This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Col. (Rtd) Kwame Baah who was born in Ghana on May 21, 1939 and passed away on April 08, 1997 at the age of 57. We will remember him forever.
Lord, it belongs not to my care, whether I die or live, to love and serve thee is my share and this my Grace must give if life be-long, I will be glad that i may long obey, if short, yet should I be sad since all receive their pay.
Col. Kwame was born at Dormaa Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region. He completed his primary and middle school education in Kumasi and then proceeded to Prempeh College in Kumasi. in 1958 he completed school and then entered the Ghana Army. He was admitted in 1959 to the Military Academy and Training School at Teshie. In 1962 Col. Kwame Baah completed his training at the Indian Military Academy where he was awarded his commission as an officer in the Ghana Armed Forces. As a distinguished soldier, Col. Kwame Baah held the following appointments;
on his return to Ghana he was posted to the 2nd battalion of infantry as a platoon commander under the command of Lt. Col. E.K. Kotoka and saw service in the Congo. He was the first among his peers to be given the command of a company. At that time the unit was based at the Arankan Barracks in Accra. Between September 1966 and July 1967, Col. Baah was made an instructor and motor transport officer at the Military Academy and Training School (MATS). While serving at MATS he was appointed as Assistant Defence Advisor to the Ghana High Commission in London and given the rank of acting Major. In July 1967 he was posted to the Ghana mission in Washington D.C. in the same capacity.
He returned to Ghana in June 1968 and was appointed the Acting second in command of the 2nd Battalion infantry now based at Apremdo, Takoradi. in September 1971, Col. Baah was made the substantive second in command of the 5th Battalion of Infantry so he returned to Arankan Barracks, Accra. In January 1972 while serving as the Acting Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion of Infantry, Col. Baah became one of the architects and founding members of the National Redemption Council (NRC). As a member of the NRC, he was appointed Commissioner for Lands and Mineral Resources. At 34, he was one of the youngest army officers to be appointed to that state office. It was worth nothing that it was during his tenure as Commissioner for Land and Mineral Resources that the decision was taken to capture for Ghana a majority share holding in the Ashanti Gold fields Corporation Mine at Obuasi and the diamond mine operated by the Consolidate African Selection Trust (CAST). his actions were more than enough to make him a true nationalist of our dear land. In November 1972 he gave up command at the 5th Battalion and within that same period was appointed Ghana's Commissioner for Foreign Affairs. His sense of fairness and equity made it easy for him to identify himself with most of the leaders of the liberation movements across the continent of Africa. In January 1973, he hosted a conference of the Liberation Committee of the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU). If Ghana today has some respect among peers, if Ghana today can be remembered for her contribution to the liberation struggle in Africa than we say; Daddy "your work was not in vain". He resign from the NRC in October 1975 and on January 19th 1976, he was honorably released from the Ghana Armed Forces.
He was married to Esther Baah (nee Ayew) and had 4 lovely daughters; Frances, Jane, Awurakua and Kwakyewa. We are so proud of him.