Akufo-Addo Feels University of Ghana Deserves To Be Named After JB Danquah: "One Day It May Well Happen"

Akufo-Addo Feels University of Ghana Deserves To Be Named After JB Danquah: "One Day It May Well Happen"

  • Nana Akufo-Addo reactivated his push to get the University of Ghana, Legon, named after his late uncle JB Danquah
  • Speaking at the 75th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service of the University of Ghana on August 11, the President said history supports such a move
  • Since 2018, Nana Akufo-Addo has been making a strong push for the premier university to named after then-Gold Coast politician

President Nana Akufo-Addo has reiterated his desire to see the University of Ghana, Legon, named after his uncle, Joseph Boakye Danquah.

JB Danquah is a member of the Big Six and a politician who attempted to become president in 1960.

Akufo-Addo hints University of Ghana may soon be named after JB Danquah.
JB Danquah (L) and Nana AKufo-Addo (R). Source: Facebook/@nakufoaddo
Source: Facebook

Delivering a keynote address at the 75th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service of the University of Ghana on August 11, 2023, Akufo-Addo said history supports his long-held conviction that JB Danquah contributed so much to the founding of the university.

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"Indeed, in many other jurisdictions where there is less heat in their politics and more attachment to the fact of historical record, it would not have been out of place to have this university named after him. Who knows, one day it may well happen," he said.

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This is not the first time Akufo-Addo is making a push for the university to be named after his uncle.

In 2018, he made a similar comment when he said his uncle founded the University of Ghana (UG). Academics, especially at the University of Ghana, disagree with the president.

At the event to mark the university's 75th anniversary, Akufo-Addo commended the institution for maintaining its position among the top universities in Ghana playing a huge role in national development.

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“It will be wholly appropriate and not at all far-fetched to describe Joseph Boakye Danquah as the founder of this university [the University of Ghana], a fact that, on the 75th anniversary of its existence, should be vividly recalled by all of us who are being and are the beneficiaries of his work,” he said.

University of Ghana Chinese class video leaks on social media

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh has reported in a separate story that during a Chinese lecture at the University of Ghana, the instructor made the students pronounce some words after her.

One of the students recorded the moment and shared it on social media, only for it to go viral with numerous reactions.

While many shared hilarious comments, others advised that the relevance of learning foreign languages should not be undermined.

University of Ghana ranked the number one tertiary institution

Also, the University of Ghana has been ranked number one in Ghana and number two in West Africa in the 2023 edition of the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR).

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KNUST placed second on the list and 1,385 in the latest CWUR index released recently.

The 2023 edition of the Global 2000 List by the CWUR ranks Harvard University in the US as the number one in the world.

University of Ghana approves 2% discount on fees for selected categories of students

In a previous story, YEN.com.gh reported that the University of Ghana, Legon has announced a 2% discount on 2022/2023 academic user fees.

However, the discount will only apply to some selected categories of students: full fee-paying programmes, the Accra City Campus and distance education programmes.

The University said in a statement dated May 8, 2023, that the discount is to lessen the burden of students as the economic challenges bite.

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