Alex Hammer Sackeyfio

1957-2017Sackeyfio, Alex

Biography of the late

Alexander Hammer Sackeyfio (aka Paa Nii)

Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man-the biography of the man himself cannot be written. – Mark Twain

Alexander Hammer Sackeyfio (aka PaaNii) the fifth child of Col (ret.) H.W.A.K. Sackeyfio and Ms. Agnes Sackeyfio (nee Elliott), was born in Takoradi 15 May 1957.

He completed his primary education at the Armed Forces Experimental School in Burma Camp in July l97l and gained admission into Mfantsipim School in September 1971 where he completed his O-level certification in 1976. He studied for his A-Levels at the University Practice Secondary School Cape Coast and gained admission to the University of Science and Technology in 1979. He later obtained a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering in Romania. He continued his education at Texas A&M as a PhD candidate in Petroleum engineering. Alex left Texas A&M after getting an outstanding opportunity with Union Pacific Resources in the Petroleum Engineering department at their Fort Worth Texas location. He later went on to work as a certified, petroleum engineer for RC2 where he worked domestically and in Mexico. After spending some time with RC2 he went on to work for Exxon Mobil where he spent most of his career. His work took him to various places like Brazil, Canada, England, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and other far-flung places where ever there was oil. His travels eventually brought him home to Ghana where he worked for Tullow Oil. Alex worked for Noble Energy in Houston, Texas and most recently Devon in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he calls home now.

Alex was born into the tight knit Sackeyfio and Elliott family clan that connects fathers, mothers, Uncles, Aunties, brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces into one family unit. He was a man fiercely proud of his family and friends. He was always ready to assist in any situation pertaining to the family. He adored his three children, Nii Sackey, Adomah, and Nana Sam and his wife Elizabeth. A mischievous and happy child, Mama could always tell when her children were coming back from school when she heard Alex singing or shouting about something with his head sticking out the window of the car. He was jovial, adventurous and generous. His two greatest passions in life were music and aviation. He loved music and taught himself to play the guitar as well as the piano. He had lifelong interest in aviation, and he pursued that interest by getting his private pilot license. An intrepid aviator, he has flown to such places such as Washington D.C, California, Canada and Alaska from Houston Texas where he used to call home.

Alex had some health issues that became aggressive in the beginning of the year 2017, and then on March 2017, he breathed his last breath in the comfort of his home in Edmond, Oklahoma surrounded by his family.

Alex is survived by his wife Elizabeth, three children, his parents, nine siblings and numerous cousins’ nephews, and nieces.


  1. Alexiiiii,, Moniqueiiii, like we used to call ourselves. My heart is sore and heavy. You will be sorely missed dear Cousin. We would have been 60 together this year, but alas that could not be.
    Paa Nii rest in perfect peace in the bosom of our Lord. Amen

    • My deepest condolences to my nephew and nieces and his widow Elizabeth.

  2. Paanii we were going flying this year, you promised. If you wanted to get out of it, you needn’t have left me like this. Dear brother, where ever you go, safe landings, safe landings. We will soon be flying with out engine. Safe landings, safe landings my brother.

  3. It is sad that such a good and happy person went so early. I remember Alex always being happy, generous, and helpful; we were colleagues between 1982 and 1987. The good old times…He sang Don’t worry be happy every time he had a chance. Always smiling…RIP my friend. I will miss you.

    Sincere condolences

  4. Alonsy as i used to call u, words fail me as usual. The saying gone too soon aptly applies here.
    when you left Ghana in 2014 we were all hoping to see you return to work back there in the not too distant future. Your two years spent here in Ghana were quite memorable. Who will now fight me over mpotompto prepared by our Aunty Ewuradwoa.
    Rest in peace and rise in glory my dearest brother and friend.

  5. “SALUT” – Lexis

    Rest Peacefully in the Bosom of the “All-knowing Lord”


  6. Alex in high school and beyond, was ever jovial and never bore a grudge-he even wore a smile when he was upset with you. We will miss you!! Rest peacefully in the Lord’s Bosom our dear good brother.


  7. Alex,
    My brother, classmate and friend. There is lot I want to say but not enough space.
    Suffice to say we shared some good times and some secrets.
    We will all miss your mischievous smile and antics.

    It is over now and I am sure you are at peace. What about those you left behind? We pray for all of them.
    I just can’t get over it

    Rest peacefully bro

    PS What shall I do with this other Nii Armah?

  8. My condolences to the wife, children and the entire family. It is never easy to lose a loved one but my prayer is that the peace of God will rest on you all at this difficult time.

    Alex was a vibrant soul who literally lit up a room with his presence. He will be sorely missed.

    ” For all the saints, who from their labours rest,
    Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
    Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed.”

    Rest in peace centurion, my school mate. Fare thee well.

  9. What a loss!!! Though it has been a while since I last saw you, I still remember your kindness and welcoming smile.

    May your soul rest in peace.


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