Lawrence Henry Yaw Ofosu-Appiah

Lawrence Henry Yaw Ofosu-Appiah

Lawrence Henry Yaw Ofosu-Appiah

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Lawrence Henry Yaw Ofosu-Appiah (18 March 1920 – 1 June 1990) was a Ghanaian academic, who taught classics at the University of Ghana, and was subsequently Director of the Encyclopaedia Africana.

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Ofosu-Appiah was born in a village called Kukua near Adawso in the Eastern Region of Ghana. His parents were Seth Fianko — a teacher and a descendant of the royal family of Kubease, Larteh, Ghana — and Agnes Fianko (née Reynolds) — also a teacher and a descendant of the royal family of Akropong, Akwapim, Ghana.His education started at Adawso Presbyterian Primary School. In January 1932, he joined Achimota Secondary School for his secondary education. In 1939, he began his career as a Latin and Twi teacher at Achimota School. In January 1942, he joined the Junior Staff Department. He was appointed to work as an Assistant Librarian. He went on to work as an Assistant Museum Curator.

In March 1944, the Achimota Council awarded him an Achimota scholarship to Oxford University, United Kingdom and he was accepted at Hertford College. He was the first black African to come to Oxford to read Classics. He read Honour Moderations and followed it up with Literae Humaniores (Greats).

He went to Jesus College, Cambridge, United Kingdom, in October 1948 to complete a diploma in Anthropology. Shortly after that, he was appointed Assistant Lecturer in Classics at the University College Gold Coast, now University of Ghana.

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