Iím happy and proud to say that Iím an alumnus of Accra Academy. On 8th February 2008,
I had the pleasure and honor of addressing the Accra Academy student body. It was quite
an experience seeing all the students in front of me listening to what I had to say, and
I especially enjoyed shaking hands with many of them after the address. I felt a strong connection
with the students, and I wish I could have pressed palms with every single one.
I started Accra Academy in Form 2 after being at another school for a year. On the very first day
I began at Accra Aca, I felt like this was the school I had always been meant to attend. I really
loved the place, and I met many wonderful people, both schoolmates and teachers.
I have many stories about my time at Accra Academy. One that my contemporaries like to tell is the
day I rescued a Royal Python from being stoned to death by some students. I also remember when the
P.E. master ordered me off the playing field for dodging the football instead of heading it. A lot
of students in my year recall the occasion when the headmaster Mr. Okine caned everyone in Form 2A
two strokes each for continually making too much noise in class. With thirty-five of us in the class,
that meant seventy strokes, and I think Mr. Okineís arm was a little tired by the time he got to me.
I went on from Accra Academy to medical school at Legon, and later, after the death of my father,
my American mother took the decision to return to the United States where her mother and her side
of the family lived. I succeeded in gaining admission to Howard University College of Medicine,
and received my medical degree there.
My recent trip to Ghana
Education is an opportunity that must be grabbed as firmly as the goalie holds onto the football
when he has caught it. So yes, students in Accra Academy must enjoy themselves and have the kind
of fun all boys and young men deserve, but at the same time, education has to be taken very seriously
as a precious chance in life that should not be missed.
Accra Academy has many challenges in different areas, and we all know what they are. Many of us
alumni who live abroad feel a tug at the heartstrings, realizing that the school is needy and we
cannot abandon it. It is our fervent hope to launch a new era of ongoing interaction and support of
the school in this 2008 and beyond. Indeed, I hope to see the bright smiling faces of Accra Aca
boys again very soon.
Accra Aca Ö Esse quam videri - Bleooo!!!!!