The late Dr Kwabena Adjei was born on March 9, 1943. He was an indigene of Nkonya Ntsumuru in the Volta Region of Ghana.
Dr Kwabena Adjei, who was also known as ‘Wayoo Wayo,’ which literally means “kill the cat,” was an intellectual. He excelled in academia, politics and business. In his political career, he rose to the position of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) National Chairman in 2005.
Dr Adjei acquired his Middle School Leaving Certificate (MSLC) at West African Examinations Council, Accra, in 1960. In 1964, he acquired his General Certificate of Education (GCE) “O” Level at the Rapid Results College in London, (private tuition).
The following year which was 1965, he obtained General Certificate of Education (GCE) “A” Level at the British School of Careers, UK.
At the University of Ghana in 1970, he acquired a Bachelor of Arts, BA (Hons) Psychology. He proceeded to the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK in 1973 where he acquired a postgraduate doctoral degree, PhD in (Research Methods & Statistics in Psychology). In 1978 at the University of Ghana, he obtained Master of Business Administration, (MBA) (Marketing Option).
He took an appointment as a lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in 1974/1976 where he lectured in Educational/Child Psychology.
In that same year, Dr Adjei was a lecturer at the External Degree Centre, Institute of Adult Education, Accra. He lectured the School of Social Welfare, Osu, Accra.
Dr Adjei was also a lecturer in Introductory Psychology for Nursing Students at the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1974/80.
He also lectured in Introductory Psychology for Certificate Courses in Prisons Administration, University of Ghana, Legon.
In 1981/1986 Dr Adjei became a Senior Lecturer in Psychology & Sociology, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. He also lectured Social Psychology of Communication University of Maiduguri Borno, State Nigeria.
He was elected a council member at Jasikan District Council in the Volta Region in 1978/1979. From 1979-1981, he became a parliamentary candidate for Biakoye Constituency for the Popular Front Party (PFP).
He was the Provisional National Defence Committee (PNDC) Deputy Secretary (Deputy Minister of State) for the Volta Region from 1986-1987.
Dr Adjei was a key member since the founding of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 1992.
In 1993/1996 became the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Biakoye Constituency.
He also became the first Deputy Majority Chief Whip in Parliament of the 4th Republic of Ghana, in 1993/1994
He was appointed the Majority Chief Whip in Parliament in 1994. That same year he was also appointed the Deputy Minister for Lands & Forestry.
He became the substantive minister for Lands & Forestry in In 1994/1996
Dr Adjei in 1997/1998 served as a Cabinet minister for Lands & Forestry.
In 1998 he was a Cabinet Minister for Food & Agriculture.
Dr Adjei served as the Majority Leader of Parliament in 1998/2000.
In 1998/2000, he was the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Chairman of Business Committee in Parliament. He also served as a member of a Select Committee.
In 1998, he won the seat for Member of Parliament (MP) for the Biakoye Constituency in 2001/2004. He served as a member of Finance Committee and Member of Health Committee as well.
He became the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in 2005.
Dr Adjei served as Chairman of Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) in 2009.
Hon. Dr Adjei was actively involved in international co-operation activities related to his work as a parliamentarian and as a Minister of State under the (PNDC) and NDC governments in the Republic of Ghana from 1987 to 2014.
Dr Adjei died on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, formerly Ridge Hospital.
The politician who was the chairman when the NDC won power in 2008 battled with a protracted sickness.
His death came just three days after he celebrated his 76th birthday.