Daniel Francis Annan – (Jan 1993 – Jan 2001)
Justice D.F. Annan was born on the 7th of November, 1928 in Accra. He was educated at Accra Academy from 1939 to 1945. He proceeded to the University of Hull in the United Kingdom to do a course in Law and eventually graduated with LLB (Honours) Degree in 1956.
He entered the Inns of Courts in London and he was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple in 1958. Soon after he had completed his studies in England, as patriotic citizens of Ghana, he proceeded home to serve his nation and joined the civil services as Assistant State Attorney in the Attorney-General’s Department.
From 1958 to 1961, he was an Assistant State Attorney. He was promoted in 1961 to the State Attorney’s position and Senior State Attorney’s position in 1962. In 1964, Justice Annan was promoted to the Bench as a Circuit Court Judge. The distinguished career of this gentleman earned him promotion to the High Court, then to the Court of Appeal.
He also served the country as Stool Lands Boundaries Settlement Commissioner from 1974 to 1976. He was a member of the Legal Class Appointments Board where he served from 1974 to 1979. He was the Chairman of the Press Freedom and Complaints Committee of the erstwhile Ghana Press Commission in 1980.
Justice Annan was appointed a Member of the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) and de facto became the Vice-Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council in 1984 and he served in that capacity up to the year 1993. On his appointment as a member of the P.N.D.C. , he was appointed Chairman of the National Economic Commission in 1984 and he was later on again appointed Chairman of the National Commission for Democracy (N.D.C).
On a number of occasions, Mr. Justice Annan represented the Chairman of the P.N.D.C. at international conferences, including conferences of the United Nations Organization, Organization of African Unity, ECOWAS, and the Non-Aligned Movement.
He acted as the Head of State, in the absence of the Chairman of the P.N.D.C. He was also appointed as the chairman of the Transitional Team, in preparing the procedures for the handing over from the P.N.D.C. to the N.D.C Government and was also the Chairman of the Ghana Police Council.
When Ghana decided to embark upon constitutional rule, he was elected the Speaker of the First Parliament of the Fourth Republic in 1993 and due to his performance as the speaker of the first parliament, he was re-elected as the Speaker for the Second Parliament of the Fourth Republic in 1997.
Justice Annan was not only a jurist but he also took interest in sports. He was the Chairman of the Ghana Boxing Association (GBA) and also the President of the Ghana National Olympics Committee (GOC) from 1983 to 1985.
Mr. Justice Annan has travelled widely around the world serving his nation on various delegations of the following important conferences: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1989; headed Ghana’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1984 as well as in 1985; the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Harare in 1986 and Organization of African Unity (OAU), Addis Ababa, in 1984 as well as in 1985; the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meeting in Lome in 1984; the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in 1990; the 14th Commonwealth Speakers Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1996.
He was married to Mrs. Regina Annan with four children. His hobbies are gardening and general politics.