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 The Law, Human Rights and the Judiciary. W. B. Van Lare
1969 Some Fundamentals in the Political Scene. C. A. Ackah
1970 The Role of Educated Persons in Ghana. R. K. A. Gardiner
1971 Institutional Challenges of Our Times. K. Bentsi-Enchill
1972 The Commonwealth in Eclipse. Dennis Austen
1973 The Public Service and Administration of Public Affairs in Ghana. A. L. Adu
1974 The Man J.B. Danquah. Joe Appiah
1975 Joseph Ephraim Casely-Hayford, the Man of Vision and Faith. L. Ofosu-Appiah
1976 Humanising Science and Technology for National Development.* F. T. Sai
1977 Aspects of Religion and Life in Africa. K. A. Dickson
1978 African Unity – The Dream and the Reality. E. A. Boateng
1979 Higher Education and Development in Africa. A. A. Kwapong
1980 Environmental Management and the Responsibility of the Privileged.* L. E. Obeng
1981 Theology as Liberation: For Contemporary Third World Programme. C. G. Baeta
1982 The Cultural Basis of Our National Development. K. Twum Barima
1983 The Urban-Rural Contrast in Ghana and its Implication for Development. K. B. Dickson
1984 Traditional Medicine in Ghana: Practice, Problems and Prospects. E. Evans-Anfom
1985 Ghana, a Nation in Crisis William Ofori Atta
1986 Language and Nationhood: Reflections on Language Situations with Particular Reference to Ghana. R. F. Amonoo
1987 Science and Society in Ghana. E. Laing
1988 The Ghanaian Sphinx: Reflections on the Contemporary History of Ghana, 1972. A. Adu Boahen
1989 Medical Education and National Development in Africa. E. Q. Archampong
1990 West Africa and the Arab World: Historical and Contemporary Perspective. J. O. Hunwick
1991 Children’s Literature – The Ghanaian Experience. J.O. de Graft-Hanson
1992 The Two Cultures Revisited: Interactions of Science and Culture. D. A. Akyeampong
1993 The Health Issues of Human Reproduction of Our Time. D. A. Ampofo
1994 Linguistic Barriers to Communication in the Modern World. L. A. Boadi
1995 An Anatomy of Modern Ghana J. M. Assimeng
1996 Flexibility and Responsiveness to the Economy of Ghana. J. H. Frimpong-Ansah
1997 Closing the North-South Gap; a Personal Point of View. J. K. M. Quartey
1998 Veterinary Medicine in the Service of Mankind. E. N. W. Oppong
1999 Beyond Cultures: Perceiving a Common Humanity. K. Gyekye
2000 Education in Ghana: A Tool for Social Mobility or Social Stratification. Ivan Addae-Mensah
2001 Technology for Development. E. Lartey
2002 Reflections on the Constitution, Law and Development. Nana S. K. B. Asante
2003 Training the Next Generation of Scientists. Marian E. Addy
2004 Religion, Culture and Language: An Appreciation of the Intellectual Legacy of Dr. J. B. Danquah. K. Bediako
2005 The Origins of Disease and the Future of Our Health. S. Ofosu-Amaah
2006 Education, Literacy and Governance: A Linguistic Inquiry into Ghana’s Burgeoning Democracy. Kwesi Yankah
2007 Ghana and the Promotion of Pan-Africanism and Regionalism. S. K. B. Asante
2008 On Law and Liberty in Contemporary Ghana. S. K. Date-Bah
2009 Genital and Urinary (GU) Disorders and Services in Ghana: The Past, Present and Future. E. D. Yeboah
2010 Institutional Responses to the Challenges of Nationhood and Democratic Governance in Ghana. A.K.P. Kludze
2011 The Earth that Nourishes Us: Soils and Humanity. S. K. A. Danso
2012 Government and the Private Sector: Partners in Economic Development. K. O. Nti
2013 Leadership and the Ghanaian State Today: Reflections and Perspectives. J. R. A. Ayee
2014 Ghana’s Polarised Political Terrain. A. B. Akosa
2015 Human Capital and Economic Growth in Ghana K. Ewusi
2016 Dr. J.B. Danquah: The Great Cultured Ghanaian Scholar and Patriot K. Donkoh Fordwor
2017 Peace and Security: An African Christian Theological Contribution John S. Pobee
2018 Women in History: The Case of Ghana – Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Post-Colonial. A. A. Perbi
2019 Religion and Science P.K. Sarpong


*Scientific Themes