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Daniel Francis Annan Edit Profile
Daniel Annan had his secondary education at Accra Academy from 1939 to 1945. Thereafter, he attended Achimota College from 1946 to 1948 to complete his pre-university education. He then traveled to the United Kingdom where he obtained a LL.B (Hons) degree from the University of Hull in 1956. He was called to the bar at the Middle Temple, UK, in 1958.
He was a devout christian who placed religious values in whatsoever he did. Irrespective of your religious background, Daniel Annan never discriminated.
The Most Reverend Robert Aboagye-Mensah, Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, in a sermon, said the late Justice Annan, a true Christian as he was, had hope and it was this that made him a symbol of hope when the country least expected that it could come out of the quasi-military rule to constitutional democracy.
The late Speaker, he said lived for things that were reliable and of eternal value, adding that his life should be a challenge to all Ghanaians.
His political views can be seen from the various political post given to him due to his proactive intuition. He was Chairman of the National Commission for Democracy in 1984 which was to oversee preparations to return Ghana back to democracy. 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. During this period, he got to act as President of Ghana when both the President and Vice President were out of the country.
Other sensitive 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.
Annan had a humble and welcoming personality.
Quotes from others about the person
“President Kufuor: "in spite of being a founding member of the NDC, as Speaker, Mr Justice Annan was generally seen to be fair to all parties represented in Parliament. This was acknowledged across the political divide."
President Rawlings : "A noble judge, who believed passionately in the substance of participatory democracy and not just the outward trappings of democracy."
President Rawlings: "Ghana owes a great debt to Daniel Francis Annan for his contribution to Ghana's democratic process."
Mr Sekyi-Hughes: "He led a humble life and found joy in service with humanity. We have really lost a father, a democrat and a true patriot."”
He was married, and had four children
- Rosetta Annan
- Jerry John Rawlings
1939 - 1945
1946 - 1948
January 7, 1993 - January 6, 2001