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Ex-Information Minister John Tia Akologu is dead


Ex-Information Minister John Tia Akologu is dead

John Tia Akologu, the former Information Minister and Ambassador to Cuba, has sadly passed away after a brief illness. Abdallah Salifu, the Upper East Regional Communications Officer of the NDC, confirmed his death, stating that Mr. Tia Akologu passed away at the Upper East Regional Hospital on Sunday, March 24.

John Akologu Tia was a dedicated politician who served as the Member of Parliament for Talensi from January 1993 to 2012. He first entered local politics in 1982 as the Press Secretary of the Upper East Regional Secretariat of Peoples Defence Committees/Workers Defence Committees.

Mr. Tia Akologu was elected as an MP in the 1992 parliamentary election as a candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC). He continued to represent the Talensi constituency in parliament from January 1993. Additionally, he was a Member of the ECOWAS Parliament and served as the Minister for Information under President Mills in 2009.

Despite losing his bid for re-election in 2012, Mr. Tia Akologu remained active in politics and international relations. He announced in 2016 that he would no longer seek a parliamentary seat. He also had the honor of serving as Ghana’s Ambassador to Cuba during the administration of former President John Mahama.



Akologu was born in Gambaga, a town in the Northern Region of Ghana. He completed his primary education at Zobzia Primary School and continued his studies at the Local Authority Middle School in Gambaga. For his secondary education, Akologu attended Tamale Secondary School from 1969 to 1974 and obtained the GCE Ordinary Level.

In 1980, Akologu obtained a Diploma in Journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism. He pursued further education at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) from 2005 to 2008. In June 2006, he received a Certificate in Management, followed by a Diploma in Public Administration in June 2007. Akologu completed his studies at GIMPA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration in 2008.


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