The Immediate Past Master of the Hall, Mr. T.E. Andoh presenting the symbols of office to the new Master, Dr. Dzorgbo. Rev Emmanuel Quaye looks on.
Dr. Dan Bright Dzorgbo, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology has been installed as the 18th Master of Mensah Sarbah Hall at a solemn and colourful ceremony at the Sarbah Hall Gardens.
The solemn ceremony which was officiated by Rev. Dr. Ofori-Abamfo Atiemo and Rev. Emmanuel Quaye was ushered in by an inspection of a parade in his honour mounted by the Mensah Sarbah Hall Cadet Corps.
Dr. Dzorgbo inspecting a parade in his honour mounted by the Mensah Sarbah Hall Cadet Corps.
A welcome statement delivered by the Most Senior Fellow, Dr. Millicent Cobblah threw light on the purpose of the gathering. She extended on behalf of Fellows of the Hall, congratulations to the Master, trusting that his tenure would be a successful one.
The Immediate Past Master of the Hall, Mr. T.E. Andoh presented the symbols of office to the new Master, Dr. Dzorgbo, which consisted of a key and a beautifully crafted Adinkra “Gye Nyame” symbol, which he said were the hall marks of the Hall.
In administering the vows of office, Rev. Dr. Ofori-Abamfo Atiemo charged the Master of the Hall, to rely on God as he discharges the onerous responsibility on him, and to continue to seek the welfare of the Hall and the University as a whole.
Rev. Dr. Ofori-Abamfo Atiemo administering the vows of office
In his inaugural address, Dr. Dan-Bright Dzorgbo acknowledged the work of the Planning Committee. He noted that the wide publicity the event had engendered was aimed at making the Hall visible, and called on alumni, fellows, students and friends of the Hall to continue supporting the Hall in order to share in the success of the Hall. He thanked the Hall Council, Fellows, students, current and past officials of the Hall for their various roles in maintaining the dignity of the Hall.
Other officers of the Hall, namely, the Senior Tutor, Deputy Senior Tutor, Bursar, President of the Senior Common Room, President of the Junior Common Room, and a representative of the Staff, pledged their support to the new Master.
Other officers of the Hall pledging their support to the new Master
Rev. Emmanuel Quaye delivered the exhortation, calling on members of the Hall to be supportive of the Master of the Hall, while charging the Master to be guided by the motto and principles of the Hall and work to promote the development of the Hall.
Bible Readings were done by Ms. Lysbeth Safoah King and Ms. Brenda Addy Lamptey.
Bible readings by Ms. Lysbeth Safoah King and Ms. Brenda Addy Lamptey
Goodwill messages were received from the Warden of Volta Hall, Mrs. Christy Badu and the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Francis Nunoo.
The President of the Alumni Association, Mrs. Difie Agyarko Kusi delivered a good will message on behalf of alumni of the Hall. She bemoaned the lack of interest of alumni in participating in alumni events, and said there was so much alumni could do to support the Hall. She used the occasion to call on alumni to give back to the hall and ensure the vibrancy of the Association. Some alumni who graced the occasion were Mr. Kofi Dua-Adonteng, Nana Adade Boamah, Mr. Addo Larbi, Mr. Eric Coleman and Mr. Nartey and a friend of the Hall, Mr. Wiredu. Dr. James Adomako, a past Master of the Hall graced the occasion. Mrs. Dzorgbo, wife of the Master, family members of the and other guests attended the ceremony.
Dr. Millicent Cobblah - Most Senior Fellow of Mensah Sarbah Hall
Students from Sarbah Hall Annex B put up a brief performance to welcome the Master of the Hall, noting that as a student, he was a resident of Annex B, nicknamed “Okponglo Republic”.
Members of the Planning Committee were: Mrs. Stella A. Amoa (Chairperson), Mrs. Gladys Setordzie, Deputy Senior Tutor, Mr. Josiah Acquah, Ag. Hall Bursar, Dr. John Kutor, President, Senior Common Room, Mrs. Difie Agyarko Kusi, President, Alumni Association, Mr. Howard Yaw Avornyo, JCR President and Mrs. Ruth Wiredu, Member/Secretary.
Dr. and Mrs. Dzorgbo, Members of the planning committee and other officials in a procession to the event grounds
The University of Ghana Jubilee Choir provided a repertoire of music and Ghana Dance Ensemble were in attendance to give a cultural tone to the event.
The University of Ghana Jubilee Choir
Dr. and Mrs. Dzorgbo in a pose after the ceremony
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