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Bernard Jao Da Rocha

B. J. Da Rocha58.
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Cape Coast, Ghana
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Bernard Jao Da Rocha (24 May 1930 – 23 February 2010) was a founding member and the First National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party. He was also the first Ghanaian Director of the Ghana School of Law when it was opened in 1958.

B. J. Da Rocha was born in Cape Coast, Ghana, where he had his secondary education at Adisadel College.


He lectured at the Ghana School of Law for almost two decades before retiring in 1992 as the first Ghanaian Legal Director of Education. He also served as the General Secretary of the Progress Party led by Kofi Abrefa Busia.


Mountcrest University College in Ghana has instituted a lecture and a Chair in Law and Politics in Da Rocha's memory and honor in recognition of his contribution to the legal fraternity in Ghana.