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Chicagoans Celebrate the life of an African Icon

Flossmoor IL July 16 2016: They travelled from far and near in support of Mrs. Beatrice Tayui and her family as they celebrate the Life of the late Justice (Rtd.) Emmanuel Kofi Jones-Mensah. The late Mr. Jones-Mensah was the father of Victor Kwame Ndip Mensah (Detroit, USA), Mrs. Beatrice Mensah Tayui (CEO – Cybele Energy) Chicago/Ghana, Gwendolyn Mawusie Jones- Mensah (London), Lawyer Penelope Jones- Mensah (Jones- Mensah & Co.), Edwin Kojo Jones- Mensah, Mrs. Evita Jones-Mensah Abiloye (Nigeria), Candylove Torshie Jones-Mensah, Emmanuel Kojo Jones-Mensah (London), David Kobla Jones-Mensah (London), and brother of Mr. Atsu Jones- Mensah (Ghana).
He is remembered by his ex-wife ,Sister Emily Ayuk Nkwanyuo and the entire Nkwanyuo family; his ex-wife Laura Kanyi-Tometi; and the entire Kanyi Tometi family; his mother’s family, Late Ma Sophie Lifaka and the entire Lifaka family of Bonjongo, the Nyajoro family of Down Beach Limbe; the late Pa Masoki and family of New Town.

Justice Emmanuel Kofi Mensah was born on April 3rd 1936 in Bota, Limbe to Livingstone Akapko Jones-Mensah of Dzelu Koppe Ghana, who had moved to Cameroon as the Chief Financial Officer of Unilever now CDC and to Konaki Caifa-Thompson of Bojongo/Kie Botaland.
He attended Buea Government school and then went on to attend the legendary St. Joseph’s College Sasse where he distinguished himself both academically and athletically, earning the epithet “Water Snake”, because of his prowess as the school’s goalkeeper. After Class of 1951’s Student #568 graduated from Sasse College in 1955, he attended law school at the University of London and was called to the Bar at the Prestigious Gray’s Inn at the very tender age of 23. During that time he was married to Sister Emily Nkwanyuo Mensah with whom they bore three children Victor Mensah, and a set of twin girls, Beatrice Mensah Tayui, and Bridget Mensah (deceased).
He thereafter obtained a Masters in Constitutional Law at the prestigious Stumondt Law College in Belfast Ireland, becoming the first Cameroonian/Ghanaian to read constitutional law.

He returned to Cameroon after his law education and worked in the Legal Department of the Southern Cameroonian and later, West Cameroonian Governments. He participated as a Legal Adviser in the 1961 Foumban Constitutional Conference that led to the reunification of English-speaking West Cameroon and French-speaking East Cameroon. He was able to contribute his legal prowess in drafting the Constitution of the then West Cameroon and the drafting of the legal documents that united East Cameroon and West Cameroon.

He also served as Chief Magistrate in Bamenda, Kumba and Banso successively, executing his duties with such brilliance and excellence that he became the first deputy Attorney-General of West Cameroon at the young age of 26, and the Attorney General of West Cameroon at age 28, the highest-ranking judiciary official in the territory and the custodian of the Constitutional Rights of all Anglophone Cameroonians.

After his move to Ghana in 1971, he served as the Chief Justice of The Gambia. He thereafter was the Justice of the Superior Courts of Ghana. He was the Vice Presidential candidate of the PNC now CPP party with President Liman and the Chairman of the CPP party.
His second marriage was to Laura Kanyi Tometi with whom he had Wendy, Penny, Kodjo and Evita. His third marriage was to Gifty Lamptey with whom he had two sons, Kodjo and Kobla.

Upon his retirement he opened up a private law firm focused on Corporate and class action law suits which employs 15 attorneys as Jones Mensah and Associates. In supporting development in his homeland he also opened up The Keta Beach Hotel. As a retired Chief Justice he remained a force to be contended with, as a formidable counsel and mentor to tons in the legal profession and society at large. His law opinions changed the landscape of the law in Ghana. He will be sorely missed.
A final funeral Rites has been set for August 5th 2016 at the State House in Accra; and the body interred on August 6th at Dzelu Koppe,Keta. Reception in honor of the late Mr.Jones-Mensah will be held at Tema, Ghana.

The lenses of sankofaonline.come were at the celebration and bring to our viewers these images.

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