Joseph Adda was born at Navrongo, the capital of the Kassena-Nankana District in the Upper East Region of Ghana.
He had his secondary education at St. John’s School, Sekondi, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Politics and Economics from the Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana, the United States, which he attended between 1979 and 1982.
Between 1982 and 1984, he was at Columbia University, New York, where he studied for a Master’s degree in International Affairs, specialising in Finance and Banking.
He went on to get a graduate certificate in African Studies from the same university.
In 1989, he obtained a certificate in French language and civilization from the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.
Entry into politics
Mr. Adda first entered Parliament in 2003 after winning the Navrongo Parliamentary seat in a by-election.
This was after the death of its sitting MP, John Achuliwor. He subsequently retained his seat in the 2004 general elections.
Mr. Adda served in various capacities under the Kufuor administration.
He was appointed in 2005 as the Minister for Manpower Development and Employment and later became the Energy Minister in April 2006.
In 2008, Joseph Kofi Adda retained his seat when the NPP lost the general elections but lost it in 2012 to Mark Woyongo.
He won the seat back in the 2016 election then, lost it to Upper East Regional Minister Tangoba Abayage in the NPP’s parliamentary primary ahead of the 2020 election.