ForeverMissed

 

Dear friends and family,   As we honor the memory of Kojo Minta (April 20, 1987 - August 10, 2011), we would like to encourage you to give towards the Kojo Minta Memorial Scholarship Fund.   So far, two scholarship have been given to Oxford students to attend conferences to further their graduate education.  However, we are only half-way to the goal financing for an endowed scholarship.     EASIEST: You can donate online by credit card to: The American Friends of St Hilda's 501c3, (Kojo's college at Oxford).  Kojo's friends have set up a site to make donating simple: http://www.razoo.com/story/Kojo-Scholarship
 
Or, you can send checks payable to: The American Friends of St Hilda’s Inc., Include: "Kojo Minta Scholarship Fund" in the memo, and send to: The American Friends of St Hilda’s, c/o Hemenway & Barnes LLP, 60 State Street, Boston, MA 02109.
The last option is to donate online here: http://americanfriendsofsthildas.org/make-a-donation/ If you donate here, PLEASE BE SURE TO SCROLL TO KOJO MINTA'S scholarship fund.

Donations are tax-deductible. 
Thank you so much for your support    

Kojo Minta, 24, was born on April 20, 1987, and passed away on August 10, 2011.  He is survived by his parents, Moses and Victoria Minta, and his siblings Anna and Kofi Minta. 

Kojo had a zest for life that encouraged you to live life to its fullest, an inquisitive mind that challenged you to push the boundaries of the way you think, and a love for humanity that inspired you to be a better person.  

Kojo became a Christian at Braeswood Assembly of God at a very young age.  He was active in Royal Rangers, and he memorized hundreds of Bible verses as part of the Bible Quiz team. 

Kojo attended Austin Parkway Elementary School, Lake Olympia Middle School, and Clements High School.   He loved playing the saxophone and won awards in fields as diverse as science and poetry. 

He obtained his bachelor’s degree in European History, Classical Studies, and Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a reporter for the Daily Pennsylvanian, editor/editor-in-chief for numerous publications, and recipient of numerous academic scholarships.  He wrote his thesis, “The Aesthetic of the Ascetic”, after traveling to monasteries to explore the ‘differing contemporary representations of the Puritan tradition’.  Kojo’s philanthropic activities included traveling to North Africa to study human trafficking and setting up a library in a small village in Ghana.  He graduated from Penn with honors, and moved on to Oxford University, where he graduated with distinction with a Master’s degree in history. 

Kojo was well known for his love of cooking and his stylish attire.  Some of the words used to describe Kojo by his family, friends, and professors include brilliant, kind, witty, delightful, charming, admired, and loved.  He is remembered as a “man of quiet good works and deep convictions” who was known for his “love of the Bible and Milton”.  His last major work opened with the following quote from Jeremy Taylor, the 17th Century Church of England writer and bishop, and is a lesson for us all: “Death which is the end of our life, is the enlargement of our spirits from hope to certainty, from uncertain fears to certain expectations, from the death of the body to the life of the soul”. 

 The schedule for his services is below*:

Friday 8/19/11
Wake: 6pm-9pm

Saturday 8/20/11

Viewing: 10 am ; Funeral Service: 11 am; Interment: 1 pm; Reception to Follow

 Services and Reception will take place at:

Braeswood Assembly of God, 10611 Fondren Road, Houston, Texas 77096

 Interment: Forest Park Westheimer, 12800 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77077

 Flowers can be sent directly to the church. While Kojo’s Memorial Fund is being set up, donations can be sent to Anna Minta, Please include c/o Kojo Minta in the memo section of check.

See below for hotel. When you make the reservation, tell them you are part of the Minta Funeral.

CROWNE PLAZA SUITES SW 9090 SOUTHWEST FRWY HOUSTON TX 77074 713 995 0123$79.00 + TAX (includes breakfast for 4)  

 

Posted by Moses Minta on April 20, 2017
HAPPY 30th birthday, Kojo! We miss you, always will. Man's ways are variable, but God's ways are everlasting - 'Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever'.
Posted by Stephen Nnake on April 20, 2017
Kojo, you will ever be in our memories. I know that you are in a better place. I am very happy for the impact you had on my boys especially Charles who was your good friend. .
Posted by Stephen Ampofo on April 20, 2017
Kojo, you left an indelible mark in the hearts of those who crossed your path during your brief but fruitful life on earth. Your memory lives on. Until we all meet on the eternal shore continue to rest in the bosom of the Father and in the company of the angels and those who have gone before us.
Posted by Vivienne Boahene on April 20, 2017
You are forever in our hearts Kojo. We will always miss you and I will continue praying that Jehovah continues to dry the tears of your parents especially. Gone but never forgotten.
Posted by Unwana U on April 20, 2017
We bless God for a life, though short, was well spent. May God continue to provide His comfort. It is well...
Posted by Unwana U on August 13, 2016
Gone but not forgotten... Rest on...
Posted by Gabriel Owusu Ansah on August 11, 2016
May the blessings of the Lord be with you all the days of your life.
Have a peaceful mind and your are always in our hearts.
SHALOM
Posted by Vivienne Boahene on August 10, 2016
Gone but NEVER forgotten!! Til' this day I stil think of and talk about you with fond memories! Such a tragic loss and one that I still cannot comprehend 5 years on. I continue to pray for your family who live with a vacuum but no doubt with beautiful memories! Our heavenly Father promises a resurrection which I eagerly await to see your dear face again.
With lots of love,
Vivienne
Posted by Abena Buruwaa Adomako on August 10, 2016
Gone but not forgotten! May you forever remain in the bossom of the Most High God. You are forever in our hearts.
Posted by Lindsay And Mary Marwil on August 10, 2016
Remembering Kojo's legacy of kindness, compassion, joy, humor, and faith in God. Praying for the Minta family as they continue to walk in the light of God's presence and love.
Posted by Moses Minta on August 10, 2016
‘The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.’ - Rev 21:23 “What a glorious hour when God, and not His creatures; the Lord, and not His works, shall be our daily joy!” – Charles Spurgeon. Kojo, your soul attained the perfection of bliss five years ago: we look forward to our heavenly re-union! Meanwhile we miss you, badly.
Posted by Nana Mintah on August 10, 2016
Kojo am your cousin in London..
May God Keep you in his peaceful Bossom.
Sleep Well.
Posted by Unwana U on April 21, 2016
“And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NET‬‬

It is well...
Posted by Esther Mgbeike on April 20, 2016
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. It felt like yesterday. To the Minta's, Remain comforted and Blessed.
Esther Mgbeike TGBTG
Posted by Elizabeth Olufuwa on April 20, 2016
To live is Christ but to die is gain. Kojo has gained eternal rest forever in Him. May the Minta's find solace in these words
Posted by Agnes Ali-Osman on April 20, 2016
Kojo, we miss you but we know you are in your Maker's protectivery arms and love and nothing beats that, Kojo we loved you better but He loves you best. With our love and prayers from the Ali-Osmans.
Posted by Iris Linden on April 20, 2016
This is your special day we still celebrate your life....and what a joy...love iris linden...April bday's...
Posted by Ebenezer Odame Anti on April 20, 2016
Another year has come and your memory remains fresh in our minds. May the Lord continue to keep you safe till we meet again.
Posted by Rose Asare on April 20, 2016
Kojo we miss you so much! But we are so thankful to God for that unshakable hope we have in Christ Jesus ,one day we will see you again.Love you forever!!!
Posted by Esther Adebanji on April 20, 2016
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Continue to rest Kojo.
Posted by Veronica Simmons on April 20, 2016
Praying the Lord will comfort you with His peace, surround you with His love and encourage you with His presence!

Isaiah 51:3 The Lord will surely comfort...
Posted by Vivienne Boahene on April 19, 2016
As we think of you on this day which you were born we continue to grieve a sad loss yet celebrate a fufilled, life which was cut short prematurely. Your friends and family will not forget you and we will continue to celebrate the wonderful, full live that you lived.
Always in my heart,
Vivienne.
Posted by Moses Minta on April 19, 2016
"God has given them a desire to know the future. He does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what He is doing" Eccl. 3:11(NCV). Indeed we will never understand - we miss you badly, particularly on occasion of your birthday. Forever in our hearts.
Posted by Stephen Nnake on November 12, 2015
Koji was full of life. I and my kids always talk about him when we sit around. He was very curious. He was a specia gift. Thank God for the life he lived.
Posted by Vivienne Boahene on August 17, 2015
Thinking of you.
Posted by Unwana U on August 11, 2015
Dearest Kojo,

Indeed you will be forever missed by your friends and family; especially your parents. May the examples you showed and the legacies you left behind in your short time here, continue to inspire and motivate those you left behind.

Continue to rest in the Lord's bosom. God bless the Mintas. Amen.
Posted by Adeoti Oshinowo on August 11, 2015
Kojo would be so proud of the courage and faith that has been displayed by his family. What a treatment to God's strength and glory!
Posted by Tina DeCoteau on August 11, 2015
I pray God will continue to bless, comfort and keep the Minta family under the shadow of his wings. The memory of Kojo lives on in the lives of his family and friends. Gone too soon!
Posted by Stephen Ampofo on August 10, 2015
Four years have passed since you passed on to glory but your memory lives on as fresh as could be. You left an indelible mark on all those who crossed paths with you during your short but fruitful life while on earth with us. Continue to enjoy the comfort and serene life in the bosom of Abraham.
Posted by Gabriel Owusu Ansah on August 10, 2015
Hello Kojo,
You will always be remembered in our hearts and taughts.
God be with you till we meet again.
Posted by Pat Pradia on August 10, 2015
"My God continue to bless and strengthen the entire family of Kojo Minta. A young man who will be forever missed but never forgotten.
Posted by Johnny Okafor on August 10, 2015
Kojo, you will always be in our hearts. You are now with The Almighty. You are now in a much better place. The good Lord will continue to strengthen your family here on earth. Rest in the perfect peace of God.
Posted by Vivienne Boahene on August 10, 2015
I just can't believe it has been 4 years already as it is still so fresh in my mind. They say time is a great healer but as the months go by the memories do not fade. I have hope in God's promises that I will see you again. Death is the last enemy...even Jesus gave way to tears when Lazarus died. (John 11: 33, 35). However, we have hope in John 5:28 which states ' Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out'.
I am reassured that we will see you again and I await that day earnestly.
My memories of your dapper sense of style, your sophistication, and intelligence beyond your years are still very fresh in my mind. I will miss you always.
Vivienne xx
Posted by Lindsay And Mary Marwil on August 10, 2015
Remembering Kojo and his love of God, his family, and for others. And we are thankful for God allowing our lives to be touched by Kojo's life. We love the Minta family and are praying for you.
Posted by Moses Minta on August 9, 2015
"There are some things that the Lord our God has kept secret. Only He knows these things" Deut. 29:29a (ERV)
"The deeper our troubles, the louder our thanks to God, who has led us through all, and preserved us until now" Charles Spurgeon - English Preacher.
Kojo, you are forever missed: always looking forward to our heavenly re-union.
Posted by Ebenezer Odame Anti on April 22, 2015
Even though you are gone for good you are still fresh in our memory. May the good Lord continue to keep you safe until we meet again.
Posted by Beatrice Zalia Ali on April 20, 2015
Humorous and good-nature Guy you will always be remembered! RIPP in the Lord

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Posted by Moses Minta on April 20, 2015
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Ro. 8:38-39 Kojo you are missed badly!!
Posted by Moses Minta on April 20, 2015
"We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be." C. S. Lewis in Letters to an American Lady
Posted by Seyi Akanbi on April 20, 2015
Remembering Kojo today, and the wonderful memories he left behind. We love the Minta family. Our prayers are with you all!
Posted by Unwana U on April 20, 2015
In Christ alone our hope is found,
He is our light, our strength, our song;
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
Our Comforter, our All in All,
Here in the love of Christ we stand.

God is with you all at this time... (Psalm 46:1)
Posted by Jonathan Treble on April 20, 2015
Thinking of you today, Kojo. Miss you buddy.
Posted by Donmale Gbaanador on April 20, 2015
Still miss you more than words can express.
Posted by Mary Flutka on April 20, 2015
Your son will always be with you and your son will always be in your heart
Posted by Vivienne Boahene on April 19, 2015
As we think of you especially on this day we keep in mind the promises God has made to raise those we love whom we have lost in death. I miss you very much and you will perpetually remain in my thoughts.

Vivienne xxx
Posted by Faith Harding on August 26, 2014
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;and there shall be no
more death,neither sorrow,nor crying,neither shall there be any more pain:for the former things are passed away.To the Minta family,Jesus
has taken Kojo to be with him,away from the pain and stress of this world,he is with Jesus.Those of us who are left must stay ready.
Posted by Mark And Martha Szydlowsk... on August 11, 2014
God continues to use memories of Kojo's life to bless and witness to people. What a praise report. We love and appreciate the Minta family. (Isaiah 26:3-4 NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you. Trust in The Lord always, for The Lord God is the eternal Rock.
Posted by Petrice Wilkins on August 11, 2014
We thank God for his life and the wonderful memories.

Love ya'll, Pastor Petrice
Posted by ADEYINKA ADENEKAN on August 11, 2014
Dear Kojo:
Even among the saints, may your light continue to shine the brightest. We miss you but we are sustained by our faith and we pray that your family and all those who love you will be so sustained until that day when all the saints will be finally gathered. Continue to rest in peace.
Posted by Francisca/Dele Aiyekusibe on August 10, 2014
The Aiyekusibe family miss you, but you're always in our heart. May GOD's love continues to shine on the Mintas.
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Posted by Gabriel Owusu Ansah on April 22, 2020
We have once again renew our love for you as parents,family and friends. We poured out our love to you and you will always be in our hearts. May this day brings happiness and joy to Minta’s family. God bless you all.
Posted by Felicia Aframea on April 20, 2020
Today would have been your 33rd Birthday. Having gone too soon you are not forgotten. Your memory lives on in our hearts. Rest peacefully in your maker's bosom till we meet again.
Posted by Jessica Walker on April 20, 2020
Recalling your grace and genius on your birthday. Wishing you peace and a good book.
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A brother

Shared by Kemishia Sorzano on August 10, 2019
Kojo means a lot to everyone that means a lot to me, in my heart , he’s my brother. They say to know someone is to love them . In this case , even without knowing you I feel like I know you. Reading all of these stories , made me laugh , smile and even cry . I’m grateful the world had a chance to experience you. You make the world brighter 

-love Kemishia Sorzano ( your sister

the dead of a believer

Shared by Rita Baffour-Awuah on April 20, 2014

I never met Kojo Owusu Minta but as I read through the memorials,I can feel him.His love for the word of God touches me most.How many young people who have everything going for them in life like Kojo,do remember their maker in their youth but Kojo was different.Taught as a child by two serious scripture loving parents he kept it going.We love you Kojo and we will see you face to face when the trumpet sound in the last day.I know that this aspect of your life have and will continue to draw souls to Christ.Vicky I know there are times you will be overwhelmed by the death of your beloved son but you have pulled through so strong.May God continue to strenghten you,Kwaku,akua and Kofi.

Dr. Paul's comments - Kojo's memorial dinner (Oxford, UK)

Shared by Anna Minta on October 24, 2011

Kojo Minta memorial dinner, Saturday 22 October 2011

Dear Mr and Mrs Minta, Kofi Minta, Anna Minta, ladies and gentlemen, honoured guests, friends of Kojo’s here present -

It’s a great honour for me to have been asked to address you at this dinner in memory of Kojo, a very beloved and very sorely missed member of the College and of this University. When Mark Stevenson asked me if I would speak this evening, he reminded me of the welcome speech which I, as Tutor for Graduates, held at the first Dinner of Michaelmas Term when Kojo and all those of you who came up to St Hilda’s at the same time as Kojo were new here. Mark wrote: ‘I remember that our time at Hilda's began with a dinner at which you implored that we take time to 'wallow in the life of the mind', and this very much sums up Kojo's attitude over the past two years.’ Well, that wasn’t quite what I implored you all to do; though when I looked back at what I said back then, I realised how much I must have been speaking to Kojo’s interests, because in fact it was a speech about food. The Founder of St. Hilda’s College, Dorothea Beale, was, according to her biographer, ‘indifferent to food and disliked entertaining’. I, by contrast, wanted to encourage you to eat well and enjoy talking to each other at dinner, since, as Virginia Woolf inspires us to think, fine dining – and indeed fine drinking – lights in the soul, and I quote, ‘not that hard little electric light which we call brilliance, as it pops in and out upon our lips, but the more profound, subtle and subterranean glow which is the rich yellow flame of rational intercourse’. Little did I know that Kojo was going to take me so seriously! Not only was he a wonderful and very painstaking cook, with an eye for the finest ingredients, who gave pleasure to all those friends who were fortunate enough to dine with him – well, at least once all that duck fat in jars in the fridge had actually been used – but he also, as I was later to learn, nursed an ambition to eat a ten-course dinner with a matching flight of wines in a Michelin-starred French restaurant – an ambition he was able to fulfil before his untimely passing.

Altogether, we remember Kojo as a man of very discerning tastes, whether in food, in books, in poetry, or in clothes. I have to mention That Suit. I was delighted to discover that the website of Ede & Ravenscroft, London’s oldest gentleman’s tailors, where Kojo had his bespoke three-piece suit made, bears the tagline ‘Dress of Character’, for that was exactly what that suit was. Kojo understood, rather rarely for someone his age, the rhetorical force, if I may call it that, of clothes. Good clothes are sometimes no more than that: fine cloth adorning a human frame, suggesting degrees of wealth and taste. But clothes can also amplify a person’s character, expressing through the outer image the person’s inner truth. Kojo’s understated elegance remains imprinted on all our memories – it is a legacy he leaves to us, that strong image of the matching socks and pocket square, the fine fabrics, the good shoes, and how he moved so gracefully in those carefully chosen clothes – but the reason it affects us so strongly is that it was not just a sartorial grace, but rather an expression of who he was. The understated grace was in the man more than it was in the suit. The image of Kojo beautifully dressed takes us straight through to the person and his qualities.

I found it very striking in the many conversations I’ve had over the last two months with those who knew and worked with Kojo how many people have mentioned the quietness of his ways while at the same time emphasising his effectiveness. He was in no sense a flashy person. Working with him when he was Vice-President of the MCR, I was often surprised at the subtlety with which issues were addressed, the little pieces of the jigsaw of a planned event moved quietly into place, or an issue which was upsetting others moved into a slightly different light until it ceased to be a problem. That kind of confidence of judgement which does not draw attention to itself at all speaks, I think, of an enormous strength of character. Talking to his close friends, I gather that strength came from a lot of good reading, an upbringing in faith, and, one felt it always, didn’t one, a profound thoughtfulness. Meeting his family yesterday, I saw that the strength and the dignity came to him as a birthright.

It is devastating that he is gone. We all wanted to go on seeing him, talking to him, enjoying his company, and having those little pieces of the jigsaw subtly moved into place for us. We might have been reconciled to the fact that death comes to us all and so also to Kojo if he had been a ninety-year-old man with a lifetime of achievement behind him – and he would have had a lifetime of great achievement behind him, that was clear. But the fact of the matter is that, even going from us at twenty-four, he had led a very full life and we carry him in our hearts and minds as a very fully fledged character with very clear convictions and a very clear sense of what was right and what needed to be done, and who was determined to act to the good of all who came within his purview. It is very difficult to accept, but I think Kojo’s legacy to us is to teach us that there is such a thing as life after death. Physically taken from us, he nevertheless is very present with us because each of us in his or her own way, depending on our own personal relationship with him, has such a strong sense of who he was and what he was about as a person. And Kojo being still with each of us issues us the following challenge: live life to the full, be joyous and full of laughter, read well in the great authors, think deeply, be curious, learn discernment, choose friends carefully with whom to converse and so to work out your true convictions, see what is good and go out and do it. May he go on living with all of us.