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Vida Akoto-Bamfo

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Pokuase, Ghana

Vida Akoto-Bamfo was a Ghanaian Supreme Court Judge who served from 2009 to 2019.

She was born in Pokuase on 7 February 1949 to Mr. Alfred Kingsley Bannerman-Williams and Madam Grace Darkua Dodo.

She had her early education at the Accra Royal School in James Town (British Accra). She then attended the Mfantsiman Girls' Secondary School in 1963 for her 'O' Level certificate and then proceeded to the Aburi Girls Senior High School from 1967 to 1969. Between 1972 and 1975 she studied Law at the University of Ghana and then the Ghana School of Law in Accra.

Vida worked at the Attorney-General's Office as a National Service personnel before joining the bench in 1981. Later, from 1976 to 1981, she joined British Indian Insurance Company in Accra and the now-defunct Zenith Assurance as Manager in charge of claims.

She was responsible for settling insurance claims. In 1981 she became a District Magistrate. For her first two years, she was stationed at the New Town Magistrate Court. She was also one of the first Magistrates at Cocoa Affairs.

Vida Akoto-Bamfo was appointed Circuit Court judge briefly in Tema and returned to Cocoa Affairs in 1986. SHhe worked till 1991 when she was promoted to the High Court bench.

She served for three years and was transferred to the Gambia on secondment for two years as Chairperson of the Assets Commission.

In 1999, she was appointed an Appeal Court Judge and served in that capacity till she was appointed as a justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana by John Evans Atta Mills, President of Ghana in 2009. She retired in February 2019.

Her appointment as Supreme Court Judge came together with Benjamin Teiko Aryeetey and Nasiru Sulemana Gbadegbe. She joined Justices Stephen Alan Brobbey, Georgina Theodora Wood (then Chief Justice), and Samuel K. Date-Bah.

Vida Akoto-Bamfo was married to the late Eugene Akoto-Bamfo Snr., a Legal Officer.