In every professional field, there's a leader and pioneer.
It's something you need to necessarily impose on yourself, but automatically, when the need arises for you to that point of ascension, society will give you that recognition.
Often times a lot of people try to bend the rules and principles of life, and toe a path they think is best toeing for them, but in the end, they regrettably reap the consequences of their choices.
The Holy Book makes it explicit that: "A good name is better than riches." It may seem so simple and funny in the ears of many, but that's one of the hardest truths.
If not so, then the wise and richest King, Solomon, wouldn't have asked God to give him wisdom.
He emphatically makes it clear that all the earthy things we see around are vanity upon vanity.
Looking at our world of intense and fierce competition, many people can easily give in easily to circumstances that lead to a wrong path. There's actually a prize for every effort we put in though; whether good or bad, we'll surely reap its outcome.
Nature has made it in such a way that if you step in the right direction and give the world the best you can, the world in return, rewards you in multiple folds.
It's direct version is that whatever you give willingly to people, you are in essence giving it to God, and He Who loves a cheerful giver will reward you accordingly, beyond measure.
It doesn't necessarily have to be money; your time, service, efforts, love, humility, coupled with other rich values.
It's obvious that quite a number of people do not give the teaching profession the necessary respect and recognition partly due to the fact, in the eyes of some people, its salary structure isn't so high, but the hidden fact about it is that it's one of the most blessed professions in the world.
Just imagine the variety of different professionals a single teacher trains in each class, particularly at the basic level. It's just amazing. You can have a doctor in there, coupled with lawyers, engineers, politicians, businessman and women, etc.
Probably when these pupils and students successfully get to their destined professions, they may look back and say: "Lord I thank you for everything, and as well ask for blessings for all the teachers who trained and groomed me to become who I am today."
It may sound inexpensive, but that's the best gift you can ever have. When people shower blessings on you, it's really a great and priceless gift.
In this article, we are going to delve into some great personalities in Ghana whose achievements and successes cannot be mentioned without making reference to one hero in the law profession, even though God is the overall point of reference.
TT, Tsatsu Tsikata, Law Book, School of Law, are some of the accolades people usually accord him with.
Not only is he influential, instrumental or popular in his motherland, but also elsewhere. He seems to have been sensed and felt by all the world's 7 continents due to the manner in which he learns, teaches, shows and practices the law.
Undoubtedly, this is deal of a constellation of blessings.
He is such a rare personality the world has ever been blessed with.
When he was appointed a lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon Faculty of Law, he met and taught some student pioneers, who have now climbed to the top of the legal profession.
In the subsequent paragraphs, we are going to comprehensively and explicitly explore and unfold the life chapters of these great personalities.
1. Kenneth Dzirasah, Esq
Born on January 13, 1954 in Ghana, Kenneth Dzirasah, Esq served as a Member of Parliament for the South Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region of Ghana from 1993 to 2009 on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as well as the First Deputy Speaker and Second Deputy Speaker of the 3rd and 4th parliament of the Fourth Republic respectively.
Dzirasah was then appointed and sworn-in as the Chairman of the Ghana Refugee Board in 2011.
The renowned lawyer did his Bachelor of Law Degree at the University of Ghana, Legon, where he met and was taught by his great lecturer, Tsatsu Tsikata, Esq.
He then proceeded to the Ghana School of Law to continue his studies, and was called to the Ghana Bar after passing his Professional Law Exams.
2. Justice Nasiru Sulemana Gbadegbe
Born on December 8, 1950 in Ghana, Justice Gbadegbe served as a Supreme Court judge for more than a decade (from 2009 to 2020), an Appeal Court Judge for ten years (from 1999 to 2009) as well as a High Court Judge for a decade (from 1989 to 1999).
He however comes from the Volta Region of Ghana.
After obtaining his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon in 1973, Gbadegbe then continued his studies at the Ghana School of Law, where he obtained his Qualifying Certificate in Law in 1975.
He is regarded as one of the longest-serving legal practitioners in Ghana, as he served for thirty-one years in the judiciary until he retired in December 2020.
3. Justice Jones Victor Mawulom Dotse.
The renowned Ghanaian judge obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon in 1976.
Two years later, he was awarded a BL in Law from the Ghana School of Law, and in November 1978, he was called to the Ghana Bar.
He is also known to have done a number of short courses, and attended several conferences in collaboration with the International Visitor Programme of the United States of America; Special Judicial Faculty Institute of Canada, Ottawa; Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute (CJEI), Halifax, Canada; and the International Bar Association (IBA).
With over over 20 years experience in private legal practice, three years experience in State Attorney Service, and seven years experience as a High Court Judge, Dotse currently serves as a Gambian Supreme Court Judge.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution expert was further appointed as a Supreme Court Judge of Ghana in 2008.
Among the leadership roles he has assumed include the president of the Volta Region Bar of the Ghana Bar Association as well as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Judicial Training Institute, Accra, Ghana.
Justice Dotse is also currently the Chairman of the University Council of the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Volta Region, Ho-Ghana.
Jones Dotse is proudly an old student of Accra Academy.
He is happily married, and blessed with three lovely children.
4. Justice Paul Kwadwo Baffoe-Bonnie
Born at Goase-Mempeasem, Ghana to Opanyin Baffoe-Bonnie and Ama Kyerewaa, Baffoe-Bonnie served as a Circuit Court Judge in Kumasi, then a High Court Judge at Duayaw-Nkwanta, coupled with his role as an Appeal Court Judge before he was appointed a Supreme Court Judge in 2008 by former president John Agyekum Kufour.
After obtaining his Ordinary Level Certificate and Advanced Level Certificate from Konongo Odumase Secondary School, he gained admission to study Bachelor of Laws at the University of Ghana, Legon.
He then proceeded to the Ghana School of Law to continue his studies. After passing his Professional Law Exams, he was then called to the Ghana Bar in 1981.
He was on the panel of the Supreme Court Judges who presided over, and passed judgement on the 2013 election petition filed by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The renowned legal practitioner is married to Pat, with one daughter (who is a medical doctor).
5. Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga
Hails from Ghana's Volta Region, Jackson Honyenuga served as an Assistant State Attorney, a Private Legal Practitioner, Ghana Navy Advocate Judge, High Court Judge (in the areas of civil matters, narcotics, robbery and other crimes involving violence), Director of the Remand Prisoners Project and Appeals Court Judge before he was appointed a Supreme Court Judge in 2020 by H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
He is currently excellently serving in that capacity, coupled with his role as the Paramount Chief of the Nyagbo Traditional Area.
He obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon.
6. Edward Korbly Doe Adjaho, Esq
Born on January 3, 1957 in Ghana, Doe Adjaho served as the 5th Speaker of the Fourth Republic (from 2013 to 2017), Member of Parliament for the Avenor-Ave Constituency in the Volta Region of Ghana (from 1993 to 2013) on the ticket of the NDC, and as well served as a legal practitioner at the Attorney-General's Department of Ghana for a while after he was called to the Ghana Bar.
The renowned lawyer obtained his Bachelor of Law Degree at the University of Ghana, Legon in 1984.
Two years later he joined the Ghana School of Law, where he was trained as a Barrister-at-Law.
Adjaho is proudly an old student of Accra Academy.
He is happily married, and blessed with four lovely children.
7. Joe Ghartey, Esq
Born on June 15, 1961 to Mr. Joseph Ghartey and Mrs Lauraine Ghartey in Accra-Ghana, Joe Ghartey served as the Minisiter for Railways and Development (from 2017 to 2021), Second Deputy Speaker of 6th Parliament of the Fourth Republic (from 2013 to 2017), 19th Attorney-General and Minisiter of Justice (from 2006 to 2009) as well as the Member of Parliament for Essikado-Ketan Constituency in the Western Region of Ghana since 2005.
He however comes from Shama in Ghana's Western Region.
After completing the Mfanstsipim School, Joe Ghartey gained admission into the University of Ghana, Legon, where he graduated with Bachelor of Law Degree in 1986.
Then proceeded to the Ghana School of Law, where he was trained as a Barrister-at-Law, and was called to the Bar in 1988.
Before Ghartey co-founded a law firm called Ghartey & Ghartey with his wife, Efua Ghartey, he served in a number of organizations including Komenda Eguafo Abirem District Assembly (as a Legal Officer), Chambers of Lawyer Gwira in Sekondi (as an Associate) as well as Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co. Law firm.
He currently serves as a Senior Partner at Ghartey & Ghartey.
In academia, Ghartey served as an adjunct lecturer of Investment Law at the University of Ghana School of Business and as well taught Corporate Governance and Executive MBA at the Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
Additionally, Joe served as a lecturer in Company Law at the Ghana School of Law and Mountcrest University, Accra-Ghana.
Internationally, the Sierra Leonean government appointed Ghartey as a consultant to draft a Code of Conduct for its parliament.
The co-founder of the Ghana Committee on Human and People's Rights further served as the Chairman of the Zambian Inter African Network of Human Rights Organizations.
Among the committees he has served on include;
1. The Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee
2. The Government Assurances Committee
3. Mines and Energy Committee
4. Committee of Members Holding Offices of Profit
He is happily married to Efua Ghartey, and blessed with five children.
8. Justice Julius Ansah
Born in 1950 in Ghana, Justice Ansah served as a Supreme Court Judge from 2004 to 2020 as well as an Acting Chief Justice from December 2019 to January 2020.
Julius Ansah is proudly an old student of Ofori Panin Senior High School and Prempeh College.
He obtained his Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon.
9. Justice Samuel Kofi Marful-Sau
Born on February 3, 1957 in Assin Adubiase in the Central Region of Ghana, Justice Marful-Sau served as a High Court Judge (from 2002 to 2006), an Appeal Court Judge (from 2006 to 2018), and currently serving as a Supreme Court Judge.
Marful-Sau obtained his Ordinary Level Certificate and Advanced Level Certificate from Breman Asikuma Secondary School and Navrongo Secondary School respectively in 1977.
Before he was admitted to study a Master's Degree in Petroleum Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Dundee in Scotland, Samuel obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Ghana, Legon as well as a Barrister-at-Law from the Ghana School of Law in 1982 and 1984 respectively.
Currently, he is part of the seven-member panel hearing the 2020 election petition filed by Mr. John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress against the 1st Respondent (the Electoral Commission of Ghana) and 2nd Respondent (H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party).
10. Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah
Born in May 1953 in Toase in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Justice Anin-Yeboah served as a High Court Judge (from 2002 to 2003), Court of Appeal Justice (from 2003 to 2008), and currently serving as the 14th Chief Justice of the Apex Court of Ghana.
Additionally, he is serving as the Chairman of the Legal Aid Board and Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council of Ghana.
The fourth longest-serving justice of the Supreme Court is also a part-time lecturer in Civil Procedure and Ghana Legal System at the Ghana School of Law.
He is proudly an old student of Amaniampong Secondary School and Apam Secondary School.
Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah obtained his Bachelor of Law Degree and Barrister-at-Law from the University of Ghana, Legon and Ghana School of Law respectively.
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