Meet Sir Kobina Arku Korsah the first Ghanaian Chief Justice (photo)

Meet Sir Kobina Arku Korsah the first Ghanaian Chief Justice (photo)

- Sir Kobina Arku Korsah was the first Chief Justice of Gold Coast in 1956

- The Saltpond indigene was also one of the first Ghanaians alongside Nana Sir Ofori-Atta I to be appointed as members of the Governor`s Executive Council

- He also made history as the youngest person ever to be elected as member of the Gold Coast Legislative Council among others

- Sir Kobina Arku Korsah was born on April 3, 1894

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Trailblazer Sir Kobina Arku Korsah of Saltpond in the Central Region was the first Chief Justice of Gold Coast, present-day Ghana in 1956.

Born on April 3, 1894, Korsah received his secondary education at Mfantsipim School, Fourah Bay College and later in 1915, he earned his BA degree at Durham University and LLB in London University in 1919.

Korsah was one of the first Ghanaians alongside Nana Sir Ofori-Atta I to be appointed as members of the Governor`s Executive Council.

He was the youngest person ever to be elected as a member of the Gold Coast Legislative Council and the first Boys Scout Commissioner in Ghana.

Sir Arku Korsah was the first Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of Ghana, Scottish Constitution (1953-1963).

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Also, as part of his judicial work, he became a founding member of the Ghana Academy for Arts & Sciences.

In August 1962, Sir Kobina Arku Korsah presided over the trial of five defendants in the Kulungugu bombing incident.

At the end of that trial, three of the accused were found not guilty and this displeased the Nkrumah government.

Kwame Nkrumah sacked Sir Arku as Chief Justice in December 1963 unconstitutionally.

He died in January 25, 1967.

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh previously highlighted that Princess Ewurabena Pokou was queen and founder of the Baoule tribe in West Africa, now Ivory Coast.

According to ghanaianmuseum.com, Queen Pokou ruled over a branch of the powerful Ashanti Empire as it expanded westward.

A subgroup of the Akan people, the Baoule people are today one of the largest ethnic groups in modern-day Ivory Coast.

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