Granddaughter of Ghana coat of arms artist visits Barking school

Merley Owusu, the grandaughter of the designer of the Ghanian coat of arms, visited BossCrowns film

Merley Owusu, the grandaughter of the designer of the Ghanian coat of arms, visited BossCrowns film and drama school - Credit: Archant

The granddaughter of the designer of the Ghanian coat of arms enthralled a group of Barking students during a special visit.

Merley Owusu gave an inspirational talk to BossCrowns Film and Drama school about her famous ancester, Amon Kotei, and showed some of his famous works.

Kotei was commissioned to create a coat of arms by Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, and the then British Colonial administration as independence drew near in 1957.

His other notable accomplishments include drawing maps and plans for soldiers during World War Two.

Denise Saunders, line producer and volunteer of the Rivergate centre-based school, said: “The students were very excited and interested to learn about this very talented man. They were very inspired by the presentation.”

The coat of arms is found on all government letterheads and consists of a shield divided into quarters by a green St George’s Cross and rimmed with gold.