In February 2008, when John Agyekum Kufuor was serving his final year in office, he received George Bush and his wife. Bush was the American President at the time.
The US president and his wife attended a state banquet during their tour, when the POTUS made a brief comment on First Lady Theresa Kufuor, whose passing had just been reported.
Theresa Kufuor, a retired midwife, is said to have passed away at home at the age of 88, though there hasn’t been a formal announcement to that effect yet.
At the state supper held during that visit to Ghana, President George Bush gave a brief address in which he praised the friendliness of the Ghanaian people.
“I don’t think I have been to a country where the people have been more friendly, more open. We appreciate so very much your hospitality, and I really appreciate the George Bush Motorway,” he said.
Before he concluded his address, he described Theresa Kufuor, the First Lady as ‘gracious,’ while thanking the Ghanaian people.
“I thank you for your leadership. I thank you for your kindness. And I offer a toast to you, your gracious wife, and to the noble people of Ghana. God bless,” he concluded.
Having tied the knot on September 8, 1962, the second first couple of the fourth republic had barely three weeks back celebrated their 61st anniversary as a couple.
The former president once revealed that he married Theresa a year after they got to know each other.
In an interview with Adom TV’s Afia Amankwah Tamakloe, Kufuor disclosed that they met at a Republic Day Anniversary Dance in 1961 in London.
He added that he had just completed his law course the same year Theresa finished her nursing programme in Scotland.
“We got talking at the dance and became friends who got married in 1962 and gave birth to our first child in 1963, the second in 1964,” myjoyonline.com quoted him to have said.