AMON KOTEI

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Nii Amon Kotei (24th May 1915 – 17th October 2011).

Kotei was a Ghanaian artist (sculpture, painter and musician) and surveyor. He is also the acclaimed designer of the coat of arms of Ghana. He was one of Ghana’s leading artists.

Amon Kotei, born on 24 May 1915, Accra, had belonged to the Ga tribe and trained as a surveyor. He was a distinguished artist and designed the National Coat of Arms on 4 March 1957. The Ghana Coat of Arms, found on all government official heads, is composed of a shield, divided into four quarters by a green St. George’s Cross, rimmed with gold. He 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. He also taught in Achimota School.

He was awarded the State Honour of Grand Medal, Civil Division, Coat of Arms Design presented to him on Friday, 7 March 1997 and several other awards.