John Mensah Sarbah

John Mensah Sarbah was a Ghanaian Lawyer and Educational Advocate


Educated at Cape Coast Wesleyan School (later Mfantsipim School) and Queen's College in England, Sarbah became the first African from his country to qualify as a barrister at Lincoln's Inn in 1887.


Contributions to Politics

In 1897, Sarbah co-founded the Aborigines' Rights Protection Society alongside other notable figures, leading organized opposition against colonial rule. Appointed to the Legislative Council in 1901 and subsequently in 1906, Sarbah played a pivotal role in shaping the Gold Coast's political landscape.

Recognition and Legacy

St.In 1910, Sarbah was honored with the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St. George (CMG) in King George V's birthday honours. His sudden demise in November of the same year marked a premature end to his impactful career. Beyond his legal and political endeavors, Sarbah championed education, establishing scholarships and supporting initiatives aimed at improving educational facilities in the country.

Legacy and Honors

In recognition of his contributions to education, a residence hall at the University of Ghana was named Mensah Sarbah Hall in 1963, with a statue erected in his honor. Additionally, Sarbah-Picot House at Mfantsipim School pays homage to his enduring legacy in education and advocacy.