Johnson Asiedu Nketiah is a Ghanaian politician and Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).[1][2][3] He is noted to be the longest serving General Secretary of the NDC.

Asiedu Nketia
Portrait picture of Aseidu Nketia in his office
Chairman for NDC
Assumed office
Preceded bySamuel Ofosu-Ampofo
Vice President for Socialist International
In office
Preceded byAntónio Guterres
Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture (Crops)
In office
PresidentJerry John Rawlings
Preceded byDr Matthew K. Antwi
Member of Parliament for Wenchi West Constituency (Fourth Republic)
In office
Succeeded byHon Joe Danquah
Member of Consultative Assembly representing Wenchi District Assembly
In office
Assembly Member for Wenchi District Assembly
In office
Personal details
Johnson Asiedu Nketia

(1956-12-24) 24 December 1956 (age 66)
Seikwa, Bono Region, Ghana
Political partyNational Democratic Congress
SpouseMrs. Vida Adomah Nketiah
ChildrenAmma Addae Nketiah, Kwaku Asiedu Nketiah, Yaa Asantewaa Nketiah, Afia Afra Nketiah and Kwame Boateng Nketiah
Alma materUniversity of Ghana, Legon & Ghana Armed Forces Command College
ProfessionBanker, Stock Broker and Teacher

Early life and family edit

Asiedu Nketiah was born in Seikwa B/A in the Wenchi Municipal District which was then part of the Ashanti Region but now in the Bono Region of Ghana on 24 December 1956, to Nana Kwaku Asiedu, a farmer from the Oyoko Royal family and Madam Hagar Akosua Afrah of the Akwamu Royal family. He is the fifth child of nine children.[4][5]

Education edit

Mr Asiedu Nketiah had his basic education at Seikwa Presbyterian Primary School. He then proceeded to train as a teacher at St. Joseph’s College of Education in Bechem from 1974 to 1978 where he graduated as a trainee teacher in 1978.

He began his career as a professional teacher at Seketia Presby Primary in the Jaman North District[6] of the Bono region. He gained admission to the University of Ghana Business School[7] in 1983 to read a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Banking and Finance option).

Nketiah was a member of the pioneer batch for a Post Graduate Training Programme in Stock Brokerage and Investment Analysis when the Ghana Stock Exchange[8] was introduced. He obtained a Master of Science Degree in Defense and International Politics from the Ghana Armed Forces Command College[9] in 2019.

Career edit

Aseidu Nketia has worked at GIHOC Distilleries Company Limited.[10] He then worked as a manager for the Nkoraman Rural Bank,[11] and Sehwi Asawinso Rural Bank[12] as trainee manager. He has also worked with the National Trust Holding Company Limited (NTHC)[13] as a stockbroker and an investment banker.

Politics edit

As a member of the Ghanaian parliament, Aseidu Nketia has worked on the Appointments Committee, Finance Committee and Public Accounts Committee. He has been a Chairman – Mines and Energy Committee, Ranking Member for Food and Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs Committee and Deputy Majority Chief Whip. He was Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture in charge of crops under the Jerry John Rawlings administration.[14]

At the National Democratic Congress' delegate congress in December 2005,[15] Nketiah won with about 80% of the votes against Bede Ziedeng, Mr Sylvester Mensah and Mr Antwi Boasiako to become the 3rd General Secretary of the NDC. He was re-elected for the position in January 2010,[16] and 2014.[17]

He was elected into the first parliament of the fourth republic of Ghana on 7 January 1993, after being pronounced winner at the 1992 Ghanaian election held on 29 December 1992.[18] In the 2020 December elections petition he was crossed examined along with Rojo Mettle-Nunoo.[19][20]

1996 Ghanaian general elections edit

He was re-elected into the 2nd parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana and represented during the 1996 Ghanaian general election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress. He defeated Obeng Manu Jnr. of the New Patriotic Party by obtaining 41.60% of the total valid votes cast which was equivalent to 19,386 votes while Obeng obtained 19.10% which was equivalent to 8,905 votes.[21]

2000 Ghanaian general elections edit

In the year 2000, Asiedu Nketia won the Ghanaian general elections as the member of parliament for the Wenchi West constituency of the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. He won on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress. His constituency was a part of the 7 parliamentary seats out of 21 seats won by the National Democratic Congress in that election for the Brong Ahafo Region.[22][23]

The National Democratic Congress won a minority total of 92 parliamentary seats out of 200 seats in the 3rd parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana.[22] He was elected with 11,720 votes out of 24,531 total valid votes cast.[24] This was equivalent to 49.2% of the total valid votes cast. He was elected over Joe Danquah of the New Patriotic Party, Kusi Edward Kofi of the National Reform Party and Joana Mayfair Abebrese of the Convention People’s Party. These won 11,041, 542, and 507 votes respectively out of the total valid votes cast. These were equivalent to 46.4%, 2.3% and 2.1% respectively of the total valid votes cast.[24][25]

Hon Johnson Asiedu Nketiah with his wife and children

International politics edit

In 2017, Mr Asiedu Nketiah was elected[26] Vice President of Socialist International in absentia at Cartagena to succeed the former Prime Minister of Portugal and current UN General Secretary, António Guterres. He was elected to serve under the current President of the Organization, George Papandreou, who doubles as the Prime Minister of Greece.[27]

Personal life edit

He is a Christian and a member of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.[28] He is married to Mrs Vida Adomah Asiedu Nketiah and has five (5) children.

References edit

  1. ^ "E-Levy: Stop the wastage, cut expenditure – Asiedu Nketia proposes alternatives –". MyJoyonline. 31 January 2022. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Change in NDC parliamentary leadership part of 'reorganisation' for 2024 elections - Asiedu Nketia -". MyJoyonline. 24 January 2023. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  3. ^ GTonline (19 December 2022). "At 10th Delegates' Congress: Asiedu Nketiah elected NDC chairman …promises to unite party's rank and file". Ghanaian Times. Retrieved 31 July 2023.
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  5. ^ Muthoni, Gwen (23 April 2020). "Asiedu Nketia bio: age, education, wife, net worth". Yen-Ghana news. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
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  7. ^ UGBS. "University of Ghana Business School". University of Ghana Business School.
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  9. ^ "Asiedu Nketia acquires Masters Degree for Veep post – Bawumia reveals". ghanaweb.
  10. ^ "GIHOC Distilleries Ghana Ltd". gihocdistil.
  11. ^ "Nkoraman Rural Bank". facebook.
  12. ^ "Sefwi Asawinso Rural Bank". Yellow Pages Ghana.
  13. ^ "NTHC". nthc ghana.
  14. ^ Oforiwaa, Porcia (19 August 2021). "Throwback Thursday: Asiedu Nketia in retrospect". Atinka Online. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  15. ^ "NDC congress ends with changes in the Leadership | General News 24 December 2005". Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  16. ^ "NDC Retains Winning Team | General News 17 January 2010". Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Asiedu Nketiah Easily Retains NDC General Secretary Role | Betty Mould, Kofi Adams, And All The Winners From The NDC Congress". GhanaCelebrities. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  18. ^ Ghana Parliamentary Register 1992–1996. Ghana Publishing Corporation. 1993. p. 275.
  19. ^ "As it happened: Asiedu Nketia's cross-examination continues as Supreme Court resumes hearing of election petition –". Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  20. ^ "As it happened: Rojo Mettle-Nunoo testifies for Mahama in election petition –". Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  21. ^ FM, Peace. "Ghana Election 1996 Results – Wenchi West Constituency". Ghana Elections – Peace FM. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  22. ^ a b "Statistics of Presidential and Parliamentary Election Results". Fact Check Ghana. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  23. ^ FM, Peace. "Ghana Election 2000 Results – Brong Ahafo Region". Ghana Elections – Peace FM. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  24. ^ a b Electoral Commission of Ghana – Parliamentary Result-Election 2000. Ghana: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. 2007. p. 16.
  25. ^ FM, Peace. "Ghana Election 2000 Results – Wenchi West Constituency". Ghana Elections – Peace FM. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
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  27. ^ "President, Secretary General, and Vice-Presidents elected by the XXV Congress". Socialist International. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  28. ^ "Presbyterian Church of Ghana".