the mantle to serve as the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, and he did that for four years. 

Though he tried to make a securement of his second term in that office, he however lost it to his colleague, Kwabena Agyapong, which I think was a win-win situation because they all were concerned about the progress and growth of the party.

When the New Patriotic Party came to power again in 2017, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appointed Sir John as the Chief Executive Officer of the country's Forestry Commission, though some thought he was going to head the Ghana Ports and Habours Authority.

He was initially tasked to supervise the 2017 World Forest Day Celebration. His main task however, was to excellently oversee and ensure the successful running and functioning of all the various divisions of the Commission.

He served in that capacity until he died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana on July 1, 2020 after he tested positive for COVID-19, at the age of 62-63.

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