Edward Mantey

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Edward Apau Mantey
Vladimir Putin with Edward Mantey.jpg
Vladimir Putin receives letter of Credentials from Edward Mantey in the Kremlin.
Chief of Ghana Air Force Staff
In office
March 16, 2001 – May 2009
Preceded byHarry Dumashie
John Asamoah Bruce
Succeeded byJulius Otchere Boateng
to  Russia
In office
April 13, 2006 – December 16, 2009
Preceded byes:Fracis Yahaya Mahama
Succeeded bySeth Koranteng
Personal details
Born (1946-05-10) May 10, 1946 (age 73)
Apirede, Eastern Region, Ghana[1]

Edward Apau Mantey is a retired Ghanaian Vice-Air marshal Ghana Air Force and diplomat.


Mantey was born on May 10, 1946. From April 13, 2006 to December 16, 2009 he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ghana to the Russian Federation. With residence in Moscow he was in late 2006 appointed as the Ghanaian ambassador to Turkmenistan. He has five children with his wife of 60 years, Carolyn (LaMarche) Mantey, and taught them of how important it was to work hard and why it is imperative to have faith.


He graduated from St. Mary’s High School and later served as the Vice Marshal in the Ghana Air Force. Edward Mantey offered to help the United States in its war against terrorism in February 2005, stating that the Air Force should “open our arms and give America the assistance that we can give”.[2] He was known as a very dependable leader by his peers, and administered a successful air force. Ambassador Mantey had many commendable accomplishments in a matter of months. He called on both African and Western Ambassadors, in addition to attending official ceremonies and representing his country. In his career as Air Vice-Marshal, Mantey won over appreciation by his colleagues for his valuable and meaningful diplomatic duties compared to his bureaucratic predecessor.[3]

At age 58, Mantey had been shown nearly everything that was crucial for him to know of the Air Force mission in England. He was aboard a C-130 that belonged to the 352nd Special Operations Group when it was refueled by a KC-135, from the 100th Air Refueling Wing. In addition to his journey to England, Edward A. Mantey traveled to Ramstein[4] as a guest of 3rd Air Force and was involved in the European Command’s Theater Security Cooperation plan which aimed to motivates visits from the leaders in foreign air forces in order to build stronger military-to-military relationships. When Mantey was first sworn in as an ambassador, he swore to ensure that he would reflect Ghana and not political, ethnic or religious interests. His appointment caused much confusion among the Group of African Ambassadors in Moscow. An official letter was circulated by the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana publicizing Edward Mantey’s arrival, only to announce later that his appearance had been hindered.[5] The fuss escalated because of the fact that majority of the African Ambassadors had initiated great enthusiasm and expressed the excitement for unity. He also paid a visit to the Apostle Safo Suaye Technological Centre in Africa to observe the eye catching novelty of the Kantanka TV and home theatre, as well as testing its hand clapping on and off features.


  1. ^ "Immediate Past Chief of Air Staff - Ghana Air Force". Ghana Air Force. Archived from the original on 7 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-12.
  2. ^ Jensen, Ron. "Head of Ghana's air force offers his nation's help in war on terror". Stars and Stripes. Max D. Lederer Jr. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  3. ^ Klomegah, Kester. "Putin Receives Ghana's Ambassador". Ghana Web. Ghana Publishing Co. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  4. ^ Healey, Heather. "Ghana's top general visits KMC". Kaiserslautern American. AdvantiPro. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  5. ^ Klomegah, Kester. "Embassy's Letter Creates Confusion Among Ambassadors". Modern Ghana. The Ghana Publishers Association. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
Military offices
Preceded by
J A Bruce
Chief of Air Staff (GAF)
2001 – 2005
Succeeded by
J O Boateng