Kissi Agyebeng has been appointed to replace Martin Amidu as the country’s Special Prosecutor. Martin Amidu left the role last year in circumstances that are fair to say embarrassed President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo.
The 43-year old will step into one of the most scrutinised roles in public office in Ghana but his background suggests he has had the experience of being in the limelight for some time.
From lecturing for years at the Ghana Law School to his well-documented travels on his private Instagram page, representation of some of the most popular names in media and sports, the Kwahu native has been very much in the public space.
Agyebeng has been practising law for some time but it wasn’t until he represented former Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan that he was thrown into the media space. In 2015, he represented Gyan in the case in which Sarah Kwablah assued Gyan of rape and sodomy.
Before then in 2014, Agyebeng had been Gyan’s public voice and face when the former Sunderland player was accused of sacrifice killing after his friend and musician Castro disappeared in an accident on the Volta River in Ada. As the accusations went on, Agyebeng addressed a press conference in Accra where he accused the media of “wild allegations and rumours … ranging from the absurd – of the imputation of criminality to [Gyan] in the sense that he either murdered Castro or had him kidnapped – and ending with the ludicrous – that he sacrificed him spiritually to enhance his career.
“We have been silent while these wild allegations and rumours have been peddled in the media. We have been silent not because we are concealing anything or that we do not feel the need to fully state what, from our reckoning, had happened in Ada. We have been silent because we did not want to interfere with police investigations,” the statement said.
Kissi Agyebeng has also represented investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in the many legal challenges that have sprung up against his work. That representation led to a major fall out with political, MP and businessman Kennedy Agyapong.
Agyebeng accused the MP of inciting violence against the investigative journalist Ahmed Suale who was murdered and asked the MP to be questioned. But an angry Agyapong mocked Agyebeng’s looks, called him stupid and more.
Love for travel, socks
Kissi Agyebeng clearly has a love for colourful socks and travel as his Instagram page indicates. In addition to his documented travel to several locations outside the country like Budapest, Casablanca and London, there are more than 60 photos of colourful socks.
He received a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), from the University of Ghana in May 2001. Where he obtained First-class honours. He has also received the Bentsi-Enchill Award for Best Graduating Law Student.
He also did a professional Law Course (2001-2003) at the Ghana School of Law, Accra, Ghana. He also obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) – marine and environmental law, received May 2005.
Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
In 2006, he received a Master of Laws (LLM) – corporate law, securities regulation, international commercial arbitration, international economic relations (WTO) and international business transactions at the Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York.
Mr Agyabeng also received the E N Sowah Memorial Award for Best Student in Family Law.