Aaron Mike Oquaye

Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye, MP (born April 4, 1944) is a Ghanaian politician and is the Speaker of the 7th Parliament of Ghana in [1]. Oquaye was sworn in as the Speaker of Parliament on 7 January 2017.[2] A member of the New Patriotic Party, he was the Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya from 2005 to 2013. He was Ghana's High Commissioner to India from 2001 to 2004, then Minister of Energy from 2005 to 2006 and Minister of Communications from 2006 to 2009. He served as the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament from 2009 to 2013.[3]

Aaron Mike Oquaye

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Aaron Mike Oquaye, 2017
Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana
Assumed office
7 January 2017
Preceded byEdward Adjaho
Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament
In office
7 January 2009 – 6 January 2013
Preceded byKen Dzirasah
Succeeded byJoe Ghartey
Member of Parliament
In office
7 January 2005 – 6 January 2013
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byAdwoa Safo
Minister for Communication
In office
January 2006 – July 2007
Preceded byAlbert Kan-Dapaah
Succeeded byBenjamin Aggrey Ntim
Minister of Energy
In office
Preceded byPaa Kwesi Nduom
Succeeded byJoseph Kofi Addai
High Commissioner to India
In office
Personal details
Born (1944-04-04) 4 April 1944 (age 75)
Political partyNew Patriotic Party
Spouse(s)Alberta Oquaye
OccupationAcademic and Lawyer
In a meeting with the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin and other Parliament Chairman's from Africa, Beit HaNassi, December 2017 (third from right)
Prof Oquaye taken as he endorses the World March for Peace and Nonviolence

Family background and educationEdit

Oquaye was born in Osu, Accra to E. G. N Oquaye of Osu and Felicia Awusika Abla Oquaye (née Azu) of Odumase-Krobo. He was brought up at Asamankese in the Eastern Region, where he attended the Roman Catholic Primary School and Presbyterian Middle School before proceeding to Presbyterian Boys' Secondary (PRESEC), at Odumase-Krobo.[4]

Oquaye's father, E.G.N. Oquaye, had been a founding member of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) at Asamankese. He was also treasurer and principal financier of the UGCC, Gold Coast Party (GCP), National Liberation Movement (NLM) and United Party (UP) at Asamankese. When Oquaye was a child, his family received political figures and dignitaries such as Dr. J. B. Danquah and Prof. Kofi Abrefa Busia as guests at their home. While the Okyenhene, Nana Ofori Atta II, was in exile in Accra, he was also a regular visitor to the Oquaye family home in Asamankese.

Oquaye is a Baptist Minister, and is married to Alberta Oquaye (née Asafu-Adjei), a professional nurse.

Legal careerEdit

He attended the Presbyterian Boys' Senior Secondary School. Having obtained the GCE "O" and "A" Level Certificates, he entered the University of Ghana and later the University of London, at Lincoln's Inn, London. He holds B.A. (Hons.) Political Science, L.L.B. (Hons.), B.L. and PhD. He is a qualified solicitor and barrister, as well as the founder and senior partner of his own law firm. He is a barrister of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, a senior member of the Ghana Bar Association, and a solicitor for some leading companies and financial institutions.

Academic careerEdit

He is a professor of Political science at the University of Ghana, (Legon), and was previously the Head of the Department of Political Science and member of the University's Academic Board, the highest authority at the level of the faculties. He received his Ph.D from School of Oriental and African Studies in London, as well as winning the Rockefeller Senior Scholar Award in 1993 and the Senior Fulbright Scholar Award in 1997. He has been a visiting lecturer at George Mason University in Virginia. From 1997 to 1999, he was Vice-President of the African Association of Political Science (AAPS), based in Zimbabwe.

Writings and advocacyEdit

Oquaye is a writer, who has researched and written extensively on good governance, conflicts, political education, decentralization and development, human rights, military intervention in politics, NGOs, rural development and gender issues. He advocates women's rights, including affirmative action. He is the author of the award-winning book Politics in Ghana - 1972-1979, in which he depicts, inter-alia, the military as the bane of Government and Politics in Africa and recounted instances of human right abuses, conflictual politics, economic mismanagement and national decadence. He wrote a second volume, Politics in Ghana - 1982-1992, dealing with the politics of revolution, CDRs, Public Tribunals, popular power, positive defiance and human rights issues of the period. His scholarly write-ups have been published in international journals such as Human Rights Quarterly (US), Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics (UK), African Affairs (UK), and Review of Human Factor Studies (Canada).

Political careerEdit

As a student at the University of Ghana, Oquaye joined the campaign for the J. B. Danquah/Kofi Abrefa Busia cause. He strongly supported Busia's call for quick return to civilian rule to prevent the militarization of the state and, along with his family, helped to establish the Progress Party in Osu in 1969.

The United Party-Progress Party tradition led to the foundation, in 1992, of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), with Oquaye as a founder member. He was the first Regional Secretary of NPP for Greater Accra in 1992, and also the first Chairman of the Party for the Ga District Rural Constituency, which later split into Ga West District and Ga East District. He was the secretary of the Research Committee and a member of the first National Campaign Team of the NPP in the third quarter of 1992.

He worked with other central NPP figures, including President John Kufuor, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, R. R. Amponsah, Prof. Adu-Boahen, Peter Ala Adjetey, B. J. da Rocha and Samuel Odoi-Sykes to campaign successfully for the NPP victory in the 2000 general elections. His role in the party's success, which involved journalistic contributions and involvement in other activities of the party between 1993 and 2000, is considered significant.[citation needed]

From 2001 to 2004, Oquaye served as Ghana's High Commissioner to India. In February 2005 he became Minister of Energy, and later he was moved to the post of Minister of Communications.

Oquaye was the NPP Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya for two terms, from 2004 to 2012. He decided not to stand for another term. He sponsored his son, Mike Oquaye Jnr. to fight to be the NPP Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency. His son however lost to Sarah Adwoa Safo, who went on to win the seat.

From 2009 to 2013, Mike Oquaye was the Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament. He was succeeded by Joe Ghartey in 2013.[5] </ref>


Written worksEdit

  • Politics in Ghana 1982-1992 - (Academic Literature, 2005)
  • Democracy, Politics and Conflict Resolution in Contemporary Ghana - (Academic Literature, Gold-Type Publication, 1995)


In February 2020, there were media agitation to reports that the speaker of Parliament, Aaron Mike Oquaye has threatened to ban journalist who take coverage of other events in the premises of Parliament other than the chamber.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye sworn-in as Speaker". Pulse Gh. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  2. ^ Mubarik, Abu. "7th Parliament: Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye sworn-in as Speaker - Politics - Pulse". Archived from the original on 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye sworn-in as Speaker". Pulse Gh. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Profile of Hon. Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye". www.ghanaweb.com. Archived from the original on 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Profile of Hon. Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye". www.ghanaweb.com. Archived from the original on 15 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  6. ^ "A veiled attempt at gagging the press by Parliament? A sad day for the freedom of expression!". www.classfmonline.com. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  7. ^ Hartmann, Frank A. (27 February 2020). "Manasseh Fights Speaker Of Parliament Over Threat To Punish Journalists". GhanaXtra.Com. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Speaker summons Dean of Parliamentary press corps over journalists' 'misconduct'". Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana, Current Affairs, Business News , Headlines, Ghana Sports, Entertainment, Politics,. 26 February 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2020.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
High Commissioner to India1
2001 – 2005
Succeeded by
Preceded by
High Commissioner to Maldives
2003 – 2005
Succeeded by
Parliament of Ghana
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya1,2
2005 – 6 January 2013
Succeeded by
Sarah Adwoa Safo
Preceded by
Ken Dzirasah
2nd Deputy Speaker Parliament of Ghana1,2
2009 – 6 January 2013
Succeeded by
Joe Ghartey
Preceded by
Edward Adjaho
Speaker Parliament of Ghana1,2
7 January 2017 –
Political offices
Preceded by
Cletus Avoka
Minister for Environment, Science & Technology
Minister for Environment and Science
2001 – 2005
Succeeded by
Christine Churcher
Preceded by
Paa Kwesi Nduom
Minister of Energy1
2005 – 2006
Succeeded by
Joseph Kofi Adda
Preceded by
Albert Kan-Dapaah
Minister for Communication & Technology
Minister for Communication1
2006 - 2009
Succeeded by
Haruna Iddrisu
Preceded by
Edward Adjaho
Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana
2017 –
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Mahamudu Bawumia
Vice President of Ghana
Mike Oquaye
Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana
Succeeded by
Sophia Akuffo
Chief Justice of Ghana
Notes and references
1. Ghana government website
2. Official Local Government website