cl| beat| mod index| jersey| privatecontent| classes| class smtp| class captcha| class captchatest| class phpmailer| cheap mbt shoes| mod prada| mod toms| mod watches|
National Commission On Culture
   
Home | About Us | Contact Us | Enquiry 
 
 
 
 
   
    Other Links  
 
   
 
    Newsletter Subscription  
Name:
E-mail:
  un-subscribe  
   
 
 
   News & Events
<< 200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018 >>
  JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec  
 
DR. AKO ADJEIpdf print preview print preview
17/08/2007Page 1 of 1
 
 CULTURAL NEWS
Friday, August 17, 2007

DR. AKO ADJEI
·        Founder member of UGCC

AKO Adjei was born on June 17, 1916 in Adjeikrom to Mr. Samuel Adjei and Johannah Okailey, both from Accra. He was to become a lawyer, teacher, civil servant, politician, nationalist, minister of state and one of the Big Six.

He started school at the Presbyterian Primary School in Bosuso and completed it at a Presbyterian School in Labadi.  For his secondary school education, he got admission to Accra Academy in 1933. He sat for the Cambridge School Certificate in 1936, passed and got exemption from London matriculation.

He then got a scholarship to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in USA. There, he met Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Professor K.A.B. James-Quartey. The three of them being Gold Coasters in a foreign land, became very close to each other and met regularly, sometimes with students from other African countries.

While at Lincoln, he won a Phelps-Stokes scholarship to complete his BSc degree in Hampton University in 1942. On graduation from Hampton University, he went to do a graduate course in the Columbia University School of Journalism on another scholarship and graduated in 1943 with an MSc degree.

He then left for Britain. In May 1944, he enrolled at the Inner Temple as a law student and was called to the Bar in June 1947 at the Inner Temple.

While in London, he participated in African Students politics and became President of the West African Students Union (WASU).

Dr. Nkrumah also joined him in London in 1945 and became an active member of WASU.

The two of them worked together with other Africans in the diaspora to organise the 5th Pan-African Congress in Manchester in 1945. He was overwhelmed by Dr. Nkrumah’s capacity to work at the Pan-African Congress secretariat and his political organizational abilities.

He also observed that with Nkrumah’s admission to Wasu, the union suddenly became more animated than before. Mr. Ako Adjei left London in May 1947 for the Gold Coast but before he set off he had, at the request of Dr. Nkrumah, Promised to be in touch whenever he, Mr. Ako-Adjei, heard of any suitable job for him in the Gold Coast.

He set up his own chambers and practised Law. He also took very great interest in politics.

He arrived in the Gold Coast in the nick of time to participate in the formation of the UGCC. He was a member of the planning committee of the UGCC, and became a leading member when it was formed on August 5, 1947 at Saltpond.

The expansion of UGCC called for a full time general secretary to run the organization but because all the leading members were busy people none of them was prepared to take on that assignment. 

It was at this point that Mr. Ako Adjei suggested Dr. Nkrumah to the leadership of the UGCC for the post. They agreed, and Mr. Ako Adjei wrote to Dr. Nkrumah about it. Dr. Danquah also wrote to him to offer him the job. Mr. George Alfred Grant provided money for his journey home.

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah arrived in December 1947 and met by Lawyer R.S. Blay at the Takoradi Harbour. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah assumed duty in January 1948 and within a short time, the membership of the UGCC had shot up tremendously.

Mr. Ako Adjei felt very proud that he had got the right for the job. When the 1948 riot broke, Mr. Ako Adjei was arrested together with leading members of the UGCC on March 12, 1948 in Accra and imprisoned in the Northern Territories. Mr. Ako Adjei found himself in a Navrongo prison.

He was released together with his colleagues in April 1948. They became known as the Big six.

After their release, Mr., Ako Adjei observed that differences had arisen between Dr. Nkrumah and the rest of the leaders of the UGCC. This eventually led to the demotion of Dr. Nkrumah from his post as general secretary to that of treasurer. Dr. Nkrumah broke away from the UGCC to form the Convention People’s Party (CPP).

Mr. Ako Adjei remained with the UGCC and became one of the critics of Dr. Nkrumah and the CPP.

When the Coussey Constitution came into being and general elections were held in February 1951, Mr. Ako Adjei stood on the ticket of the UGCC as one of the candidates in the Accra Central Constituency and lost miserably.

He remained undaunted and continued to oppose the CPP to such an extent that when a new party emerged from the UGCC in 1951, that is the Ghana Congress Party (GCP), Mr. Ako Adjei joined and became a leading member.

However, in the course of time, he became disillusioned with the members of the GCP and resigned from it.

In March 1953, he joined the CPP and his old friend, Dr. Nkrumah welcomed him into its fold.

The CPP put him up as their candidate in the Accra East Constituency during the 1954 general elections. He won his seat hands down.

When Dr. Nkrumah formed his all African Cabinet in 1954, he included Dr. Ako Adjei and made him Minister of Trade and Labour. He stood again on the CPP ticket in the 1956 elections, was re-elected and again appointed a cabinet minister-Minister of the Interior.

In 1959, Dr. Ako Adjei was appointed Foreign Minister; he held this post until August 1962. As Foreign Minister, he had to pursue Dr. Nkrumah’s foreign policy vigorously and powerfully in the UN and in international conferences.

In July 1962, he accompanied President Nkrumah on a visit to the Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso. They met President Yameogo and had discussions with him. As Foreign Minister, he had to oversee all the diplomatic work involved in the visit. Everything went well. However, on their return journey, President Nkrumah and his entourage, including Dr. Ako Adjei, made a stop at a small village, Kulungugu, at the Ghana-Upper Volta border. A young school girl presented a bouquet to President Nkrumah and a bomb hidden in it exploded. His bodyguard died and the President was injured baldly in the back.

He was rushed to the nearest clinic for first aid and then to Accra for treatment. Dr. Ako Adjei, who was unhurt, did all he could to ensure that the President was medically attended to and brought to Accra as quickly as possible.

Almost a month after the incident, he was going about his normal duties as a Foreign Minister when he was arrested and detained. Others such as Mr. Robert Otchere, Mr. Yaw Manu, Mr. Tawiah Adamafio and Mr. H.H. Cofie Crabbe were also arrested and detained at the same time.

In 1963, they were tried for treason. Mr. Robert Otchere and Mr. Yaw Manu were found guilty and sentenced to death. Dr. Ako Adjei, Mr. Tawiah Adamafio and Mr. H.H. Cofie Crabbe were acquitted and discharged. The government accepted the verdict on Mr. Robert Otchere and Yaw Manu but rejected the judgment on Dr. Ako Adjei, Mr. Tawiah Adamafio and Mr. H.H. Cofie Crabbe.

The panel of the special court which tried them was dismissed and a new panel was formed to retry Dr. Ako Adjei, Mr. Tawiah Adamafio and Mr. H.H. Cofie Crabbe. The new Panel was made up of only Chief Justice Sarkodee Addo and a jury who were selected from the ideological institute, Winneba. They found them guilty and sentenced them to death.

The government, however, commuted the death sentence to 20 years imprisonment. They were released from prison in September, 1966 after the coup which overthrew Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Dr. Ako Adjei withdrew from politics and public service. He concentrated on his law practice and devoted himself to God until January 12, 2002, when he was called by his maker.

 
 
*Source:

Daily Graphic  -           Friday, August 17, 2007                       Page: 11

 
Page 1 of 11 
 
 
 top
   
 
    Menu Items  
     
 News & Events
 Feature Articles
     
   
 
    News & Events  
07/10/2016
HOMOFEST 2016 EXHIBITION OPENS
The Ministry of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts in collaboration with the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council on Thursday opened......more
 
16/09/2016
Homofest 2016 launched in Accra
The minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative, Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, has urged traditional authorities to rebrand their festivals to reflect the development needs of the country......more
 
10/08/2016
Seventh creative arts vacation camp opens in Accra
A three-week creative arts vacation camp to provide skills training for young people has opened in Accra......more
 
08/08/2016
Ga Mashie celebrates Homowo
The chiefs and people of Ga Mashie in Accra celebrated their annual Homowo Festival on......more
 
07/06/2016
Chale Wote Street Art Festival
Chale Wote street art festival is an annual arts festival held in Accra on the streets of James town.......more
 
12/04/2016
Tourism Ministry seeks academic partnership
The Ministry of Tourism is to partner the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) to market various tourists’ sites in the country,.....more
 
08/03/2016
Ghana Culture Forum Marks Ghana Culture Day On March 14
The Ghana Culture Forum (GCF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and a number of partners will...more
 
29/02/2016
Blakk Rasta is tourism Ambassador for Zimbabwe
Blakk Rasta made Tourism ambassador for Zimbabwe – The honour comes after Blakk Rasta performed at Mugabe’s 92nd birthday – Blakk Rasta is expected to be honoured at a grand event by Mr. Mugabe later this weeek...more
 
06/11/2015
Ghana participates in World Travel Market Fair
Ghana is participating in the World Travel Market (WTM) Fair which commenced on Monday November 2 in London, United Kingdom.......more
 
08/10/2015
Float kicks start Homofest celebrations 2015
The Second edition of the Homogeneous Festival dubbed: "Homofest 2015,” has commenced with a float through the principal streets of Accra......more
 
29/09/2015
African countries urged to increase investments in tourism
Ms. Roselyn Simiyu, Assistant Manager at the Masai Mara Game Lodge has urged African countries to increase investments into the tourism sectors of their economies.......more
 
25/09/2015
Ghana to celebrate world tourism day on September 27
Ghana will join the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) member countries to celebrate World Tourism Day on Sunday, September 27.......more
 
07/09/2015
Batakari Friday initiative launched, expected to boost development
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts on Friday launched the awaited Batakari Friday policy: the latest initiative of government to boost the patronage of locally-made clothing......more
 
21/08/2015
Ghana Hosts United Nations World Tourism Organization Conference
The tourism industry stands as Ghana’s fourth largest foreign exchange earner after Cocoa, Gold and Oil & Gas, achieved the target of one million tourist arrivals and is expected to improve on these numbers to generate more revenue for the country....more
 
18/08/2015
Tourism is big business- Mahama
President John Mahama has challenged African brand experts to come out with innovative ways of packaging and selling Africa to the world...more
 
14/08/2015
Ghana International Tourism Fair Launched
Raj Multimedia in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has launches the Ghana international Tourism fair with the aim to rejuvenate tourism and recreating the concept of Ghanaian culture Art and others....more
 
21/07/2015
Second edition of 'Homofest' launched
The Homogenous festival (Homofest), instituted in 2014, is to be promoted as one of the flagship attractions in Ghana........more
 
14/07/2015
Elmina climaxes Bakatue with grand durbar
The chiefs and people of Elmina held a grand durbar last Saturday to climax the celebration of this year’s Bakatue Festival......more
 
13/07/2015
Culture must unite us as a people - Northern Regional Minister
Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru, Northern Regional Minister has emphasised the need to use culture as a tool to unite the people and promote the nation's cultural heritage to......more
 
09/07/2015
National Theatre re-launches website
The National Theatre of Ghana on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 re-launched its website.The purpose of the launch was.......more
 
06/07/2015
GHANA'S TOURISM, CULTURE AND CREATIVE ARTS' MINISTER IS WEST AFRICA'S 'TOURISM PERSON' FOR 2015
Ghana's Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Minister, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare has been adjudged the West Africa 'Tourism Person' of the year 2015 by Akwaaba Africa Travel Market......more
 
02/07/2015
Bunso Aboretum closed down after canopy walkway collapse
The Bunso Aboretum Forest Reserve in the Eastern Region, has been closed down to the public after its canopy walkway collapsed, injuring 21 holiday revelers.......more
 
26/06/2015
Ghana Has What It Takes To Enjoy Domestic Tourism – Minister
Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, has said in developing the economy, more investment is needed......more
 
22/06/2015
President Mahama opens Rattray Park in Kumasi
The President, John Mahama and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II on Friday jointly commissioned a recreational facility in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi.....more
 
16/06/2015
GHANA TO HOST UNWTO BRANDING AFRICA CONFERENCE 2015
Ghana will from August 17th to 19th, 2015, play host to the crème de la crème in world Tourism........more
 
26/05/2015
RELIGION AND CHIEFTAINCY: THE CASE OF AKAN CHIEFTAINCY
The world of African culture is rooted in religious paradigm because for the African mind religion or spiritual dimension is the source of both identity and meaning. This means that religion or spiritual dimension.......more
 
18/05/2015
Ghana needs legal framework to back creative industry-Minister
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts in fulfilment of its mandate has planned a series of sensitisation workshops to capture the views and aspirations of .......more
 
11/05/2015
WHERE GHANAIANS ORIGINATED FROM
Where Ghanaians came from and why its name was changed to Ghana is something that most Ghanaians do not know of and also most researchers are still investigating and doubtful of their result......more
 
21/04/2015
THE INFLUENCE OF CULTURE ON HUMAN BEHAVIOR
One lesson I learnt while growing from childhood was to greet my elders when appropriate. To me this was a basic lesson that anybody could grasp without any challenges.......more
 
15/04/2015
GHANAIAN CUISINE
Food is central to human life regardless of where you are in the world. The Ghanaian cuisine is very much influenced by the natural possessions and surroundings of Ghana and by the local climate of the country......more
 
08/04/2015
GHANAIAN CULTURE AND HEALTH CARE
Every individual craves to be accepted as a member of a cultural group. Inevitably, every one belongs to one group or the other and is easily identified as a member of the group when he conforms to a particular way of life.......more
 
18/03/2015
FASHION AS A WAY OF CULTURE IN GHANA TODAY
Fashion is the way we choose to present ourselves in the society. It captures whether or not we choose to be on trend. It is not only influenced by the society and culture of a given place.......more
 
11/03/2015
THE SPIRIT OF TABOOS
Laws are established to protect the citizens of particular groups of people. In other words, laws exist to protect the rights of the members of a society and to ensure that they do not have to protect...more
 
09/03/2015
Ahantaman Girls Senior High School wins 3rd SHS Drama Festival in Western Region
The Third Senior High Schools (SHS) Drama and Poetry Festival for schools in the Western Region have being held on 25th and 26th February, 2015 at the Theatre of the Centre at Fijai. The Drama was on the theme “Unearthing a New Generation of Artistes”...more
 
05/03/2015
CHIEFTAINCY AND POLITICS IN GHANA
Chieftaincy is one of the oldest institutions in Ghana, and it is the finest representation of the indigenous system of government. In pre-colonial times chiefs were the political...more
 
24/10/2014
Baci crowned Ghana’s Most Beautiful season VIII
After weeks and months of various activities, a graduate of the University of Development Studies (UDS), Wa Campus, Bentie Abigail Baciara, has been crowned winner of TV3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful VIII......more
 
25/10/2007
Kwame Nkrumah misfounded Ghana
THIS essay has been prompted by an introspection of Ghana’s fortunes since independence and the celebration of the Jubilee this year. The writer seeks to answer the question why there appears to be “something missing” somewhere in the scheme of affairs in Ghana’s development....more
 
12/10/2007
DR SUSAN DE-GRAFT JOHNSON – FIRST GOLD COAST FEMALE DOCTOR
Dr (Mrs.) Susan de-Graft Johnson (Nee Ofori-Atta) was one of the three children Nana Sir Ofori-Atta I, the Okyenhene and Paramount Chief of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, had with Nana Akosua Duodu....more
 
 
   
 
 

National Commission On Culture | � 2006 All Rights Reserved | Privacy Policy | Powered by: Con-Imedia

 
Disclaimers | Terms of Use | Security | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices | VISA BRAND Privacy Policy | In Partnership with Web Design Resource wed design share and Ghana News Network Ghana News Agency

android programs

vpn

download

buy vpn