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Sir Samuel Okai Quashie-Idun

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Sir Samuel Okai Quashie-Idun

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 1950
Given by Bassano & Vandyk Studios, 1974
Photographs Collection
NPG x99213

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  • Elliott & Fry (active 1863-1962), Photographers. Artist associated with 10995 portraits.

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Akin A. Ajose-Adeogun

06 January 2017, 14:52

He was appointed a judge of the High Court of the Gold Coast (later Ghana) in 1948, and dismissed from the Supreme Court of Ghana in 1958. He was Chief Justice of Western Nigeria between 1960 and 1964, and the first African president of the East African Court of Appeal between 1964 and 1965.

Akin A. Ajose-Adeogun

05 January 2017, 18:44

He was a distinguished judge from Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast). He was one of the first Ghanaians to be appointed to the High Court Bench by the British colonial authorities. He was dismissed, as a number of other senior judges were, in the late 1950s by Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the repressive first prime minister of independent Ghana, over a case in which his judicial independence and boldness angered the government. He was subsequently appointed a judge of the High Court of the Western Region of Nigeria, later becoming the Chief Justice of Western Nigeria between 1960 and 63. As chief justice, he was an ex officio judge of the Federal Supreme Court of Nigeria. He left Nigeria in 1964 to take up a new appointment as the president of the East African Court of Appeal. He retired in 1966, and died shortly after in his hometown of Accra. He was "a short, thick-set man with a flair for making all those who came into contact with him feel immediately at ease, Sir Samuel was both a good lawyer and a good mixer who enjoyed his work, his whisky and his golf."

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