J.B. Danquah Memorial Lectures

The J. B. Danquah Memorial Lecture Series was instituted in 1968 in memory of a foundation member of the Aca-demy, Dr Joseph Boakye Danquah, who died in prison in February 1965, fighting for freedom in all its manifestations. Described as the ‘doyen of Gold Coast politics’, J. B. Danquah was a lawyer, statesman, philosopher, scholar, novelist, dramatist, and journalist. In the words of Mr. Justice Nii Armaah Ollennu, Chairman of the Interim Council of the Academy in 1967, “As a statesman of the first rank, J. B. Danquah’s indomitable courage and his relentless fight against tyranny and oppres-sion to the very last day of his life, will remain a shining example to all lovers of freedom.” The event consists of a series of three lectures delivered by either a fellow or a distinguished non-fellow.

The themes for the Danquah Memorial lectures were originally restricted to fields like law, history, philosophy and literature, disciplines whose study occupied the greater part of J. B. Danquah’s academic pursuits.

His Excellency W. B. Van Lare, a foundation member of the Academy, who at the time was Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, and had had a long and distinguished career at the bench, delivered the maiden Danquah memorial lecture in 1968. The lecture was on the topic, ‘The Law, Human Rights and the Judiciary.’

The Danquah Memorial Lecture series remained within the domain of the humanities, until 1976, when Professor F. T. Sai gave the first science lecture on an otherwise humanities dominated platform.

Lectures delivered to date

1968      W. B. Van Lare                   The Law, Human Rights and the Judiciary

1969      C. A. Ackah                          Some Fundamentals in the Political Scene

1970      R. K. A. Gardiner               The Role of Educated Persons in Ghana

1971       K. Bentsi-Enchill                Institutional Challenges of Our Times

1972       Dennis Austen                   The Commonwealth in Eclipse

1973       A. L. Adu                              The Public Service and Administration of Public Affairs in Ghana

1974       Joe Appiah                          The Man J.B. Danquah

1975       L. H. Ofosu-Appiah          Joseph Ephraim Casely-Hayford, the Man of Vision and Faith

1976        F. T. Sai                              Humanising Science and Technology for National Development*

1977       K. A. Dickson                      Aspects of Religion and Life in Africa

1978       E. A. Boateng                     African Unity – The Dream and the Reality

1979       A. A. Kwapong                   Higher Education and Development in Africa

1980      L. E. Obeng                         Environmental Management and the Responsibility of the  Privileged*

1981       C. G. Baeta                          Theology As Liberation: For Contemporary Third World Programme

1982      K. Twum Barima               The Cultural Basis of Our National Development

1983      K. B. Dickson                      The Urban-Rural Contrast in Ghana and its Implication for Development

1984      E. Evans-Anfom                Traditional Medicine in Ghana: Practice, Problems and Prospects*

1985      William Ofori Atta            Ghana, A Nation in Crisis

1986      R. F. Amonoo                     Language and Nationhood: Reflections on Language Situations with Particular Reference to Ghana

1987      E. Laing                                 Science and Society in Ghana*

1988      A. Adu Boahen                  The Ghanaian Sphinx: Reflections on the Contemporary History of Ghana, 1972 – 1987

1989      E. Q. Archampong            Medical Education and National Development in Africa*

1990       J. O. Hunwick                     West Africa and the Arab World: Historical and Contemporary Perspective

1991       J.O. de Graft-Hanson      Children’s Literature – The Ghanaian Experience

1992      D. A. Akyeampong           The Two Cultures Revisited: Interactions of Science and Culture*

1993      D. A. Ampofo                     The Health Issues of Human Reproduction of Our Time *

1994      L. A. Boadi                           Linguistic Barriers to Communication in the Modern World

1995       J. M. Assimeng                  An Anatomy of Modern Ghana

1996       J. H. Frimpong-Ansah     Flexibility and Responsiveness to the Economy of Ghana

1997      J. K. M. Quartey                Closing the North-South Gap; A Personal Point of View

1998       E. N. W. Oppong               Veterinary Medicine in the Service of Mankind*

1999       K. Gyekye                            Beyond Cultures: Perceiving A Common Humanity

2000      Ivan Addae-Mensah       Education in Ghana: A Tool for Social Mobility or Social Stratification*

2001     E. Lartey                             Technology for Development*

2002      Nana S. K. B. Asante        Reflections on the Constitution, Law and Development

2003      Marian E. Addy                  Training the Next Generation of Scientists*

2004       K. Bediako                           Religion, Culture and Language: An Appreciation of the Intellectual Legacy of Dr. J. B. Danquah

2005     S. Ofosu-Amaah                  The Origins of Disease and the Future of Our Health*

2006       Kwesi Yankah                Education, Literacy and Governance: A Linguistic Inquiry into Ghana’s Burgeoning Democracy

2007       S. K. B. Asante               Ghana and the Promotion of Pan-Africanism and Regionalism

2008       S. K. Date-Bah               On Law and Liberty in Contemporary Ghana

2009       E. D. Yeboah                  Genital and Urinary (GU) Disorders and Services in Ghana: The Past, Present and Future*

2010       A. K. P. Kludze           Institutional Responses to the Challenges of Nationhood and  Democratic Governance in Ghana

2011      S. K. A. Danso              The Earth that Nourishes Us: Soils and Humanity*

2012    K. Opoku Nti                      Government and the Private Sector: Partners in Economic Development

2013       J.R.A. Ayee                         Leadership and the Ghanaian State Today: Reflections and Perspectives

2014     A.B. Akosa                  Ghana’s Polarised Political Terrain

2015    K. Ewusi                      Human Capital and Economic Growth in Ghana


*Scientific Themes