- Akufo-Addo has paid tribute to Emeritus Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia
- Emeritus Prof. Nketia’s work in the field of music had been globally acknowledged
President Akufo-Addo has paid glowing tribute to Emeritus Professor Joseph Hanson Kwabena Nketia, describing him as "one of the legends of the ages".
Emeritus Prof. J.H Nketia is one of Ghana's most scholarly minds when it comes to music, and has received rave reviews for his works over the years.
On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, a festival was organised at the Banquet Hall of the State House to celebrate his achievements, with many dignitaries and big name personalities gracing the occasion.
Speaking at the event, President Akufo-Addo was effusive in his praise for Emeritus Prof. J.H Nketia, while paying glowing tribute to the man he described as a "noble Ghanaian".
The president noted that his impact on Ghanaian music is unparalleled, labeling him as the "standard for music scholars around the world".
“Indeed, such has been his impact that, today, his concept and interpretation of time and rhythmic patterns in Ghanaian, and other African, folk music have become the standard for music scholars around the world, complementing that of another Ghanaian musical legend, Ephraim Amu, who, coincidentally, was his mentor. Such is the quality of the man we are celebrating today,” Akufo-Addo said.
The president was also particularly awed by the achievements of the Emeritus Prof, urging the youth to try to emulate his deeds and achievements when targeting their life goals.
According to him, "his life’s work is a great message for the youth, that the sky is the limit for anyone who wants to work hard", adding that "they give us formidable cultural capital to fortify our unique African identity, forge a great Ghanaian nation, and pursue our historic pan-African vocation".
He used the opportunity to emphasise on the importance of education to the development of the Ghana economy.
In his view, the nation's quest to build an industrialised economy can only be realised through access to education, hence the introduction of the Free Senior School (SHS) policy.
“Education, as we all know, is the equaliser of opportunity. At this juncture in our nation’s history, broad access to education is vital if we are to transform our economy from one dependent on the production and export of raw materials to a value-added, industrialised one.
"That is the rationale of the free Senior High School policy. It is meant to ensure that the doors of education, at least up to the end of senior high school, are open to all, irrespective of the circumstances of birth. An educated workforce is our surest bet of ensuring the progress and prosperity of our nation."