Full list: President Akufo- Addo scores high on appointment of female judges


President Nana Akufo-Addo has put 102 superior court judges on the bench ever since he assumed office in January 2017.

Out of the number, 46 are women, representing 45% of all the superior court judges appointed in the last seven years. All the five female judges on the 15-member Supreme Court bench were appointed by the current President.

It is the largest appointment of women the President has made in the last seven years. In his first term, the President Akufo-Addo appointed 127 ministers out of which 24 were women. This represents 19% of his ministers and deputy ministers.

In his second term of office, he made 87 ministerial appointments, out of which 18 are women. This figure represents 21% of his appointees.

At the legislative front, 39 out of 275 lawmakers are women. This is just 14.2% of MPs in Parliament.  In the 7th Parliament, the 36 women elected made up just 13.1% of the country’s total legislators.

The incumbent Council of State members are made up of 28 elected and appointed members. Four (4) out of the 28 are women. This is just 14% voice for women in the presidential advisory body.

While some gender activist had taken on the President for his tokenish approach to the appointment of women into government, the number of female judges exceed the recommended 30% by the UN.


Affirmative Action

Whiles participation of women in leadership by women has been on a steady rise for the past 20 years, the current state of affairs is yet to reach the expected optimum. Ghana currently ranks 108 out of 146 on the Global Gender Gap report (2022), an improvement from 117 out of 156 from the 2021 report. From the indicators in the report, Ghana ranks higher in the area of health and survival (40), and lower (105) on political empowerment.

Here’s the full list of the appointees


Name year Court Gender
1.     Justice Samuel K. Marful-Sau 2018 Supreme Court Male
2.     Justice Agnes M.A Dodzie 2018 Supreme Court Female
3.     Justice Professor Emmanuel Nii Ashie Kotey 2018 Supreme Court Male
4.     Justice Nene A. O. Amegatcher 2018 Supreme Court Male
5.     Justice Gertrude Torkonoo 2019 Supreme Court Female
6.     Justice Mariama Owusu 2019 Supreme Court Female
7.     Justice Avril Lovelace Johnson 2019 Supreme Court Female
8.     Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga 2020 Supreme Court Male
9.     Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu, 2020 Supreme Court Male
10.  Justice Joy Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu 2020 Supreme Court Female
11.  Justice Yonny Kulendi 2020 Supreme Court Male
12.  Justice Barbara Frances Ackah-Yensu, 2022 Supreme Court


13.  Justice George Kingsley Koomson, 2022 Supreme Court


14.  Justice Kwame Adibu Asiedu, 2022 Supreme Court


15.  Justice Ernest Yao Gaewu 2022 Supreme Court


16.  Justice Nicholas Charles Abbey Abgevor 2018  Court of Appeal Male
17.  Justice Alex Beechie Poku-Acheampong 2018 Court of Appeal Male
18.  Justice Anthony Kwodwo Yeboah, 2018 Court of Appeal Male
19.  Justice Merley Afua Wood 2018 Court of Appeal Female
20.  Justice Amma Abuakwa Gaisie 2018 Court of Appeal Female
21.  Justice Anthony Oppong 2019 Court of Appeal Male
22.  Justice Samuel Kwame Adibu Asiedu 2019 Court of Appeal Male
23.  Justice Philip Bright Mensah 2019  Court of Appeal Male
24.  Justice Angelina Mensah-Homiah 2019 Court of Appeal Female
25.  Justice Jennifer Amanda Dodoo 2019 Court of Appeal Female
26.  Justice Sophia Rosetta Oduokua Bernasko Essah 2019 Court of Appeal Female
27.  Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa 2019 Court of Appeal Female
28.  Justice Eric Kyei Baffour 2019 Court of Appeal Male
29.  Justice Yaw Darko Asare 2019 Court of Appeal Male
30.   Justice Obeng-Manu Jnr 2019  Court of Appeal Male
31.  Justices George Koomson 2020 Court of Appeal Male
32.  Justice Edward Amoako Asante, 2020 Court of Appeal Male
33.  Justice Novisi Afua Aryene, 2020 Court of Appeal Female
34.   Justice Eric Baah, 2020 Court of Appeal Male
35.  Justice Richard Adjei-Frimpong 2020 Court of Appeal Male
36.  Justice Cynthia Pamela Akotoaa Addo 2020 Court of Appeal Female
37.  Justice Afia Nyarko Adu-Amankwa, 2018 High Court Female
38.  Justice John Ekow Mensah, 2018 High Court Male
39.  Justice Janet Anima Maafo, 2018 High Court Female
40.  Justice Matthew Kyeremateng, 2018 High Court Male
41.  Justice Joan Eyi King, 2018 High Court Female
42.  Justice Frederick Tetteh, 2018 High Court Male
43.  Justice John Eugene Nyante Nyadu 2018 High Court Male
44.  Justice Gabriel Nene Kwao Mate-Teye 2019 High Court Male
45.   Justice Lydia Osei Marfo 2019 High Court Female
46.   Justice Ali Baba Abature 2019 High Court Male
47.  Justice Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku 2019 High Court Female
48.   Justice Mariama Sammo 2019 High Court Female
49.  Justice Patricia Quansah 2019 High Court Female
50.  Justice Aboagye Tandoh 2019 High Court Male
51.  Justice Ruby Aryeetey 2019 High Court Female
52.  Justice Kwame Amoako 2019 High Court Male
53.  Justice Mariam Saleh Sinare 2019 High Court Female
54.  Justice Cynthia Wiredu 2019 High Court Female
55.  Justice Frank Aboadwe Rockson 2019 High Court Male
56.  Justice Emmanuel Ayesu Essampong 2019 High Court Male
57.  Justice Frederick Arnold Wekem Kwesi Nawurah 2019 High Court Male
58.   Justice Rita Abena Abrokwah Doko 2019 High Court Female
59.  Justice Comfort Kwasiwor Tasiame 2019 High Court Female
60.  Justice Ruby Naa Adjeley Quaison 2019 High Court Female
61.  Justice Priscilla Dikro Ofori 2019 High Court Female
62.  Justice Mary Maame Ekue Nsenkyire 2019 High Court Female
63.  Justice Jane Harriet Akweley Quaye 2019 High Court Female
64.  Justice Ayitey Armah-Tetteh 2019 High Court Male
65.  Justice Charity Akosua Asem 2019 High Court Female
66.  Justice Malike Awo Woanyah Dey 2019 High Court Female
67.  Justice Doris Dabanka-Bekoe 2019 High Court Female
68.  Justice Stephen Oppong 2019 High Court Male
69.  Justice Emmanuel Kofi Diaba 2019 High Court Male
70.  Justice Sarah Aryee 2019 High Court Female
71.  Justice Mavis Akua Andoh 2019 High Court Female
72.  Justice Eudora Christina Dadson 2019 High Court Female
73.  Justice George Appah Kwabena 2019 High Court Male
74.  Justice Naana Bedu-Addo 2019 High Court Female
75.  Justice Amos Wuntah Wuni 2019 High Court Male
76.  Justice Enyonam Adinyira 2019 High Court Female
77.  Justice Eva Bannerman-Williams 2020 High Court Female
78.  Justice Emmanuel Bart-Plange Brew 2020 High Court Male
79.  Justice Yaw Owoahene Acheampong 2020 High Court Male
80.  Justice Samuel Boakye-Yiadom 2020 High Court Male
81.  Justice Abdul Yusif Asibey 2020 High Court Male
82.  Justice Elfreda Amy Dankyi 2020 High Court Female
83.  Justice Samuel Faraday Johnson 2020 High Court Male
84.  Justice Sheila Minta 2020 High Court Female
85.  Justice Audrey Kocuvie-Tay 2020 High Court Female
86.  Justice Nana Yaw Gyamfi Frimpong 2020 High Court Male
87.  Justice Ernest Yao Gaewu 2020 High Court Male
88.  Justice Solomon Oppong Twumasi 2020 High Court Male
89.  Justice Charles Bentum 2020 High Court Male
90.  Justice Joseph Adu-Owusu Agyeman 2020 High Court Male
91.  Justice William Osei-Kuffour 2020 High Court Male
92.  Justice Douglas Seidu 2020 High Court Male
93.  Justice Mercy Adei Kotei, 2022 High Court Female
94.  Justice Cynthia Martinson, 2022 High Court Female
95.  Justice Dr. Bridget Kafui Antonio-Apedzi, 2022 High Court Female
96.  Justice Nabeela Naeema Wahab 2022 High Court Female
97.  Justice Ebenezer Osei-Darko, 2022 High Court Male
98.  Justice Bernard Bentil, 2022 High Court Male
99.   Justice Alexander Graham, 2022 High Court Male
100.                   JusticeGeorge Kwame Gyan-Kontoh, 2022 High Court Male
101.                   Justice Richard Apietu 2022 High Court Male
102.                   Justice Eric Ansah Ankomah. 2022 High Court Male




The writer of this report, Sedem Kwasigah, is a Fellow of the Next Generation Investigative Journalism Fellowship at the Media Foundation for West Africa.


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