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The fourth in the series of the MOBA Annual Engagement Series would be held on Wednesday 16th October 2019.
The event taking place at the Ecobank Ghana Head Office Auditorium at 5:30pm is under the theme “H?n Nananom Botae Pa! – Quality Education and the Quest for Global Competitiveness” with emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) – Governance – Business & Finance – Inspiring the Future.
The discussion will deliberate on how to raise the bar for quality education, funding, management, policy, the impact of technology and why local initiatives must be globally relevant.
Panelists for the discussion are Nana Kobina Nketsia (’69), Oman hen of Essikado Traditional Area, Historian/ Anthropologist (Inspiring the Future), Robert Gardiner Daniels (’79), ICT Consultant (STEM), Alexander Mensa Hagan (’89), Minerals Resource Director and Deputy General Manager, Norgold (SOMITA) in Burkina Faso (Governance) and Kofi Safo Akyea (’99), Regional Marketing Manager, Anglophone – West Africa, MoneyGram, (Business & Finance).
The moderator will be Prof. Philip Ebow Bondzi Simpson (MOBA’78), Rector GIMPA.
The MOBA Annual Engagement Series was instituted in 2016 with the objective of creating awareness and encouraging debate in the public domain on matters of national interest and to serve as MOBA’s contribution towards the development of Ghana.
Mfantsipim, established by the Methodist Church in 1876, is noted for the leading role “Old Boys” of the school have played in giving service and leadership in various areas to Ghana and the world at large. This is seen as a measure of the value of the School and a manifestation of the vision of the founding fathers.
Rev. W. T. Balmer, Headmaster (1907-1910) wanted to “raise up a generation of men in Mfantsipim who will be bold enough to face the problems of their own continent practically and usefully,” Rev P. P. Dyer, also a Headmaster (1919-1925) expressed the hope that the school would produce “men who shall be the future leaders in character, thought, in energy, initiative and resourcefulness.”
A host of ‘Old Boys’ have lived up to these expectations. John Mensah Sarbah was a political leader in the Aborigines Rights Protection Society, J. E. Casely Hayford was instrumental in the formation of the West African Congress, Kofi Assam and Ernest J. Hayford, first African Masters in the School, later distinguished themselves as political and social leaders and Attoh-Ahuma was a pioneer journalist with a high and exemplary sense of vocation.
In our recent history, Dr. Alex Quaison Sackey served as the first African President of the UN General Assembly, Prof. K. A. Busia became Prime Minister of Ghana in the 2nd Republic. Dr. J. W. S. Degraft-Johnson, Kow Nkensen Arkaah and K. B. Amissah-Arthur served as Vice-Presidents in the 3rd and 4th Republic. Busumuru Kofi Annan became the first black African UN Secretary-General.
There is no doubt that Mfantsipim ‘Old Boys’ continue to contribute positively towards the development of Ghana and the world at large. As a group, their yearly contributions in cash and in kind to the School have helped to keep the School going and more importantly improve the quality of education in the country.
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