Paa Kwesi Nduom (CPP)

Paa Kwesi Nduom (CPP)

By David Amanor

BBC Focus on Africa Magazine October - December 2008

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A few eyebrows were raised in 2001 when, after losing his bid for a parliamentary seat, Nduom accepted a ministerial position with the NPP, his party's traditional foe.

At a glance

Papa Kwesi Nduom campaign poster
Nickname: Pa Kwesi
Party: Convention People's Party (CPP)
Age: 55
Home town: Elmina, Central Region
Executive posts: Minister, various portfolios, 2001-2007
Profession: Business consultant

The NPP is the political offspring of a party opposed to the Convention People's Party, founded by independence leader Kwame Nkrumah.

Nduom says he is campaigning to marry Nkrumah-ist and pan-Africanist values with his experience in business management.

After school he moved to the United States to study economics in 1973.

There he dropped the second name given to him by his parents, Joseph Hubster Yorke, and stuck with his African one.

He funded his studies doing menial jobs in a meat factory and car park; he also got an internship with an insurance company in Milwaukee where he first worked after graduating.

He joined the international auditing company Deloitte & Touche in 1981 and soon became one of only five black partners in the company.

In the 1990s, he established Deloitte & Touche West Africa Consulting, providing business advice to major multinational companies in the region.

At the last polls, Nduom finally won a seat in parliament and continued to serve in the NPP government.

He resigned from the cabinet last year to seek the CPP's nomination.

Married with four children, his hobbies are reading, writing, playing golf and tennis.

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