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Emmanuel Obetsebi Lamptey

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Date of Birth: April 26, 1902
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Place of Birth: Ode-Accra, Ghana.
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Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey, affectionately known as Liberty Lamptey, was a pivotal figure in Ghana's journey to independence and a respected political activist within the British colony of the Gold Coast. Born on April 26, 1902, in a Ga village near Ode, a suburb of Accra, to Jacob Mills Lamptey and Victoria Ayeley Tetteh, his upbringing instilled in him a deep sense of duty and commitment to his community.

Educated at the Accra Wesleyan School and the Royal School, Obetsebi-Lamptey's thirst for knowledge led him to pursue higher education. He obtained an LL.B. degree and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1939. Despite the outbreak of World War II, he remained dedicated to his studies and continued to work in England.

Obetsebi-Lamptey's personal life was marked by his marriages to Margaretha and Augustina Akuorko Cofie, both of whom bore him children. His dedication to family mirrored his unwavering commitment to his country's liberation and progress.

As one of the founding fathers of Ghana and a leader of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), Obetsebi-Lamptey played a vital role in shaping the nation's destiny. His bold leadership, confidence, and ability to inspire hope among his people were instrumental in effecting change in the political, economic, and social fabric of Ghana, ultimately paving the way for its independence from colonial rule.

Obetsebi-Lamptey's legacy lives on through Ghanaian history books, street names, and the Obetsebi-Lamptey Interchange in Accra, which stands as a testament to his enduring impact on the nation. A monument in his honor will further commemorate his contributions to Ghana's rich tapestry of history and culture.

Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey passed away on January 29, 1963, after battling cancer. Though he is no longer with us, his legacy continues to inspire future generations of Ghanaians to strive for freedom, justice, and progress.


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