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Former Ghana International and owner of the Golden Lions Soccer Academy and Glow Lamp International School, Nii Odartey Lamptey can pick up the pieces after Accra High Court ruled on June 14 that he could retain possession of his 7-bedroom apartment in East Legon, academy and school asking estranged wife, Gloria Appiah to vacate the property within 30 days.
Gloria Appiah who was married to Lamptey until 2013 prayed the court for a 50% share of Lamptey’s fortune after DNA results revealed that Lamptey was not the biological father of three children he thought were his after 20 years of marriage.
The Accra High Court ruled that Gloria Appiah committed ‘adultery’ when she gave birth to three children out of wedlock and subsequently quashed her motion to be awarded half of the property of the former footballer.
Justice Cecilia Don-Chebe Agbevey put finality to the winding legal battle.
After the verdict, Lamptey shared his thoughts:
“I thank God for taking me through this fight successfully because I didn’t know how far I could go. I’m grateful that the toils that I have gone through for the past 21 years did not go in vain. Though I’ve lost a few properties, I’m very content that at the end of this case, I have retained most of them and I’m still alive too.
“When I was informed that the [three] children were not mine, I know how I felt. Playing the role of a father to children I thought were mine for 21 years and realizing otherwise later, I nearly committed suicide. God gave me renewed energy and courage to withstand these pains and today, I can say I have gotten over them all. And today, with the final judgment, I thank God that my properties, my school and others I have kept them. She can take the little awarded her. Today the divorce has been granted and that burden that was on me is gone. Now, I’m a free and happy man, ready to start life again.”
The 42-year-old has since birthed two children with entertainer, Ruweida Yakubu. Gloria Appiah however gets to keep a small property at Dome, a suburb of Accra as an ex-wife.