GAAS Celebrates the Achievement of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, J.B Danquah and Others
The Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences on Friday, 18th of November 2022 commemorated some Fellows who have distinguished themselves and contributed to the development of the Academy. The Chairman of the Commemoration Committee, Prof. Henry Nii-Adziri Wellington, in his speech, said there are 2 categories of Fellows to be commemorated. They are the living and deceased Fellows.
The President of the Academy, Emeritus Prof. Samuel Sefa-Dedeh in his remarks said “This is a time to honour, recognize and say thank you for your fellowship, leadership and contributions to the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and I pray this will be a lasting reminder of your contributions to the Academy”.
The former President of the Academy, Her Ladyship Justice Prof. Henrietta Mensah-Bonsu, FGA presented the certificates. The living Fellows were, Nana Dr S.K.B Asante, Emeritus Prof. Ivan Addae-Mensah, Prof. Akilagpa Sawyerr, Emerita Prof. Elizabeth Ardayfio-Schandorf, Dr. Eugenia Date-Bah and Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang. The deceased Fellows represented by their relatives were, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the First President of Ghana and Founder of the Academy, Dr. J.B Danquah, Justice Nii-Amaah Ollennu, Dr. E. Evans-Anfom, Prof. Ralph Mills-Tettey, Dr. Seth Yeboa Bimpong-Buta, Emeritus Prof. Kwame Gyekye and Rev. Prof. Dr G. Baeta.
Nana Dr. S.K.B Asante, FGA speaking on behalf of the commemorated Fellows thanked all the Fellows for electing them. He was particularly excited about the decision to commemorate both Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Dr. J.B. Danquah at the same time. He said “Isn’t it great that we here are commemorating Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Dr. J.B. Danquah at the same time and same place?”. He added that, though they belonged to different political traditions, they worked hard together to build and develop the Academy. He prayed that the spirit of collaboration of the two will prevail amongst us forever.
In addition to giving out certificates, the Academy unveiled the plaques of two spaces in honour of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Dr. J.B. Danquah, also a founding member of the Academy. The Foyer was named after J.B Danquah and the main auditorium after Kwame Nkrumah.
The colourful event was followed by the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lecture by Prof. Ivan Addae-Mensah on the topic “Educational Reforms in Ghana and their Impact on the Youth”.