Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata Biography, Age, Education, Wife, Children, Parents, Net worth, Leadership, Hometown 

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata
Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata’s Biography

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata is a Ghanaian Lawyer by profession. He is known as an affiliate and legal counsel for the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata popularly known by some Ghanaian citizens as “The Law Faculty”. The popular name “The Law Faculty” was “born” out of his exceptional, intellectual and bravery arguments on national and international laws.

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Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata’s Personal Life

Tsikata is Christian and an elder of the Asbury Dunwell Church in Accra. He is a known asthmatic and this appears to have limited his extracurricular activities and school attendance as a child. After he was jailed in 2008, he had an acute asthmatic attack that took him from the Nsawam prisons to intensive care.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata’s siblings

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata is one of seven (7) siblings of his parents. His father was Godwin Kwaku-Sru Tsikata, a retired Textiles Sales Manager with the United Africa Corporation (UAC).

Where was Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata Born?

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata was born in Keta in the Southern part of the Volta Region of Ghana. He was however brought up in Adabraka, a suburb of Accra, the capital of Ghana.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata’s Parents

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata was born to Lawyer Godwin Kwaku-Sru Tsikata and his wife.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata’s Age

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata was born on 1st October, 1950. He was 72 years old as of October, 2022.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata’s wife

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata is married to Esther Amba Numaba Cobbah, a Ghanaian communication expert and Communication Strategists. They have three children. Award-winning Ghanaian musician, Kwame Ametepee Tsikata popularly known as M.anifest, is one of his children.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata’s Educational Background

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata started school at an early age because he wanted to follow his older brother Fui to school.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata first attended Additrom Preparatory School and then Mrs Sam’s Preparatory School, a school also attended by the late former President of Ghana Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings.

He was again moved to Accra Newtown Experimental School, where he was jumped from Year 2 to Year 3, catching up with his older brother Fui.

Tsatsu Tsikata won a United Africa Company (UAC) scholarship in 1960 to start his secondary education at the age of nine at the Mfantsipim School where his father and his elder brother, Fui Sokpoli Tsikata also attended.

On completion of his five-year course, he gained admission into the University of Ghana, Legon, at the age of 16, where he obtained an LL.B First Class Degree at the age of 18 years.

Only one other 18-year-old had completed a Degree Programme at that time. His lecturers included Professor Ofosu Amaah and Dr. Obed Asamoah, a former Foreign Minister and Attorney General of Ghana.

He then won a post-graduate scholarship from the University of Ghana to Oxford University where he again obtained first class honours in Bachelor of Civil Law which is equivalent to a Master’s Degree at other British universities.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata’s Leadership Career

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) from October 1988 to December 2000 by the then ruling NDC led by Jerry Rawlings.

Tsikata held a Junior Research Fellowship at Oxford University where he also served as a tutor.

On his return to Ghana in 1974, he was appointed a lecturer at the law faculty of the University of Ghana.

Some of his students included Kwamena Ahwoi, Alban Bagbin, former majority leader in the Parliament of Ghana – the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament and Freddie Blay, former first Deputy Speaker cum Speaker in the Parliament of Ghana.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata’s Legal support for NDC

In 2013, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata led a legal team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Court to argue a petition filed at the Supreme Court by the New Patriotic Party 2012 Presidential Candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and subsequently won the case for the NDC.

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He also argue an ex parte application in Ho High Court for the applicants who hail from the towns and were prevented from voting in the parliamentary elections in the Hohoe constituency.

As a result, the Ho High Court presided over by Justice George Buadi has granted interim injunction restraining the Electoral Commission of Ghana from Gazetting John Peter Amewu as the Member of Parliament for Hohoe Constituency.

He also represented the National Democratic Congress at the Supreme Court of Ghana in 2020 election petition filed His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata also helped Ghana and individuals who won many International cases.

Tsikata has served as counsel to a number of notable personalities over the years. These include Captain Kojo Tsikata, his cousin, Kofi Awoonor and former President Jerry Rawlings.

During the era of the National Redemption Council/Supreme Military Council military regimes of Acheampong, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata defended Samuel Okudjeto and William Ofori Atta who stood trial for political reasons.

After the May 15 Uprising in 1979, he was counsel for Jerry Rawlings during the treason trial that came to an abrupt end when the SMC military government led by Fred Akuffo was overthrown on 4 June 1979.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata at Ghana National Petroleum Corporation

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) from October 1988 to December 2000 by the then ruling NDC led by Jerry Rawlings.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata was tried for causing financial loss of GH¢230,000 to the state whilst CEO of Ghana National Petroleum Company after a trial through the Accra Fast Track Tribunal, one of many set up by the former President John Agyekum Kufuor’s government to try such cases. The trial started in 2002 and lasted for six years. He was pronounced guilty on 18 June, 2008 by Mrs. Justice Hernrietta Abban.

The length of the trial is reputed to be the longest ever involving a former government official in the history of the country. Those loyal to President John Agyekum Kufuor’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) government hailed this as a triumph for the judicial system while Tsikata’s sympathizers and National Democratic Congress (NDC) supporters saw the trial as politically motivated.

This led to the formation of the “Free Tsatsu Movement”. He was granted an unconditional pardon by the then President John Agyekum Kufuor on his last day of office after his party, the New Patriotic Party lost the Ghanaian presidential election, 2008. At the time, he was on admission at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital under prison guard following a severe bout of asthma.

Tsatsu Tsikata rejected the presidential pardon and announced at a forum later that he felt the pardon was not in good faith and that he would fight through the court system to clear his name.

After rejecting the presidential pardon, by 13 January, 2009, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata was granted bail by Justice Edward Amoako Asante at an Accra Fast-Track high court pending appeal meaning he was no longer required to be in jail although he was still admitted at the hospital due to his asthmatic attack.

After 8 years of being charged with causing financial loss to the state, on 30 November, 2016, he was declared innocent by an Appeals Court presided over by Justice Dennis Adjei and his 5-year jail term was quashed.

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata’s Net worth

Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata’s net worth is not disclosed to the public. He made his money genuinely from his leadership, law firm and businesses.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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