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General News of Saturday, 4 May 2019


Akufo-Addo pays glowing tribute to Prof. J. H. Nketia

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has paid his last respect to ethnomusicologist and Emeritus Professor J. H. Nketia with a tribute full of admiration and respect for the latter.

According to President Akufo-Addo, one runs out of adjectives “describing this noble Ghanaian.”

President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo, in his tribute to Prof J. H. Nketia stated that the latter’s field of music has been globally acknowledged adding that his concept and interpretation of time and rhythmic patterns in Ghanaian, and other African, folk music have become the standard for music scholars around the world.

He also said the late Prof. Nketia’s life achievement is a “salutary message for the youth that the sky is the limit for anyone who wants to work hard. Indeed, his life’s experiences point to the crucial significance of education.”

“For me, I am confident that, if we apply the works of Professor Nketia in helping to reclaim the past, in order to nourish the present and to seize the future, we shall be further emboldened to construct a modern, democratic nation based on equity, respect, self-worth and inclusion. We will then build a new Ghanaian civilization, a Ghana Beyond Aid, which will witness a new flowering of Ghanaian art and culture.” The President continued.

Akufo-Addo expressed his appreciation to the late Emeritus for the constant warmth of reception and the avuncular advice he shared with him.

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