Tsatsu Tsikata is a Ghanaian academician, lawyer and a politician belonging to the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Date Of Birth & Home Town
He was born to Godwin Kwaku-Sru Tsikata on October 1, 1950 in Keta in the Volta region of Ghana. The family later moved to Adabraka in Accra.
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Tsatsu started his schooling at Additrom Preparatory School and then to Mrs Sam’s Preparatory School. He changed school again to Accra Newtown Experimental School. Whiles there, his brilliance earned him a promotion from second year to third year hence catching up with his elder brother Fui in the process.
Tsikata won a United Africa Company scholarship in 1960 for his secondary education at Mfantsipim School at a very young age. After his 5 year secondary education at Mfantsipim School, he gained admission into the University of Ghana at age 14.
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He ended up graduating with First Class honors at the end of his LLB course at the age of 18. He subsequently won a postgraduate scholarship from the University of Ghana to Oxford University for a Bachelor of Civil Law. It might interest you to note that he graduated with First Class honours at Oxford University as well.
Tsatsu Tsikata is an academician and a lawyer as well. As an academician, he lectured at Oxford University at a time where he was a Junior Research Fellow. He was then appointed a lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Ghana when he returned to Ghana in 1974.
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Some notable students of his are Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, Justice Yaw Appau et al, Alban Sumana Bagbin Kingsford Bagbin, Kwamena Ahwoi among others.
As a lawyer, Tsatsu Tsikata has some notable clients like the late Captain Kojo Tsikata and Jerry John Rawlings and Kofi Awoonor. He also served as counsel for the late Samuel Okudzeto and William Ofori Atta during the military regime of Acheampong for political reasons.
Tsatsu was the NDCs lead counsel at the 2012 election petition. He was also the lead counsel for John Mahama in the 2020 election petition.
Jerry John Rawlings appointed Tsatsu in 1988 to serve as CEO of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC). A position he held till December 2000. Unfortunately for him, he faced trials, jailed then later pardoned for allegedly causing financial loss to the state.
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The trial started in 2002 under President Kuffour and lasted for 6 years. Finally on 18th June 2008, Mrs. Justice Henrietta Abban pronounced him guilty of the charges levelled against him.
He was later given an unconditional pardon by President Kufuor in his last day of office after his party lost power. However, Tsatsu rejected the pardon and vowed to clear his name through the court system which he did and was declared innocent by an Appeals court presided over by Justice Dennis Adjei.
Tsatsu Tsikata currently married to Esther Cobbah and are blessed with 3 children. He is the father of Ghanaian rapper, Manifest.
He was born to Godwin Kwaku-Sru Tsikata and has 7 siblings.