Meet Carruthers Tetteh, visually impaired lawyer among 844 called to the Bar

In 2019, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from UCC, where he also obtained First-Class Honours class.

Is allowance instantly strangers applauded

Visually-impaired Carruthers Tetteh was among the 844 lawyers who were called to the Bar today, November 11, 2022.

Carruthers suffered a condition known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, which caused his blindness about 20 years ago. 

"Sometime in 2002 during my Basic Education Level, I suffered from a condition known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome due to a severe adverse reaction to medical treatment. Which resulted in my whole skin peeling off like burns by heat and eventually leading to the loss of my sight. 
It was a very distressing period for my whole family. Especially my mum went through emotional difficulties in accepting her first son’s visual impairment," he wrote on LinkedIn. 

But he says that did not deter him from pursuing a career in law, despite the odds and struggles. 

Carruthers was enrolled at the Akropong School for the Blind in 2003, a place he says gave him hope to pursue the noble profession of law. 

"I overcame many impediments, shattered barriers, crossed social boundaries, and faced stereotypes head-on. Truth be told, it’s been a very tough journey. At a point, I wanted to give up because I felt I was being a burden on a lot of people as they had to guide me to the lecture halls and sometimes go out of their own way to read books which were not accessible online. 

“My mental health was occasionally impacted by these constraints. But through it all, I've developed my faith in God. God has blessed me with a lot of abilities and a supportive network."

His achievement despite the obvious barriers puts him in the records of history with Henry Siedu Daanaa, a lawyer and former Minister of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, and others like Odame Jones, who was called to the Bar last year. 

About Carruthers Tetteh

Carruthers Tetteh, a purpose-driven and ambitious young man is a proud native of Winneba and an ardent believer in the principles of natural justice, equity, and the rule of law.

Mr. Tetteh had his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Education in Art, with English as his major at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), where he successfully bagged First-Class Honours and was awarded the Overall Best Graduating student with visual impairment in 2015. 

In 2019, he obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from UCC, where he also obtained a First-Class Honours. 

Presently, he is a candidate for a Master of Laws Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] at the University of Ghana. He is also a candidate of the Professional Executive Master in Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] from the Institute of Paralegal Training and Leadership Studies (IPLS), Accra. 

He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Ghana as established by Law.

Mr. Tetteh is an advocate for persons living with disabilities and the underprivileged. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Naa oo Naa Foundation, a non-governmental organisation in Ghana that focuses on developing underprivileged communities in Ghana in areas of Health, Education, and Entrepreneurship including persons living with disabilities.   

He is also a member of the board of directors of Hope for Future Generation, an NGO which promotes advocacy of women, children, and Persons living with Disabilities. 

Mr. Tetteh works with the Legal and Case Management Unit of the National Council for Persons Living with disabilities.