Information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates that a former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and a powerful member of the Freemason movement, James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey-Orleans has died aged 81.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of foreign affairs, James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey-Orleans passed away at dawn on Monday, November 19, 2018.
He was Ghana’s envoy to the UK from October 1997 to March 2001.
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J.E.K Aggrey-Orleans served in a number of other high-profile roles in his diplomatic career including stints as Acting Clerk to Parliament, from 1979 to 1981, and Head of the Parliamentary Service.
He also served as Chief of Protocol at the Foreign Affairs Ministry from 1975 to 1979 and as the Assistant Director of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO).
He joined the administrative class of the Ghana Foreign and Diplomatic Service in 1963 and became well-known for his professionalism and versatility.
The highlights of his distinguished career include his role as Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK and his appointment as Acting Clerk to Parliament and Head of the Parliamentary Service.
J.E.K Aggrey-Orleans was born in October 1937 at Sekondi-Takoradi.
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He attended Mfantsipim Senior High School, and then the University College of Ghana, also earning a degree from the University of London in French Language and Literature. He also studied French at the University of Bordeaux, and followed up with a four-year post-graduate course of research in politics and diplomacy. In 1963, he graduated in public administration.
He was part of the group of freemasons who stormed K.B Asante’s funeral and later the funeral of VCRAC Crabbe in Accra.
In both cases, the Freemasons who wore masonry wear filed past the coffin and surrounded it for their ritual masonic funeral rites.
It is a ceremony whereby a Master Mason may have the Masonic funeral rites performed by his lodge for the pleasure of those who have known him and his works.
Some prominent personalities and Masonic Leaders in Ghana, include His Royal Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, who is a Grand Patron of the Grand Lodge of Ghana; and Former President John Agyekum Kufuor, a Freemason and Senior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England.
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