Presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo joined some Ghanaians in Accra, to pay tribute to the late Professor Albert Adu-Boahen, who died on May 24, 2006.
A renowned history professor led the NPP as its presidential nominee in the 1992 elections.
The 10th anniversary lecture was organised by the Adu-Boahen Foundation in collaboration with some stakeholders and the family of the late academic and politician, who contributed significantly to Ghana’s development in education and democracy.
Veteran journalist, Cameron Duodu, 79, delivered the keynote address acknowledging the role the late professor, who was his personal friend, played in harnessing Ghana’s democracy.
According to Cameron Duodu, Albert Adu-Boahen as a person was largely inspired by the famous female warrior of the Ashanti Kingdom, Yaa Asantewaa.
“He inspired a lot of people and when I heard that he has passed, I sent messages to two newspapers, the Guardian and the Independent in the UK offering to write about him. So I had the task of writing about him for the two newspapers. There was so much to write about him,” he said.
“I was also able to write two long articles for new African Magazine and they published it. He gave an example to show that we all have a role to play in making our society better and the bravery he brought into politics was not the only one. He was extremely courageous when it came to intellectual affairs,” he said.
Nana Akufo-Addo gave a history of how the late Prof. Adu-Boahen contributed to Ghana’s democracy despite the threat he faced at the time, and praised the courage he exhibited to strengthen the New Patriotic Party.
“We are here to celebrate undoubtedly one of the great figures of modern Ghana; a scholar statesman whose influences on our times have been tremendous, free open democratic society that he fought for with such courage and eloquence is today very much at the centre of our national fabric,” he said.
“Adu-Boahen has a lot to do with where we are today which has made it possible that within a decade we have witnessed two changes of government from democratically elected government from one to another, something which looked inconceivable in the early years of our history,” Nana Akufo-Addo stated.