Mr Kufuor was the second president of the fourth republic of Ghana and served two four-year terms, exiting office in 2009.
He was elected as the chairman of the African Union between January 30, 2007 and January 31, 2008.
Under his leadership, the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was implemented to cater for the health needs of citizens, replacing the ‘cash-and-carry’ system.
He also introduced the capitation grant for school children at the basic level, and started the Ghana School Feeding Programme for pupils in public primary schools.
Mr Kufuor has many accolades including: The Knight Commander of the Order of Bath of the UK, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and Order of the House of Orange, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
On September 20, 2011, Mr Kufuor inaugurated the John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Foundation with a ground-breaking ceremony for the JAK Centre for Leadership, Governance, and Development at the University of Ghana.
Social media has been awash with well wishes for the two-time President:
Happy Birthday Fmr President J.A. Kufuor. Wishing you long life and good health. We are blessed to have you. pic.twitter.com/HmzJuCs2kM— Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia (@MBawumia) December 8, 2015
Happy 77th birthday to President John Agyekum Kufuor, Ghana's most successful constitutional leader. Your legacy shall be resurrected.— Gabby Otchere-Darko (@GabbyDarko) December 8, 2015