President applauds decision to name Ho Tech Varsity after Ephraim Amu

Epraim Amu

Epraim Amu

The President,Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the decision by the Governing Council of the Ho Technical University to rename the institution after the great Ghanaian cultural icon, Dr. Ephraim Amu, is an excellent one.

He described the late Dr. Amu as a cultural icon who asserted that the creative faculty should also embrace the capacity to work with one’s hands.

“It is wholly fitting that this great, modest man, composer of what easily passes for our unofficial national anthem, Yen AraAsase Ne, should be properly honoured by a grateful posterity, and especially by citizens of his native Volta Region,” the President said at a grand durbar which climaxed the 50 years anniversary of HTU in Ho on Saturday.

Nana Akufo-Addo further eulogised the great composer, saying that “he taught us that one does not have to wear European cut-suit to be a scholar, one could wear smock (fugu), kente and above all, locally woven fabric, and still be an educated person”.

He cited Dr Amu’s firm stance that a Ghanaian does not have to eat foreign food just because he is a scholar, and his insistence that “our music was sophisticated as any around the world,” saying those were radical ideas for the time.

“I am sure that you can appreciate what a special moment it will be for me to be the President who will have the privilege to assent to this decision,” Nana Akufo-Addo maintained.




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