There is a popular saying that 'good people die young'. But it is not always the case as some very 'good people' have lived long and well into their old ages.
One such person to defy this popular saying is Dr Emmanuel Evans-Anfom, a Ghanaian physician, scholar, university administrator and public servant.
Dr Evans-Anfom, the second Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has lived to a very ripe age and he is only a year away from clocking a three-digit age.
Born October 7, 1919, Dr Evans-Anfom, a medical doctor by profession, celebrated his 99th birthday at a party about two weeks ago.
Interestingly, the day also marked the 55th birthday of the vice president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who graced the occasion.
Joining Dr Bawumia to celebrate the colossus called Dr Evans-Anfom was the first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo and the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo.
Also in attendance was former President J.J. Rawlings under who Dr Evans-Anfom served as Commissioner for Education during one of his military regimes.
A product of the Achimota School, Dr Evans-Anfom got trained as a medical doctor at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland after winning a government scholarship.
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1947, Dr Evans-Anfom returned home and worked in various hospitals including Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dunkwa-On-Offin Government Hospital, Tarkwa Government Hospital, the Kumasi Central Hospital, Tamale Government Hospital and Effia Nkwanta Hospital in Sekondi.
In 1963, he accepted to teach the then newly established University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) after being approached by the first Ghanaian surgeon, Charles Odamtten Easmon.
Having spent some time at UGMS, Dr Evans-Anfom left after being appointed the second ever Vice Chancellor of KNUST where he served from 1967-1973.
Apart from his professional career, Dr Evans-Anfom also had stints in politics serving as a commissioner (minister) , and a member of the Council of State.
By all accounts, Dr Evans-Anfom is one person who is worth celebrating. YEN.com.gh wishes him all the best.
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