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Amon Kotei

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Nii Amon Kotei (24 May 1915 — 17 October 2011) was a Ghanaian artist (sculpture, painter, and musician) and surveyor. He is also the acclaimed designer of the coat of arms of Ghana. He was one of Ghana's leading artists.

As Independence Day drew near, the need for a coat of arms distinct from that o the imperial power - Great Britain, became acutely felt. To give a distinctive local flavor to the work, a Ghanaian working with the Government Printer was asked to put up a sketch for consideration. For his motives, Mr. Amon Kotei had the elephant and palm tree

I suggested the use of the Eagle because I had read over and over again of the famous Eagle and the Chick story. After months of hard work, Mr. Amon Kotei finally completed the drawing. When he compared it to other Coats of Arms, he was convinced that it was one of the best, a view shared by Cpt. hamilton, The British officer who laised between him and the Osu, Castle. It was approved with any hesitations