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Nii Amon Kotei, the designer of Ghana’s Coat of Arms

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Nii Amon Kotei

Nii Amon Kotei was born on 24 May 1915, at La, near Accra, and trained as a surveyor. He was a distinguished artist and designed the National Coat of Arms on 4 March 1957.

He was commissioned to do the design by Ghana’s first President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the then British Colonial administration as independence drew near in 1957.

It symbolizes government sanction and it is found at important Government places like the Osu Castle, the Courts and other government offices.

The Ghana Coat of Arms, found on all government official letter heads, is composed of a shield, divided into four quarters by a green St. George’s Cross, rimmed with gold. However it has not been changed and remains what was originally produced by Amon Kotei.

He studied under a scholarship at Achimota School and later received a scholarship to study art at the London School of Printing and Graphic Art from 1949 to 1952.

He also fought for the Royal West African Frontier Force during World War II. and also worked in the Cartographic Division of the Army. He drew maps and plans for use by soldiers on the war front. He also taught in Achimota School.

He was awarded the State Honour of Grand Medal, Civil Division, Coat of Arms Design presented to him on Friday, 7 March 1997, by then president Jerry John Rawlings. He received several other awards.

the late Nii Amon Kotei

He died on 17 October 2011, after which the parliament of Ghana paid tribute to him.

 

Bibliography:

  1. “Amon Kotei, Designer of the Ghana Coat Of Arms”. Ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  2. “Amon Kotei”. Hourglassgallery.com. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  3. “La Traditional Council Honours Renowned Artist”. Ghanamma.com. Retrieved 20 September 2012.

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