Centenary Lecture Series - A Brief Personal Report by
A. O. Ebo Richardson, PhD.
A Brief Personal Report on the Cape Coast Sessions of
Adisadel College Centenary Lecture Series: Adisadel College, Cape Coast,
May 11-12, 2010
A. O. Ebo Richardson, PhD.
Quaque House, 1965; Head Pru. 1967
Professor, & Coordinator of The Computer Engineering Program
California State University, Chico
May 25, 2010
Dr. Ebo Richardson
I travelled to Cape Coast to present a lecture
as part of Adisadel College’s Centenary Celebration Lecture Series. It was a
two-day affair. Two lectures were presented each day. The Cape Coast Lecture
Series was the second of two series, the first having taken place earlier in
Accra during the month of March.
On the first day, Tuesday, May 11, two lectures were presented. That day’s
session was chaired by Prof. Mrs. Naana Opoku-Agyeman, Vice Chancellor of
Cape Coast University. The first lecture was by Dr. Sam Mensah, Executive
Chairman, SEM Group Ltd., Ghana. His topic was: “The Challenge of Economic
Governance in Ghana: Observations of a Santaclausian”. The second
lecture was also by a Santaclausian, Mr. Donald Gwira, Communications
Manager at Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd. It was entitled: “The Role of
Advocacy - The Art of Persuasion”.
The second session, held on Wednesday, May 12, also entailed two lectures.
The session was chaired by The Rt. Hon. Ebenezer Sekyi
Hughes, former Speaker of Parliament, Ghana. The first lecture was by Mr.
Ebow Daniel. Its title was: “Adisadel On The Hill( The Contributors,
Sung and Unsung; and the Future of our School)”. The second lecture was
given by Dr. Albert Ebo Richardson ( author of this personal report). His
topic was: “A Santaclausian’s Vivid Recollections of the Finest Examples
of Ghanaian Excellence: Adisadel College’s Glory Years of the 1960s in Science,
Mathematics, Music, Sports, and Leadership”. All three people, Chairman
and the two presenters, are Santaclausians
The author found it a truly humbling experience to be in the company of
Ghanaian dignitaries and former Adisadel successful Giants like the Former
Speaker of Parliament, His Honorable Ebenezer Sekyi Hughes, Former Univ. of
Ghana Registrar, Mr. Ebow Daniel; Mr. Donald Gwira (Communications Manager,
Guinness Ghana Ltd), as well as the very esteemed Vice-Chancellor of Cape Coast
University, Prof. Mrs. Naana Opoku-Agyeman.
Holding the second lecture series in Cape Coast, at the Adisadel Campus had
the advantage that it enabled participation by students (including
non-Adisadel students), in addition to Santaclausian Old Boys and many other
non-Santaclausian professionals and personalities. Significant numbers of
students from St. Augustine's, Holy Child, etc. attended. That made for a very
lively exchange and presentation of broad perspectives from different angles.
Finally, as I had anticipated, it was impressive to observe Dr. Sam Mensah in
his dual role and capacity as an accomplished economist/financial expert (as was
indicated above, he was on the Lecturers' Panel) and celebrated Guitar virtuoso
(The "Guitar Boy" of Adisadel Jazz Band of the 1960s, and of A.B. Crentsil
fame ( Toronto By Night). It should be noted that Sam Mensah, Ricky
Telfer, and John Djokoto were the recent donors of musical instruments and
co-founders and Mentor/Teachers of the new Adisadel Jazz band. And as expected,
Sam Mensah indeed did not disappoint. On the days of the Lectures, before the
presentations began, and during intermissions, the Jazz Band entertained the
audience with the kind of classic Jazz tunes that the Band made popular among
students circles in Ghana in the 1960s.
And to think that, on the first day of the Cape Coast Lectures, after the two
speakers, including Dr. Sam Mensah, had given their highly
informative and thought-provoking lectures, the current student Lead Guitarist
yielded his Guitar to good old "Guitar Boy", Sam himself, and what was even
remarkable to me personally, the Adisadel Jazz Band Electronic Keyboardist,
yielded the Keyboard to me (the "Old Cellist" of the Adisadel Orchestra of the
1960s), and created a situation in which Sam and I and the rest of the student
musicians were "jamming" furiously. The playing of Legendary Nigerian Musician
Sir Victor Uwaifo's “Joromi” and other great High Life oldies, much to the
uncontrollable pleasure and ecstatic responses from some of the audience,
students and Old Boys alike, was truly a Heaven-sent moment!
Sam Mensah indicated that he and a large contingent of Adisadel (old and
current) musicians would be providing a musical extravaganza during the final
Centenary week of July 12-18. The current Adisadel Music Master also
indicated his readiness to showcase the Choral musical prowess of the Adisadel
Choir. I heard a very short demo of the Centenary musical CD that Sam and Ricky
Telfer and other great musicians are producing. The final version promises to be
a much sought-after collectors’ item. Get ready to purchase your copy of the CD.
And oh, by the way, I obtained a copy of the excellent book that was written
by Rev. Professor John S. Pobee, Emeritus Professor, University of Ghana,
Legon, to tell the Story of Adisadel. The title of the book is : “ADISADEL ON
THE HILL, THE STORY ( 1910-2010 )”, Published by Sam-Woode Ltd. It is a very
fascinating book. As I was returning from having attended the Cape Coast lecture
Series, during the 10 hour flight from Accra to New York, I was so engrossed in
the book, felt so informed and entertained by the book that I read it
‘cover-to-cover’…TWICE. I just could not put the book down. It was full of
inspirational and awe-inspiring memories of Adisco from 1910 to the present.
All the chapters of the book contain lots of useful information woven into
captivating stories. Two of my favorite chapters of the book are…
Chapter Seven: “God writes straight on crooked lines”; and Chapter Ten:
“Two high water marks of the school”. Chapter Seven has several
heart-warming stories to illustrate how the Adisadel Spirit impacts all who pass
through the school so positively that some of the school’s most ardent
benefactors of the school have been people whose student days at Adisadel
involved some quite rocky relationship with The School’s Administration. Chapter
Ten singles out the tenure of two former Headmasters of Adisadel , T.J. Drury
(1959 - 1963) and R. T. Orleans-Pobee (1963 - 1974), and gives them the
recognition they truly deserve. These two former Headmasters are arguably the
most transformative of all Adisadel Headmasters of the past 60 years. Reading
about their accomplishments makes one proud indeed of Adisco. And it doesn’t
hurt that they were the custodians of Adisadel during the heady days of the
1960s, a period which the author of this report considers to be Adisadel’s glory
years in science, mathematics, music, sports and leadership, the topic of this
author’s Adisadel Centenary Lecture.
I can't wait to buy an extra copy of the book for my children and future
grand-children for them to know the full story of Adisadel..
Three pictures have been provided here. The first shows, from foreground
going inwards: Dr. Ebo Richardson, Mr. Ebow Daniel, The Rt. Hon Ebenezer
Sekyi Hughes, and Bishop D.S.A. Allotey (Anglican Bishop of Cape Coast). The
picture shows them waiting to take their place at the stage to start the
Wednesday May 12 session. The other two pictures show the current Adisadel
College Jazz Band looking ‘professional’ and in absolute command of their
instruments. I am told that a full, vivid, and comprehensive official report,
with pictures, of the Centenary Celebrations, including the Lecture Series, is