Col. Winfreid Annor Odjidja
Colonel Winfried Annor Odjidja (rtd)
February 19, 1940 -
May 26, 2009
Colonel Winfried Annor Odjidja, who died at age 69, had
an illustrious military career in Ghana until December
Colonel Odjidja rose to the post of Director of Military
Intelligence and was cited by many as a highly competent
intelligence operative and administrator.
He was born on February 19, 1940 to the late Winfried
Tettehwayo Odjidja of Baarmiyee House, Korletsom, Krobo
Odumase and Margaret Adukwei Brown of Sempe, Accra; also
of blessed memory.
Colonel Odjidja who died in May 2009 is survived by his
wife Betty, nee Oye Wilson, with whom he had two
children, Tettehwayo and Caroline Odjidja.
He is also survived by his brothers and sisters; George,
Wilheminna, Elias, Judith, Duddley, Sheila, and Alpheus.
His first marriage was to Efua Taylor and it produced
one offspring, Bernard Odjidja.
One salient fact was long known about Annor – his
academic brilliance. From Bana Hill Presbyterian
Boarding School, through Presec at Krobo Odumasi and
Prempeh College, Kumasi, his reputation was that of a
top scholar. He passed his examinations with ease;
scoring absolute “A’s” for subjects at both Ordinary and
Advance levels, before being accepted to the Military
Academy at Teshie.
The remarkable brain power that he had exhibited so far
would continue into his affairs with the military.
At the Military Academy at Teshie, Accra, he was to
receive the academic award of his class on graduation.
He was commissioned as officer on September 14, 1963.
Colonel Odjdjia attended military courses overseas,
starting with the School of Military Intelligence,
Maresfield, UK and several others. His experience at the
Staff Officers Training College at Camberley, UK, he
said, was a memorable one. He was later in life to earn
a BA degree in history; a degree he had abandoned at
Legon for the Military Academy at Teshie.
His military career started with the Intelligence
Service of the Ghana Army, at the time of the first
president of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, when Ghana was
embroiled in various political stratagems and active in
directing, and propping up budding political regimes in the
struggle for independence across Africa.
Whatever assignment he was sent on, military or
civilian, Colonel Odjidja arrived with his unusual
academic and practical brilliance; the responsibilities
and goals carried out to the point of perfection.
In 1972, he was seconded to the Ghana Tourist Board and
a year later was to become the head for both this
company and a new one, The Ghana Tourist Development
After successfully guiding the fortunes of these two
companies, Annor found his potent administrative skills
needed back in the army, this time as the Directing
Staff, Ghana Military Academy (Junior Division) from
1975 to 1976. Then, he was moved again to the post of
the Directing Staff for the senior division of the same
college from April 1976 to May 1977.
In May 1977, he was brought back to the civilian post of
Managing Director for State Hotels. He served in this
post from May 1977 to May 1979.
In 1979, Colonel Odjidja was back on military duties as
the Deputy Director, Military Intelligence Service, and
shortly thereafter, as full Director; a position he was
to hold throughout the aborted presidency of the late
Unfortunate for Colonel Odjidja, the civilian regime of
Limann, for some reason, was set on the belief that it
alone had, perhaps, divine protection against further
coups, and refused any practical advice on how to
contain the impeding threats.
The Colonel was, therefore, to become a Jeremiah,
issuing warnings on several occasions about the imminent
danger to the regime to no avail.
Neither the Limann administration, nor the courts,
showed any zeal to pre-empt the machinations of the coup
makers. As the plan for the coup advanced, the
administration rather hid its colossal head in the sands
of the time.
Then on December 31, 1981, it happened, just as Colonel
Annor Odjidja had predicted. Some disgruntled men from
the Armed Forces pounced on the constitutionally elected
government and illegally removed it from power.
The December 1981 uprising and its aftermath caused
Colonel Odjidja and his family to resettle in Britain
where he was granted political asylum and lived until
his death on May 26, 2009.
June 14, 2009
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