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Ghana Post Digital Address: GA-018-1233
Founders Week
Founders Week

The Academy’s anniversary celebration which take place in November, are in the form of a presidential address delivered by the President of the Academy, a series of symposia involving Fellows and non-Fellows, and the Anniversary Lecture, renamed Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lecture since 2003.

A Fellow normally delivers the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lecture. These lectures address a wide range of issues on humanities and sciences. Hitherto, the three days between the Presidential Address and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lecture are devoted to symposia on topical issues.

Below are lists of the titles of the Presidential Addresses since 2001; the themes of the Founder’s Week since 1971; and the titles of the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lectures since 2003:

Titles of Presidential Addresses since 2001
Founders Week
2001Fred T. Sai“Why is Africa Losing the Battle against AIDS”
2002Fred T. Sai“Environment, Poverty and Health”
2003Nana S.K.B. Asante“The Constitutional and Legal Framework for National Integration”
2004Nana S.K.B. Asante“Law as a Tool of Social Change”
2005Nana S.K.B. Asante“Transnational Corporations, Foreign Direct Investment Development”
2006Nana S.K.B. Asante“Water in Development: Personal Recollections and Reflections”
2007Letitia E. Obeng“Towards a Science Culture for National Development”
2008Letitia E. Obeng“Thinking Our Way to Development and Social Fulfilment: The Place of a learned Society”
2009Reginald Fraser Amonoo“Promoting Excellence in Knowledge:  50 years of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences”
2010Reginald Fraser Amonoo“Perpetual Change and the Role of Scholars”
2011Francis K. Nkrumah““The Role of An Academy of Science in National Development””
2012Francis K. A. Allotey“Ghana’s Urbanisation Challenge: Electricity Demand and Supply”
2013Francis K. A. Allotey“Education in the Age of Rapid Technological Advancement”
2014Francis K. A. Allotey“Science, Technology and Innovation Enterprise, A Platform for Economic Growth and Transformation of Ghana”
2015Akilagpa Sawyerr“Thinking Our Way to Development and Social Fulfilment: The Place of a Learned Society”
2015Akilagpa Sawyerr
2022Emeritus Prof. Samuel Kofi Sefah-DedehThe Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences: Upholding Unchanging Truth
GAAS Proceedings
1971Management, Administration and Development
1972Education and Society: Education in Ghana at the Beginning of the 21st Century
1973Food, Population and Politics
1974Education and Manpower
1975Traditional Institutions of Our Society
1976Energy for Development*
1977Education in Ghana at the Beginning of the 21st Century
1978Science and Technology for Development*
1979Agricultural and Industrial Production for National Survival*
1980Human Rights and the Democratic Process
1981National Development: Problems, Solutions and Strategies
1982Health for the Community*
1983The Political Economy of Ghana: Analysis, Perspectives and Options
1984The Place of Learning in National Life
1985Management and Development
1986Education and Human Values in Nation Building
1987Decentralization and National Integration
1988Natural Resources and their Management: Present and Future Challenges*
1989The Future of Our Cities
1990Accountability in National Life
1991Ghana in the Year 2000
1992Sustainable Development and the Environment
1993The Culture of Dependency
1994Conflicts in Africa
1995Management of Ghana’s Natural Resources*
1996Financing Education in Ghana into the 21st Century
1997Land as a Resource for Development*
1998The Notion of the State in Contemporary Africa
1999Critical Issues and the Challenges of the 21st Century
2000The Information Age*
2001Some Critical Development Issues facing Ghana
2003National Integration
2004Gender: Evolving Roles and Perceptions
2005From Stability to Growth: Challenges of National Development
2007National Development: The Past 50 Years
2008The Challenges of Oil Discovery in Ghana*
200950 Years of Promoting Excellence in Knowledge
2010Climate Change*
2011Ghana’s Employment Challenge
2012Ghana’s Urbanisation Challenge
2013Education for National Development
2014Transforming the Economy of Ghana
2015Managing Ghana’s Oil Resources*
2016Sustainable Land Administration in Ghana
2017Managing Healthcare*
2018Managing National Water Resources for Future Survival: Agenda 2063
2019Beyond 60 Years of Scholarly Excellence: New Frontiers and Prospects
2020This COVID-19 Pandemic*
2021The 1992 Constitution: Fitness for Purpose in the 21 Century
2022The Socio-Economic and Health Impacts of Covid-19 and Other Emerging Infectious Disease

*Science-oriented Presentations

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lectures
Memorial Lectures

Since then, the following Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Lectures have been given:

2006Vision and Commitment in National Leadership,Akilagpa Sawyerr

2007Ideology, Leadership and Aspects of Kwame Nkrumah’s        Political and Social Agenda,Modibo Tawiah Ocran
2008The Foreign Policy of Kwame Nkrumah: The Legacy and what is in it for Us,E. M. Debrah
2009The House that Kwame Nkrumah Built,Agyeman Badu Akosa
2010The Real-politic of Kwame Nkrumah,H. E. K. B. Asante
2011Kwame Nkrumah and the Private Sector: Lessons in Economic Development for the Twenty First century,Mr. Tony Oteng-Gyasi
2012The Changing Face of Ghanaian Towns since Independence: From Nkrumah to Contemporary Times,A. A. Adarkwa
2013Science, Technology and Innovation for National Development,Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere
2014Political Leadership and Economic Transformation in Ghana,E. Gyimah-Boadi
2015People and Planet: The (Moral) Imperative to Change Course (Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Integral Ecology)His Eminence Peter Cardinal K. Appiah Turkson
2016The Future of the University in Africa,Ernest Aryeetey,
2017Kwame Nkrumah, the Man and his Legacy,E. S. Ayensu,
2018Saving Lake Chad and The Unification of Africa: The Inspiration of Kwame NkrumahHorace Campbell
2019Engendering Scholarly Excellence: The Challenge for Knowledge Production, Policy and PracticeTakyiwaa Manuh
2020Building a Lasting Democratic Culture Through the Exercise of Political Religious TolerancePeter K. Sarpong
2021Reflections on the Ghanaian Regulatory State,Prof. Joseph Roland Atsu Ayee
2022Educational Reforms in Ghana and their Impact on the YouthProf. Ivans Addae-Mensah