The three times winner of the North Tongu Constituency Parliamentary seat Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Popularly known by his Constituents as “Togbe Worgbedzi” hails from the Southern Part of the Volta region of Ghana.
Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa was Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Information and later became the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Education.
He is a Legislator representing the good people of North Tongu in the Volta Region and Ranking Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs in Ghana’s Parliament . He was elected Member of Parliament in 2012 winning 90.5% of total votes cast. He again won in 2016. In Parliament he serves on the Appointment and the Roads and Transport Committees.
He was previously appointed by the late President Prof. John Evans Atta Mills as Deputy Minister of Information from April 2009 to 6th January 2013.
He is a former President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS). He later became Managing Director of Savvi Solutions. In his foray into national politics, he was a member of the then candidate John Evans Atta Mills Campaign Communication Team in the 2008 elections and until his appointment as Deputy Minister of Information served on Government’s Transition Team.
His interests include youth development, community support initiatives, political communication and education. He has been guest speaker at many local and international events.
Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa has received numerous awards including the TNG Corporate Excellence Awards – Accra, 2010, Outstanding Youth Leader in West Africa by the West Africa Students’ Union (WASU) – Kaduna, Nigeria 2009, Special Alumnus Award by the National Union of Ghana Students’ (NUGS) – 2009, Old Vandal Award – 2008, Award of recognition by the Volta Hall JCR of the University of Ghana – 2005 and a special Fellow of the Private University Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG).
The Students Representative Council of the University of Ghana, Legon during their Excellence Awards in 2013, presented him with the Platinum Vessel Award in recognition of his meritorious, dedicated and selfless service towards national development.
He is a PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner level holder, member of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana, member of the African Leadership Network (ALN) and an alumnus of the American Council for Young Political Leaders.
He is an old boy of Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School (PRESEC), Legon. He read Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Ghana for his first degree and has remained a proud ‘Vandal’ having resided in Commonwealth Hall for four years. Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa has an MA in Communications, Media & Public Relations from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.He also holds a certificate in Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance, USA and a Master of Science in Defence and International Politics from the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College.
Some programmes and seminars he has participated in are:
• Washington DC and Chicago – October, 2009
American Council for Young Political Leaders
• Copenhagen, Denmark – April, 2008
Copenhagen Consensus Youth Summit
• Accra, Ghana – August, 2007
Coalition for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill
• Dimona, Israel – June, 2007
On invitation by the African Hebrew Israelites to study an amazing Regenerative Health model.
• Tripoli, Libya – June, 2007
Member of the Activists African Meeting for a Federal State of Africa as a precursor to the 9th Summit of the African Union.
• Tripoli, Libya – November, 2006
Conference on African and Arabic CSOs on the United States of Africa project.
• Legon, Ghana – January, 2006
Annual New Year School
• Johannesburg, South Africa – July, 2006
Head of Ghana’s delegation- All Africa Students Union (AASU) Executive Committee Meeting and Special Awards Session.
His earlier commitments have included:
2007 to April, 2009 – Managing Director, Savvi Solutions
2009 – Acting Secretary, NDC Transition Team
2009 – Secretary, NDC Transitional Task Force on Sanitation and Waste Management
2008 – Member, NDC Communications Team for 2008 Campaign
2008 – Member, NDC Manifesto Working Group on Youth and Sports
2008 – Supervisor, NDC Ballot Paper Printing Monitoring Team
2006 – 2009 – Member, Committee for Joint Action (CJA)
2008-2009 – Member, Free Tsatsu Tsikata Campaign
November 2006 to August 2007 – National Service: Office Of Parliament, Research Unit.
January, 2006 – Reviewer of the 2005 United Nations World Youth Report at the UN Ghana Office.
August 2002 – September 2003: Campus Manager, Carrera Computers Internet Café (University of Ghana)
March 2000 to July 2002: Public Relations Officer, Cosmopolitan Computer Services (CCS)
August 1998 – August 1999: Trustee, Greater Accra Regional Students’ Representative Council
December 2004 -February 2005 – Consultant, KNUST SRC 10-Year Strategic Plan
He has also been honoured by the Mepe Traditional Council and the Tepa Traditional Council where he is known as the “Mmrantiehene.”
He is married to Nuhela Seidu, a legal practitioner and they are blessed with a lovely daughter and son.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa also serves as the Minority Ranking Member on Foriegn Affairs in the 7th Parliament.
Currently, he is the Member of Parliament elect to represent the North Tongu Constituency in the 8th Parliament with a total valid votes of 39,294 representing 89.67% against his immediate contender Richard Collins Arku of New Patriotic Party who obtained a total valid votes of 4,086 representing 9.32% while the Ghana Union Movement (GUM) Parliamentary candidate obtained a valid votes of 442 that represent 1.01%.