Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo was born on March 12, 1951, to judge Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph who served as the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana in the Third Republic, and Frances Phillipina Griffiths-Randolph (née Mann). As such, she celebrated her birthday in a grand style on March 12, 2021.
She was clad in a gold-themed outfit with everyone else in a white outfit. She celebrated this grand occasion with family and friends and took to the dance floor to showcase her dance move.
Her husband, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo, took to Twitter to wish her a Happy Birthday.
“Happy birthday to my beautiful Rebecca. Love always,” Akufo Addo wrote.
Other Ghanaians took to Twitter to wish the First Lady a happy birthday.
TV3 Ghana wrote, “Happy 70th Birthday to the First Lady of our great nation, Her Excellency Rebecca Akufo-Addo @RAkufoAddo. Age with Grace Madam.”
Danny Ankrah wrote: “Beautiful Rebecca Happy birthday my First Lady enjoy your day and stay blessed and God grant you long life with good health.”
Earl Ragnar Choisky wrote: “Too elegant to be 70… Happy Birthday, grandma… The only first Lady I love. God bless ur new age mama.”
The Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) also wrote on Twitter: “Happy birthday to the hardworking 1st Lady of The Republic of Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo.”
Education and Career
Rebecca Akufo Addo entered and graduated from Achimota Primary School and Wesley Grammar School, both in Accra. She pushed her education further by attending the Government Secretarial School where she qualified as a secretary. This will lead her to work as a secretary for Merchant Bank and later relocate to the United Kingdom to work as a legal secretary for Clifford Chance/Ashurst Morris Crisp.
In 2005, She was a founding member and chairperson of the charitable organization Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation which aims to support the national effort to reduce malarial infections in infants and young children.
In January 2017, Rebecca Akufo Addo founded the Rebecca Akufo-Addo Foundation, a non-governmental organization that seeks “to identify and implement initiatives that support government efforts to improve the lives of Ghanaians, especially women and children.”
Through her foundation, Rebecca Akufo Addo has set up lots of successful initiatives that have helped Ghanaians irrespective of age, gender, class, or creed. Some of such initiatives include but not limited to: “Because I want to be,” “Let’s Go Green,” “Learn to read,” and “Reducing Malaria and Malnutrition in Priority Populations.”
In 2016, she donated bags of rice, gallons of cooking oil, bags of sugar, boxes of noodles, toiletries, drinks, etc. to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.
In 2019, her foundation built and commissioned a new Pediatric and Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. She also presented six ambulances to some healthcare institutions that same year.
In 2020, Rebecca Akufo-Addo donated $20,000 to a pencil artist by the name of Emmanuel Apraku for the treatment of liver disease.
In February of this year, her foundation donated 20 electronic beds and mattresses each to The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and 3 other hospitals in Kumasi.
Continue to age with Grace our dearest First Lady.