In his position, Mr. Amu trained and led a male choir from the school to the World Universities Choral Convention at the Lincoln Centre in New York, 1969.
He was acclaimed Worldwide as an authority on African Music, dance and drumming. He received several ovations.
Among his greater achievements were over 200 songs including the following great songs Bonwere kente, Adaworra Bome, Monwue naa Ame, Mawue Paa Nie with the greatest of them all Yen Ara Assase Ni, which he composed.
This song is now the second National Anthem more or less. We should apply it to our daily lives. This inspirational song tells us a story and propels us as one nation, one people and with the common destiny. We should cherish our well earned customs and traditions which our forefathers handed over to us and even endeavour to add to it and refrain from anti-social activities, for whether or not the country will progress and develop for the better depends on us. Oh what a Song!!!
Ephraim Amu in his lifetime, which spanned over 90 years, received many accolades and awards including an honorary PhD from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a UNESCO international music prize. He was made a member of the Order of Volta and he was also a Grand Medallist (Civil Division) of the great Republic of Ghana.
He left for greater glory at the ripe age of 96 years on January 2, 1995 survived by his wife and four children.
He bequeathed to us what is best in Ghana with regard to culture, traditions, native music, native drumming and made us to be proud of them, cherish them, practise them and to distinguish us as a nation within a global world. He also left a legacy that gave meaning and substance to the philosophy and Vision of our great ancestors like Sarbah, Jacob Wilson Sey, who founded the Aborigine Rights Protection Society and J.E. Caseley Hayford, one of the founders of the Congress of British West Africa who fought for our land and killed the Crown Lands Bill of 1896 and 1897, and who also advocated the practice of our culture and traditions such as wearing native cloth, eating from our local utensils, developing and composing our own music, drumming, dancing etc.
It is noteworthy that J.E. Caseley Hayford and Kobina Sekyi used to wear native cloth and attire immediately they came out of court and took off their wigs and gowns as lawyers.
Ephraim Amu continued the great work of this illustrious time and even went further than them by going to work in cloth and eating in native utensils.
I am pleased to note that the wearing of cloth has now become part and parcel of the educated class, including myself. And as for music, drumming and dancing, they are now part of our church services. They were banned when the Europeans ruled us. The Methodist, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic Churches were at the forefront of the fight against native drumming and dancing in their churches.
Now, they have also seen the light and embraced our tradition and culture in music and drumming and have permitted their members to do so in their churches.
Thanks to our forefathers and Ephraim Amu, who saw the light long ago.
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