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Diasporian News of Friday, 15 May 2015

Source: Kwesi Atta Sakyi

Ghanaian Diaspora in Lusaka Mourn Edwin Ofori

LIFE HISTORY OF LATE EDWIN OFORI
BORN 17TH SEPTEMBER 1950 DIED 11TH MAY 2015

Edwin Ofori was born to Mr Thomas Ohene Ofori and Madam Abena Darkowaa Ofori at Akwapim Akropong in the Eastern Region of Ghana on 17th September, 1950. He grew up mostly in the cocoa-growing area of Nuamakrom, along the central railway line linking Accra and Huni Valley. After completing the then Middle School in 1966, he gained admission to the Berekum Teacher Training College in the Brong Ahafo Region where he trained for four years as an elementary school teacher. On successful completion of his training in 1970, he taught in many elementary schools in Ghana for four years before he enrolled at the University of Ghana in 1974 to read Economics. He was at Akuafo Hall.

In 1982, he left for Nigeria where he first taught at Ogbogbo Baptist School in Ogun State. He again left for Lagos where he taught at ABC Preparatory School at Adeniji Jones Avenue in Ikeja.

Once while he was on leave in Ghana from Lagos, he met his wife, Madam Christina Ofori, who was then working as Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture in Accra, with whom he had three children, namely Kwabena Ofori who is currently an Accountant with Protea Hotels in Lusaka, Abena Darkowaa Ofori, also a graduate accountant with PWC in Accra, and the last born, Yaa, who is currently reading for her A Levels in the Sciences here in Lusaka. Mr Ofori remained a staunch family man and he had great fondness for them. The late Mr Oforiā€˜s first born son, Ohene, was born in 1982. He is a gentleman currently based in Ghana.

In 1990, the late Ofori came to Zambia on contract with the then Ministry of Science, Technology, and Vocational Training. He was posted to Evelyn Hone College on his first appointment where he remained and lectured in Economics till 2012, a period of 22 years, during which period many Zambians benefitted tremendously from his vast knowledge. Many are his products along the length and breadth of Zambia. His family joined him in Zambia in 1993.

The late Ofori was an ardent soccer enthusiast as he keenly followed Ghanaian soccer, especially the Black Stars. In his youth, he enjoyed playing soccer. Soccer aside, he loved farming and he spent most of his leisure time tendering crops in his garden. He really had green fingers as he turned his backyard into an oasis of green Ghanaian cocoyam plantation, amidst some poultry coops and structures.

He also enjoyed current affairs so much so that he installed a satellite dish in his yard to keep abreast with developments back home in Ghana. Many were the times some avid soccer enthusiasts among the Ghanaian community here in Lusaka, trooped to his house to watch some games involving the Black Stars. If anyone needed to know the score-line for any game involving the Black Stars, the person would obviously phone Mr Ofori, the encyclopaedia of Ghana football.
Mr Ofori was a man of ambition as he had a brush with CIMA for some time, until finally he gave it up due to pressures of work and family. He was a very compassionate man, kind, caring and very helpful to many of his associates. He will be sorely missed by all, especially his students, colleagues, and other associates.
May his soul rest in eternal peace, with the Almighty Lord

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