Nii Lante Vanderpuye is the current member of parliament for Odododiodio constituency and a former sports journalist. He is a former Minister of Youth and Sports under John Mahama and a Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry.
Born Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye on June 11, 1965 in Accra. He had his secondary education at Bechem Presbyterian Boy’s Secondary School and Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast.
Vanderpuye holds a Masters degree in Governance & Leadership from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He also holds a B. A in English, Philosophy and Classics from the University of Ghana.
Before going into full time politics, Nii worked at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation from 1990 to 2004 where he became the Deputy Head of Sports. He was the Head of Sports at Network Broadcasting Limited between 2005 and 2008.
He was a special aide and director of operations at the presidency under former President John Evans Atta Mills.
Nii Lante Vanderpuye first became member of parliament for Odododiodio constituency in 2013 after beating off competition from the NPP’s Victor Okaikoi in the 2012 elections.
He has retained the seat at the 2016 and 2020 elections.
Former President John Mahama appointed him as Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry in March 2013. He was later moved to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development as Deputy Minister in 2014 to 2015.
He was again moved to the Ministry of Youth and Sports as the substantive minister after a ministerial reshuffle in 2015.
Nii Lante is a Ranking member of the Local government and rural development committee and a member of the privileges committee and Appointments committee.