Educated, Achimota School educated, Ghana Military Academy, Teshie.
Commissioned pilot officer, Ghanaian Air Force, 1969;
advanced through grades to flight-Lieutenant, Ghanaian Air Force, 1978. Arrested for leading mutiny of junior officers, 1979. Released from jailby popular uprising of military revolution which overthrew Government of Supreme Military Council, 1979.
Chairman Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (head of state), 1979. Retired from armed forces, 1979. Handed over to electedgovt., 1979.
Leader military coup which overthrew Government of Doctor Hilla Limann, 1981. Chairman Provisional National Defense Council, 1981-1992. Elected president 1992.
Inaugurated president under 4th Republican Constitution, 1993, re-elected, 1996. Head of State, since 1982. Commander in chief of Armed Forces, since 1982.
Married Nana Konadu Agyeman. 4 children.