By Alfred K Dogbey
A colourful durbar is expected to be held tomorrow, Saturday, at Aflao in the Volta Region to outdoor the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Asuogyaman Constituency in the Eastern Region, Kofi Osei-Ameyaw as Sub-Chief of the Traditional Area under a royal name, Torgbui Adzagba I.
The MP, whose late mother, Madame Florence AbutuTettevie Osei, hailed from Denu and Aflao, will be installed as a replacement of the late BBC ace broadcaster, Komla Afeke Dumor, who passed sadly on January 18, 2014 in his home in London, for his contribution to the development of the area.
A durbar, will be organized by the Aflao Traditional Council led by the Paramount Chief, Togbui Adzangaga Amenya Fiti V , The Queen Mother of Aflao Gbugbe, Mama Akuabe II, the Aflao Council of Elders, as well as the Aflao Duadza, during which the titled will be conferred on him.
The MP’s royal title, ‘Adzagba’ literally means the ‘Precious One’. He was held in high esteem as a true son of the land by the chiefs, when he recently visited the area.
Dignitaries from all walks of life, colleague MPs, Ministers of State, Members of the Diplomatic Corp, some chiefs from the Eastern, Brong Ahafo and Greater Accra Region and other important personalities, are expected to attend tomorrow’s durbar.
Meanwhile, a brief background checks conducted by The Herald on the Legislator revealed that, Mr. Osei-Ameyaw, was born in a bathroom in Atimpoku, to the late Kwaku Osei from Gyakiti, Akwamu /Begro in the Eastern Region and DormaaAhenkro, in the Brong Ahafo Region.
His late mother, Madame Florence Abutu Tettevie Osei from Denu and Aflao also traced her roots to Ada in the Greater Accra Region.
He had his basic education in Atimpoku at L/A Primary School and later went to Akwamuman Secondary School, where he won a scholarship to become a boarder at the school.
After completing O’ levels, he went to St. Augustine Collage where he had his Sixth Form education and got grabbed another scholarship to study combined Arts/Law degree (BALLB) at Macquarie University, Sydney in Australia.
But with no funds, Osei Ameyaw, had to use his wit to find a way to make use of the scholarship offer and get to Australia. He traded his rights for a foreign currency allowance, with his uncle, who wanted foreign currency in exchange for his cedis. However, Kofi Osei as he is known used the profits to buy a one way ticket to Australia.
On arrival, he worked shelving books in the University Library. That first year he received a sad news from Ghana; a telegram that his mother had passed away. He returned to Ghana for the funeral, but another unfortunate thing happened. The same week he arrived, there was a military coup and a curfew was declared.
He returned to Australia only to find out that the Military Government then in Ghana had cancelled oversees scholarships. As a consequence of his high credit points in his first year examinations at Macquarie University, he was awarded a full scholarship.
Subsequent to this, he had his master’s degree at Sydney University, whilst undertaking his practical legal training at the College of Law.
This paper also discovered that Mr. Osei-Ameyaw was admitted as a Solicitor, Attorney & Proctor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia and later practiced as a solicitor and attorney at Marsdens Law Firm in Sydney. Thereafter, he practiced as a criminal indictable, commercial, and forensic lawyer, at the legal aid commission of New South Wales.
Again, he practiced as a barrister from Wentworth Chambers, Philips Street, Sydney as administrative, constitutional and corporate lawyer.
He proceeded to establish and head Downing Chambers on Pitts Street, Sydney, where he practiced extensive administrative, immigration, constitutional and criminal law and founded the Lloyds International College, now a booming college in Sydney.
At his Asuogyaman Constituency, the MP , who is a successful businessman, in his continuing quest to better not only himself, but also those around him, Mr Osei-Ameyaw is the owner of Asuogyaman Rural Bank, located at Atimpoku where he mostly advance loans to his people.
He is said, to have assisted schools in his Constituency by donating computers and Library Books, sponsoring about 74 pupils’ school fees, setting up a scholarship scheme, which benefitted a total of 265 brilliant, but needy children.