Asantehene’s Rep, Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu and other dignitaries and participants at the event
THE ASANTEHENE, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has commended the Busia Institute for Rural and Democratic Development (BIRDD) for partnering with the Wesley College of Education in Kumasi to organise the 45th anniversary of the passing of Dr. K. A. Busia, Ghana’s Prime Minister of the Second Republic between 1969 and 1972.
The Asante Monarch, who was represented by Nana Nkontoponiafare, while paying tribute to the enduring impact of Dr. Busia’s principles and ideals, described the legendary scholar and politician as visionary leader whose influence continues to inspire generations.
The Busia Institute-Wesley College partnership for the commemorative event, according to the college’s Acting Principal, Kennedy Ameyaw Baah, reconnects Dr. Busia to his root at the Wesley College, where he trained and taught from 1931-1932 and 1933-1934, respectively.
The event which was held in Kumasi on Monday, August 28, 2023, attracted politicians and Christian leaders including Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, Majority Leader in Parliament and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Prof. Christopher Ameyaw-Akumfi, a former Education Minister and Very Rev. Prof Emmanuel Asante, former Bishop of the Methodist Church.
Earlier, Wesley College named its library complex after Dr. Busia, a gesture the Executive Director of the Institute, Anane Agyei, described as attesting to the continuing relevance of the hero.
In its appreciation, the Busia Institute led by Anane Agyei donated 100 copies of Busia’s biography titled, “K. A. Busia; A Symbol of Democracy – Exploration of His Life and Works” to resource the library of the college.
Other items donated to the college included one desktop computer, Dr Busia’s portrait and 50 packs of braille papers to the visually impaired unit of the college to enhance learning.
Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, who touted the achievements and ideals of Dr Busia, in a speech, together with his wife donated GHȼ20,000 to the Busia Institute.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, also donated an undisclosed amount of money to the institute.
FROM James Quansah, Kumasi