How Amissah-Arthur and his wife Matilda met

How Amissah-Arthur and his wife Matilda met

- Amissah-Arthur and his wife, Matilda, met on the campus of the University of Ghana

- Amissah-Arthur who was then doing national service bumped into Matilda at the Commonwealth Hall

- The first meeting ended up stopping Matilda, who was a first year student at the time, from attending lectures and led to a relationship which lasted for over 40 years

- This was contained in the tribute book for Amissah-Arthur

The late former vice president, Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur who died on June 29, 2018, is known to have been a real family man.

From the way he and his wife, Matilda, related, it was obvious that they were so much in love.

So how did the two meet to form such a formidable partnership which lasted for over 40 years?

The answer has been found as the tribute book for Amissah-Arthur's funeral has revealed how he met his love of life, Matilda Borsah, beginning a lifelong journey of love.

How Amissah-Arthur and his wife Matilda met

Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and his wife with their two children (Photo source:

The couple first met in 1974 when ‘Paa Kwesi’ had gone to the University of Ghana to visit his cousin.

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As a National Service man with very little to do after work, he spent his time visiting people.

While inside Commonwealth Hall, he met a first-year student, Matilda, who was on her way to a friend for a lecture.

How Amissah-Arthur and his wife Matilda met

Amissah-Arthur and Matilda in the early days (Photo source:

The young Amissah-Arthur’s chivalrous side kicked in and he engaged the young women in an hour-long conversation until the ladies missed their lecture.

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But missing that lecture in November of 1974, was the first step Matilda took in finding love. Their courtship began in earnest when after completing his national service at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), Paa Kwesi returned to pursue an MSc in Economics.

How Amissah-Arthur and his wife Matilda met

Amissah-Arthur and Matilda in a warm embrace (Photo source:

He completed in 1976 and completed their courtship in 1978 with a marriage ceremony on January 21. Some 38 months after Matilda Borsah missed her lecture, she ended up with a marriage certificate.

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Their marriage endured 40 years and five months and was blessed with two children.

Meanwhile, Mrs Amissah-Arthur has slammed the critics of her late husband.

How Amissah-Arthur and his wife Matilda met

Amissah-Arthur and Matilda with their children (Photo source:

In an emotional tribute to, she expressed her shock at the mischief and wickedness by some of those critics.

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She said: "Over the last few days, I have been amazed at the messages of love and I ask myself, is this Ghana, are all these people in Ghana? Because the maligning, the lies, the treachery, the wickedness, the deliberately changing things so that you could look better than others, the mischievousness, I ask myself; Is this Ghana; I ask myself is this the same people who have come to pay tribute to my husband and today I ask the question, did people really know my husband?" earlier shared photos from the final funeral rites of the late Amissah-Arthur.

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