Ambrose Derry and Dominic Ayine
Hon. Dr. Dominic Ayine Akuritinga (L), MP for Bolgatanga East and Hon. Ambrose Derry (R), Interior Minister

Opposition Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East Constituency and former Deputy Attorney General under the erstwhile John Mahama administration, Hon. Dr. Dominic Ayine Akuritinga has given an exciting account of how the Minister for Interior, Mr. Ambrose Derry advised and influenced him to become a lawyer.

According to the NDC lawmaker, he never thought of becoming a lawyer when he was growing up as a student but rather, to become a Catholic priest. He indicated that his dream of becoming a Catholic priest vanished when he first met Ambrose Derry who was a young lawyer at the time.

“…I actually wanted to become a Catholic priest…but somewhere around the time I was in form 3, then I met Lawyer Ambrose Derry. At that time, I think this was around 83-84. Ambrose had just come out of law school as a young lawyer and then I met him. His junior brother, Patrice Lumumba was my friend, we used to attend student meetings together. So, Lumumba introduced me to Ambrose and that day, Ambrose was wearing a black trousers, a black shoe and then a while long sleeve shirt….

Lumumba told him that; ‘this is my friend Dominic, one of the students in our students association’…and then Ambrose said; ‘what would you want to become when you grow up?’. So, I just muted and he said; ‘you’re in Notre Dame and you want to become a priest’ and i said yes and he said; ‘no, become a lawyer’.

…we just laughed about it and we walked away and that was when for the first time, the idea of becoming a lawyer was planted into my mind.”

Hon. Ayine was speaking to Aisha Ibrahim on JoyNews’ PM Express program on Friday, April 16,2021 monitored closely by


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