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Aaron Mike Oquaye

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Aaron Mike Oquaye is a Ghanaian politician and is the Sixth Speaker of Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana. He was sworn in as the Speaker of Parliament on 7 January 2017.

He was born in Osu, Accra on April 4, 1944, to E.G.N Oquaye of Osu and Felicia Awusika Abla Oquaye of Odumase-Krobo in the Eastern Region of Ghana and brought up at Asamankese in the same region, where he attended the Roman Catholic Primary School and Presbyterian Middle School.

Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye
Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye

Aaron Mike Oquaye also attended the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior Secondary School for his GCE “O” Level Certificate and Apam Secondary School for his “A” Level Certificates before proceeding to the University of Ghana and later the University of London, at Lincoln’s Inn, London. He holds B.A. (Hons.) Political Science, L.L.B. (Hons.), B.L. and Ph.D.

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He is a qualified solicitor and barrister, as well as the founder and senior partner of his own law firm. He is a barrister of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, a senior member of the Ghana Bar Association, and a solicitor for some leading companies and financial institutions.

His father, E.G.N. Oquaye, had been a founding member of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) at Asamankese. He was also treasurer and principal financier of the UGCC, Gold Coast Party (GCP), National Liberation Movement (NLM) and United Party (UP) at Asamankese.

Educational Career

Before his appointment, he was a professor of Political science at the University of Ghana, (Legon), and was previously the Head of the Department of Political Science and a member of the University’s Academic Board, the highest authority at the level of the faculties.

He received his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, as well as winning the Rockefeller Senior Scholar Award in 1993 and the Senior Fulbright Scholar Award in 1997.

He has been a visiting lecturer at George Mason University in Virginia. From 1997 to 1999, he was Vice-President of the African Association of Political Science (AAPS), based in Zimbabwe.

Personal Life

Professor Mike Oquaye is a pastor of the Baptist Church. He is the husband of Mrs. Alberta Oquaye a retired professional nurse, and the father of Mike Oquaye Jnr, Ghana’s current High Commissioner to India.

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