Renowned lawyer and prominent member of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Ekow Awoonor has died.
Accra-based Joy FM reports that a source at the Bar, confirmed his death and noted that the distinguished lawyer died of post-surgery complications on Monday, while in a U.S hospital.
He was cousin of the late Prof. Kofi Awoonor, who was killed in Kenya, last year.
The Herald is informed that the household of business mogul, Ibrahim Mahama is said to be devastated over his passing. The two had been friends for years.
Lawyer Ace Kojo Annan Ankomah, described him as a “gentleman, friend, big brother, personal godfather. Never disrespected me, made my legal burdens lighter with his jokes and encouragement, even when we were on the opposite sides of a matter…..”
Mr. Ankomah wrote this on his facebook wall on Monday, promising not to mourn him, but to celebrate Ekow’s life, adding “heaven, just got a guy with swag, class and style”.
Ekow was a friend to many and respected both young and old. He saw the lighter side of issues, with jokes and took issues lightly. He was the guy who made every party and gathering, lively.
Ekow N. Awoonor, who was the Principal of the Awoonor Law Consultancy firm, holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Ghana, Legon (1971) and a Masters of Law from Temple School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (1974).
He was enrolled as a member of the Ghana Bar in 1974, and was a member of the International Bar Association.
The late Ekow Awoonor, had extensive experience in Corporate and Investment Law serving a client base of mainly foreign-owned companies.
He was a consultant and resource person to the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) for its training programme for brokers and investment advisors. He conducted several financial seminars in collaboration with Databank Financial Services Limited on such topics as stock exchange listing, venture capital, finance leasing portfolio management.
He has offered legal advice to clients, taking equity in various financial institutions, such as merchant banks, discount houses, finance leasing companies and venture capital companies. He has served as legal counsel for a number of private companies, which went public and were listed on the GSE.
He was a Consultant for Development Partners Limited, a group of Canadian and Ghanaian Consultants, specialising in Capital Markets and Development issues. He was recently appointed by UNIDO Ghana to advise them on the implications of GATT for developing economies in sub-region.
Ekow Awoonor, was also a director of Social Security Bank Limited (SSB) for several years, before it became SG-SSB Bank.