A private legal practitioner and indigene of the Kokofu Traditional Area in the Ashanti Region, Ralph Poku-Adusei, has donated GHC50,000 to officials of the Kokofu Traditional Area to support two construction projects in the local district.
The two projects under construction are the Kokofu Community Centre and a teacher’s bungalow at Okogyeasuo Junior High School, both situated in the heart of the traditional area.
GHC30,000 from the donation will go to contractors working on the Kokofu Community Centre and GHC20,000 to those executing the teacher’s bungalow at Okogyeasuo Junior High School.
The donation was made on Thursday 27 October 2022 by Lawyer Poku-Adusei at a sitting of the Kokofu Traditional Council.
Nana Kwadwo Ateffah, Nkabomhene of the Kokofu Traditional Area, led the lawyer and members of the Poku-Adusei family to make the presentation.
In his remarks before the actual presentation, the Nkabomhene of Kokofu said Lawyer Poku-Adusei, as an indigene of Kokofu and member of a royal family with a claim to the Kokofu paramountcy, sees the urgent need to complete the construction of the local community centre for the people of the area and the teacher’s bungalow at Okogyeasuo JHS.
That, the Nkabomhene said, is what motivated him to support the projects with the donation.
Gratitude of Kokofu
The linguist to Barima Offe Akwasi Okogyeasuo II, the paramount chief of the Kokofu Traditional Area, received the donation on the chief’s behalf.
The chief then registered to him the gratitude of the people of Kokofu for Lawyer Ralph Poku-Adusei’s kind gesture.
Barima Offe Akwasi Okogyeasuo directed his linguist to advance the cash donation to the two contractors working on the projects, who were both present at the ceremony, so that they could use the cash immediately for the purpose intended.
Profile of Ralph Poku-Adusei
Ralph Poku-Adusei is the managing partner at Trent Legal (Amansie Chambers).
He is a British-trained and well-seasoned legal practitioner with over 11 years’ experience in all facets of corporate and commercial practice, land acquisition and criminal practice, and has been intimately involved in leading landmark litigation.
Throughout his years as a lawyer, he has advised and represented successfully both local and international clients working in Ghana. He is a member of the Ghana Bar, the Bar of England and Wales and the International Bar Association.
His alma maters include the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in the UK, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Law in the UK (formerly the College of Law of England and Wales), the Ghana School of Law, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and Opoku Ware SHS (OWASS)..
He doubles as an entrepreneur with over ten years in business leadership. He is the owner of First Cedi Investment Ltd, a real estate development company, and the proprietor of Firstcedi Micro-Credit Enterprise, which provides lending services to the communities within and around the municipality of Bekwai in the Ashanti Region.
Lawyer Poku-Adusei is a relentless optimist, an effective communicator and a motivator who identifies and leverages assets in teammates to reach organisational goals.
His academic and entrepreneurial prowess notwithstanding, he is a philanthropist who believes in giving back to society. As such, in 2018, he set up a non-governmental organisation called the Ralph Poku-Adusei Foundation to provide humanitarian support services to the poor and needy/less privileged in society.
This organisation has been of great benefit to orphans, widows, widowers and the aged in the Bekwai community.
Lawyer Poku-Adusei hails from the Oyoko family of Kokofu in the Ashanti Region. He is married to Gloria Gyan-Baffour, a daughter of Professor George Gyan-Baffour, the seasoned economist and politician. They are blessed with two children: a daughter and a son.
Kokofu is a town in the Bekwai Municipal District. The traditional area is home to more than 118 towns, spread across four districts of the Ashanti Region.
Cities, towns and well-known sites near Kokofu include Abooso, Adwinase Number 2 and Kuntanse. The name “Kokofu” originated from the expression “Koo-ko afuom”, meaning “soft cocoyam farm”.
The place is a semi-developed settlement within the municipality. It hosts one tertiary institution: the Kokofu Nursing Training College, which has produced, over a period of time, a host of professional nurses for Ghana.
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