E. N. P. Sowah

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E. N. P. Sowah
7th Chief Justice of Ghana
In office
Appointed by Jerry Rawlings
Preceded by Fred Kwasi Apaloo
Succeeded by Philip Edward Archer

Justice E. N. P. Sowah was the Chief Justice of Ghana from 1986 to 1990.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born on September 23, 1921 to James Durnford Sowah to the Royal Stool House of Kpobi We, Kowe, La and Margaret Mansah Quao of Adedinkpo, Accra. He entered Achimota School in 1936.[2]


He presided over the case brought by Amaoako Tuffuor, a Ghanaian citizen, when the People's National Party government of Hilla Limann attempted to replace Justice Fred Kwasi Apaloo as the Chief Justice of Ghana by vetting him. He ruled that Apaloo was the Chief Justice on the coming into force of the 1979 Ghanaian constitution and was thus the incumbent Chief Justice.[3]

He went on to succeed Apaloo in 1986. This was during the era of the military Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government. He was retained as Chief Justice beyond the compulsory retirement age by the PNDC, a move which was controversial at the time.[4]


  • 1981 - Non-Aligned Nations, 13 Case W. Res. J. Int'l L. 439 (1981)[5]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Chief Justices". Official website. Judicial Service of Ghana. Archived from the original on 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2007-04-07. 
  2. ^ "Achimota Trivia - Did you know Part 1?". OAA 1973 Alumni website. Achimota School Class of 1973 & Sixth Form Class of 1975. Retrieved 2007-04-07. 
  3. ^ Kwaku S. Asare (2002-12-31). "December 31, The Day Democracy was Aborted". Feature Article. ModernGhana.com. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Volume 4 Chapter 2: The Legal Profession (including the Judiciary)" (PDF). The National Reconciliation Commission Report. Ghana government. October 2004. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2005-04-28. Retrieved 2007-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Introduction - Non-Aligned Nations". http://www.heinonline.org/. Retrieved 2010-02-20.  External link in |publisher= (help)

See also[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Fred Kwasi Apaloo
Chief Justice of Ghana
Succeeded by
Philip Edward Archer