“What joy to capture song from sound and send it throbbing
through the hearts of men”. (Emily Selinger)
This is a quotation from the biography of Professor William Oscar Anku, a music composer and immediate past Director of the School of Performing Arts who was laid to rest over the weekend. On the eve of his burial, a night of tributes and music put together by the School and his family, was held in his honour to acknowledge his immortalized role and achievements as well as his contribution to the development of music and drama not only in the University of Ghana but in the country as a whole.
The well attended event brought together sympathizers from far and near, amongst them, his former students, present students of the School, colleague members of faculty, musicians and personalities from the entertainment industry. Scores of sympathizers despised the inclement weather, preceded earlier by heavy showers that could have marred the evening as they listened to a selection of poetry recitals, drama and musical performances put up by various groups including students and other musicians Professor Anku worked with.
Several tributes were paid by friends, family and colleagues from Ghana. The University’s tribute was read by Dr. Awo Asiedu, Acting Director of the School of Performing Arts who noted the immense contribution Prof. Anku made to his field not only in Ghana but across the world. An authority in computer music, Prof. Anku was noted to use music and mathematics to explain musical concepts to the understanding of students and colleagues. A moving “tribute of pain” was later read by Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kwesi Yankah.
Prof. Anku who met his untimely death in a motor accident was laid to rest in his hometown, Gbadzeme-Avatime after a pre-burial service which took place at the Legon Interdenominational Church attended by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. C.N.B. Tagoe, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kwesi Yankah, Professor Emeritus J.H. Kwabena Nketia and hundreds of people from the university community.