Ghana Famous People
- Date of Birth:
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- Issa, Ghana
Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi is a Ghanaian judge. He is an active Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana.
Kulendi hails from Issa, a village in the Upper West Region of Ghana. His father was a World War II veteran and his mother brewed and sold Pito in Wa Zongo. He is the fourth of seven children of his mother.
He had his early education at Ndama Primary School before proceeding to Wa Secondary School (now Wa Senior High School). During his fifth year in secondary school he spent almost two years in the Wa prisons on remand and this incident made him resolve all the more to be a lawyer.
He entered the University of Ghana where he was awarded his bachelor of laws degree in 1992. He continued at the Ghana School of Law where he obtained he became a barrister-at-law in 1994.
He holds a master of arts degree in International Security and Civil-Military Relations from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, United States
Kulendi had his national service at the Legal Aid Board of Accra. After his service, he joined the Akufo-Addo, Prempeh and Co. Chambers, where he underwent pupilage.
He later founded his own law firm, Kulendi @ Law, where he worked as the firm's managing partner until his appointment to the bench. As a lawyer, his areas of expertise included; Investments, Securities, Commercial Law, Criminal Law, and Litigation.
Kulendi is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-West Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He also served as an examiner at the Ghana School of Law.
On 17 March 2020 the president, Nana Akufo-Addo informed the Speaker of Parliament, Mike Oquaye that consultations had been completed for the nomination of Kulendi and three other persons to be made justices of the Supreme Court of Ghana.
The speaker of parliament announced his nomination together with the three others to parliament on 19 March 2020 for vetting and approval.
Kulendi was vetted together with Justice Joy Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu on Tuesday 12 May 2020. Following his vetting by parliament, Kulendi was approved by parliament on Wednesday 20 May 2020 and sworn into office on Tuesday 26 May 2020.
Kulendi became the first Ghanaian from the Upper West Region to be appointed to serve on Ghana's highest court of jurisdiction. His appointment also now makes him a part of a small group of persons who were called to the Supreme Court bench directly from the bar.
They include; Edward Akufo-Addo who went on to become a Chief Justice of Ghana and the second president of Ghana, Justice Robert Samuel Blay who became the first president of the Ghana Bar Association and Justice Nene Amegatcher who was also once president of the Ghana Bar Association.
Kulendi is married, and a father of four children.