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Nathan Apea Aferi
16th Minister for Foreign Affairs (Ghana)

In office
President Kutu Acheampong
Preceded by William Ofori Atta
Succeeded by Lt. Colonel Kwame Baah
Personal details
Born September 1923
Died 8 April 2003(2003-04-08) (aged 79)
Accra, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Profession Soldier
Military service
Allegiance Ghana
Service/branch Ghana army
Rank Major General
Commands Chief of the Defence Staff

Major General Nathan Apea Aferi (September 1923 – 8 April 2003) was a soldier and politician in Ghana. He was a former Chief of the Defence Staff of Ghana. He also served briefly as Foreign Minister of Ghana.



Aferi served with the United Nations Operation in the Congo now the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the time, he was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Ghana army. He is reported to have been on guard at Radio Congo when Patrice Lumumba attempted a broadcast in the confusion around the time of Congo's independence in 1960 from Belgium.[2]

Chief of Defence Staff

Aferi continued in the military on his return to Ghana where he rose to the rank of Brigadier. He was promoted Major General and made the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) after the dismissal of Major General Otu, then CDS by President Nkrumah.[3] He was the last CDS to serve before the overthrow of Nkrumah in Ghana's first military coup.


Aferi was the first Commissioner for Foreign Affairs in the National Redemption Council military government of General Kutu Acheampong in 1972.[4]


Aferi died on April 8, 2003 in Accra, Ghana.[5][6]


Military offices
Preceded by
Major General Stephen J. A. Otu
Chief of the Defence Staff
1965 – 1966
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka
Political offices
Preceded by
William Ofori Atta
Foreign Minister
Succeeded by
Col. Kwame R.M. Baah

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