Essi Matilda Christian was the third Black woman called to the Bar of England and Wales and the first Ghanaian female lawyer.

Christian, later Mrs Forster, was the daughter of George James Christian (1869-1940, admitted 1899, called 1902), an early Black barrister of Gray’s Inn.

She was admitted as Essi Matilda Christian on 3 Dec 1942 aged 20 (while studying at the University of London) and was called on 13 June 1945 as Essi Matilda Forster, having married in December 1944.

Admitted: 1942
Called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn: 1945