Meet Ghana’s First IGP, Dr Erasmus Ransford Tawiah Madjitey


Dr. Erasmus Ransford Tawiah Madjitey born (11 November 1920 – 23 February 1996) was a Ghanaian police officer, diplomat and politician. He was appointed Police Commissioner in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) on 9 October 1958, making him not only the first Ghanaian to head the Ghana Police Service, but also the first African South of the Sahara and the British Commonwealth command a Police Force.

E.R.T. Madjitey was born at Aframase, in the Manya Krobo District of Eastern Region of Ghana. His father was a local chief, Asafoatse Madjitey I and his mother was one of his four wives, Madam Ogbeko Madjitey.

He was the fifth of seven children. E.R.T. Madjitey started his education at Obenyemi, where he lived with his uncle Mr. J. A. Okumador. He had his basic education at Presbyterian Junior School at Odumase Krobo and Presbyterian Senior Boys Secondary School at Bana Hill.

He started his secondary education at Mfantsipom and completed at Adisadel College  in 1940.
He then continued to Achimota College, the predecessor of the University of Ghana, where he excelled with an ‘Inter BA’. He married Miss Vera Scales in 1949.

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