Frederick Kwasi Apaloo

Frederick Kwasi Apaloo

Frederick Kwasi Apaloo was a Ghanaian barrister and judge who served as Chief Justice of Kenya from 1993 to 1995 and Chief Justice of Ghana from 1977 to 1986


12 July 1921

Early life

He was born in Woe, a community close to Keta in Ghana's Volta Region, formerly the Gold Coast. When he was 7 years old, his father passed away, thus he was raised through school by an uncle who worked as a trader in Kadjebi. He completed his secondary education at Accra Academy in 1942.Later, he studied law at University College, Hull. At Middle Temple, Apaloo received a call to the English bar in 1950.


08 July 1953

Personal life

Apaloo married Georgina Kumasenu in 1953. They had two sons and three daughters


29 June 1960


After completing his education in England, Apaloo came home to practice law in Ghana. Following large protests over the imposition of taxes by the British colonial authorities, he spoke up for people involved in the Anloga riots. In 1960, following Ghana's liberation from British colonial rule, he was appointed a High Court Judge.


Chief Justice of Ghana
06 July 1977

Chief Justice of Ghana

In 1977, he was chosen to serve as Ghana's Chief Justice. Since Ghana gained independence, six people have served in this role.


17 July 1990

World Bank Appointment

He also served on the World Bank Administrative Tribunal from 1990 until 1995


Chief Justice of Kenya
06 July 1993

Chief Justice of Kenya

He was appointed Chief Justice of Kenya in March 1993 since there was no obvious contender to occupy the position when it became vacant due to lack of interest. While he was in Kenya, it was observed that he opposed the death sentence. He served as Chief Justice until 1995[2], when Abdul Majid Cockar took over.

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