Former President John Agyekum Kufuor is grieving the death of his wife, Theresa Kufuor. In a video that has surfaced online, the statesman could be seen struggling to contain his grief.
The former president can be seen seated on the compound of his Peduase residence, flanked by close relatives on both sides.
To his left stands his brother and former Minister of Defence, Dr. Kwame Addo-Kufuor. John Kufuor addresses the gathering, although his words remain inaudible. There comes a point when his emotions become overwhelming, causing him to pause.
In a courageous effort to restrain his tears and quell his surging emotions, the former president momentarily breaks down, but his brother gently taps his chair to encourage him to compose himself.
Mrs Theresa Kufuor’s demise occurred in the afternoon of Sunday, October 1, 2023. This brought an end to her 61-year marriage with former President Agyekum Kufuor.
Mrs. Kufuor held the esteemed position of Ghana’s First Lady from January 7, 2001, to January 6, 2009 after her husband, John Agyekum Kufuor, assumed the presidency, succeeding Jerry John Rawlings.
During her time as First Lady, Theresa Kufuor made a significant impact by establishing the Mother to Child Community Development Foundation. This foundation was dedicated to promoting the healthy development of children and preventing the transmission of diseases from mothers to their offspring.
This, in turn, resulted in notable advancements in healthcare access and a reduction in maternal and child mortality rates within the nation.
Mrs. Kufuor was also a passionate advocate for women’s rights and empowerment. She tirelessly championed various programs and policies aimed at elevating the status of women in Ghanaian society.
Meanwhile, Ghanaians including First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo, have turned to social media to convey their heartfelt condolences and extend their sympathies to former President John Agyekum Kufour and his family.
Also, the country’s flags will fly half mast till Sunday, a directive by President Akufo-Addo.