Westminster alumni Shirley Botchway and Dominic Nitiwul were nominated to take ministerial positions in Ghana by Nana Akufo-Addo, who was elected a President of the African country in December 2016.

Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, who received her Master of Arts Degree in Communications from the University of Westminster in 2002, is the minister-designate for Foreign Affairs.

Before entering politics, Westminster alumna Shirley Botchway ran a successful Marketing and Communications company. She has also worked in various organisations including Worldspace Ghana, Divestiture Implementation Committee, Glaxo Group Research and Hodge Recruitment in the area of administration.

During her political career she has served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister for Information, and Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry. She is a fourth term legislator who represented the most populous constituency in the country, Weija, for two terms, and is currently in her second term representing the people of Anyaa/Sowutuom.

Dominic Nitiwul, who obtained his Masters in Corporate Finance Law (Corporate Finance Law LLM) from the University of Westminster in 2007, is a nominee for the position of Defence Minister and is expected to become the youngest person in the country’s democratic history to head the Ministry of Defence.

Nitiwul has 11 years of experience in legislative work and is currently a Member of the Pan-African Parliament. He has served in various committees there as well as in the Ghanaian Parliament, where he was holding the position of a Deputy Minority Leader for four years and is currently an MP for Bambilla. All nominations are subject to the approval of Parliament and the nominees are currently undergoing a vetting process. 

 

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