Francis-Xavier Sosu (Esq), from Denu, in the Volta Region of the Republic of Ghana, is a renowned Human Rights and Public Interest Lawyer, Social Protection and Child Rights Activist in Ghana.
He is also a Global Human Rights Ambassador with the Youth For Human Rights Africa. Francis was called to the Ghana Bar in 2010 and has since led in various Human Rights litigations and Advocacy in Ghana in his nearly 8 years of active practice.
Francis was born to a poor and deprived family in Accra New Town and became a street child who made a living on the streets of Malata Market, a popular market in Accra which time he lived in a wooden kiosk in Kotobabi for several years. Young Francis was adopted by the Village of Hope orphanage at Gomoa Fetteh and grew beyond his limitations into a foremost Human Rights and Public Interest Lawyer in Ghana.
Currently, Francis is the Managing Partner of F-X Law & Associates, a progressive Human Rights and Public Interest Law firm in Accra which he established in 2012. He is also founder and President of both Treasure of Life Foundation Ghana, Kenya and USA AND Youth for Human Rights Africa, both of which carries out community empowerment projects for the poor and homeless in Ghana AND also dedicated to Human Rights and social protection related cases respectively.
He is a Board Member of Pearl House Ghana, and Hope Christian Hospital of Village of Hope, and Coast For Christ. Francis is passionate about Child Protection Advocacy and Educational Outreaches that seek to enrich the lives of children from deprived backgrounds.
Lawyer Sosu as he has come to be known is a Leader, a lecturer, a researcher, an Entrepreneur, and an International Public Speaker. He is an ardent advocate for Human rights, Equity in the distribution of state resources et al.
Francis speaks Ewe, Ga, Twi, Fante, Hausa, English.
He began schooling at Mmofrakyepen Nursery at Accra New Town at the age of eight (8). After one year at Mmofrakyepen, Francis had admission into Accra New Town 8 & 6 Primary School. It was a shift system. He combined selling on the streets of Accra with his academic work throughout his basic school. Francis was part of the Junior Secondary School system.
Francis started his Junior secondary school at Kotobabi 7 Junior Secondary School and later left to St. John’s Junior Secondary School at Kokomlemle. He then continued to St. John’s Senior Secondary School and later University of Ghana and the Ghana School of Law. Francis believes in Education and continues to study. A summary of his educational qualifications are as follows:
1. University of Education (2018) - Masters of Philosophy (MPhil), Human Rights, Conflict and Peace Studies.
2. University of Ghana (2012-2014) - Masters of Law (LLM), Oil & Gas Law
3. University of Ghana (2008) -Masters of Philosophy (MPhil), Sociology
4. Ghana School of Law (2008-2010) - Barrister-at- Law (BL)
5. University of Ghana (2006-2008) - Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Honours)
6. University of Ghana (2001-2005) - Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours)
7. St Johns Grammar School, Achimota (1997-1999) - SSCE
8. St Johns J.H.S, Kokomlemle (1995-1997)- BECE
9. Accra New-Town 8 &6 Primary (1988-1994) -Primary Education
Occupation: Lawyer, Pastor, Politician
Managing Partner: F-X Law & Associates (Public Interest, Human Rights, Tax, Corporate and Commercial Lawyers) Responsibilities: Works as Head of Chambers and provides general direction for the practice. Consults and represents Clients in all broad areas of specialization of legal services.
Legal Counsel: Logan & Associates (Corporate and Commercial Lawyers) (2010)
Responsibilities: Assisting Senior Counsellors in both Corporate and Courtroom Litigation of the law. (Reviewing Agreements, Representing Clients and holding brief for seniors et al)
Adjunct Lecturer (Business Law): Ghana Christian University College, Accra. (2009)
Responsibilities: Teaching level 300 and 400 business law classes on Legal Systems, Law of Contract, Sale of Goods, Hire Purchase et al.
Adjunct Lecturer (Business Law): Knutsford University College, Accra (2008-2010).
Responsibilities: Teaching level 100 and 200 business law classes and preparing students to write both the General and Advanced Certificates in Business Administration (specifically with regard to business law). Also advise the school administration on legal matters and the preparation of the school’s curriculum.
Managing Consultant: F-X Consult Limited, Legon, Accra. (2008)
Responsibilities: Legal Services – Provide legal services in areas of company incorporation and corporate governance. Also assist in commercial transactions and review of commercial agreements, Company Secretarial Services.
Mediation & Arbitration – Provide professional services in Family and workplace conflict management and resolution.
Estate Agency & Assets Management- Provide professional agency assistance to individuals, families and corporate bodies in need of landed properties.
Research Support – for Doctoral and Master’s thesis.
Intern: Oxford & Beaumont Solicitors (2008)
Responsibilities: Assisting the Associates and Partners in doing due diligence and giving legal advice to clients on corporate and commercial matters.
Public Affairs Officer and Special Assistant to the MD: Village of Hope, (2005-2006)
Responsibilities: Public relations through the media, Community relations through community projects, Church relations for donations. Drafting proposals for fundraising from corporate world, media etc. Secretary to Board of Directors: Convey board meetings with approval of MD, Prepare documents for board meeting, write minutes and keep records for the Board.
Public Relations Officer: Biotech Foundation Ghana, Legon, Accra. (2006-2007)
Responsibilities: Public relations through the media, Community awareness creation through formation of clubs in Second Cycle Institutions.
Public Affairs Manager: Vital Ideas Services (2003-2005)
Responsibilities: Managing Publicity through the media, Marketing products and projects, draft proposals for new projects, Work with the Director to raise sponsorship for production.
PUBLICATIONS AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
1. Homeless, (A Ghana Education Service (GES) and Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) approved supplementary book for public schools.
3. Understanding the Storms of Life.
4. Overcoming the Storms of Life.
5. Love Lifted Me From the Street.
• Class rep (2008/2009) Ghana School of Law
• Class rep (2006/7-2007/8 Academic years) -Faculty of law University of Ghana.
• Senator – Law Student’s Union, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, (2006/2007).
• Legal Advisor, ‘Legon today’ magazine, (2006).
• Public Relations Officer, Biotech Foundation, Ghana (2004-2007).
• Special Assistant to Managing Director & secretary to board of directors – Village of Hope, Gomoa-Fetteh (2005-2006).
• Welfare committee Chairman, Student’s representative council, university of Ghana, (2004/2005).
• Legal Advisor – Publication and Information Committee, Students Representative Council, University of Ghana, (2003/2004).
• President, World youth potential organization, Accra – (2002-2004).
• President, League of Tarcicians of St. Paul’s Parish, Kpehe 1999-2001.
• President, Greater Accra Students Representative Council (Zone 5) 1998-1999.
• Senior Boy’s Prefect – St John’s Grammar School (1998/99)
• Secretary, God’s End-Time Movement 2000/2001
• Secretary, Wildlife Club, St John’s Grammar 1998-1999
RECOGNITION AND AWARDS/NOMINATION
As a public speaker/ life Coach, Francis was appointed National orientation Icon to public schools through the Ministry of Education, Information and Local government under which he toured public Senior High Schools in all 10 regions of Ghana and reached out to over 600,000 students in Ghana. He donated several books to school libraries as part of the orientation programme.
On the international scene, Francis was featured on FOX 13 TV in Memphis Tennessee where his life story was shared. He spoke to children in Public schools in Oklahoma, Memphis Tennessee and Knoxville.
He is also a special Human Rights Ambassador to the Youth for Human Rights International and participated in the summit for Youth for Human Rights at the United Nations.
1. Ghana Peace Awards 2016, Peace Award for Human Rights Category (Both Nomination and Award)
2. 4th Most Influential Young Ghanaian in 2015, Human Rights and Social Justice Category
3. 15th Most Influential Young Ghanaian in 2016, Human Rights Category
4. Humanitarian Award, 2017 by Marshall UK and Vine Complex Ghana.
5. Ghana 40 Under 40 Awards, Law Category (Nomination), 2017
6. Ghana 40 Under 40 Awards, Law Category (Nomination), 2018
Francis is a family man who loves and cherishes his family. He believes that the family is the first point of ministry and service. He is married to Felicia Adwoa Konadu Sosu and has three beautiful children; Klenam, Kadi and Eli. Francis has several other children that he fathers as a Pater; Kadita, Akos, Abigail, Augustine, Florence, Belinder, Joel, Emmanuel and many others.