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Video: President Akufo-Addo’s Remarks on JB Danquah and the Potential Renaming of the University of Ghana

During the University of Ghana’s 75th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service, President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo proposed the idea of potentially renaming the institution in honor of Joseph Boakye (J.B.) Danquah, citing his unwavering determination and pivotal role in uniting Ghanaians to establish the university.

President Akufo-Addo’s speech blended reverence and a forward-looking perspective, highlighting J.B. Danquah’s extraordinary contributions. Noteworthy among these was Danquah’s ability to galvanize the nation’s collective efforts to found the University of Ghana, showcasing his dedication and visionary outlook.

“In many other regions with less contentious politics and a greater emphasis on historical accuracy,” President Akufo-Addo stated, “it would not have been inappropriate to name this university after him. Who knows, perhaps someday it will become a reality.”

Akufo-Addo’s viewpoint underlined his unwavering belief that recognizing J.B. Danquah’s name would be a fitting and noteworthy tribute.

Despite acknowledging the complexities of Ghana’s politically divided landscape, Akufo-Addo passionately advocated for the supremacy of historical truth. In comparison to more harmonious political climates, he hinted at the prospect of the University of Ghana eventually adopting J.B. Danquah’s name. In a context where historical accuracy and safeguarding records take precedence, he suggested that such a tribute would be apt.

“It would be entirely fitting and not at all implausible to designate Joseph Boakye Danquah as the founder of this institution,” Akufo-Addo affirmed. He emphasized that, on the 75th anniversary of the university’s existence, everyone benefiting from Danquah’s work should vividly remember this fact.

Expressing hearty congratulations on the occasion of the University of Ghana’s diamond jubilee, President Akufo-Addo lauded the institution’s pivotal role in shaping the nation’s path of progress and development.

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