Brave Commander: Meet newly promoted Major General Kotia, Ex battalion commander in Liberia and special forces


We are celebrating a brilliant military leader and academic as he is promoted to Major General: A wonderful, awesome, and clever soldier, Emmanuel Wekem Kotia has just been promoted to the rank of Major-General in the Ghana Military.

He’s not just an accomplished military leader but also a man who carries a big heart, a great faith in Jesus, and a huge intellect, with a First Class Honours B.A. degree from Ghana’s premier institution of higher learning, the University of Ghana.

The gentleman is also the holder of a Master’s Degree in Global Security from Cranfield University in the UK and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Ghana. This great son of Ghana, who hails from Navrongo and attended Navrongo Secondary School, has had a long association with United Nations Peacekeeping:

In the DR Congo, he completed his tour of duty in 2019 after serving as the Commander of Western Sector for the UN Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO.)

Newly-promoted Maj-Gen has also served in a number of peacekeeping missions including: ECOMOG in Liberia (1990), UNIFIL/Lebanon (four tours, including as Commanding Officer of the Ghana Battalion (2006-2007)), MONUC/DR Congo (2002), MINURSO (1994), UNAMIR/Rwanda (1993-94) and UNTAC/Cambodia (1992).

For several years, Maj-Gen Dr Emmanuel Kotia was the Deputy Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC,) where he was instrumental in designing academic courses for the Master’s and PhD programmes, in addition to lecturing in the post-graduate courses.

He has also been serving as a Visiting Clinical Professor of Peace and Conflict and International Conflict Management at the Kennesaw State University Graduate School, Atlanta, Georgia State (USA) and a Visiting Lecturer to the University of Bedfordshire’s Graduate School of International Relations, in the UK.

His Visiting Lecturerships have extended to Georgia Institute of Technology, International Relations Department, Atlanta, Georgia, USA and the United States Military Academy (USMA), Department of Social Sciences, West Point, USA.

Currently, Major-General Dr Kotia teaches at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC,) specifically, the Master of Science course on Defence and International Politics. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Ghana Police Command and Staff College and an Adjunct lecturer in Security and Intelligence Management Course at the University of Professional Studies, UPSA.

Maj-Gen Dr Kotia has written a book on Peacekeeping titled, “Ghana Armed Forces in Lebanon and Liberia Peace Operations” – published by Lexington Books, USA in May 2015. This accomplished but modest Army General and Academic is also a great humanitarian, who works selflessly and sacrificially to uplift, encourage, and inspire others.

Two years ago when we were desperate to complete and commission the Library and IT Centre in my village, Ohawu, this man rallied some of his generous friends to donate at least ten computers, printers, and other resources to ensure the IT portion of the Centre was not left incomplete.

Major-General Emmanuel Kotia PhD, we rejoice with you in this well-deserved promotion and laudable achievement. May Almighty GOD take you higher, as you seek to lift high the Name of Jesus, and serve your fellow human beings better than before. We thank GOD for your life.

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