General Seth Kofi Obeng
Date of Birth: 26th January, 1945
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Lieutenant General Seth Kofi Obeng, born on 26 January 1945, is a distinguished Ghanaian military officer with a remarkable career and significant contributions to peacekeeping efforts. After being commissioned into the Ghana army in 1965, he excelled in various roles, such as being the Commandant of the Military Academy and Training School, Chief of Staff at General Headquarters, and managing director of the State Housing Corporation.
His educational achievements include a postgraduate Diploma in International Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1987. He also graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College in the United States and obtained a Master of Science Degree in Defence Studies from the National War College in Delhi, India, in 1992.
Lieutenant General Seth Kofi Obeng played crucial roles in peacekeeping missions, serving as the Deputy Force Commander of the ECOWAS Ceasefire Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Liberia, the Force Commander of the UN Observer and Monitoring Group (MONUA) in Angola, and the Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). He is the second Ghanaian military officer to have commanded UNIFIL after Lt Gen Emmanuel Erskine.
In his post-military career, President Kufuor appointed him as a Special Adviser on African Union matters in May 2007. Currently, he is part of the United Nations Member of the Follow-up Committee on the Greentree Agreement of 12 June 2006.
Lieutenant General Seth Kofi Obeng has received numerous honors, including the ECOWAS Service Award, the National Legion of Cedar Commander Rank by the Lebanese Government, Officer of the National Order of Côte d'Ivoire, and the United States Meritorious Service Medal. In March 2004, he was inducted into the International Officer Hall Of Fame at the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA.