President Akufo-Addo Unveils UG Alumni Garden of Fame Monument

President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has unveiled a Garden of Fame monument at the University of Ghana's Alumni Centre to celebrate the contributions of alumni over the University’s 75-year history.

The ceremony was held as part of the 2023 Alumni Homecoming event, organised by the University of Ghana Alumni Association. 

During the unveiling ceremony, President Akufo-Addo lauded the UG Alumni Council and University management for their vision and investments in the University's development in recent years. 

President Akufo-Addo delivering a speech at the ceremony

The contribution of the alumni is worthwhile, and the development of Legon, which is central to the development of the nation, should continue at pace.”

The President noted the importance of having a university that produces great alumni and praised the contributions of University of Ghana alumni towards the development of the nation.  

In her opening remarks, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo expressed gratitude to President Akuffo-Addo for his unwavering support to the University.  

Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo

She re-echoed her vision for the University, which she noted is fuelled by the urgent need to adopt technology to improve teaching and learning, anchored on humanism.  

The University of Ghana is taking steps to modernise its classrooms and uplift its IT infrastructure,’ Prof. Amfo reported. 

She also announced that the University is continuing with processes to ensure needy students have access to laptops under the 'One Student One Laptop Initiative', and urged UG alumni to use their networks to support  Management to push the digitalisation  drive . 

The Garden of Fame monument is a brainchild of the current Alumni Council, under the leadership of Ms. Doris Adwoa Kisiwa Ansah. It will be used by the Council to raise funds to support projects undertaken by the Alumni Association as well as the University, with contributors having their names engraved on the monument. 

UG Alumni Association President, Ms. Doris Ansah

The Alumni Association has also pledged to support the University by constructing one ‘Hot-spot Comfort Zone’ to support the Vice-Chancellor’s Digitalisation Initiative, to help build the University into a world-class institution that can compete with other international institutions.  

The monument is a significant addition to the University of Ghana infrastructure as it recognises the accomplishments of outstanding men and women who have passed through the institution and personally invested resources into its development. 

Also present at the ceremony were the Chancellor of the University, Mrs. Mary Chinery-Hesse, Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, and some alumni of the University. 

A group photo featuring dignitaries at the ceremony

Earlier on Friday, March 31, 2023alumni of the University converged for a fun-packed Alumni Homecoming event at the premises of the Alumni Centre. The event started with a brass band procession through selected streets on campus.  

The alumni having fun during a brass band procession through selected streets on campus

It was an opportunity to network, review the past year, and plan for future activities. 

The Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Hon. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, who attended the event, donated an undisclosed amount of money, towards the Vice-Chancellor's 'One Student, One Laptop' project and the construction of hot-spot comfort zones around campus.  

Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Hon. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare lighting the bornfire

Ms. Doris Ansah, UG Alumni Association President, in receiving the donation commended Hon. Osei-Opare for the humanitarian act and encouraged other Alumni to do the same to support the University.