A former member of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC), Major (rtd) Kwadwo Boakye Djan passed away at the age of 81.
After a brief illness, Boakye Djan passed away on Wednesday morning, August 30, at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
He was a political and military leader in Ghana who was well-known for his contributions to those fields.
Boakye Djan attended Opoku Ware School for secondary education during his O Levels and Achimota School during his sixth form.
He enlisted in the Ghanaian military and advanced through the ranks, becoming a well-known figure in the armed forces.
He had a number of jobs before rising to the rank of Brigadier General and became known for his impact and leadership abilities.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, Boakye Djan had a considerable impact on Ghana’s political history.
He was a member of the team that planned the December 31 coup in 1981, which gave Rawlings his second term in office. But Djan and Rawlings’ connection would later disintegrate.
Boakye Djan was charged in 1982 with attempting to overthrow Rawlings’ government and planning against it. He was therefore detained and accused of conspiring. He was then imprisoned and released from the military.
He had previously been pals with Rawlings, thus this represented a huge change.
When Ghana returned to civilian government in 1992, Boakye Djan was freed from prison. He continued to participate in Ghanaian politics and occasionally expressed his views on international issues.