Joseph Kofi Adda

Joseph Kofi Kowe Adda (born 22 April 1956) was a Member of Parliament in Ghana and also the Minister for Energy in the New Patriotic Party government under President John Kufuor. He is also a Financial Economist and a Management Consultant.


Joseph Kofi Adda
Member of Parliament
for Navrongo Central
In office
March 2003 – January 2013
Preceded byJohn Achuliwor
Succeeded byMark Woyongo
Minister for Energy
In office
28 April 2006 – 2008
PresidentJohn Kufuor
Preceded byAaron Mike Oquaye
Succeeded byFelix Owusu-Adjapong
Personal details
Born (1956-04-22) April 22, 1956 (age 63)
Navrongo, Ghana
NationalityGhana Ghanaian
Political partyNew Patriotic Party
Alma materIndiana Wesleyan University
Columbia University
St. John's School, Sekondi
ProfessionFinancial Economist
Management Consultant

Early life and educationEdit

Joseph Adda was born at Navrongo, the capital of the Kassena-Nankana District in the Upper East Region of Ghana.[1] He had his secondary education at St. John's School, Sekondi and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in politics and economics from the Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, United States, which he attended between 1979 and 1982. Between 1982 and 1984, he was at Columbia University, New York, where he studied for a Master's degree in International Affairs, specialising in Finance and Banking. He went on to get a graduate certificate in African Studies from the same university. In 1989, he obtained a certificate in French language and civilization from the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.[1]


Joseph Adda is a Financial Economist and a Management Consultant.[2] He worked as an Executive officer at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana in 1979. Between 1983 and 1984, he worked as a Research Analyst intern at the Third World Trade Institute, New York, USA. Over the next two years, he was an account Executive and Management trainee at the Equitable Financial Service, Inc., in New Jersey, USA. Mr. Adda has also worked at Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, USA (1986 – 1988), Thomson McKinnon Securities Inc., New York (1989 – 1991) and with Deloitte and Touche Consulting, (West Africa), Accra (1991 – 1994). Since 1994, Joseph Adda has been the Director of Omni Consulting International (Ghana) Ltd. Between 1996 and 2000, he worked in various capacities at the Ministry of Finance, Ghana.[1]


Adda first became a Member of Parliament in 2003. He won the by-election for the Navrongo Central constituency after the death of the incumbent, John Achuliwor.[3] He retained his seat in the 2004 parliamentary election. He was appointed the Minister for Manpower Development and Employment by President John Kufuor in 2005.[4] On 28 April 2006, he was moved in a cabinet reshuffle to the position of Minister for Energy.[5] He was later replaced by Felix Owusu-Adjapong as Minister of Energy by President Kuffuor. Joe Adda retained his seat when the NPP lost the general elections in 2008. He however lost the seat in the 2012 elections to Mark Woyongo.[6]

Cabinet MinisterEdit

In May, 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo named Joseph Kofi Adda as part of nineteen ministers who would form his cabinet.[7] The names of the 19 ministers were submitted the Parliament of Ghana and announced by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Prof. Mike Ocquaye.[7] As a Cabinet minister, Joseph Kofi Adda is part of the inner circle of the president and is to aid in key decision making activities in the country.[7]


Joseph Adda hails from Navro-Pungu Wusungu. He is the son of Felix Adda and his second wife.

External linksEdit

Parliament of Ghana
Preceded by
John Setuni Achuliwor
Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central
2003 – 2013
Succeeded by
Mark Woyongo
Political offices
Preceded by
Yaw Barimah
Minister for Manpower Development and Employment
2005 – 2006
Succeeded by
Boniface Abubakar Saddique
Preceded by
Aaron Mike Oquaye
Minister for Energy
2006 – 2008
Succeeded by
Felix Owusu-Adjapong
Notes and references
1. Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central[3]
2. Minister for Manpower Development and Employment[4]
3. Minister for Energy[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Minister for Energy". Profile of ministers. Ghana government. Archived from the original on 2007-04-15. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
  2. ^ "Hon. Joseph Kofi Kowe Adda (NPP) (Navrongo Central)". Upper East Region - Members of Parliament - Profile. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
  3. ^ a b "NPP retains Navrongo seat". Politics of Wednesday, 26 March 2003. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
  4. ^ a b "Twenty-nine Ministers sworn into office". General News of Wednesday, 2 February 2005. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  5. ^ a b "Kufuor restructures ministerial team". General News of Friday, 28 April 2006. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-01-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ a b c FM, Citi. "Arts Minister Catherine Afeku makes it to Cabinet". ghanaweb. Retrieved 7 July 2017.