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