The many faces of former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo

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Former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo
Former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo with President Akufo-Addo, robed as judge and while picketing.
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Members of the Pensioner Bondholders Forum are demanding total exemption of their investments from the Domestic Debt Exchange Programme. A call Sophia Akuffo has joined.

Ms. Akuffo (Rtd) is President Akufo-Addo’s paternal cousin and given he swam against the tide to nominate her for Chief Justice, her frank talk on how pensioners are being treated is telling.

Some reckon, to have her publicly state that she’s no longer a government employee to be gagged and for her to say she found the DDEP to be “…wicked, … disrespectful, ….unlawful, …. totally wrong,” is a castigation of her cousin’s reckless borrowing and regime.

Who then is Sophia Akuffo?

She was birthed on Dec. 20, 1949 at Akropong-Akuapem, a daughter of a Presbyterian Minister.

Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo JSC earned nomination as Judge in the Supreme Court of Ghana from Jerry Rawlings in 1995 and became Chief Justice in 2017 via President Akufo-Addo’s nomination. She also earned nominations from former presidents John Kufuor, John Mills and John Mahama to serve on international courts.

Education Journey of Sophia Akuffo

Wesley Girls’ High School (WASSCE)

University of Ghana (Bachelor of law degree)

Ghana School of Law (Qualified as Barrister)

Harvard University, USA (Master’s degree in Law ‘LLM’)

Sophia Akuffo (Rtd)
Sophia Akuffo (Rtd)

Sophia Akuffo Career

Was called to the Ghanaian Bar in 1975

Service Personnel with the Legal and Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ghana and worked in private legal practice with U.V. Campbell & Co. and W.E. Fugar & Co. From 1979 to 1982,

Worked as Legal Officer and Deputy Corporation Secretary of Ghana Airways Corporation

Legal & Relations Manager/Company Secretary for the Mobil Oil Ghana Group from 1982 to 1992 as well as Mobil Oil Liberia Ltd and Mobil Oil Sierra Leone Ltd

Created private Law Firm, Akuffo Legal Consultancy (currently Apex Law Consult)

Sophia Akuffo trained as a lawyer under President Akufo-Addo in the law firm of Akufo–Addo, Prempeh and Co

Governing Committee of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute (Member)

Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force (Chairperson)

African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Judge, Vice-President and President)

Member of the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council

Chief Justice of Ghana (May 11, 2017- Dec. 20, 2019)

Second woman to occupy post after Justice Georgina Wood

Longest-serving Supreme Court Judge in Ghana

Appointed chair for the COVID-19 fund by President Akufo-Addo to receive donations from the public and support vulnerable citizens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Notable Judicial Writings

New Patriotic Party v Attorney-General (also referred to as the CIBA case) 1997 ICHRL 24 (12 March 1997)

Soon Boon Seo v. Gateway Worship Centre

Abu Ramadan & Nimako v. Electoral Commission

Awuni v. West African Examination Council

The infamous Montie three case (Abu Ramadan v. Electoral Commission & Attorney General In Re: The Owner of The Station – Montie Fm & 3 others)

Mensah v. Mensah case (2012)

Shaped principles of Constitutional Law in Ghana and aided in the implementation of the fast-track court system

Wrote The Application of Information & Communication Technology in the Judicial Process – the Ghanaian Experience, a presentation to the African Judicial Network Ghana (2002)

Family

Has daughter Violet Fredericka Tsotsoo Padi, birthed with Mr. Fred Sam Nii Padi (deceased)

Sophia Akuffo has five living sisters

Has two grandchildren Samuel Osei and Cara Nyame

by michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.net

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