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Obed Asamoah

Obed Asamoah




Obed Yao Asamoah, born on February 6, 1936, in Bala, Likpe Traditional Area of the Volta Region, Ghana, is renowned as a lawyer, academic, and politician. He embarked on his educational journey by passing the Common Entrance Examination in 1949, leading him to Achimota School. Later, he pursued higher education abroad, studying at King's College London and Columbia University, where he obtained degrees in law, including a Bachelor of Laws with honors and a Doctor of Juridical Science.

Upon returning to Ghana, Asamoah delved into academia, lecturing in law at the University of Ghana and influencing notable figures such as John Evans Atta Mills and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. His legal career flourished as he co-founded the esteemed legal firm Bruce-Lyle, Bannerman, and Asamoah, leaving a lasting imprint on Ghana's legal landscape.

Asamoah's political journey was equally remarkable, marked by roles in constitutional assemblies and parliamentary service, including membership in the Constituent Assembly and a stint as Member of Parliament for the Biakoye constituency. Despite misconceptions about his political affiliations, Asamoah remained committed to principles over partisan allegiances, exemplified by his leadership roles in various political parties.

His ministerial tenure, notably as Minister of Foreign Affairs and later as Attorney General and Minister for Justice, showcased his dedication to advancing Ghana's diplomatic interests and legal frameworks. As the longest-serving Foreign Minister in Ghana's history, Asamoah played a pivotal role in shaping the country's international relations.

As a key figure in the formation and growth of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Asamoah's contributions to Ghana's political landscape were indelible. Despite subsequent political disagreements and his departure from the NDC, his commitment to democratic ideals remained unwavering.

Outside the political arena, Asamoah cherished family life, married to Dr. Yvonne Asamoah, with whom he shares a daughter and two sons. His scholarly contributions, including "The Legal Significance of the Declarations of the General Assembly of the United Nations" and "The Political History of Ghana (1950-2013) The Experience of a Non-Conformist," reflect his intellectual prowess and commitment to documenting Ghana's history and legal landscape.


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