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OFFICIAL STATEMENT: Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council announces the death of Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V

Accra, February 22nd, 2018- Nii Ngleshie Addy V, (Adontenhene/Bantama Mantse) and Ag. President of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, Naa Affipong III (Paramount Queen Mother) Nii Asroy Hansen I (Chairman of the Ngleshie Alata Paramount Stool Council, the Chiefs and people of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area, the W. C. Cofie family of Naa Korle We Aflangai Shia of James Town, the Owoo family of Adjumaku Dawurampong and Owooman, Accra, Mr. Amos Niimoi Adotey, Ambassador Augustina Akuorkor Obetsebi-Lamptey, Mr. John Allotey Pappoe, Prof J. H. Addy, regret to announce with deep sadness the passing of their beloved and most respected Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V Paramount Chief and President of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council.

Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V known in private life as Dr. Ezekiel Quarmina Allotey Cofie (Dentist Cofie) responded positively to the call of his ancestors on Friday the 22nd day of December 2017 at the age of 97 years.

He was the 18th occupant of the Ngleshie Alata Stool and his reign lasted nearly 40 years from August 1978 to December 2017. On account of this great loss, the Traditional Council and concerned families have set up a funeral committee to oversee all preparations in respect to the funeral arrangements of our departed Kinsman and Paramount Chief.

A book of condolence will be opened to the public at the James Town Mantse Palace and his private residence at Mamprobi (Plaza).

As a sign of respect and of our grief, all flags at the palace shall fly at half-mast.
We the Chiefs, bereaved families and children entreat all sympathizers, and the general public to accord the committee the greatest respect, consideration and support to enable the committee perform effectively.

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Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V who is known in private life as Mr. Ezekiel Quarmina Allotei­Coffei and popularly called Dentist Cofie was born on Saturday the 12th of June 1920 at James Town, British Accra.

He was born to the late Mr. William Cofie of Aflagai Shia, Naa Korle We, James Town and Madam Delphina Owoo from the Krotia Division  Adjumako of the Royal Stool of Ngleshie Alata (James Town).

Young Ezekiel started school at the age of 5 at Accra Royal School.  In 1934 he gained admission to Achimota College to pursue a three year secondary education.  He wrote the Senior Cambridge Examination in the sciences and passed with flying colours in 1938.  Ezekiel followed this up in pursuance of a post­secondary course with another flying colours in London University Matriculation Examination.

During the World War II, Ezekiel gained admission to University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. He therefore left the shores of the Gold Coast for the U.K by sea in 1945.  In Edinburg, Ezekiel pursued a course in dentistry and after four years in the University he graduated as a Dental Surgeon Licentiate in dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons in 1949, Scotland. Whiles pursuing his professional studies in Scotland he took some time off to train and compete in athletics in the university in Edinburg.  Ezekiel specialized in the sprints and went on to win a Bronze Medal at World Students̕ Games in Paris.


Mr. Ezekiel Quarmina Allotei­Cofie returned home in 1949 to join the Gold Coast Medical Service.  He joined people like Brown, Oddoye and Adu Aryee all of blessed memory to form the core pioneers of the dental practice in the country.  Dentist Cofie as he popularly became known established dentistry in a number of towns in the country.  Hospital in places like Kumasi, Tamale, Sekondi­Takorida, Sunyani, Koforidua and Ho were places that he helps to establish dentistry attached to those hospitals.

Whiles in active service, he attended various seminars in Dental Health Programmes in New York, USA, London in the United Kingdom and New Delhi (India) just to mention a few. After 26 years of distinguished service as a Dental Surgeon in the Ministry of Health, Dentist Cofie finally retired in 1975. Three year into retirement as a Civil Servant, Mr. Ezekiel Quarmina Allotei­Coffie was enstooled as James Town Mantse under the stool name of Nii Kojo Ababio V from the Nii Kofi Akrashie lineage. A stool he has occupied till today.


As a traditional ruler, Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V has served in various capacities. He was a member of the Greater Accra House of Chiefs for many years.  He became a member of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs when it ceded from the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs.

As a member of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, he represented the House at the Lands Commission.   A position he has held up to date.  He is currently the Senior Advisor of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs which he is a founding member.


The greatest achievement of Oblempong Nii Kojo Ababio V in his thirty­six years reign as a chief of James Town is supervising the elevation of Ngleshie Alata to the status of PARAMOUNTCY in 2011. Consequently, Oblempongʼs status rose to become Paramount Chief and President of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council.  These achievements cannot be established without noting his personal attributes.

He is Gentle, soft spoken, generous, fair but firm, affable and above all approachable.  Added to these attributes are his firm adherence to this Christian principles and his ability to accommodate the acceptable traditional and cultural practices in the performance of his royal duties. Mr. Ezekiel Quarmina Allotei­Cofie for a long time served as a steward of the defunct Accra Turf Club. He was and still a patron of Accra Great Olympics Football Club.

He is happily married to Mrs. Florence Ansaah Cofie for over sixty years and is blessed with nine (9) children (3 boys and 6 girls).  May his reign as a Paramount Chief of Ngleshie Alata ensure legacy that will stand the test of time.


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