He was aged 83 years. Late Chief, Lawyer, rtd. Ambassador Muhammad Bashir Peregrino Brimah was the chief of Yoruba community of Ghana.
Life and Service
As a Nigerian career diplomat, Chief Brimah's most important assignment was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the Nigerian Embassy, where he played many distinguishing roles as Minister-Counselor. He was a member of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) Commission of seven (7) on Sanctions against Apartheid South Africa which toured the Republic of Zambia, the Republic of Botswana, and the Republic of Lesotho in South Africa. He also served on the OAU Commission of fifteen (15) on Refugees in July 1980, which visited the Ogaden, the Ethiopian War Zone.
Later, posted to Geneva, Switzerland, in December 1980, in higher capacity as the Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, he served on the United Nations Committee on Disarmament and on the on the United Nations Commission on the Laws of the Sea.
He retired voluntarily in 1985 with rank of a full minister (Ambassador). In 2008 he was appointed by the UN as Honorary adviser on African Human rights and War Refugees.
Coronated 12th July 2009 at the Brimah Palace in Accra, his reign continued a 100-year legacy of peace and tranquility between the Yoruba community he presided over and the larger Ghana.
Chief Alhaji Ibrahima I, the son of the famous "Unknown Warrior" migrated to Accra Ghana from Nigeria's western coast in the mid 19th century. He was given the sword of office and land to build his Palace by the then Accra Paramount Chief, His Royal Highness, the Ga Mantse, Nii (King) Tackie Tawiah due to his literacy, success, wide travel (as far as Mecca), wisdom and exemplary trade brilliance and social behavior. The Brimah chieftaincy was the first chair of the council of Muslim Chiefs in Ghana and also the head of the Zango "foreign residents" community in Accra.
Chief Brimah VII is survived by a wife, five children and several grand children.
Dr. Peregrino Brimah for the family.