Today is the birthday of Hon. Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma South constituency in the greater Accra region. www.ghanacelwbrations.com wishes you a very happy birthday.

Alfred Oko Vanderpuije (born 4 November 1955) is a Ghanaian educationist and politician who currently serves as a member of parliament. He is currently the member of parliament for Ablekuma South Constituency in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

His Dutch surname reflects his Euro-African descent. The ancestors of Vanderpuije originally came from Sint-Maartensdijk on the former island of Tholen in the Netherlands. His ancestor, Jacobus van der Puije was Governor of the Dutch Gold Coast in 1780.

Early life

A Jamestown native, he was born and bred at Mamprobi, Darkuman and Dansoman at various stages of his childhood.


Vanderpuije studied at Accra Teacher Training College for a 3 year Post Secondary in Education. He holds a Masters in Education from Mid America Nazarene College and a Specialist in Education Administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City,U.S.A.

Political career:

As Mayor of Accra

He was the former Mayor of Accra, installed in that office by President John Atta Mills in 2009 and he was maintained in that office by President John Dramani Mahama, completing his second term in 2017.

As Member of Parliament

Vanderpuije was elected to the Parliament of Ghana in the 2016 elections on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to represent the Ablekuma South Constituency in the Greater Accra Region for a four-year term. He won the elections with 31,927 votes out of the 59,041 valid votes cast representing 54.36% of the votes. As an MP, he is a member of Foreign Affairs Committee and House Committee of Parliament.

Personal life

Vanderpuije lost his wife in 2012. In 2019, Vanderpuije remarried Cynthia Amerley Ayiku after seven years of losing his wife.


On the night of Thursday 9 September 2021, he directed traffic on the Sakaman Junction to the Dansoman roundabout stretch. He decided to direct traffic when the police were absent. His actions brought relief to users using that road.

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