Magnus Kofi Amoatey (born 10th December 1948) is the MP-Elect for the Yilo Krobo Constituency in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He will be a member of the sixth parliament of the fourth Republic of Ghana after the new parliament is sworn in on 7th January 2013 upon the dissolution of the fifth parliament at midnight on 6th January 2013. According to official results released by the Electoral commission of Ghana, Lawyer Kofi Amoatey won in all but 3 of the 124 polling stations of the Yilo Krobo constituency and polled a total of 26,581 representing 60.36% of valid votes cast.

Early years

Magnus Kofi Amoatey was born in Somanya on Friday the 10th of December 1948. His parents were the late Bernard Amoanor-Doku Adjirackor (b 15th August 1927, d 21st February 2001)an accountant / personnel manager with IBM Ghana and the late Mercy Ladje Kenny both of Somanya. He started his primary education in Sra before moving to live with his grandmother in Huhunya where he continued his formal education. Her later moved to Accra to live with his father. He started his secondary education at the Ada Secondary School but was pulled out after a year on the insistence of his stepmother. He would later school himself at home and rise proudly to become a self-made man. He studied diligently while being subjected to menial jobs in and around the house. He wrote and passed his O-levels and gained admission to the Methodist Training College in Aburi where he obtained his Teachers Certificate 'A'. His tumultuous early years strengthened his resolve to rise up above all odds and succeed. He later enrolled at the prestigious School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon where he obtained a Diploma in Theatre Arts. In 1987, he will enroll in the University of Ghana and three years later will graduate with a BA(hons) in Sociology. His next step was the Ghana Law School after coming second in the nationwide entrance exams. He was called to the bar in 1995 and has been a successful lawyer ever since then.

Early Career

After obtaining his Teacher's certificate, he taught for a while before enrolling in the School of Performing Arts, After his diploma, he did his National Service at Centre for National Culture (then Arts Council of Ghana). He stayed on after his service and started as the Public Relations Officer rising through the ranks till he became the Executive Director of the Centre for National Culture. He held that position until he was promoted to Director of Programs at the National Commission on Culture and Later the Ministry of Culture. A position he held till he voluntarily retired from active public service.

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