How University College of Gold Coast, now University of Ghana, was formed this month in 1948

How University College of Gold Coast, now University of Ghana, was formed this month in 1948

- In August 1948, the University of Ghana, then known as the Univesity College of Gold Coast, was established

- This was after Dr. J.B. Danquah, led a movement to convince the British Government that the Gold Coast could support a University College

- The Asquith Commission, which oversaw higher education in British colonies, had agreed that only one university would be built in West Africa, in Nigeria, before JB Danquah pushed otherwise

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Dr. Joseph Kwame Kyeretwie Boakye Danquah, popularly known as J.B. Danquah, was a major force that compelled the British for the University of Ghana to be established on August 11, 1948.

According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Ghanaianmuseum.com, the British colonies at the time formed an entity called Asquith Commission which was set up in 1943 to investigate Higher Education in the colonies.

The Asquith Commission recommended among other things, the setting up of university colleges in association with the University of London

How University College of Gold Coast, now University of Ghana, was formed this month in 1948

How University of Ghana, was formed this month in 1948 Source: Ghanaianmuseum.com
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The West Africa Commission was under the Chairmanship of the Rt. Hon. Walter Elliot when it came out that a minority report which held that only one University College for the whole of British West Africa was feasible.

The British Government, at first accepted the minority report of the Elliot Commission and decided that a University College for the whole of British West Africa should be established at Ibadan in Nigeria.

However, the late Dr. J.B. Danquah led a movement to convince the British Government that the Gold Coast could support a University College.

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The British Government accordingly reviewed its decision and agreed to the establishment of the University College of the Gold Coast, which is now known as the University of Ghana.

In another historic event that occurred in 1962, the Black Stars of Ghana played against Real Madrid.

The match took place at the Accra Sports Stadium, which was formerly named the Ohene Gyan Sports Stadium, and ended with a scoreline of 3:3.

A report by Ghanaianmuseum.com sighted by YEN.com.gh indicates that after the sterling performance of the Ghana national team against the Spanish giants, Santiago Bernabéu honoured Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's president at the time.

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