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DR. JOHN R. KELLS AND JOSEPH K. WHAJA V. DR. E. AKO ADJEI AND 3 OTHER

(2001) JELR 68294 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  CA NO. 8/2000  •  24 Oct 2001  •  Ghana

Coram
MRS. J. BAMFORD-ADDO J.S.C. (PRESIDING), AMPIAH J.S.C., ADJABENG J.S.C. ACQUAH J.S.C., ATUGUBA J.S.C.

Judgement

ACQUAH, J.S.C.

Dr. John Ackah Blay-Miezah, traditionally known as Nana Ackah Nyanzu 11, Gyasehene of Benin in the Western Region of Ghana, during his lifetime comported himself and lead such a lifestyle as to make the public believe that he was one of the richest, if not the richest, person then in Ghana. He died in Accra in 1992 leaving behind an estate alleged to value about forty two billion US dollars (US$42,000,000,000). As to whether he did indeed have all that much is another matter. However in one of his Wills dated 8th May 1988, he made total cash bequests of over eighty million US dollars (US$80,000,000) to about fifty named beneficiaries. It is in respect of this estate that one Dr. John Robert Kells, a teacher in Chinese exercise and meditation in London, sought a declaration at an Accra High Court that a Will produced by him and claiming to have been made by the late Dr. Blay-Miezah on 29th January 1989 was valid. The said Will named this Dr. Kells as the sole executor and…

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