Daniel Francis Annan

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Daniel Francis Annan
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Speaker of the
Parliament of Ghana
(Fourth Republic)
In office
January 7, 1993 – January 6, 2001
Preceded byJacob Hackenbug Griffiths-Randolph
(Third Republic)
Succeeded byPeter Ala Adjetey
Personal details
BornNovember 7, 1928
Ghana Accra, Ghana
Died16 July 2006(2006-07-16) (aged 77)
Accra, Ghana

Justice Daniel Francis Kweipe Annan (November 7, 1928 – July 16, 2006) was Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana from 1993 to 2001. He was a member of the Provisional National Defence Council government which governed Ghana prior the fourth republic and was Chairman of the National Commission for Democracy.

Early life[edit]

Daniel Annan was born in Accra, Ghana on November 7, 1928 to Ga-Adangbe parents.[1] His father, Victor Benjamin Annan was a merchant and treasurer of the Accra branch of the United Gold Coast Convention, while his mother was Mary Nyaniba Annan. Annan's maternal great-grandfather was Tackie Tawia I of Accra.

He started his education at the primary section of King's College, Lagos, receiving his Kindergarten education.[2]He had his secondary education at Accra Academy from 1939 to 1945.[3] Thereafter, he studied at the Intermediate Department at Achimota College from 1946 to 1948. Justice Annan then proceeded to the United Kingdom to study law at the University of Hull. He obtained the LL.B (Hons) degree in 1956 while there.[1] He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple, UK, in 1958.[1]


Justice Annan worked at the Attorney General's department in Accra, Ghana from 1958 to 1964. He rose from Assistant State Attorney, through State Attorney and finally worked as Senior State Attorney during that period.[1] He joined the bench in 1964 as a Circuit Court Judge for two years. He was promoted High Court Judge in 1966 and then Appeal Court Judge in 1971.[1] He served as the Stool Lands Boundaries Settlement Commissioner and also as a Member of the Legal Class Appointment Board from 1974 to 1976. Other positions held by Daniel Annan include Chairman of the Press Freedom and Complaints Committee of the Ghana Press Commission in 1980 and Chairman of the Ghana Police Council in 1984 as well as Chairman, National Economic Commission in 1984.[1]

Politics and Speaker of Parliament[edit]

Daniel Annan was appointed a member of the ruling Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) in 1984. He effectively became the deputy to Jerry Rawlings, the Head of state of Ghana and acted quite often when Rawlings was out of the country. The government also made him Chairman of the National Commission for Democracy in 1984 which was to oversee preparations to return Ghana back to democracy.[1] On the inauguration of the fourth republic, Justice Annan was elected Speaker of Parliament in January 1993, a position he held during the second parliament of the fourth republic as well till 2001.[1] During this period, he got to act as President of Ghana when both the President and Vice President were out of the country.[4]


Justice Annan loved sports. He was Chairman of the Ghana Boxing Promotion Syndicate from 1973 to 1976 and Chairman of the Ghana Boxing Authority from 1980 to 1982. He was also President of the Ghana National Olympic Committee (1983–1985).[1]


  • Star of Ghana - one of the prestigious state awards.[5]


Daniel Annan died on July 16, 2006 in Accra after a period of illness.[6]


  • Dadzie, Nana Ato; Ahwoi, Kwamena (2010). Justice Daniel Francis Annan:In the Service of Democracy. Sub-Saharan Publishing. ISBN 978-9988647933.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ghana News Agency. "Justice Daniel Francis Annan". Ghana Famous People. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
  2. ^ Dadzie et al, p. 2.
  3. ^ Nikoi Kotey. "Accra Aca Is Calling". Accra Academy alumni. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
  4. ^ "Justice Annan Sworn-IN". Archive:Back Issue December 1–6, 1995. Ghanaian Newsrunner. 1995-12-12. Archived from the original on 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
  5. ^ "Tribute By President J.A. Kufuor". Official Website. New Times Corporation. 2006-10-06. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
  6. ^ Ghana News Agency. "Justice Annan is dead". General News of Monday, 17 July 2006. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 2007-03-29.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jacob Hackenbug Griffiths-Randolph
(Third Republic)
Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana
1993 – 2001
Succeeded by
Peter Ala Adjetey