Shirley Ayorkor Botchway

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey (born 8 February 1963) is a Ghanaian politician. She was appointed by President of Ghana Nana Akuffo-Addo as Minister of Foreign Affairs on 10 January 2017.[1] She is also the Member of Parliament for Anyaa-Sowutuom and once served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.[2][3] She is a member of the New Patriotic Party.


Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey
29th Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (Ghana)
Assumed office
28 January 2017
PresidentNana Akufo-Addo
Preceded byHanna Tetteh
Member of the Ghana Parliament
for Anyaa Sowotuom
Assumed office
7 January 2013
Preceded byNew constituency
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ghana)
PresidentJohn Kufour
Deputy Minister for the Information (Ghana)
PresidentJohn Atta Mills
John Mahama
Personal details
Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey

(1963-02-08) 8 February 1963 (age 57)
Accra, Ghana
Political partyNew Patriotic Party
Alma materUniversity of Ghana
CommitteesGender and Children Committee Communications Committee

Early lifeEdit

Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey was born in Accra on 8 February 1963.[4] She had her secondary education at St. Mary's Girls' Senior High School at Korle-Gonno . She is a product of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), the Pitman’s Central College, University of London and University of Westminster all in the United Kingdom (UK).

The Hon. Minister holds an Executive MBA, (Project Management option), MA in Public Communication, Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB), a Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising as well as a certificate in Marketing Management.

Political LifeEdit

In the last NPP administration under President John Agyekum Kufuor, Hon Ayorkor Botchwey served as Deputy Minister for the Foreign Affairs, Information, as well as the Trade and Industry ministries. She is a fourth term legislator and represented the most populous constituency in the country, Weija, for two terms until it was demarcated. She is currently serving a second term, representing the people of Anyaa/Sowutuom.

At the party level, the Hon. Minister served as spokesperson on Foreign Affairs between the year 2009 and 2013.

During the same period, she was Ranking Member for the Parliamentary Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and subsequently, the Appointments, Defence and Interior Committees of Parliament

A member of the ECOWAS Parliament from 2013 – 2017, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey worked with her colleagues to assist the Community Parliament in its advisory role in considering matters concerning the region particularly on issues relating to fundamental human rights and freedom, while making recommendations to institutions and organs of ECOWAS. The Hon Minister also served as Vice Chair on the NEPAD & APRM Committees.

Currently she sits on the Communication as well as the Gender and Children Committees of Parliament where she works with colleague members to look into matters relating to communications generally as well as examine all gender and children focused issues to ensure their inclusion in all appropriate legislation.

Personal lifeEdit

Before entering into frontline politics, Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey ran a successful Marketing and Communications Company where she was a consultant for the Ministry of Tourism.

As a practitioner of public administration, she worked with various organizations such as Worldspace Ghana, the Divestiture Implementation Committee, Glaxo Group Research and Hodge Recruitment.

Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey is married with two children[5]. She is a Christian who is an Anglican by denomination.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ayorkor Botchway is Foreign Affairs Minister-Designate". Retrieved 2017-01-11.
  2. ^ "Members of Parliament | Parliament of Ghana". Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  3. ^ "Ayorkor Botchway targets 50k victory margin". Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  4. ^ "Parliament of Ghana". Retrieved 2019-05-13.
  5. ^ "Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey – Foreign Affairs - Government of Ghana". Retrieved 2019-05-13.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hanna Tetteh
Minister for Foreign Affairs
7 January 2017 – present