Former Minnesotan to run in Ghana’s presidential elections


Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom travels to Ghanaian communities across the United States to address his plan to eradicate poverty in Ghana, create long term savings, and grow the national unity of Ghana. Ghana’s opposition Convention People’s Party (CPP) has elected him as the new presidential candidate to represent the party ahead of next year’s general elections. Paa Kwesi Nduom who is the CPP Member of Parliament for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem recently resigned as sector minister for Public Sector Reform under President John Kufuor’s administration.

In 1970, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom won an American Field Service scholarship and spent one year with an American family in Cokato, Minnesota, obtaining his high school diploma from Cokato High School. While in Cokato, he participated in debate, American football, athletics and soccer. Among the many things he learned in Cokato was the importance of strong family values.

Dr. Nduom returned to the USA in August 1973. He took classes at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and Marquette University before ending up at the University of Wisconsin, obtaining a BA in Economics in 1975. He obtained an MS in Management from the School of Business and a Ph.D. in Service Delivery Systems (USI Program), both the University of Wisconsin. His university education was self-funded through jobs in a meat factory, a parking lot, a cannery and an internship with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, all in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He returned to Ghana with his family in 1991 after working for Deloitte in Milwaukee and Falls Church, VA. In Ghana, he became The Chairman of the Board for the Africa Region before leaving Deloitte in February 2001 to serve his country in Government.

Prior to serving Ghana as the Minister of Public Sector Reform, his most recent position, Dr. Nduom was both Minister of Energy (2003 – 2005) and Minister of Economic Planning and Regional Cooperation (2001 – 2003). He was Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission between 2001 and 2003. He also served as Member of Parliament from the central coast region.

Dr. Nduom won the Primary Elections (“Congress”) of the Convention People’s Party on December 15th, 2007, earning a first round victory with 52% of the vote in a 6-way race. The country will vote for its next President on December 7th, 2008

Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom will kicks off Black History Month with address at Saint Thomas University during his visit on Feb. 9 & 10. At the University of Thomas, Dr.Nduom will speak on the topic “Politics in Ghana: the American Influence”