A communications consultant and staff at the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization, Ms Sandra Frimpong known within the media circles as Maame Broni, has officially been admitted to the Legal Bar.
The recognition was bestowed upon her, alongside 1,092 newly qualified lawyers, in a ceremony held on Friday, October 20, 2023, at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The event garnered a notable assembly of dignitaries, including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Chief Justice, Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo; the Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame; the President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Yaw Acheampong Boafo, and the Director of Legal Education, the Ghana School of Law (GSL), Barima Nana Yaw Kodie Oppong, among others.
Sharing her excitement on Facebook, Maame Broni stated, “Turning the Tassel from Student to Esquire – Cheers to New Beginnings! 🎓⚖️ #CallToTheBar #esquire”.
In another post sighted by The New Publisher, she added, “a posse ad essefrom. From possibility to actuality”.
Two persons with disability — one visually impaired and the other hearing impaired — were also part of the newly qualified lawyers.
Ebenezer Addai Osei was adjudged the overall best student in the two-year Professional Law Course at the Ghana School of Law, walking away with the John Mensah Sarbah Memorial Prize, which comes with a cash prize of GH¢50,000, a laptop with a soft copy of the Law Reports, and a full scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Law.
Chief Justice, Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo at the event said a lawyer had a professional duty to uphold the rule of law and justice at all times and in all their endeavors.
She said without rule of law, there would be total anarchy in society, and, therefore, lawyers, as masters of the law, must ensure that the law took precedence, irrespective of status and class.
“Rule of law provides a level playing field for every citizen, and an objective measuring line and standard for determining whether actions, whether by the rich, poor, strong or weak pass the muster of justice and equity,” she said.
With regard to justice, Justice Torkornoo said lawyers must not see justice as a concept, but a practical reality which formed an integral part of any thriving society.
She said lawyers must, therefore, become the means or conduit through which justice was achieved for the betterment of mankind.
“The legal profession is expected to be the bulwark against social chaos. The presence of the legal profession ought to provide the guarantee that every citizen, no matter their circumstances, will be protected in whatever enterprise and lawful activity they embark on,” she said.
The Chief Justice further said lawyers must see themselves as agents of progress whose activities went to the very core of nation building and prosperity.
“The legal profession must be made up of persons who have not just studied the letter of the law, but have imbibed the spirit behind legal order and have shown the presence of a moral compass that is able to not only direct themselves but able to help direct the nation in its quest for justice, coherence, harmony, progress and peace,” she added.
About Maame Broni
Maame Broni, became a household name in the media space on Accra-based Adom FM and EIB Network.
In the past, Maame Broni has worked with Accra-based Kasapa FM under the EIB umbrella and Adom FM under the Multimedia Group before she moved to the Communications Ministry in 2016.
Maame Broni is a product of Kumasi Academy, holds a Degree from the African University of Communications and a Masters of Arts from the Graduate School of the Ghana Institute of Journalism.