GAAS Awards

The Academy also awards a number of prizes every year, including Gold and Silver awards. The Gold medal is awarded to Ghanaians, based on their publication or invention, in recognition of contribution to knowledge. Submissions for the Gold award are mostly from fairly senior scholars. The Silver award is for the most promising unpublished work in the arts and sciences; it is awarded for outstanding Masters/Doctoral dissertations accepted by any of the universities in Ghana. There are also undergraduate essay contests in the arts and sciences, which attract a Bronze award. This latter award scheme is often highly patronized by students.

Through books and manuscripts awarded, the Academy sometimes identifies talented and brilliant scholars, who are encouraged to apply to be Fellows of the Academy.

Christian Baeta Memorial Fund for Literature.

In November 2004, under the auspices of the Academy, the Christian Baeta Memorial Fund for Literature awarded prize money of ¢19,000,000(GH¢1900) to Mrs. Genevieve Kafui Aku Ofori, for the publication of her manuscript ‘ Evegbe Fefenlodanuwo Fe Gomedokpe: Fiawoo fe Gome dze dowo ‘ (The Foundation of Ewe Literary Drama: Fiawoo’s Pioneering Work) at its 45 th Anniversary Dinner at the M-Plaza Hotel. The book was among six entries initially scrutinized by the Awards Committee in 2003, for which Mrs. Ofori’s was adjudged the best. It is considered critical in teaching Ewe Literature in Training Colleges and the Universities. The work itself attempts a fully-fledged analysis and interpretative study of the foremost Ewe playwright – F.K. Fiawoo, who published three plays namely Toko Atolia (1932), Tuinese (1945) and Fia Yi Dziehe (1962). The book analyzes these plays in terms of themes, plot structure, literary devices and use of language. It is also reputed to be the first MPhil Thesis done entirely in the Ewe Language at the University of Ghana.

Mrs. Ofori, who incidentally is the maiden beneficiary of the award, disclosed that the idea to undertake MPhil Research work in Ewe was instigated by none other than Prof. Kwesi Yankah, then Honorary Secretary of the Academy, when he was Head of the Linguistics Department of the University of Ghana in 1996. Mrs. Ofori expressed the hope to ‘contribute towards the fund through proceeds from the sale of her published work’.

The late Rev. Emeritus Prof. Christian Goncalves Baeta, in whose name the award was instituted, was elected Fellow of the Academy in 1961. He was President of the Academy from 1990 – 1992. Before he died on 29 th December 1994, he had charged his children in his Will to invest some money from his estate, in the Academy, to administer a Fund (the CHRISTIAN BAETA MEMORIAL FUND FOR LITERATURE). Subsequently, the Council of the Academy set up a sub-committee under the chairmanship of Prof. Kwame Gyekye in 2001 to administer the fund after an appreciable accumulation of funds.

Award Winners

1973
GOLD F.K.A Allotey for his work on Soft X-rays
SILVER none
BRONZE none
1974
GOLD F.I.D. Konotey-Ahulu
SILVER none
BRONZE none
1975
GOLD
  1. K. Gyate Akwa for his work entitled Ao M’akoma Mu(Posthumous)
  2. Rev. E.A.V. Engmann & Rev. E. J. Klufio for their work Etsuo fen eke and Odoi din
  3. Mr. Owusu Koranteng Osabarimma Mr.J..J. Adaje  Bere adu
SILVER none
BRONZE
  1. Mr. Seth Noble Buatsi
  2. Mr. Emmanuel Y. Agidi
1976
GOLD Dr. M. D. Gidigasu for his work entitled “Laterite Soils Engineering”
SILVER none
BRONZE Mr. Turkson and Mr. Okyere
1979
GOLD Mr. Saka Acquaye for his sculpture of Dr. Ephraim Amu
SILVER none
BRONZE none
1980
GOLD none
SILVER Mrs. Barbara Oddoye for her work “A Study of the Role of Libraries of the CSIR in Ghana’s Scientific Research Report”
BRONZE None
1984
GOLD
SILVER
BRONZE Mr. Herbert Acquaye
1985
GOLD Prof. R. D. Baeta for his work entitled “Steady State Creep in Quartz”
SILVER
BRONZE
1986
GOLD
SILVER
BRONZE
  1. Abraham Baba Jato-Kaleo and Mills Owusu (Joint Award)
1987
GOLD
SILVER Dr. Christopher Gordon for his work entitled “The Limnology of the Amanzuri Wetlands”
BRONZE Nii Osah Gyepi Atte for his Essay on the topic “ Man’s Impact on the Environment”
1988
GOLD Prof. Kojo Fosu for his work entitled “20th Century Art of Africa
SILVER
BRONZE
1989
GOLD
SILVER
BRONZE
  1. Mr. John Aidoo for his Essay on the Undergraduate Arts Essay Topic “Ideology and Nation Building”

2.       Mr. George Lawson for his essay on the Undergraduate Science Essay topic “Alternative Sources of Energy”

1991
GOLD
SILVER Dr. J.A. Micah for his work entitled “Technical Change in Rural Production”
BRONZE Mr. Lincoln Quarshie for his essay on the Undergraduate Science Essay topic “Waste Management”
1992
GOLD
SILVER Dr. Nii Kwaku Sowah for his work entitlked “Monetary Control in Ghana (1957 – 1988)”
BRONZE
1993
GOLD
  1. Prof. S.K.A. Danso for his work entitled “A Guide to the Use of Nitrogen-15 and radioisotopes in Studies of Plant Nutrition: Calculations and Interpretation of Data’

2.       Prof. R. K. Kasanga for his work entitled “Agricultural Land Administration and Social Differentiation” – Joint Award

SILVER
BRONZE
1994
GOLD Prof. K. A. Andam for work entitled “Studies in Ghana of Livelihoods in Structural Engineering”
SILVER
  1. Prof. Mike Ocquaye for his work entitled “The Military and Democracy in Africa”

Mr. E.K. Quaigraine for his work entitled “Studies of Spectrophotometric Reagent as Potential Ionophores in Some Metal Ion Selective Electrodes” – Joint Award

BRONZE
1996
GOLD Prof. Kwesi Yankah for his work entitled “Speaking for the Chief”
SILVER
BRONZE
1999
GOLD
SILVER Mr. K. Impraim Adentwi for his work entitled “Teachers and Students’ Perception”
BRONZE
2000
GOLD
SILVER
BRONZE
  1. Justice Osei Afriyi e (Arts)

2.       Mr. Harold Wilson Hubert (Science)

2002
GOLD
SILVER
  1. Mrs. Victress A. Johnson for her work entitled “Environmental Profile of Anlo Beach: Shama District”

2.       Mr. John Dadzie-Mensah for his work entitled “Modulation of Eicosanoids Biosynthesis in vivo: Anti-inflammatory Plant Extracts”

BRONZE
2003
GOLD
SILVER Mr. Zugle Ruphino for his work entitled “Detection of Metal Ions Using Ion-channel Sensor based on Self-Assembled Monolayer of Thioctic Acid”
BRONZE Mr. Frank Asare Addo for his essay “The Relevance of Mathematics to Education”
2005
GOLD
SILVER Ms. Selina Kuukuwa Yawson for her work entitled “Gender, Environmental Management and Water Quality of the Sakumo Catchment Area”
BRONZE
  1. Mr. Frank Afari (Arts) for his essay “What Ghana’s Independence Means To Me”

2.       Mr. Prince Adufutse for his essay “The Youth and Our National Values”

2007
GOLD
SILVER
  1. Mr. Lawrence Aboagye for his thesis titled “Estimation of Remnant Gold Resources of Underground Workings by Indicator Kriging Approach – A Case Study at AGC Bibiani Limited”.

 

BRONZE
2008
GOLD
SILVER 1.       Mr. Kari Kacha Seidou for his submission on: “Theoretical Foundations of the KNUST Painting Programme: A Philosophical Inquiry and its Contextual Relevance in Ghanaian Culture”

  1. Dr. Ben K. Banful for his Doctoral thesis entitled “The Contribution of Planted Legume Fallows to Soil Quality, Plant Growth and Yield of Plantain”.

 

BRONZE
  1. Daasebre A. Ahensan and
  2. Sylvia M. Soliku for their essays on “Climate Change and Ghana”. Joint Award

 

2011
GOLD Prof. Dr. Dr. Daniel Buor, President of the Valley View University, Oyibi, for his outstanding contribution to knowledge in the areas of Public Health and Medical Geography.
SILVER
BRONZE
2012
GOLD
SILVER 1.       Dr. Mabel M. Komasi, Methodist University College, Accra won the Academy Silver Award (2009) in the Arts for her Doctoral thesis entitled “Oral Tradition and Written children’s Literature in Ghana”.

2.       Dr. Mavis Osei, Department of General Art Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi won the Academy Silver Award (2010) in the Arts for her Doctoral thesis entitled “The Influence of Temperament on the Artwork of Children”.

BRONZE