Kofi Abrompa Tawiah

06/14/1946 - 05/09/2022


Obituary For Kofi Abrompa Tawiah

Kofi Abrompa Tawiah was born on June 14, 1946 in Abenase, near Akim Oda, in the eastern region of Ghana, formerly known as the Gold Coast. Kofi was the fourth in line of Kwame Hammah and Araba Mansa’s six children. Kofi’s father and mother cultivated a cocoa farm near Abenase where the family lived in a 1-room hut on their farm. Kofi grew up knowing firsthand what it was like to be poor, but also, instinctively figured that it took education, hard work, and discipline to escape poverty. At a very early age, Kofi had a strong and conscious desire to contribute to the development of his newly independent home country, Ghana. His entrepreneurial instincts appeared early in his life. Kofi was left with family friends in Abenase for him to attend school while his parents and siblings were on the farm. Kofi's ability to excel in academics was evident through primary school into his post-secondary education. In 1967, the second and final year of Kofi’s post-secondary schooling he took the SAT test conducted and used by ASPAU (African Scholarship Program of American Universities) to select that program’s next academic year’s scholarship recipients. Kofi was 1 of the 5 Ghanaian students who received the ASPAU scholarship for the 1968/69 academic year and arrived in the USA in August 1968 to undertake his college education at the University of California, Berkeley Campus. He earned degrees in engineering as well as an MBA in Finance and International Business at Berkeley.

After his college education, Kofi stayed and developed his career in the United States. He married and had two sons; Jabari and Jason Tawiah. He founded E-3 Systems in 1989 and grew it into a successful and well established IT infrastructure cabling company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through it all, Kofi never forgot his roots as a Ghanaian. His boyhood desire to contribute to the development of his native country never left him and served as a central driving force and motivation for his determination to achieve financial success. In 2015, Kofi created his private foundation (The Kofi Tawiah Foundation For Good Citizenship) as his long-term vehicle for consistent charitable activity that would continue long into the future as his legacy to engender and support an evolutionary and generational transformation of Ghanaian citizens, so the country can ultimately and permanently realize his boyhood dream and vision for Ghana.

Kofi Tawiah passed away in his home in Fremont CA at 11:20am on May 9th 2022. He is survived by his two sons, Jabari and Jason Tawiah, and two sisters Obaahemaa Efua Essumanba and Auntie Akua Onormah.

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  • 07/09/2022

    "A good man can never die. You will see him many times. You will see him in the streets. You will see him in the houses, in all the places of the town. In the vineyards and orchards, in the rivers and clouds, in all the things here that make this a world for us to live in. You will feel him in all things that are here out of love, and for love--all the things that are abundant, all the things that grow. The person of a man may leave or be taken away--but the best part of a good man stays. It stays forever." *Hoda Kotb

  • 05/22/2022

    Grandpa it is with a heavy heart I write this. I was hoping to meet you at least one last time. I thank God for meeting you, even when I didn't have my family in a strange place, you took me in as though I was your own. All I've known is love from you, God bless your soul for this. I love and miss you, but I know that you are at a better place and that brings solace to us. You are a hero to so many more people. May your legacy live on. I hope if not for anything for your words of encouragement and kind advice I was able to make you proud.

  • 05/22/2022

    Grandpa, your death has never been an easy thing to process. Knowing that I will never talk or even see you. Words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your death. I miss you so much Grandpa. You were the pillar of the family and even went the long way to spread your wings to help others. You were a role model, a father, A Grandpa and my all in all. Hmmm, I have come to realize that even we search the entire universe, we are sure that we will never find a grandpa who is as loving and caring as you were to us. Thank you for never giving up on me. I miss our Sunday calls and our lunch dates whenever you touch down. REST EASY SON❤️

  • 05/22/2022

    Our heart goes out to the family as we remember our uncle, he was the best Uncle, father and Grandfather and brought joy to Many. Uncle, we Were so fortunate to have had you in our lives. Even though he is no more his Legacy still live on. We will miss you DEARLY.

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