Dorinda Baby Issah (Mr. Brown Abakisi’s niece)
(1928 – July 5, 2014)
Mr. Brown, as he was popularly called, was the first born of Abakisi Ayieta (father) of Sandema-Abilyeri and Akamoak Asak (mother) from Wiaga, Sinyangsa. He started his elementary education in 1939 at Sandema Old Boarding Primary and continued to Tamale Government School where he completed his Standard Seven (Middle School Leaving Certificate) in 1949. He returned to do pupil teaching at Sandema Old Primary before gaining admission to Tamale Government Teachers Training College for the Certificate B Teachers’ training qualification in 1951. After that he taught at Siniensi Primary School in 1953 and Kadema Primary School in 1954. In 1955 he opened Ayieta Primary School in Sandema and taught there for two years before returning to Tamale Government Training College in 1957 to do the Certificate A Teachers Training Course which he obtained in 1959.
As a teacher he also worked in Bawku, Kusanaba in 1963. He enrolled at the Kwame Nkrumah ldeological Institute in Winneba during this period. After Nkrumah’s overthrow he continued in the teaching profession as a teacher in Bawku again in 1969 and Zuarungo in 1970. He also worked as a superintendent of education in offices of the Ghana Education Service in Bolga (1972) and in Sandema (1990) where he worked until his retirement in 1995. In his younger days, he was a passionate footballer. Mr. Brown is remembered as a dedicated teacher and disciplinarian. He is survived by seven children.