May 31, 2024

Patricia Appiagyei has been a significant figure in Ghanaian politics, currently serving as the Deputy Majority Leader of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana. Her journey in public service has been marked by numerous leadership roles and a steadfast commitment to her constituents.

Patricia Appiagyei was born on November 28, 1956, in Accra, Ghana. She hails from Konongo/Asawase-Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. Her academic journey began at St. Louis Senior Secondary School in Kumasi, followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Economics/Law from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 1980. She furthered her education with a postgraduate diploma in Development Economics in 1988.

Before venturing into politics, Appiagyei had a distinguished career in economic development. She served as the Executive Director of Marketing at City Investments Company Limited from 1995 to 2010.

Appiagyei’s political career took off when she was appointed Deputy Minister for the Ashanti Region from 2001 to 2005. In 2005, she briefly served as the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister before becoming the Municipal Chief Executive for Kumasi, a position she held until 2009. Notably, she was the first female Mayor of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, setting a precedent for women in leadership roles within the region.

In 2012, she was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Asokwa Constituency, succeeding Maxwell Kofi Jumah. She successfully retained her seat in the 2016 and 2020 general elections, reinforcing her position as a prominent figure in Ghanaian politics. In 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo appointed her as the Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, a role she continues to hold.

Appiagyei’s leadership capabilities were further recognized in February 2024 when she was appointed as the Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament. This followed the promotion of Alexander Afenyo-Markin to Majority Leader, succeeding Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu. Her appointment reflects her extensive experience and dedication to public service.

Hon. Patricia Appiagyei’s role as the Deputy Majority Leader of the 8th Parliament of Ghana is a testament to her enduring dedication to public service and her significant contributions to Ghanaian politics. Her leadership, both in Parliament and in her constituency, continues to inspire many, particularly women in leadership roles across the nation. Annang Papa Nii