Burial and Memorial Service has been held in Accra, for a retired Appeal Court Judge, Justice Joseph Kingsley-Nyinah who was also a former head of the Electoral Commission.
He died on February 18 this year at age 96.
In a sermon, the Methodist Bishop of Accra, Rt. Rev. Samuel Osabutey asked Ghanaians, especially, Christians to work diligently which was a virtue the late Justice Kingsley-Nyinah exhibited in his work.
He said public sector workers must be accountable to the people they serve and eschew laziness and dishonesty.
Rachel Kakraba reports that it was all white as family, friends and well wishers, celebrated the life of the Justice Joseph Kwame Kingsley-Nyinah who was born on August 21,1922 at Akokuaso, near Akyem Oda in the Eastern Region.
His father was a police officer and as a result of his regular transfer, the late Appeal Court Judge had his early education in Akuse in the Eastern Region, Government Boy’s School in Cape Coast, Achimota Primary School and Achimota Secondary School which he completed in 1942.
At Achimota, he was a great sports man which saw the school triumph in an inter-college Hurdles championship.
Justice Kingsley-Nyinah was motivated to pursue law as the career of his father as a police Prosecutor exposed him to many courts.
In 1947, Justice Kingsley-Nyinah pursued further studies at the Inns of Court in Middle Temple, London, where he obtained a law certificate.
He was called to the Bar in Britain in June 1953 and returned to Ghana in December same year.
He set up his own law firm, the Obuadum Chambers in 1954 after being called to the Gold Coast Bar.
From 1955 to 1958, Justice Kingsley-Nyinah served as a Juvenile Court Magistrate and in 1963, he became High Court Judge, and in 1971 an Appeals Court Judge. He retired from the bench in 1980.
Between 1978 and1981,Justice Kingsley-Nyinah was the Electoral Commissioner. He also served the nation in other capacities such as member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Legal Council, Cabinet Sub-Committee on release of Political detainees and Chairman Council for Law reporting.
In his sermon, the Methodist Bishop of Accra, Rt. Rev. Osabutey called on workers particularly Christians to respect authority because leaders are agents of God.
A representative of the family, Joe Kwame Quayson said Justice Kingsley Nyinah was a blessing to the family, the country and the world. Among the mourners were the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare, Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremanteng, Minster of Railways, Joe Ghartey. A private burial service was later held for the late Joseph Kwame Kingsley – Nyinah.
Story by Rachael Kakraba.