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A Nation Divided.... That All May Be One

SNAP RECAP

So, Achimota Speaks 1 was finally here. For some of us (Akoras and non- Akoras ) the lead up to the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences Auditorium was eerily reminiscent of the subtle and sometimes exaggerated excitement that we came to feel and associate with school entertainment night in various school assembly halls. 

Attending this evening were a healthy variety of people with various emotional reactions and expectations of Achimota Speaks. From a view of a non Akora, it will probably be characterized with a bit of "let me go and see what these Motowners are up to :-)". The few final year Achimotan students present would simply be excited to have a chance to have legally 'papped' from campus. For the Akora, there is absolute pride in being the main driver of Achimota Speaks and sending a national message of "we are here, we have value to contribute and we want to ignite change conversations nationwide"

 

As for the actual business of the evening. We don't often say "wow". Were we star struck? (we will NEVER admit to that). We will however admit freely, that there were copious amount of brain power on full display.  It was a true delight to be immersed and hear first hand accounts of rich and unique perspectives. This is not to suggest that everyone was in agreement with everything said, but we were all very respectful of "A Nation Divided...That All May Be One".

Typical SNAP RECAPS attempt to editorialize and summarize with what some have called failed attempts at dry humor :-) - Today, we simply present to you as it happened... intellectual gymnastics with the associated emotional reactions which ended in a social conclusion, that the vision ("That All May Be One") of Guggisberg, Aggrey and Fraser - Founders' of Achimota School, is still very much relevant and a work in progress.

KEYNOTE - AKORA (1985) YAW NSARKOH

 

“The Chairman, Akoras, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen. I begin oddly, perhaps, with a dedication of this talk to two categories of people. First, I dedicate this to all the peoples of the streets – peasants and proletariat. Be the streets tarred, pot-holed or outright untarred. Second, I offer this talk in honor of the African scholar and all scholars of the so-called Developing and Emerging World. Many of them have suffered immeasurably at the hands of brutal governments, simply because what they do has truth as its currency.
It is odd that in some ways, our societies neglect both scholars and streets for a convergent reason. The streets are urged to be more scholarly while the scholar is urged to be streetwise – feet on street. A bit of scholarship on the streets and a bit of street in the scholar must, therefore, be a good thing. I am neither street nor scholar. As a striver for both credentials, I cannot help but appreciate them all. ”

— Akora (1985) Yaw Nsarkoh - Executive Vice President, Unilever Ghana & Nigeria

...featured Akora Joyce Aryee, Akora Samia Nkrumah, Akora Kwadwo Afari-Gyan and Akora George Andah, Akora Yaw-Nsarkoh (Keynote speaker) and Akora S.K.B Asante (Chairperson)

 

Nana Susubribri Krobea Asante, Paramount Chief of Asante Asokore (known in private life as Dr. S.K.B Asante) is a legal practitioner with the following degrees: LL.B (Hons) (Nottingham) 1956, LL.M (London) 1958, and Doctor of Juridical Science (Yale University Law School) 1965.

He has been a substantive or visiting faculty member of the University of Ghana, University of Leeds UK, Howard University Law School Washington DC USA, Temple University Law School Philadelphia, and Cambridge University. He was acting Head of the Law Department/Faculty at the University of Ghana in 1962.

A former Solicitor General and Deputy Attorney General of Ghana, (1969 – 77), Dr. Asante served as an Attorney with the World Bank, Washington DC (1966-69) and Chief Legal Adviser and a Director at the UN Centre on Transnational Corporations New York, (1977-1992).

Nana was the Chairman of the Committee of Experts that formulated proposals for the 1992 Constitution of Ghana. (1991-92)

A Festschrift – a collection of scholarly essays by 47 jurists, scholars and experts from around the world has just been published in his honour. The book will be launched on February 27th 2017 at this venue.

He is a recipient of the Ghana National Book Award for Distinguished Writers and the National Award of Order of the Volta (Officer Category) for public service.

Dr. Aryee has dedicated over forty years service to the public and private sectors in Ghana. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines where she served for ten years. She is also the first woman to head an African Chamber of Mines.

Dr. Aryee is also a Senior Mentor of Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI), the Moremi Initiative for Women in Leadership for African Development (MILEAD), both mentorship institutions for young Africans. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana, Fellow-Ghana Institute of Management, and an Honorary Fellow of the Ghana Institution of Engineers. 

She has also received many prestigious awards including Ghana’s second highest national award, the Companion of the Order of the Volta in 2006, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana’s (CIMG) “Marketing Woman of the Year” for 2007 and the African Leadership on Centre for Economic Development’s “African Female Business Leader of the Year” for 2009. She received the Inspirational Woman Award at the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Awards 2015 for creating change, paving the way for women as well as being the first female to head an African Chamber of Mines and the Public Relations Personality of the Year 2014.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Salt & Light Ministries, a Christian para-church organisation and an avid promoter of Ghanaian classical and choral compositions. She has, only this month, had a girls boarding house in Achimota School named after her.

Achimota School (1963-64: Cadbury House - prefect).

BA &  MA University of Ghana | PhD UC Santa Barbara: Fulbright Scholar.                     

Working Life:

Univ Teaching: Santa Clara(USA), University of Ghana        

1991: Member, Committee of Experts - drafted current constitution.           

1992: Deputy Chair (ops) INEC.             

1993-2015: Chair EC.      

Did election work in several foreign countries under the auspices of various international organisations, including the UN and the Commonwealth.

Now a farmer who does occasional election consultancy.

 

Hon George Nenyi Andah is a Management Consultant with specialization in Marketing and Telecoms, and is the Member of Parliament for the Awutu Senya West Constituency.

Educated at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry) and subsequently at the University of Ghana Business School, at Legon, he has a wealth of experience which he draws from active work at different levels of the Advertising, Finance, FMCG (Breweries) and Telecommunications Industries in various capacities across Africa.

George has won many professional accolades including Charted Institute of Marketing (Ghana)’s Marketing Practitioner of the Year and one-time best Chief Marketing Officer with the MTN Group.

Nenyi believes the quality of leadership being experienced in Ghana is not what Ghana deserves and took a stand to get off the fence and get into frontline politics and has just been elected as the Member of Parliament for the Awutu Senya West Constituency in the 2016 general elections.

George is passionate about what he does, and loves to help people.

 Hon. Samia Yaba Nkrumah is a politican, activist and founder of the Kwame Nkrumah Library.

She is the daughter of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah and his Egyptian wife, Fathia Nkrumah.

Samia returned to Ghana in 2008 after many years of living abroad with the intention of reviving the vision of Kwame Nkrumah, disseminating his ideas and adapting his policies to today’s circumstances.

She has been an MP and National Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in recent years.

She has been an active anti-GMO campaigner in Ghana, and has been outspoken against the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU (EPA) and the IMF deal with Ghana, believing that such agreements do not work in the interest of the people of Ghana.

FINAL THOUGHTS

“The postcolonial development history of Ghana, one in which Achimota and Achimotans have played a major role, for better or for worse has been unsteady at best. 
New beginnings offer new opportunities. The current government may not have asked for that responsibility but they have it. Fate and Fortune combine to make Nana Akufo-Addo a president who may finally determine the fate of the constitutional democracy so many, including - no, especially – him, fought so hard for. He, and us all, have a responsibility to dramatically accelerate the process of taking this country decisively on the path of the journey from Third World to First. ”

— Akora Yaw Nsarkoh (Executive Vice President, Unilever Ghana & Nigeria



 

News Source : OAA
Last updated at : 28 April,2017
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