April 18, 1956: Sir Arku Korsah becomes first African Chief Justice of the Gold Coast


Sir Kobina Arku Korsah (3 April 1894, Saltpond – 25 January 1967)[1] became the first African Chief Justice of Ghana (then the Gold Coast) on April 18, 1956.

He was born in Saltpond, Korsah and educated at Mfantsipim SchoolFourah Bay College (BA degree in 1915) Durham University and London University (LLB in 1919).

In 1942, Nana Sir Ofori Atta and Sir Arku Korsah were the first two Ghanaians to be appointed to the Legislative Councilby the then Governor of the Gold Coast, Sir Alan Burns. Korsah was one of the 20 founding members of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1959. After the Kulungugu attack on President Kwame Nkrumah in August 1962, Sir Arku Korsah presided over the trial of five defendants. At the end of that trial, three of the accused were found not guilty and this displeased the Nkrumah government. Nkrumah sacked Sir Arku as Chief Justice in December 1963.