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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