Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, has officially rejected the National Honours award presented to her by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on March 14, 2023. Marietta Brew was to be awarded for her role in helping Ghana win a maritime dispute with Ivory Coast in 2017.
Along with Marietta Brew, lawyer Fui Tsikata, who was also part of the legal team, also declined the award. The reasons for their decision were not stated by the presidential staffer, Charles Nii Teiko Tagoe, who reported on the rejections in a Facebook post on March 14.
Fui Tsikata is a highly respected legal practitioner who serves as the senior partner at Reindorf Chambers, the Ghanaian member firm of the DLA Piper Africa Group. He has been a member of the Ghana Bar since January 1975 and has extensive experience in the field of law.
The news of their rejection has been described as “sad.”
About Fui Tsikata
Notably, Mr. Tsikata represented Ghana as one of its advocates during the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) proceedings that took place between December 2014 and September 2017. These proceedings dealt with the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Mr. Tsikata’s involvement in this case highlights his expertise in international law and his commitment to representing Ghana’s interests on the global stage