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

    1968The Law, Human Rights and the Judiciary.W. B. Van Lare
    1969Some Fundamentals in the Political Scene.C. A. Ackah
    1970The Role of Educated Persons in Ghana.R. K. A. Gardiner
    1971Institutional Challenges of Our Times.K. Bentsi-Enchill
    1972The Commonwealth in Eclipse.Dennis Austen
    1973The Public Service and Administration of Public Affairs in Ghana.A. L. Adu
    1974The Man J.B. Danquah.Joe Appiah
    1975Joseph Ephraim Casely-Hayford, the Man of Vision and Faith.L. Ofosu-Appiah
    1976Humanising Science and Technology for National Development.*F. T. Sai
    1977Aspects of Religion and Life in Africa.K. A. Dickson
    1978African Unity – The Dream and the Reality.E. A. Boateng
    1979Higher Education and Development in Africa.A. A. Kwapong
    1980Environmental Management and the Responsibility of the Privileged.*L. E. Obeng
    1981Theology as Liberation: For Contemporary Third World Programme.C. G. Baeta
    1982The Cultural Basis of Our National Development.K. Twum Barima
    1983The Urban-Rural Contrast in Ghana and its Implication for Development.K. B. Dickson
    1984Traditional Medicine in Ghana: Practice, Problems and Prospects.E. Evans-Anfom
    1985Ghana, a Nation in CrisisWilliam Ofori Atta
    1986Language and Nationhood: Reflections on Language Situations with Particular Reference to Ghana.R. F. Amonoo
    1987Science and Society in Ghana.E. Laing
    1988The Ghanaian Sphinx: Reflections on the Contemporary History of Ghana, 1972.A. Adu Boahen
    1989Medical Education and National Development in Africa.E. Q. Archampong
    1990West Africa and the Arab World: Historical and Contemporary Perspective.J. O. Hunwick
    1991Children’s Literature – The Ghanaian Experience.J.O. de Graft-Hanson
    1992The Two Cultures Revisited: Interactions of Science and Culture.D. A. Akyeampong
    1993The Health Issues of Human Reproduction of Our Time.D. A. Ampofo
    1994Linguistic Barriers to Communication in the Modern World.L. A. Boadi
    1995An Anatomy of Modern GhanaJ. M. Assimeng
    1996Flexibility and Responsiveness to the Economy of Ghana.J. H. Frimpong-Ansah
    1997Closing the North-South Gap; a Personal Point of View.J. K. M. Quartey
    1998Veterinary Medicine in the Service of Mankind.E. N. W. Oppong
    1999Beyond Cultures: Perceiving a Common Humanity.K. Gyekye
    2000Education in Ghana: A Tool for Social Mobility or Social Stratification.Ivan Addae-Mensah
    2001Technology for Development.E. Lartey
    2002Reflections on the Constitution, Law and Development.Nana S. K. B. Asante
    2003Training the Next Generation of Scientists.Marian E. Addy
    2004Religion, Culture and Language: An Appreciation of the Intellectual Legacy of Dr. J. B. Danquah.K. Bediako
    2005The Origins of Disease and the Future of Our Health.S. Ofosu-Amaah
    2006Education, Literacy and Governance: A Linguistic Inquiry into Ghana’s Burgeoning Democracy.Kwesi Yankah
    2007Ghana and the Promotion of Pan-Africanism and Regionalism.S. K. B. Asante
    2008On Law and Liberty in Contemporary Ghana.S. K. Date-Bah
    2009Genital and Urinary (GU) Disorders and Services in Ghana: The Past, Present and Future.E. D. Yeboah
    2010Institutional Responses to the Challenges of Nationhood and Democratic Governance in Ghana.A.K.P. Kludze
    2011The Earth that Nourishes Us: Soils and Humanity.S. K. A. Danso
    2012Government and the Private Sector: Partners in Economic Development.K. O. Nti
    2013Leadership and the Ghanaian State Today: Reflections and Perspectives.J. R. A. Ayee
    2014Ghana’s Polarised Political Terrain.A. B. Akosa
    2015Human Capital and Economic Growth in GhanaK. Ewusi
    2016Dr. J.B. Danquah: The Great Cultured Ghanaian Scholar and PatriotK. Donkoh Fordwor
    2017Peace and Security: An African Christian Theological ContributionJohn S. Pobee
    2018Women in History: The Case of Ghana – Pre-Colonial, Colonial and Post-Colonial.A. A. Perbi
    2019Religion and ScienceP.K. Sarpong
    2020Dr. J.B. Danquah: Unfinished Business in Voices from Behind the BarsLade Wosornu
    2021The Family Our Nation: An Agenda for the 21st CenturyElizabeth Ardayfio-Schandorf


    *Scientific Themes