Ghanaian George Eminsang was West Africa’s first lawyer driven out of Ghana for working with the British in the 1870s

Ghanaian George Eminsang was West Africa’s first lawyer driven out of Ghana for working with the British in the 1870s

George Emil Eminsang was a Ghanaian premier lawyer, who was appointed to the Dutch Legislative Council in Gold Coast now Ghana, to negotiate the sale of Dutch Gold Coast possessions to the British administration.

In 1872, George Emil Eminsang was appointed to the Dutch Legislative Council in Gold Coast, now Ghana, to negotiate the sale of Dutch Gold Coast possessions to the British administration.

As premier lawyer, Eminsang simultaneously worked as a merchant, running a successful business.

Eminsang was born in 1833 in Elmina, Ghana, one of the main hubs for slave trading and transporting in West Africa.

His mother was of mixed Dutch and Fanti ancestry and his father, Joseph Emil Eminsang, was an innkeeper and wholesaler, according to Trip Down Memory Lane.

READ ALSO: Ghanaian oil and gas mogul Kevin Okyere featured on the Steve Harvey show

The name Eminsang is the English version of the Fanti surname Eminsa. Eminsa is a Fanti river deity. In modern times, Eminsa is written as Amissah.

Ghanaian George Eminsang was West Africa’s first lawyer driven out of Ghana for working with the British in the 1870s

Olden picture of Elmina Castle circa 1870s, Pinterest. Photo credit: face2faceafrica.com
Source: UGC

Eminsang was reportedly a gifted student, which afforded him the opportunity to be educated by Dutch instructors.

He started out at the Elmina Castle School, before travelling to the Netherlands and Germany to further his education in law and philosophy.

He was able to speak five languages: English, Dutch, Portuguese, German and Fante.

After schooling, Eminsang returned to Ghana to teach at his alma mater for few years before venturing into merchant work.

His legal background enabled him to assist his fellow Ghanaians.

Ghanaian George Eminsang was West Africa’s first lawyer driven out of Ghana for working with the British in the 1870s

Image of a group of Fanti women in 1904…Pinterest. Photo credit: face2faceafrica.com
Source: UGC

In 1872, Eminsang was given a position in the Dutch Legislative Council.

It was at this point he was also appointed as the leading lawyer to negotiate the sale of the Dutch’s possessions to the British government.

Later on, the British employed him to serve as the Civil Commandant in Elmina.

READ ALSO: Young female teacher spends her school break time sewing torn uniforms of pupils

The Elminans, loyally aligned with the Ashantis and the Dutch, distrusted the sale of the castle and subsequently drove Eminsang out of Ghana.

Eminsang later returned to Cape Coast, Ghana and continued to practice law while working as a merchant.

From 1878-1879, he worked as the consular agent to the Dutch and in 1890 he was made consular agent to the Congo and the United States in Cape Coast.

Eminsang died in 1891 - the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown.

READ ALSO: Black Panther star Lupita Nyongo's debut book urges girls to appreciate dark skin

Star Gist: I started acting because I was told I look like Suzy Williams - Kisa Gbekle| #Yencomgh

Subscribe to watch new videos

READ ALSO: Meet first black woman earn Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering

Have national and human interest issues to discuss?

Know someone who is extremely talented and needs recognition?

Your stories and photos are always welcome.Get interactive via our Facebook page.

Source: Yen

Mailfire view pixel