Nii Amon Kotei, the acclaimed designer of the coat of arms of Ghana. He was a Ghanaian artist (sculpture, painter and musician) and surveyor. Amon Kotei born on the 24th May 1915, at La, near Accra, and trained as a surveyor. He was a distinguished artist and designed the National Coat of Arms on 4 March 1957.
He was commissioned to do the design by Ghana’s first President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the then British Colonial administration as independence drew near in 1957. It symbolizes government sanction and it is found at important Government places like the Osu Castle, the Courts and other government offices. The Ghana Coat of Arms, found on all government official letterheads, is composed of a shield, divided into four quarters by a green St. George’s Cross, rimmed with gold. However it has not been changed and remains what was originally produced by Amon Kotei.
Nii Amon Kotei studied under a scholarship at Achimota School and later received a scholarship to study art at the London School of Printing and Graphic Art from 1949 to 1952. Kotei also fought for the Royal West African Frontier Force during World War II. and also worked in the Cartographic Division of the Army. He drew maps and plans for use by soldiers on the war front. He also taught in Achimota School.
Amon Kotei was awarded the State Honour of Grand Medal, Civil Division, Coat of Arms Design presented to him on Friday, 7 March 1997, by then president Jerry John Rawlings. He received several other awards. Nii Amon Kotei died on 17 October 2011, after which the parliament of Ghana paid tribute to him.
The Ghana Coat of Arms is composed of a shield, divided into four quarters by a green St. George’s Cross, rimmed with gold. The following are the symbols in the quarters and their meanings.
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