ACHIMOTA SPEAKS 1 was the lead off symposium for the monthly series of symposia dubbed ACHIMOTA SPEAKS. Topics are drawn from the Achimota 90th Anniversary Theme – “Black, White and Heart … That All May Be One”
Speakers and Panelists explored the topic "A Nation Divided...That All May Be One"
So, Achimota Speaks 1 was finally here. For some of us (Akoras and non- Akoras ) the lead up to the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences Auditorium was eerily reminiscent of the subtle and sometimes exaggerated excitement that we came to feel and associate with school entertainment night in various school assembly halls.
Attending this evening were a healthy variety of people with various emotional reactions and expectations of Achimota Speaks. From a view of a non Akora, it will probably be characterized with a bit of "let me go and see what these Motowners are up to :-)". The few final year Achimotan students present would simply be excited to have a chance to have legally 'papped' from campus. For the Akora, there is absolute pride in being the main driver of Achimota Speaks and sending a national message of "we are here, we have value to contribute and we want to ignite change conversations nationwide"
As for the actual business of the evening. We don't often say "wow". Were we star struck? (we will NEVER admit to that). We will however admit freely, that there were copious amount of brain power on full display. It was a true delight to be immersed and hear first hand accounts of rich and unique perspectives. This is not to suggest that everyone was in agreement with everything said, but we were all very respectful of "A Nation Divided...That All May Be One".
Typical SNAP RECAPS attempt to editorialize and summarize with what some have called failed attempts at dry humor :-) - Today, we simply present to you as it happened... intellectual gymnastics with the associated emotional reactions which ended in a social conclusion, that the vision ("That All May Be One") of Guggisberg, Aggrey and Fraser - Founders' of Achimota School, is still very much relevant and a work in progress.
KEYNOTE - AKORA (1985) YAW NSARKOH
- Yaw Nsarkoh is the Executive Vice President of Unilever in charge of Ghana and Nigeria.
- He has worked for Unilever in several roles across Africa, Europe and Asia since leaving school.
- He belongs to OAA ’85 and was Deputy Senior Prefect 86/87. Proud member of Livingstone House – 1980 – 87.
- Trained in Chemical Engineering & Management at UST & Henley Management College.
- He is married to Liz and they are blessed with two sons – Kwaku & Kwame.
WATCH FULL KEYNOTE
EMOTIONS & REACTIONS
They say a picture paints a thousand words - So we saved our key strokes :-)