M.anifest, the son of Tsatsu Tsikata, Counsel for the third respondent in the election petition case at the Supreme Court, today picked up two awards at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2013.
M.anifest won the “Best Rapper of the Year” award and the “Hip-Hop Song of the Year” award.
M.anifest, born Kwame Ametepee Tsikata on November 20, 1982, is a Ghanaian rapper and songwriter. He has worked with the likes of Damon Albarn, Flea, Tony Allen, Erykah Badu, and is featured on five songs on the Rocket Juice and The Moon album.
M.anifest is also the grandson of one of Africa’s foremost ethnomusicogists J.H. Kwabena Nketia.
In 2012 BBC’s arts program The Strand (radio) tipped Manifest as one of four acts to look out for in 2012.
His father, Tsatsu Tsikata, is a renowned lawyer.
Tsatsu won a United Africa Company (UAC) scholarship in 1960 to start his secondary education at the age of 9 years at the Mfantsipim School.
On completion of his 5 year course, he gained admission into the University of Ghana, Legon at the age of 16, where he obtained an LL.B First Class degree at the age of 18 years. Only one other 18 year old had completed a degree programme at that time.
His lecturers included Professor Ofosu Amaah and Dr. Obed Asamoah, a former foreign minister and Attorney General of Ghana.
He then won a post-graduate scholarship from the University of Ghana to Oxford University where he again obtained first class honours in Bachelor of Civil Law which is equivalent to a master’s degree at other British universities.
Tsikata held a Junior Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford where he also served as a tutor. On his return to Ghana in 1974, he was appointed a lecturer at the law faculty of the University of Ghana.
Some of his students included Kwamena Ahwoi, Alban Bagbin, former majority leader in the Parliament of Ghana and Freddie Blay, former first deputy speaker in the Parliament of Ghana, a former first deputy speaker in parliament.
Tsikata has served as counsel to a number of notable personalities over the years. These include Captain Kojo Tsikata, his cousin and Kofi Awoonor.
During the era of the National Redemption Council/Supreme Military Council military regimes of Acheampong, he defended Samuel Okudjeto and William Ofori Atta who stood trial for political reasons.
After the May 15 uprising in 1979, he was counsel for Jerry Rawlings during the treason trial that came to an abrupt end when the SMC military government led by Fred Akuffo was overthrown on 4 June 1979.
He is currently the lead Counsel for the ruling National Democratic Congress in an ongoing electoral petition
By GhanaReporters, Accra with additional files from Wikipedia.