Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata


TT became a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon, in October 1973 (for a term) and then from October 1974. During a fifteen-year period teaching at the Faculty, his students included a former Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Doe Adjaho, and the following Deputy Speakers of Parliament – Ken Dzirasah, Freddy Blay, Joe Ghartey and Alban Bagbin. Other students are the current Chief Justice, Justice Anin-Yeboah, Justices Ansah, Dotse, Gbadegbe and most of the other Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges in other courts.

He had studied at the Law Faculty from October 1966 when he entered, aged 16. He obtained First Class Honours in June 1969 at the age of 18. He went on to post-graduate studies at Wadham College, Oxford University, on a University of Ghana scholarship. He again obtained First Class honours in the B.C.L (equivalent of a Masters degree in Law at Oxford) in June 1971. He was appointed a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, where he was also a law tutor from October 1972 to September 1974.


During the 1970s (Acheampong military regime), as Junior Counsel to Joe Reindorf, he played an active role in cases that sought freedom for a) personalities like Mr. William Ofori-Atta (“Paa Willie”) and Mr. Sam Okudjeto when they were thrown into jail by the regime, as well as b) hundreds of other Ghanaians who were in prison during that period (the case was entitled Republic v. Director of Prisons, ex parte Ango Dagomba).

Again, as Junior Counsel to Joe Reindorf, he represented Captain Kojo Tsikata in his trial before a military tribunal during the Acheampong regime. In the same period, he represented Professor Kofi Awoonor when he too was on trial.

TT was Junior Counsel to William Adumoa-Bossman in representing Flt-Lt. Rawlings (as he then was) when he too was on trial before a military tribunal in May 1979 before the June 4 uprising.

He was Lead Counsel for the NDC in the election petition that followed the 2012 elections.

He has acted as Counsel in many important cases that have become reference points in our legal system.


He was on the Board of GNPC from its establishment under PNDC Law 84. He was Chief Executive from October 1988 till December 2000 and, under his leadership, the institution became a respected player in the international oil industry. The success of the Corporation in attracting investment in exploration and production has led to Ghana being now an oil and gas producer.