Baffuor Osei Akoto (1904-2002) was a Ghanaian agriculturalist, traditional ruler and politician.
He was the founder and leader of the National Liberation Movement. He was a linguist of the Asantehene and resided in the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.
He was the child of Kofi Owusu Sekyere and Nana Akosua Apea. Before he was chosen as the chief Linguist of the Asantehene, he was a mechanic working with the transportation division of F&A Swanzy Company in the Gold Coast.
National Liberation Movement
In 1954, he organized disaffectioned Ashanti members of the Convention People’s Party to form a new political party called the National Liberation Movement. The party later became the United Party after a series of mergers with other political parties. In the early 1990s, there was another name change and the party became known as the New Patriotic Party, the current ruling party of Ghana.
He spoke against the one-party state system introduced by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. These led to his arrest and imprisonment for seven year.
- Owusu Afriyie Akoto (son) – a Cabinet minister of Ghana.
- Rita Akoto Coker (daughter). Marketing Consultant and author of 5 novels namely: Serwah, the Saga of an African Princess;The Golden Staff; Boarding Time; The Lost Princess and Fate’s Promise.
5 wives, 36 children: Meet Baffour Osei Akoto, father of current Agric Minister
Baffour Akoto was an Ashanti chief and a linguist of then Asantehene, Osei Tutu Agyeman Prempeh II.
As a traditionalist who was also a Catholic, Baffour Osei Akoto, according to his daughter, Okyeame-ba Obaa Penyin Rita Akoto, married five women with all the unions producing thirty-six children.
Rita Akoto told Adom-Otchere that “We were 36 children. He married about five and all five had more than one child. As a chief, he inherited some wives but didn’t have children with all of them. Women liked him because he was a very handsome man. He made a lot of sacrifices to the detriment of us.”
Describing her father, Rita Akoto said “an emotional, candid and honest man who prioritized the well-being of others.”
She added that, unlike politicians who are most of the time not honest with the public, her father was always candid and honest.
“He didn’t want to be a president or MP. He supported others but he never sought a post. As far as I’m concerned, a politician seeks a post. Their vision is to win an election and be in the post. A leader helps others to get there.
“I believe that my father was an advocate because politicians also don’t speak the truth. Because people say they give a lot of promises and don’t follow up with it. They always have to think about their opponents and voters and all that.
“He never actually thought about that. All he wanted was to ensure that the next generation would live in a better world. He was that sort of man. He was very emotional,” she said.