Kofi A Annan
General of The United Nations:
a child, Annan's primary education occurred at the Mfantsipim
School, a Methodist institution in Ghana. "There, I was privileged
to have teachers who understood the value of knowledge infused
with a moral purpose," he said. "They knew that learning and education
are the strongest bulwarks against evil and ignorance.
"And they taught me, in the spirit of faith," he added, "that
suffering anywhere concerns people everywhere and that the light
of one candle can truly illuminate the world."
by United Methodist News Service, official news agency of the
United Methodist Church, with offices in Nashville, Tenn., New
York, and Washington.
Annan receiving his Nobel Prize from Gunnar Berge, Chairman of
the Norwegian Nobel Committee. (2001)
Dr K.A Busia
Minister of Ghana in the 2nd republic:
Abrefa Busia: 1913–78, political leader in Ghana. He
was educated in Africa and in England and taught sociology in
African, American, and European universities in the 1950s and
He served (1951–59) in Ghana’s national assembly, where he was
opposition leader against Nkrumah. In 1969 he became prime minister
when his Progress party triumphed in the elections. Busia's government
was overthrown in 1972. He died in Great Britain.
Mr Alex Quaison-Sackey
President of the nineteenth session of the general assembly:
in Winneba, Ghana (then the Gold Coast) on the 9th of August 1924,
Mr. Quaison-Sackey attended Mfantsipim School at Cape Coast and
continued his studies at Achimota College.
1948, he was President of the Political Youth Organization in
Winneba in the struggle for the Independence of Ghana. In England,
he studied for an honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
at Exeter College, Oxford, from 1949 to 1952.
first black professional footballer and world record holder of the
100 yard sprint:
Wharton: Born in Jamestown, Accra in 1865; his father
was Henry Wharton a Methodist priest from Grenada, and his mother
Annie Florence Egyriba was a member of the Fante royal house.
1879 he attended the Wesleyan Boys High School at Cape Coast.
1882 Arthur moved to England to train as a missionary, but quickly
became bored with the academic and religious life and left school
to pursue a sporting career.
cut a dash in fashionable
playing card celebrating Wharton's
place in football's Hall Of Fame.
grave in Ellington Cemetery , Doncaster.
talented athlete, he set a new world record for the 100
yard dash (10 seconds) at Stamford Bridge in 1886. This
success gave him the opportunity to compete in professional athletics
tournaments, where he was able to make a living from appearance
fees. His abilities also brought him to the attention of various
professional football clubs.
was first signed as a semi professional player with Preston North
End in 1886, as goalkeeper, this made Wharton the first
black professional footballer.
highpoint with Preston was to make it to the FA Cup semi finals
in 1887 where they lost 3-1 to West Bromwich Albion. There was
speculation at the time that Arthur was good enough to play for
England, but he was never considered for the position by the FA,
due in part to the racial prejudice of the time.
He turned fully professional in 1889, when he
signed for Rotherham United, and in 1894, Sheffield United poached
him. Unfortunately, the move was not a success; he was getting
older, and was competing with United's new and younger goalkeeper,
Bill "Fatty" Foulke.Arthur's career then drifted as
he moved from club to club to try and make a living.
eventually retired from football in 1902. He died in 1930 never
fully realising his potential because of the racial prejudice
that existed at the time.