List of Ghana heads of state by age
This is a list of Ghanaian Presidents by age. This table can be sorted to display Ghanaian Presidents by name, order of office, date of birth, age at inauguration, length of retirement, or lifespan.
Two measures of longevity are given; this is to allow for the differing number of leap days occurring within the life of each President. The first figure is the number of days between date of birth and date of death, allowing for leap days; in parentheses the same period given in years and days, with the years being the number of whole years the President lived, and the days being the remaining number of days after his last birthday. Where the president in question is still living, the longevity is calculated up to 26 February 2020.
The median age of accession is roughly 47 years and 8 months, which falls between Joseph Ankrah and Hilla Limann. The youngest person to become president was Jerry Rawlings (age 31 years, 347 days). The oldest president to become president was John A. Mills (age 64 years, 170 days).
Ghanaian Presidents' ages
||Date of birth
|Date of death
|1||Kwame Nkrumah||21 September 1909||1 July 1960||50 years, 284 days||24 February 1966||2,254 days||27 April 1972||22,864 days (62 years, 219 days)|
|2||Joseph Ankrah||18 August 1915||24 February 1966||50 years, 190 days||2 April 1969||8,638 days||25 November 1992||28,224 days (77 years, 99 days)|
|3||Akwasi Afrifa||24 April 1936||2 April 1969||32 years, 343 days||7 August 1970||3,245 days||26 June 1979||15,768 days (43 years, 63 days)|
|4||Nii Ollennu||21 May 1906||7 August 1970||64 years, 78 days||31 August 1970||5,957 days||22 December 1986||29,435 days (80 years, 215 days)|
|5||Edward Akufo-Addo||26 June 1906||31 August 1970||64 years, 66 days||13 January 1972||2,742 days||17 July 1979||26,684 days (73 years, 21 days)|
|6||Ignatius Acheampong||23 September 1931||13 January 1972||40 years, 112 days||5 July 1978||346 days||16 June 1979||17,433 days (47 years, 266 days)|
|7||Fred Akuffo||21 March 1937||5 July 1978||41 years, 106 days||4 June 1979||22 days||26 June 1979||15,437 days (42 years, 97 days)|
|8||Jerry Rawlings||22 June 1947||4 June 1979||31 years, 347 days||24 September 1979||7,818 days||26,547 days (72 years, 249 days)|
|9||Hilla Limann||12 December 1934||24 September 1979||44 years, 286 days||31 December 1981||5,867 days||23 January 1998||23,053 days (63 years, 42 days)|
|10||Jerry Rawlings||22 June 1947||31 December 1981||34 years, 192 days||7 January 2001||7,818 days||26,547 days (72 years, 249 days)|
|11||John Kufuor||8 December 1938||7 January 2001||62 years, 30 days||7 January 2009||4,067 days||29,665 days (81 years, 80 days)|
|12||John A. Mills||21 July 1944||7 January 2009||64 years, 170 days||24 July 2012||0 days||24 July 2012||24,840 days (68 years, 3 days)|
|13||John Mahama||29 November 1958||24 July 2012||53 years, 238 days||7 January 2017||1,145 days||22,369 days (61 years, 89 days)|
|14||Nana Akufo-Addo||29 March 1944||7 January 2017||72 years, 284 days||Incumbent||Incumbent||27,727 days (75 years, 334 days)|
|#||President||Date of birth||Date of
|Date of death||Lifespan|
- Ollennu was an Acting President.
- Rawlings served two non-consecutive terms, which are listed separately.
- Rawlings was a retired president between his two terms, and has been a retired president since 2001.
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