The aim of this article is to acquaint you with a reliable list of notable alumni of the University of Cape Coast and to also equip you with details of the listed alumni. One of the things a student takes pride in is the school they attend or attended. This is because of the significance that good education has on an individual and the society as a whole. For this reason and more, students want to be part of a notable school.
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When choosing a school to attend, it is important for one to read up on the alumni they have produced. It’s most often than not, a direct/indirect reflection of the school. For this reason, it is no surprise that potential students of the University of Cape Coast (U.C.C) are seeking to get detailed and updated information on the notable alumni of the University of Cape Coast so as to make informed decisions on whether or not to enrol.
The University of Cape Coast, Ghana, was established in 1962 out of necessity, as the two public universities preceding it were established for the purpose of educating students. The need arose for a training avenue for graduate teachers for the second cycle such as teacher training colleges and technical institutions. This was a mission left unfulfilled by the two preceding universities because they were unequipped to do so. In a bid to nip that lapse, U.C.C was established. It is currently one of the most prestigious universities in Ghana today and is known to be a place for “bookworms” or “sharks”. Due to its success, it is no surprise that some graduates of University of Cape Coast are making bold strides and revolutionizing various aspects of the society. Some of these popular University of cape coast alumni are listed, and their details furnished subsequently:
1. Seth Emmanuel Terkper - Former Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Ghana
Born in Somanya in the Eastern Region of Ghana where he started his Elementary School Education, Mr. Seth Terkper one of many popular University of cape coast alumni. He obtained his first degree in Bachelor of Commerce (B.comm) from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession who holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Kennedy School, Harvard University.
He is known chiefly to most Ghanaians as a member of the National Democratic Congress (N.D.C) and the Former Minister for Finance and Economic Planning who served under former president John Dramani Mahama’s administration between January 2013 and January 2017. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Ghana. He has recently been appointed as a part-time lecturer at the University Of Ghana Business School.
2. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang - Former Minister of Education, Ghana
Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang was born in Cape Coast, Ghana. She is an educator who began her educational journey at Anglican Girls' Secondary School at Koforidua and Aburi Presby Girls' School, and subsequently attended Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast. In 1977, she joined the alumni of the University of Cape Coast when she graduated with a B.ED (Bachelor of Education) (Hons) in English and French. She went on to do her Masters and PhD. Prof. Agyemang started teaching at U.C.C in 1986. In addition to her other accomplishments, she became the first female Vice-Chancellor of a state university in Ghana - U.C.C- from 2008 - 2012. She was appointed and sworn in as the Minister of Education under former President Mahama’s administration from January 2013-2017. She is a known member of the National Democratic Congress.
3. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah - Minister of Information, Ghana
First introduced chiefly to the Ghanaian public as an ace broadcaster and the host of Joy F.M’s “Super Morning Show”, Honourable Oppong Nkrumah Esq. is a 36-year-old entrepreneur, and a lawyer with two years standing at the GBA. He is a Member of Parliament for Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He is one of many successful alumni of University of Cape Coast. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University and is the incumbent Minister of Information of Ghana.
4. Yvonne Nduom (Mrs.) - Executive Chairperson of Coconut Grove Hotels
Known previously as Yvonne Sterling (maiden name), Mrs. Yvonne Nduom is a political figure who is known chiefly as the wife of the flag bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Mr. Paa Kwesi Nduom. She holds a BA in English and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Cape Coast and Wisconsin University. She is a mother of four. In 2012, Mrs. Nduom was honoured with the “Life Time Award In Hospitality Investment” from the Ghana Tourism Authority.
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5. Juliet Yaa Asantewa Asante - Actress
Popularly known as Juliet Asante, the award-winning Ghanaian Actress, who has featured in over six movies started her career at age 17. Subsequently, she attended and graduated from the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Ghana. She holds two degrees and graduated from the University of Cape Coast. She is also a producer, director and a philanthropist. Recently, Juliet Asante has added being a blogger to her list of titles. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and is the editor of the entertainment magazine, Entertainment Today.
6. Millison Narh - Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana
Mr. Millison Narh, an old student of Ghanata Secondary school is a Ghanaian Banker and a Chartered Accountant. He started working at the Bank of Ghana (BoG) after completing his secondary school education. He, in 1976 while working at the BoG, simultaneously trained for three years at the Accra Polytechnic as a Chartered Accountant. After completing, he studied at the University of Cape Coast from 1979 to 1983, where he graduated with a Diploma in Education and a Bachelor of Commerce. Mr. Narh rose through the ranks as a Chief Manager at a point in time, then became deputy director and chief internal auditor at the Bank of Ghana internal audit department. In 2009, he was promoted to second deputy governor by the late President John Atta Mills. In August 2013, he was promoted to first deputy governor. He occupied the position of deputy governor for nine years from 2009.
7. Odelia Sika-Ntiamoah Boampong - Entrepreneur, T.V and Radio News Reporter
Born in Tema, Ghana, to Benjamin Kwabena Ofori, a teacher who raised her as a single parent, Odelia Sika-Ntiamoah Boampong is a Ghanaian entrepreneur, a TV and radio news reporter with at least fourteen years' working experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography. To her credit again, she holds a master's degree in Oil and Gas Communication from the University of Cape Coast. She runs several businesses with her husband, Prince Sika-Ntiamoah Boampong, under the SNB group. The Ghanaian entrepreneur was recently invited by the World Bank as one of 20 young entrepreneurs who can help change the growing youth unemployment in the continent. She is also a Christian ordained pastor and a mother of one.
8. Kwesi Ahwoi - Former Minister of State, Ghana
One of the names of the University of Cape Coast alumni that come to mind is Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi. Mr. Ahwoi is a former Ghanaian Minister of State with affiliation to the National Democratic Congress. He had his undergraduate education at the University of Cape Coast where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Geography and Education. He served as Minister for Food and Agriculture from February 2009 - January 2013 under the Late President Mills’ administration. Again, under former President Mahama’s administration, he served as Minister for Interiors from February 2013 - July 2014. His ambassadorial duties began in 2015 with he becoming the first Ghanaian ambassador to Comoros. He also doubles as the Ambassador of Ghana in Lesotho, Mauritius, Seychelles and Swaziland.
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9. Nana Amba Eyiaba I - Queen Mother and Ghanaian Educator
Born Eunice Amba Amoah, Nana Amba Eyiaba I is the Queen Mother of the Effutu Municipal District of the Central Region. She is a Ghanaian educator and the former Director of Education for Central Region. She holds both a Bachelor of Education and a Diploma in Advanced study of Education from the University of Cape Coast. She has served judiciously on the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, Panafest, OLA College of Education, Graphic Communications Group Limited, the Central Region Tourism Development Committee, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Central Regional Peace Council Board.
10. Edmund Abaka - Author
With publications such as the ones mentioned below to his credit, Edmund Abaka is one of the many successful graduates of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, he is a photographer and a historian at the University of Miami. He is also a Fulbright scholar.
i."Kola is God's Gift": Agricultural Production, Export Initiatives and the Kola Industry of Asante and the Gold Coast, c. 1820-1950. Ohio University Press, Athens, 2005. (Western African Studies)
ii. "Culture And Customs Of Ethiopia 2007”
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Few schools like the University of Cape Coast can boast of a stellar list like this one - alumni of University of Cape Coast. Thus, having such a list of names of University of Cape Coast alumni, the University of Cape Coast is truly a place to seek education.