President of Ghana - (Formals) - Hilla Limann
Dr Hilla Limann Profile
Other Names: Dr Hilla
Date of Birth: 1934-12-12
Place: Gwolu, Upper West region
12 December 1934 - 23 January 1998
Father: Babini Yomu
Mother: Mma Hayawah
Wife: Fulera Limann
Limann was born and named Babini but he was brought up by his uncle, Heli Limann. He assumed his name on entering primary school.
- 1941 - 1945: Lawra Confederacy Native Authority School (UIW)
- 1946 - 1949: Government Middle School, Tamale (NIR) 1952 - 1955: District Councillor, Tlumu District Council (U/W)
- 1954: Lost Parliamentary Election as an Independent Candidate
- 1957 - 1960: London School of Economics (Political Science)
- 1960 - 1962: Sorbonne University, France (Diploma in French)
- 1962 - 1965: University of Paris, (Ph.D. Political Science & Constitutional Law)
- 1962 - 1964: University of London (BA Hons) History
- 1965 - 1968: Head, Europe Desk, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- 1967: Member Constitutional Commission
- 1979 (September 24): Sworn-in as President of Ghana's Third Republic. One of Limann's first acts was to replenish food stock, which had been depleted by the AFRC's three-month rule.
His government also launched the Gold Endowment Fund as a means of getting investors to Ghana.
- 1981 (31 December): Overthrown by Flight-Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings, leader of the AFRC (Armed Forces Revolution Committee) who had handed over power to him about tow and-a-half years ago. Limann lived a private life and although he tried to re-enter politics in 1992 he failed in his bid to win the presidential elections of that year as the candidate of the People's National Convention. His last effort in politics was to try and unite the fractured Nkrumaists front and was co-chairman of the Unity Talks aimed at bringing all Nkrumaists under one-fold
- 1998 (23 January): Died of "natural causes", but was left without support of the government of John Rawlings, driving even an old car, which was donated by friends.
After the handover ceremony in 1979, Military intelligence personnel consistently reported destabilising activities of former members of the AFRC. Dr. Limman insisted that there were no legal justifications to hold them in custody under a democratic dispensation. This decision eventually cost him the presidency and the years of humiliation and alienation he suffered at the hands of the Rawlings administration.
Rawlings Coup de Etat 1981; A very shameful day, in the history of Ghana! Limann - always will be remembered!