Horace Ankrah was born in Accra on February 26, 1957 but grew up in Kumasi. He was named Nii Ayi by his parents, the late Mr Chris Wilfred Ankrah, an ex-serviceman with the then Gold Coast army and a retired Accountant, from Otublohum and Mrs Vera Rose Ankrah (nee Ben-Smith) a retired midwife from Anomabu, Elmina and Winneba.
Ankrah is the grandson of Lt. Col. Robert Ben-Smith MBE from Elmina and Cape Coast and Mrs Mercy Alberta Ben-Smith (nee Swatson) from Anomabu and Winneba. Mr Joseph Ankrah and Mrs Beatrice Ankrah both from Prampram and Otublohum all of blessed memory.
The Ankrah and Ben-Smith families are popular in the Greater Accra, Central, Ashanti and the Western Regions of Ghana. Ankrah’s grandfather, Lt. Col. Robert Ben-Smith family gatherings took place in Kumasi where he played an effective role in the community. Ankrah has emulated this positive influence. He has taken his inspiration from the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, his grandparents, parents, Juliana (wife), Larry and Lauren ( children ) and an excellent, selfless friend Dr. Tony Oteng Gyasi, a distinguished industrialist.
Ankrah attended both KNUST and UCC primary schools before continuing his education at Adisadel College, Cape Coast. He excelled both academically and in sports. He was a top footballer for both Adisadel College and the Central Region. Horace was also a top athlete and ran in both the 100 and 200 metres for Adisadel College and the Central Region.
In 1976 he gained admission to the Institute of Professional studies, Legon where he pursued a course in Accounting.
In 1987, after a brief working spells at the Accounts Department of the University of Cape Coast and the Canadian High Commission in Accra, Ankrah left to further his education in the UK. His education in the UK was self funded by working as an Accounting Officer with Travis Perkins, Balham Branch and 5 years as an Underground Train Operator ( Northern Line ) with London Underground Limited where he had the opportunity of training several Train Operators with their theory work.
Horace Ankrah holds a B.A. (Hons) and MSc (International Conflict) both in Politics. He was one of the few students ever to complete a two year Masters programme in a year at the time in the United Kingdom. In 2004 he won the Jon Lopatequi Memorial Award in Politics from Kingston University.
Ankrah remained in the main stream academia as Founder of Nzo Academy of London & Surrey and Nzo Institute of Professional Studies where he lectured in Politics and Sociology on Part-time bases. He is regarded in the United Kingdom as a distinguished educationist who gave a lot to the African and Caribbean youth living in London and Surrey.
A successful businessman and CEO of INSPECT-GH, HAAN Political Consult and Nzo Care Farms. He is also the founder of Nzo Academy of London and Surrey, a U.K. based independent school, making him the first Ghanaian to establish an independent school South of London and Surrey. He founded and run Nzo Car Rentals, Nzo Skills Driving School, which trained the Ghanaian youth in the United Kingdom free of charge. He founded the Horace Ankrah Hole-In-Heart Scheme, the Horace Ankrah Clothe-the -Needy Scheme and the Horace Ankrah Scholarship Scheme, which has helped over 5000 children and over 700 adults with their education since 1991.
Horace is fluent in Ga, Twi, Fante, Ada, Hausa, Ewe and English. He is currently taking lessons in Chinese.
FAVOURITE PAST TIMES
Reading (biograhy), Music ( gospel, hi-life and jazz), sports (soccer, golf and athletics). Horace is a supporter of Accra Great Olympics.
POLITICAL OFFICE HELD
Horace Ankrah was the former National Democratic Congress Party, UK & Ireland Chapter Chairman. The NDC is currently the largest Opposition Political Party in Ghana.
Horace Ankrah is currently Ghana’s Immediate Past Deputy Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.
Horace is a lay preacher of the Gospel
He is married to Juliana with two children Larry and Lauren, both Medical Officers, with homes in London, Surrey, Charlotte in the USA, Cape Coast, Accra and Kumasi. Horace has countless adopted children in Ghana.
To always serve humanity and to remain humane so long as he lives.
To always have the Ghanaian dream as his wish and always serve his country with the dignity and integrity it deserves.