The Effutu Oma Odefe was known in private life as Daniel Kobena Bortse Ghartey. He was born on April 3, 1956, in Winneba to Mr. Dolphin Kobena Ghartey and Madam Ekua Esaaba both of blessed memory and natives of Effutu Simpa.
Kobena Ghartey, as he was affectionately called started schooling at the Winneba Urban Council Primary School near the Ahenfie and continued with the middle schooling at the Methodist Middle Boys’ School from 1967 to 1970. He pursued his secondary school education at the Accra Academy, obtaining his G C E Ordinary Level Certificate in 1975. From 1975 to 1977 he attended the Winneba Secondary School and obtained the G C E Advanced Level Certificate which enabled him to enroll at the University of Ghana at Legon. He graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Faculty of Agriculture with honours in Animal Science.