W. Paatii Ofosu-Amaah

July 13, 1950April 13, 2016
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W. Paatii Ofosu-Amaah, of Accra, Ghana and Chevy Chase, Maryland, passed away unexpectedly on April 13th, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Waafas; son, Nii Amaah (Sara); daughter, Naabia; siblings, Samuel (Virginia), George (Elizabeth), May (Oko), Vincent (Naa Lamiley); and countless nieces, nephews and cousins. Paatii will be profoundly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.

Born in Accra, Ghana in 1950, Paatii attended Adisadel College in Ghana, and received law degrees from the University of Ghana and Harvard Law School. Paatii began his legal career as an Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, then as a Legal Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN. This was followed by an illustrious 30-year career at the World Bank.

Paatii cared deeply about the legal dimensions of international development. He contributed greatly to the World Bank’s operations, overseeing legal aspects of over 500 project financings in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. He also pioneered, with colleagues, various legal and judicial reform projects. As the institution’s Vice President and Corporate Secretary, he worked closely with three World Bank Presidents. After retiring from the World Bank, he served as Special Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank. Most recently, he was a member of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel, facilitating negotiations between the Republics of Sudan and South Sudan. He also served on the Boards of the African University of Science and Technology, the Nelson Mandela Institution, and the International Law Institute - African Centre for Legal Excellence. Paatii will be remembered most for his commitment to Africa and love for Ghana, loyalty to his friends and colleagues, zest for life, quirky sense of humor, and unconditional love and affection for his family.

Funeral arrangements are as follows: Visitation - Joseph Gawler’s Funeral Home, Washington, DC from 5pm to 7pm on April 25th; Funeral Service for family, friends, and colleagues - Grace Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, MD at 11am on April 26th. Burial will take place in Accra, Ghana on Thursday, May 12th.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the name of W. Paatii Ofosu-Amaah to the following: African Leadership Academy, or the African University of Science and Technology, Online condolences may be offered at:



  • Visitation Monday, April 25, 2016
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 26, 2016


  • Burial

W. Paatii Ofosu-Amaah

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Alpita Shah

July 19, 2016

Dear Paatii,

You were my colleague and mentor as I served as an attorney and policy advisor for the U.S Treasury and the World Bank. While we sometimes sat across the negotiating table, you always acted with utmost integrity. I learned so much from you. You were the model international professional: a perfect mix of technical skill, wise judgment and passion for development.

Over the course of more than a decade, you also became a trusted friend. When I told you how much I enjoyed my visit to Ghana, you scolded me for not informing you in time to arrange for a warm welcome from your family. When I asked you for life and career advice, you offered it freely as if I were your niece.
While you departed this world too soon, it indeed is a better place because of your contributions. May your soul live on in peace.

Sincere condolences to your family.

Hassane Cisse

May 17, 2016

Rest in peace, my brother, my friend. You left too soon but your legacy will endure. I will never forget you, your kindness, laughter, intelligence and generosity. You did so much for so many, dear Paatii. I am privileged to have known you and will forever be grateful for how you enriched my life.
Farewell my brother
May you rest in eternal peace.

Alan Kyerematen

May 10, 2016

Paatii,your untimely death has come as a great shock to me. You were a friend to all, both old and young. You were elegant, well mannered and engaging in your disposition, always ready to extend a helping hand. The icy hand of death may have frozen you life, but your spirit lives on. Rest in the bosom of the Lord our Creator. Alan Kyerematen

Imen Taoufik Ouanes

May 9, 2016

Dear Wafaas, Nii Amaah and Naa Biah
Imen and I are shocked and deeply saddened by this terrible news! You
know how much Paatii was close to our hearts as all of you too! This is a
tremendous loss not only for his family and friends, but also for the whole African continent.Now that he left us, only physically, remains what he planted in our hearts: his love, his high sense
of humanity, friendship and noble feelings.
We will never forget when you 5 came to our place in Tunisia, just few hours before my
mother passed away to give us support and affection.
We will miss Paatii. We will miss his presence and friendship solidly
constructed during his stay in Tunis, where we often sahred intense moments, also during the Tunisian revolution. He became member of our family. His
voice and his laughs are ringing and continue to ring in my ears and in my
spirit. You will continue to be members of our family. You will inherit his
place in our heart and keep you as members of our family and we will keep
him in our prayers.
God bless his soul and may he rest in peace.
Imen and Taoufik OUANES, Geneva and Tunis

Philip Adoteye

May 9, 2016

Paatii, for all you were to me and my children throughout the years, THANKS. May you have eternal rest in the Lord.

Peter Gyamfi

May 4, 2016

I knew Paati since he was 12. He never changed. He was always cheerful, committed to development and to Africa and very humble. My condolences to Wafas, to my schoolmate, Ate, and to all his siblings, the Akoras.

Ayesha ElBereir

May 3, 2016

Dearest Members of Paatii's family, i am speechless, i have known Paatii two years ago since i started attending the Sudan peace talks and we became colleagues and friends. A freindship i will always treasure and a colleague that always guided me and advised. He always made time to check on me and connect and all i can say is that he will be missed but always remembered with love and appreciation!
Deepest and sincerest condolences and may peace be upon him!

Phyllis Pomerantz

May 1, 2016

I was so sad to learn of the passing of Paati, my colleague and friend. Paati was one of the most elegant, cultured people I knew at the Bank. He cared deeply about all he did and was one of the most honest men I have ever met. My condolences to his entire circle of family and friends

Jean-Francois Dupuy

April 28, 2016

Dear Waafas,

Please accept my deep sympathy and sincere condolences in these difficult times. Paatii was my Manager at the Bank. I learned a lot from him, both professionally and humanly. I will always remember his wonderful smile and I will sorely miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

April 27, 2016

Our deepest condolences from a cold Sweden to the family of a very fine, honourable and warm person who always made time to engage with us during our short meetings. We were looking forward for more... but will now have to adjust our plans to the good Lords. Rest in Peace Paatii !.

The Johnson Five - Sweden ( Kevin, Nickie, Denise, Eva-Carin & Banka)