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 Steve/Donna Banning on August 18, 2011
Dearest Bro. Moses and Sis. Vickie, Anna & Kofi, our hearts are aching for your precious family. Ya'll are such a godly example to sooooo many. May our heavenly father be with you all and his sweet comfort be yours. We love you much and are only a call away.
Posted by Adwoa Owusuaa Adomako on August 17, 2011
Kojo, it hurts so much that you are no more with us here.But i know for sure that you have gone back to be with your creator and that what ever mission you had to accomplish on this physical plane has been done.We shall forever miss you.May your soul rest in peace.
Posted by Kwadwo Swanzie on August 17, 2011
Kojo due, damirifa due. i read this sad news in a british newspaper, dailymail, and feeling very sad and empty.
may your soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Chisa Brookes on August 17, 2011
God knows the plan He has for each of his children (Jeremiah 29:11). I am trusting his plan for the Minta family and I am praying for God's comfort and peace during this time.
Posted by Moses Olasebikan on August 17, 2011
May almighty God comfort and strenthen the Minta family, he giveth and taketh. May Kojo soul rest in perfect peace
Posted by Brian Mountford on August 17, 2011
I am the Chaplain of St Hilda's College Oxford. Last Sunday over thirty people gathered in Chapel to remember Kojo and each one lit a candle for him. We rememeber you all in our prayers
Posted by Samuel Njang-Inyang on August 17, 2011
My sincere and deepest empathies. He knows best and we thank Him for his blessings no matter. He is with this wonderful and beautiful family.
Posted by Matt English on August 17, 2011
Kojo, you were an truly talented and exceptional person, with an inspirational zest for life and interest in the world. I will never forget the brilliant times we had in Oxford and hope that you have found peace.
Posted by Kwadwo Adomako-ansa on August 17, 2011
Kojo, you have gone too soon. We are poorer for the loss. It came as a dream with the departure of such a rare star for eternity. Your few years stay in this planet has been phenomenal and you will always be remembered.Damirifa Due. Uncle Nana Bamfi Adomako Kumasi, Ghana
Posted by Kwadwo Adomako-ansa on August 17, 2011
Kojo, Damifrifa Due. May your soul find rest with your maker.
Posted by Aron Szekely on August 17, 2011
So sorry for your tragic loss. A truly remarkable person, he will be sorely missed here in Oxford, as well as everywhere else. My deepest condolences to the family.
Posted by Mary Prine on August 17, 2011
As the counselor of Austin Parkway Elementary School, I knew Kojo to be a wonderful, articulate, intelligent, and kind young man. He was dearly loved by his teachers. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. God bless you.
Posted by Abena Agyeman on August 17, 2011
So sorry to hear about the loss of Kojo, a wonderful son and brother. Praying that the Lord will continue to be your comfort, guide and ever present source of strength at this difficult time. Adwoa & Abena
Posted by Louis Browne on August 17, 2011
Be comforted in knowing that Kojo has made a positive impact on so many in his brief time with us. God's plan is not always ours, but be thankful to Him for the wonderful times that were shared. Let these be the memories. Our condolences to the Minta family. Lou & Laurel Browne
Posted by Iris Linden on August 16, 2011
God bless you Minta family.Im blessed to see the strength and warmth that flows from yall during this season,we love the Lord and believe in Him, we shall all rejoice and be together again one day..Peace like a river to Pstr. Moses,Victoria,Anna,& Kofi from iris,lyndon & arielle'
Posted by Sheila Agyeman on August 16, 2011
To Anna & your family-We are very saddened to hear this news.Words cannot express it. We are praying for strength to go through this period of loss. May God comfort your hearts. Kojo can indeed never be replaced and he will forever be in our hearts. From Sheila Agyeman
Posted by John Antwi on August 16, 2011
May the Lord comfort the Minta family during this difficult period.One thing we know is that Kojo is in a better place now and one day we shall see him face to face. Like Job said, "the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).
Posted by Emmanuel Asare on August 16, 2011
oh Kojo, your loss is very painful that words alone can't explain how it has hit us all. Aoo! Kojo, your loss was so sudden, mmmn! Damirifa due, due ne amnanehunu! May the Mighty Lord keep your soul in a perfect peace. I send in my deepest condelence to the entire family.
Posted by Perpetual Amoah on August 16, 2011
Kojo, may your soul rest in perfect peace. May the Holy Spirit our comforter comfort the Minta family. God be with you.
Posted by Abimbola Adenekan on August 16, 2011
Rest in peace dear Kojo. God will comfort the Minta family. Till we meet again at Jesus feet. Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the secret place of the shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress. Trust in God.
Posted by George Addae Mintah on August 16, 2011
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Posted by Gabriel Owusu Ansah on August 16, 2011
We are deeply sorry to hear this sad story,but in all things we should give glory to God because our ways are not His.May God comfort you Uncle,Auntie,Anna and Kofi.All the family are behind you all.
Posted by Tayo Obiri on August 16, 2011
My Condolences to your family, May the holyspirit comfort you and give your family peace as you go through this very hard time. May you not experience sorrow like this ever in your life again. (Tayo from exxon mobil DST)
Posted by ADEYINKA ADENEKAN on August 16, 2011
This is our comfort: "But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him."
Posted by John Okafor on August 16, 2011
“Before you were born I knew you”, the Lord says. Parents are only God’s gateways of introducing His human creation. We rarely have a choice when He decides to make a recall. Kojo has gone back to the Lord’s blessed environment because he was needed. While we mourn, we also praise the Lord for his g
Posted by Pat Pradia on August 16, 2011
Moses and family, know that God is with you and your precious Kojo is in his arms. Kojo's love will be with you forever, it will never go away. As time goes on God will give you a perfect peace. Be strong, stay prayerful and take one day at a time. God Bless You.
Posted by Tina DeCoteau on August 16, 2011
To Moses, Vickie,and all the family. Iam indeed saddened to hear of the loss of your son and I pary that God will comfort and sustain you, and give you His peace.
Posted by Serwaa Asante on August 16, 2011
Kojo was greatly loved by all who had the opportunity to know him.He was sustained not only by his natural buoyancy but by the sincerity of his christain life.You will forever be missed dear cousin and you will live forever in our hearts.
Posted by Richard Kangah on August 15, 2011
To my dear Minta family this is Richard Kangah, Becky Ghansah's brother, wishing your whole family my sympathy. I know that words are not enough to comfort your pain. May you feel the shalom of God in your darkest hour.
Posted by Carl Blenman on August 15, 2011
I was quite shocked by the news, but God is still in control. Nothing catches Him by surprise. I will surely miss Kojo. I can still see him in the elementary department at church as a bright-eyed, busy kid who asked a lot of questions. You are safe in your Father's arms now.
Posted by Drew Tye on August 15, 2011
Kojo was a beautiful, remarkable human being. His smile could set any room ablaze. I always felt that of all the people I knew, Kojo would be the one to change the world. His legacy will motivate others to follow in his immense footsteps. We love and miss you, Kojo.
Posted by Wole Faleye on August 15, 2011
Our hearts go out to the Minta family as you remember the bright and happy memories of Kojo Minta. We are praying for you all. I remember Kojo as a quiet and committed young man. The Lord will give you peace, comfort and assuredness in His time. Amen.
Posted by Akwete Sackey on August 15, 2011
Rest in peace. he will be missed. akwete Sackey. class of 2014 Manitoba school of medicine
Posted by Homer Stewart on August 15, 2011
'The righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever'-(Psalm 112:6 ESV). Truly our family will cherish Kojo's impressionable memory of a life lived with purpose, Godly character, and genuine friendship. To Moses, Vicki, Anna, & Koffi; may God bless and comfort you.
Posted by Natalya Zvereva on August 14, 2011
Kojo, Kojo, Kojo, Damirifa Due, Damirifa Due, Damirifa Due! Due ne amanehunu. May your soul rest in perfect peace. We shall forever miss you. We shall forever love you.William, Natalya and Josephine Ankomah
Posted by Elaine Lanoue on August 14, 2011
We offer our condolences and prayers for the unexpected loss of Kojo Minta. He was a very fine young man and a good role model for others. You will be missed by many but the Good News is that you are with Christ. Elaine and Guiteau Lanoue (grandparents of Aaron Rife) Braeswood
Posted by Seyi Akanbi on August 14, 2011
We pray that God will comfort you at this time, and grant your family His peace and presence! Kojo was a wonderful young man. He was an inspiration to us and many, I'm sure. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers.
Posted by John Faleye on August 14, 2011
News of Kojo's passing was a shock to my spirit. But, I am grateful for the chance to know him. He was certainly one to be admired. My family and I pray that the family will know the comfort and presence of the Holy Spirit. We will miss Kojo!!!
Posted by Eno Usanga on August 14, 2011
Kojo, wonderful young man from a great family and example of Godly character. He will be forever missed and never forgotten. It's a blessing to have known and worked with him in youth ministry. I pray blessings on you Minta family. Please find comfort in such a tough time.
Posted by Deena Greenberg on August 14, 2011
I remember the first time I met Kojo, when we were both working at the newspaper together. His kindness, enthusiasm, and discernment shined through then and will stay with me forever. He was, and will continue to be, a light on to others. He will be remembered always.
Posted by Thomas Cordero on August 14, 2011
The loss of Kojo leaves me almost speechless! But I know and understand that God’s ways are much higher than ours. My heart breaks for the family as they try to make sense of this which seems so unimaginable. May God give them a new measure of Grace to walk through this difficult time.
Posted by Phyllis Ross on August 14, 2011
Family: Please see the story I shared with you about my son, Jeremy Ross and Kojo under "Stories". We are so sad for your loss and wil forever keep you in our hearts.

The Ross Family, Sugar Land
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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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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.