One fundamental troubling and challenging exercise most people in almost every profession fail is wealth creation, its multiplication and sustenance.
When all eyes roll around the four geographical sections of the country, people who read Economics and Management come to mind. But it appears that over time, the kind of programme one read in school doesn't necessarily account for one's sense of wealthiness in life.
This further strengthens the argument that passing through all the levels of formal education will not automatically pave room for a successful life journey, particularly in the area of wealth creation.
There are so many wealthy people in Ghana who did not have a taste of formal education, but destiny has placed them on top of the game of life.
They can even compete favourably and better than those who claim to be on top of their professions.
This presupposes that indeed there's actually a secret behind how to make money, multiply it, and sustain it well for the future, and even generations yet to come.
But the question is: Do we really search for this hidden treasure or we mostly think the knowledge, skills and expertise alone can do the magic for us?
Currently, positions and roles are given to people not mainly based on wisdom but skills, experience, knowledge, expertise and other protocols.
The truth hurts but it's also the best step to challenge the status quo and make things better.
Just as we are aspiring to be the best in whatever field we find ourselves, we must also strive to make conscious efforts to establish a better relationship with our Maker and ask Him always for wisdom.
You may have knowledge, but if you lack wisdom, there's no way you can successfully accomplish anything great in the sight of God.
With the right knowledge, skills and expertise, together with diligence, circumspection, spiced with a great deal of wisdom, greatness is confidently guaranteed.
I must admit that Ghana is really blessed with competent lawyers whose intellectual prowess is beyond measure.
In this article, we are going to explore five top personalities in the law profession who have distinguished themselves to become a fountain of lessons for the upcoming ones.
The first personality on the list is Tony Lithur, Esq.
Lithur has been a Board Member of Ghana Airport Company Limited, Golden Beach Hotels Limited as well as Vodafone Ghana.
His areas of practice include joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, start-ups and investments and finance leasing.
Tony Lithur is well-known for his rich expertise in negotiation and litigation matters, with over 20 years experience in this area.
He was part of the legal team of the National Democratic Congress that strongly 'trashed' the 2013 Election Petition filed by the New Patriotic Party.
The renowned lawyer has been a leading legal practitioner, founder and Senior Partner of Lithur Brew and Company (one of the top law firms in Ghana), for a couple of years.
Tony Lithur is an alumnus of the University of Ghana School of Law.
After earning his first degree in Law, he then proceeded to the Ghana School of Law, Makola, Ghana for his Professional Certificate.
He was additionally called to the Ghanaian Bar.
The strong negotiator is also well-known for his interest in rotary, and is currently the Charter President of his club.
2. Professor Kwesi Botchwey, Esq
Born on September 13, 1944, Kwesi Botchwey had his secondary education at Presbyterian Boys' Senior High School, Ghana.
He further gained admission into the University of Ghana School of Law, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law Degree.
Botchwey further received his Master of Laws Degree from the Yale Law School.
He additionally obtained his Doctorate Degree in Law from the University of Michigan Law School, United States.
In the political arena, Kwesi Botchwey served as the Minisiter for Finance and Economic Planning from 1982 to 1995.
He is also well-known in academia for lecturing at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; University of Zambia; and University of Ghana, Legon.
Botchwey was an Advisor to the UNDP's UN Special Initiative on Africa, Advisor to the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Advisor to the World Bank on the 1997 World Development Report and as well served as a Member and Chairman of International Monetary Fund's Group of Independent Experts who conducted the 1st ever external evaluation of the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Faculty.
He is a Professor of Practice in Development Economics at Diplomacy of Tuft University and The Fletcher School of Law.
3. Tsatsu Tsikata, Esq
Born on October 1, 1950 to Mr. Godwin Kraku-Sru Tsikata and Mrs. Tsikata in Keta in the Southern part of Ghana's Volta Region, Tsatsu Tsikata is undoubtedly the most popular lawyer in the history of Ghana.
He has been a counsel to the National Democratic Congress for several years, and has represented the party on two difficult national Election Petitions (2013 and 2020), and won one of those petitions.
When he was appointed a Lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Law, he excellently taught and groomed several students, who have today climbed so high in the legal and political professions, occupying high ranking positions in Ghana and beyond.
Tsatsu also served as a Tutor and Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford after graduating with First Class (Honours) in Civil from the University.
The genius lawyer also graduated with First Class (Honours) in LLB from the University of Ghana at age of 18.
At the secondary level, he gained admission into Ghana's prestigious Mfantsipim School at age 9, on a United Africa Company Scholarship.
In the public and political domain, Tsatsu Tsikata served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) for more than a decade.
He is also well-known for rejecting a presidential pardon, and using the due procudures to attain his innocence after he was convicted and imprisoned for half a decade on the premise of causing financial loss to the state when he was the CEO of GNPC.
Tsatsu is happily married to Esther Amba Numaba Cobbah, and blessed with three children.
4. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Born on March 29, 1944 to Edward Akufo-Addo and Adeline Akufo-Addo in Swalaba, Accra-Ghana, Akufo-Addo served as the sixteenth Attorney General of Ghana (from 2001 to 2003), Minister of Foreign Affairs (from 2003 to 2007), and currently serves as the 35th Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
After schooling at Rowe Road School (currently Kinbu Senior High Technical School), he left for the United Kingdom.
He then continued his education at the Lancing College, Sussex, where he obtained both his Ordinary Level Certificate and Advanced Level Certificate.
When he returned to Ghana, he gained admission into the University of Ghana, Legon, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics.
Subsequently, Nana Addo joined the Inner Temple of the Inns of Court Law School, United Kingdom, where he was trained as a lawyer, which is possible per that system, even without a formal education in Law.
And in 1971, he was called to the English Bar.
Four years later Akufo-Addo was called to the Ghanaian Bar.
He has since 1979 been a co-founder of Akufo-Addo, Prempeh and Co., a renowned law firm in the country.
Akufo-Addo is currently the president of the Fourth Republic of Ghana.
He is happily married to Her Excellency Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and blessed with five lovely daughters.
5. Haruna Iddrisu, Esq
Born on September 8, 1970 in Tamale in Ghana's Northern Region, Haruna Iddrisu has been member of the Ghana Bar Association since 2002.
He has as well been a Member of Parliament for South Tamale Constituency since 2005 on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon, he the proceeded to the Ghana School of Law, Makola for his Barrister-at-Law certificate.
Haruna was additionally called to the Ghana Bar.
High Ranking Positions
Haruna Iddrisu served as the Minisiter for Communications (from 2009 to 2013), Minister for Trade and Industry (from 2013 to 2014) and Minisiter for Employment and Labour Relations (from 2014 to 2017).
Iddrisu is currently serving as the Minority Leader of the 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic.
He is happily married, and blessed with three children.
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