- 87 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 8, 1927
- Date of passing: Aug 9, 2014
|May the memory of Prof. Alexander Adum Kwapong be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Professor Alexander Adum Kwapong, 87, born on March 8, 1927 and passed away on August 9, 2014. We will remember him forever.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE LATE PROF. ALEXANDER ADUM KWAPONG
AT THE GREAT HALL, UNIVERSITY OF GHANA, LEGON
Friday 12th September, 2014 Vigil at the Forecourt of the Great Hall / Alexander Adum Kwapong Quadrangle 6:30 p.m – 8.30 pm
Saturday 13th September, 2014 Burial Service at the Great Hall &
Forecourt / Alexander Adum Kwapong Quadrangle
Viewing: 7:30 a.m.
Service: 9:30 a.m.
Final Funeral Rites follow at the Forecourt of the Great Hall, after interment.
Dress Code: Black
Sunday 14th September, 2014 Thanksgiving Service during the 10:00 a.m. Service at the Accra Ridge Church
Dress Code: Black and White
"It seems almost unbelievable that two years have passed since you left us so unexpectedly. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you, wondering and imagining what you would say in this situation or that. Miss you terribly Dada, but I know you are resting in perfect peace, watching over us all."
"Your smiles, sense of humour and humility will live on in our minds. Fondly remembered by Rev. Dr. & Dr. Mrs. Ayete-Nyampong & family."
"Two years on......Forever missed!!! Continue to rest in peace uncle Alex!"
"So sorry I just read this sad news. Adumea and family at large, please accept my belated condolences. I will always have fond memories of your dad in Tokyo, and visiting us in Nairobi. May the Lord rest him in eternal peace. Hi Opokua! God bless you all."
"The US Open finished last night, and as I watched I thought about how you would have been rooting for Federer, while I supported Djokovic
and we would have had a lively discussion about him and the Williams sisters #almostgrandslam"
"It is exactly a year ago that we laid you to rest in Accra. It still seems unreal. I have often wondered what you think of the various twists and turns that have happened to your family since you went ahead of us to your maker. I know you are watching over us from up above. Please pray for me that I may be well again. I miss you so much!!! I love you, OPK"
"One year on, we remember your wisdom, your kindness and your unfailing humour and we miss you!"
"One year on.....still missed! Uncle Alex...rest in perfect peace!!!"
"suddenly a storm blew dis day with so much cold.little did we know that a man of valor had fallen. prof. Kwapong u have certainly left great marks for us to follow.lay in the bossom of our lord.R.I.P"
"Prof., you set for us the standard of the link between Classics and humanity, between Classics and excellence, between Classics and success; this, we will pass onto the next generation, ensuring that they too pass it on, for the sake of their own and society's humanity, excellence, and success. We will forever miss you. DA YIE."
"Sumus te requiro cotidie!!!"
"On this day, you are deeply missed by hall mates of the Kwapong Hall. Exactly two years ago we came to your feet to seek wisdom. What you gave us continues to shape our lives today. We Miss You Prof"
"You are sorely missed on this special day."
"On what would have been your 88th birthday, we think of you with love and miss your smile and your wit. Rest in peace."
"Toady as you lie in the bosom of the Lord, we remember you with fond memories, Prof. we miss you. Adieu great one"
"We remember you on this day that you would have been 88 years! A sad reminder that you are no longer here physically but will always remain in our hearts and minds! You are sorely missed!!! Continue to rest peacefully in the Lord!"
"Wofa Onyame mfa wo nsie kosi s3 yebehyia mu bio. Amen."
"Prof, the last time we met at your house was meant to be the last time I would see you again, but you are sorely missed not only by your dear family but by the country at large. Rest In Peace!!!"
"Even though I did not have the privilege of meeting Prof Kwapong personally, he made an unforgetable and lastiing impression on me on a particular day during my freshman year at Legon in 1971. The whole student body, an agitated mob of almost 5,000 youth, marched on the vice chancellor's office at Great Hall in a rather loud and violent protest. I do not recall what the issue was, though. However, it seemed things would turn real ugly if he dared show up. But he did. And I was amazed at they way he related to this mob, and how he so casually, but clearly very tactically diffused they whole situation. After a brief statement, which I could barely hear because I was in the rear of the crowd, interspeared with a smile and wave here and there to some in the crowd, the mob dispersed, apparently satisfied with whatever he said. I knew at the moment that he was a very special man. Rest in Peace, Prof."
"Never knew you personally until we met at a Ghana Airways ticket office at Lagos, Nigeria in the seventies. Your kind reception left a lasting impression on a starry eyed student. Never would I forget that fatherly relationship forged in a few seconds only. We would not meet after that but the impression still lives with me.
Go on; go on and never look back for your footprints are precious. Damirifa due, Ohene Kwapong. Odehye kann a wone akomfo mu hene na edidi. Da yie!!"
"Prof, the Catholic University College is grateful to God for your life as you allowed yourself to be used in the establishment of the institution. As the Vice-Chancellor of the College, I am infinitely grateful for your advice when I assumed duty in 2007 and especially for endorsing my "allergy to mediocrity". As a member of our Board of Trustees, your contribution was remarkable. You emboldened the University College to adopt the title Vice-Chancellor for its academic and administration head - an attestation signifying an individual capable of thinking outside the box. Prof, rest in perfect peace!"
"Prof you were indeed a great man. You have left a footprint that can never be erased some of your sayings really inspired me "the minimum qualification to be a good leader is not intellectual capacity but the capability to work with people, the modesty to understand ones own limitations and to do ones homework." "In a period of change, the most important thing is to do what you think is right and to face up to difficult and unpopular decisions." Thanks for the influence your life had on me."
"I was among the audience of starry-eyed Achimota students who attended a lecture delivered by Professor A. A. Kwapong in the late 1950's. His reputation had preceded him. It was the first time I heard someone say: " He gormandised a gargantuan morsel of fufu." The word "gargantuan" stayed with me and has recently been made popular in Ghanaian political lingo. That was my introduction to one of Ghana's foremost academics.
His personality and intellectual ability ensured his progress in the University of Ghana. He was Vice-Chancellor when I joined the lower ranks of the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS) in 1971. One soon learnt of his seminal role in the establishment and development of UGMS. Although he had been "invited" through a scholarship to study classics in Cambridge University, Professor Kwapong had a special spot for medicine. Indeed he did tell me in conversations that his wish as a student at Achimota was to study medicine.
He was chairman of Ghana's Council of State (2001-2005) when the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons was established in 2003. Although the Council was in recess, Professor Kwapong got the Council to meet to consider a request from the President of Ghana on the membership of the governing council of the College. For his innate love for the medical profession, his contribution to education in Ghana, and his academic distinction, Professor Alex Kwapong was honoured with the Honorary Fellowship of the College in 2007.
He was an engaging conversationalist, erudite and offen jocular, and spoke in the classicist's English, but where effective, in classical Akuapem Twi, which transmitted a sense of pride in his being Ghanaian.
Ghana has lost a patriot who worked hard and honestly for the advancement of higher education in the country. Academia has lost a pioneer who became a legend. The youth have lost a genuine motivator and encourager. His work and legacy will forever be rememberbed.
Prof.,Rest In Peace.
Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons."
"What a loss to our Country, Your contribution to advancement in several different capacities has left huge foot prints in our National history.
Sleep tight Uncle Alex. Till we meet again. Mizna"
"PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA
TRIBUTE IN MEMORY OF THE LATE PROFESSOR ALEXANDER ADUM KWAPONG
"Now praise we great and famous men,
The fathers named in story;
And praise the Lord, who now as then
Reveals in man His glory.
Praise we the wise and brave and strong,
Who graced their generation,
Who helped the right, and fought the wrong,
And made our folk a nation.
Praise we the peaceful men of skill,
Who builded homes of beauty,
And, rich in art, made richer still
The brotherhood of duty."
(William George Tarrant - 1853-1928)
Today we are celebrating the life of one of the great sons of Africa, who was proudly Ghanaian and a Presbyterian.
The Professor Alexander Kwapong lived and died a Christian, and it is difficult to know where to start to share about the life and influence of such a man. For the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, we believe it has to begin and end with gratitude and thanksgiving for one of the finest and unassuming Christian lives any of us are ever likely to know. We can say, as St. Paul said to the Philippians, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.”
Professor Kwapong served the Lord as a Presbyterian in the Accra Ridge Church, having been closely associated with the Presbyterian Church through Baptism and Confirmation, and as an adult church member who was serious with his Christian life.
It would be unfair not to honor a man who has given his whole life to the service of his nation Ghana and the work of God, for his selfless devotion and Christian commitment. For many who knew him, he was an example of a practical and down to earth believer. A friend, with whom one could talk and receive a clear, discerned advice. He has been many things to many people: Professor, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, fellow church member and friend. Across these roles, he exemplified the very essence of what a man of faith should be.
Professor Alexander Kwapong lived with his whole house the very thing which the Holy Scriptures teach us and which he also exemplified. His wife and children are as close to our hearts, as he was.
Professor, the Presbyterian Church will miss you, but we are hopeful that very soon when Christ returns we shall all be re-united in Heaven our Home.
May the soul of our beloved Professor rest in peace, and may the souls of all the faithful departed rest in perfect peace till we meet again.
"C est avec beaucoup de peine que j ai appris le deces de Professeur Kwapong .Sa disparition est pour toute la communaute universitaire mondiale une grande perte. C etait un homme genereux, brillant et atypique.Sa Joie de vivre , son humour et sa soif de savoir en faisait un homme tres attachant.Je partage la peine de sa famille , de ses proches et leur adresse mes condoleances attristees. Cheikh"
"As one of your proud pupils, I am pleased to say that you have had a most beneficial influence on my life. I thank you sincerely for the great example and inspiration that you have been to me. All the members of the 1951 Year Group, especially those who were lucky to be taught by you in Form 2A, will remember with affection all you did for us. And so will the members to of the Inter Class of 1954. You have left a unique legacy and an indellible imprint on our lives. We are grateful to you for your willingness to share your good humour and wit with all of us - students and colleagues alike. Sleep well, beloved Teacher! You have done well by Achimota and Legon. All who came in touch with you are better for knowing you!"
"May you rest in Peace with the knowledge that your family will keep you memory alive forever. How impressive to see the devotion of your children to both their parents.
Mama Amexleti Dunenyo II"
"I knew we had a giant in the family(of course we had so many) but this one is a special giant of International status. A brilliant and a very nice individual too.
Prof. I never saw you when I was growing up in the 1940s and 50s but knew you by name and the many photographs.
The first time we interacted on a one to one basis was about ten years
ago. We were on a British Airways flight London-Accra .Greetings were exchanged and found ourselves in a very lengthy conversation. I Knew who you were but you did not know me for obvious reasons. You knew thousands if not millions!
To conclude my story- when we disembarked you were waiting on the tarmac. You called me to one side to enquire who I was because although we communicated on the Plane there was no introduction.
At this point I burst out laughing and called my name out. Prof. you also laughed, your head in your hands. I received your telephone number
and spoke on a few occasions when we had the opportunity
One cannot help but to enjoy your communication and advice. Such a joy to listen to. Cousin Nana Yaw and I called on you a few months ago when you were in London. We promised to visit when on holidays in Accra. Sorry Prof. you had to depart before we came.
The Almighty knows best. You made us family and all Ghana proud.
May the Good Lord keep you safely in his bosom.
REST IN PERFECT PEACE
Tribute from all Odei-Kwatia and Adu Kwatia and other Kwatia family of Obosomase Akwapim."
"Tribute to Prof. A. Kwapong
I came to know the late Professor Kwapong late in his years. A particular reminiscence was the occasion of the celebration of his 80th birthday. Folks were gathered, the occasion superbly victualled and the banter fascinating. After much merry making Prof arose to give a speech which we all assumed would a paean of thanks for a life well lived.
Not a bit of it.
On rising from his chair he glanced momentarily at his wife, paused and then proceeded to paint a vignette of which he was the butt of the tale. This accomplished and erudite man was telling a story about how he was told off by his daughter thirty years earlier with glee and thankfulness. This lesson in humility, openness and the grace to accept criticism even from one’s own child was served up with humour. An invaluable lesson to the succeeding generation.
To paraphrase a Yoruba saying; ‘A large tree has fallen in the forest and its reverberations are many'.
Forever the classicist, the vignette was garnished with a Latin quote.
‘LECTOR, SI MONUMENTUM REQUIRIS CIRCUMSPICE’.
I then meekly requested for a translation for those of us untutored in Latin. (READER, IF YOU SEEK HIS MONUMENT LOOK AROUND YOU)
These are the words on the tomb of Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of St. Paul’s Church, London, who is buried in the crypt of St. Paul's.
For Prof Kwapong his monument is evidenced in his family, his daughters, the students he taught and the institutions he led.
May his soul rest in peace.
"Ghana has indeed lost a great educator and administrator. I met prof.my first year at Legon 1972. I met him again in Ghana 2010 at Country Kitchen and had a great lunch and discussion on the plight of Ghana's constant changes in education. Prof. I will miss your friendship and mentoring. Rest in Peace my friend."
"Prof. Kwapong, as an alumna of the university, I want to thank you for all that you did to make it such a great institution of higher learning.
Your flair for languages was outstanding, whether it was at matriculation or convocation; whether it was at an inaugural or a public lecture like Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg; whether it was at a durbar of chiefs and local people or with a group of students, your use of words was captivating. It had wit, humour and scholarly excellence. Thank you for teaching us the importance of not just learning a language but learning it well.
A few people know about the Ghana-Guelph project but fewer still know about the negotiation prowess that you demonstrated in making the project come to fruition. When it ended in 1979 after 9 years, it was considered one of the most successful international cooperation programmes. Not only did it pave the way of over a hundred Ghanaian as well as Canadian academics like me to participate in research and/or complete advance degrees, but also created lifelong academic and social relationships across continents. Thank you for fighting to make Legon a global learning environment.
I was looking forward to seeing you again to tell you all the good things that were said about you by a former President of the University of Guelph, Dr. Winegard, at a recent book launch in Guelph. But, alas, the Good Lord knows best, and has called you from your labours.
May He give you perpetual peace."
"Tribute to Dr. (Prof) Alex Kwapong
John R Schram MA, LLD University of Ghana
Senior Fellow, Legon Hall
Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana 1994-1998
“Prof” was truly one of Ghana’s “Greats”: He has been in the pantheon of respected elders since his earliest days as an educator, classicist, disciplinarian, and revered vice chancellor. My earliest recollections of Dr Alex Kwapong were of him in that latter role: tall, imposing, as elegant as eloquent, filling the commanding heights of the Great Hall, grappling with the fractious students of 1966, challenged to respond to a particularly frivolous demand, then bringing all discussion to a halt with one word: “rubbish!”. Most astonishingly, everyone agreed with him; the hall fell silent, we students went back to their own halls - even the Vandals returned to Commonwealth Hall - tails between our legs. We were full of the wonder, respect and even affection that few in Ghana in those days could have won,
For all of us of a certain age, Prof was a hero for his years as Vice Chancellor, as the person who led the University from its infancy into a maturity that would be envied across Africa and admired around the world. But he went on to still greater accomplishments for himself and for so many international educational institutions. By the time I returned to head the Canadian High Commission in Ghana, he was a legend – and one with many more chapters still to be written.
Imagine the honour for me to find in 1994 that the vice chancellor from my 1966 university days, the man who then struck me with such awe, now talked with me as a friend and adviser. Imagine too how impressed I was to discover that the icon I had invested with such esteem because his knowledge of the history of man, of our strength and foibles from Greece to the present, had now become an innovative, internationally venerated master of the newest in global education, technology and governance. I was impressed, too, that he and his discerning wife Evelyn shared Alena’s and my faith – in fact, marked out our pew as we returned each Sunday to share the fan on the breeziest side of Accra Ridge Church.
I was even more flattered that Prof and Evelyn would invite this small boy from Legon Hall and his wife to dinner at their gracious home. These were precious ties with family, with Evelyn and daughters “one, two, three and four”, as Prof liked to introduce them so proudly. They were to Alena and me a great source of advice and encouragement through our four years in Accra.
Though these many years, Prof has been the outstanding symbol of all that has won. Ghana and Ghanaians such global admiration. If a Canadian half way round the world has this stellar image of Alex Kwapong, how much more so must he be honored by those fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to benefit from his contribution at Cambridge, in Canada, in Tokyo and thus around the world. So Prof is indeed a great Ghanaian - a classics scholar who himself became himself a classic man; an educator who turned knowledge into wisdom; a rare leader of goodwill who became a statesman of beneficent influence; a man and a friend who has inspired thousands to emulate those many qualities that leave us all so grateful for the blessings of his life."
"From the time that we first met Prof. Kwapong, we knew him as the father of our dear friend and mate Korantema but also the then Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana. Over the years, he served as the unofficial Dad of our OAA 1973 Year Group. When OAA 1973 celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2003, Prof. Kwapong honoured us with his presence and entertained us with a great speech that was witty, as usual, and full of wisdom! He not only toasted the Year Group but also helped us to honour selected past teachers. With his passing, Achimota School, the OAA, and OAA 1973 members have not only lost a father and uncle, but also an exemplary leader and friend. Our sincere sympathy goes to Mrs. Kwapong, and his beautiful and intelligent daughters -- Korantema, Oseiwa, Opokua, Faake, Edumea, and Kweiki! May Prof. Kwapong's dearest soul rest in eternal peace!
Posted on behalf of the members of OAA 1973."
"RIP Prof. A great light of University of Ghana. Remember him from my Legon primary days. Condolences to Korantema, Oseiwa, Opokua, Adumea and the rest of the family."
"My Uncle Alex- An exemplary and righteous man…..
By Dr Sylvia J Anie-Akwetey
I write this with heavy heart……..
We never saw each other often
But I have always held you in high esteem…
Every word of advice you gave me…….
Still holds and has led me to profound achievements
You wrote my first reference when I relocated to Ghana
And yes of-course, I got the job
I will forever be thankful to you for opening my eyes a bit wider
For making me smile a bit deeper
For reducing the impossible to possible
and for channeling my energy into tangible results
Together with my late father, Mr Samuel J Anie,
You made me fly……..
Uncle Alex, rest in perfect peace."
"We never met, but Ghana misses you, I know."
"Prof. Alex Kwapong -- you were truly unique and one of a kind! We are all very lucky to have known you and benefited from your exemplary leadership, wit, kindness, intellect, and great moral character. You served Ghana and the higher education community really well, and set high standards that we all try to emulate. Our sincere sympathy goes to your beloved wife, and beautiful and intelligent daughters! May your dearest and beloved soul rest in eternal peace!"
From you, I understood the essence of being a widely read individual, the need for humility, forthrightness and a sense of propriety in my dealings in others. You are sorely missed.
Que Dieu te garde"
"You actually motivated me when you came to our House, Kwapong House Achimota school during its inauguration. I always feel your spirit with me. Grandpa, may your soul rest in perfect peace."
"Sorely missed. Rest in Perfect Peace."
"Our houses were almost identical and next to each other on the campus of the University of Ghana. Our families were also similar – in both there were only daughters whose mothers shared the same name, Auntie Evelyn. Growing up together we, the girls, walked to and from school and in our free time roamed all over the campus.
Do you remember those years, Prof. Kwapong? Our little world of adventure was mostly hidden to you and the other grown-ups. You, our fathers, were busy establishing a proud nation’s first university. All we children knew was that our world was safe, and it was only after we grew up that I recognized you, my late father, and the other departed elders, as the pillars that made our existence secure.
Even after life separated our families, scattering us first around the country and then around the globe, long after the girls became women, that sense of security remained and on those rare occasions when we met again, to see you and Auntie Evelyn was to come home.
Auntie Evelyn, Nana Korantema, Oseiwa, Opokua, Adumea, Faaki, and Kueki, our hearts go out to you. Accept our deepest sympathies.
Prof. Kwapong, you were a part of my family’s life for so long that it is hard to imagine it without you. My mother (the other Auntie Evelyn), my sisters, and I wish you peaceful and eternal rest.
"I called you Daddy and you called me Mebabea. You fascinated me with your humility. You taught me that whatever we are today is just by grace and not by our own might. I remember your days in UNU - Tokyo and the Rotary Club in Ghana. I was ever so happy to do your letters, reports and keep your correspondence for you till you passed by or send them to you in Tokyo.
When you came home from Tokyo, you came personally to say a BIG thank you for the services I had provided - but let me tell you wherever you are that I learned so much from you.
I had promised several times to come home but never did. I called your number two weeks before your departure and spoke to Korantemaa and promised to pass by one day. Little did I know that was not to be, Yours was a life well lived.
To Maa, Korantemaa and the rest, I share your pain. I know you will miss him much - because I am.
May mother earth lie gently on your noble and wonderful soul."
"A great man he was – simply irreplaceable. An intellectual behemoth who greatly inspired me specially with his masterful command of the Queens language. Rest in perfect peace Prof. From R.P. Ankobiah - Secretary to the Council of State."
"I heard a lot about you as a kid growing up in Akropong. Though I never got to meet you personally it has been my dream to meet you and sit at your feet to learn of your wisdom, knowledge, and experience. Once I made a transit at Kotoka from Ethiopia on my way to Liberia and the Gambia and made a phone call to one of my childhood Akropong friends that I was at the airport but unfortunately would not be able to go home because I was only at the airport for a short while so he should meet me somewhere nearby. His immedaite response was that hey! now you travel so much and has grown to be like Prof. Kwapong who comes on a flight to Kotoka and instructs the crew to wait for him to have a short meeting with his family at home before the journey continues.This explains that you were a mystery to the people of Akropong and undoubtedly the world at large.I was indeed so proud to have been likened unto you.
You fought a good fight and deserve the best where ever you are. Sleep well, sleep forever peacefully Prof."
"You were indeed a giant without equal. A true intellectual giant. May your soul rest in perfect peace. My sincerest condolences to the family."
"I heard news of your eternal transition with a saddened heart. My mentor always said you were a "strict man" in your days as member of the Council of State. I understood his words mean defending what is "right and just". When I eventually became Alexander Adum Kwapong Hall President, I had high hopes of meeting you until your sudden departure.
You legacy is forever green in our hearts and I pray that Allah accepts your gentle soul until we meet again in Paradise where death can do no dishonor
"Prof. kwapong never looked down on people. each time am sent to his residence he received me as if I was his class mate. he will ask that I come to his hall. at one time I sent him a birthday card on his birthday and he wrote me a nice letter with his own hand writing thanking me.
I feel so proud of him. Age was catching up with him but he never got tired with the United Nations University. quiet recently my old man visited the UNU office in Accra climbed to the second floor just to say hello to the staff to the amazement of all. I lost my wife recently and Prof. sent me a message of comfort. Prof. Kwapong was on retirement but was never tired. I will really miss him. condolence to his family God lead you home Prof.."
"Kwapong Kyerefo, Adum Tokori nana,the ultimate scholar, rest in perfect peace.The finest and extraordinary LIGHT to have emerged from our FAMILY,please pass on our sincerest greetings to our ancestors who will be proud to receive you into their fold. DA YIYE.
From Nana Yaw and Adwoa Odi mma."
"Hello.Prof. May your Soul rest in Peace with the Lord"
"We in the Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana, glory in your eternal honor and dignity. We will forever remember you. RIP"
"Magister Kwapong nobis erat amicus et pater
You have done your best for all
Obarima bεyεε bi
Akora, damirifa due!
Due ne amanehunu!
Requiescat in pace!
Αναπαύσου εν ειρήνη!"
"It grieved me to learn of the death of Professor Alexander Kwapong. Professor Kwapong was a great intellectual, educator and leader. He made important contributions to Ghana’s learning, before offering his erudition and talent to the international community, as Vice-Rector of the United Nations University for over a decade. He combined patriotism and internationalism to a rare degree.
But Professor Kwapong’s greatest qualities were human, and I always greatly enjoyed our interactions over the years. Ghana has lost one of its most distinguished sons, and I have lost a friend. My heart goes out to his family, and I hope that his example will spur young Ghanaians to seek academic and human excellence at home and abroad.
"Uncle Alex may your soul rest in perfect peace. I remember the last thing you said when I came to the hospital, “Akyea na emmui”. Only to hear the sad news shortly after, that you had left us to the place beyond, where all the living will eventually go.
You were larger than life in this world, but you had time for all, even the smallest. You were a man of many sides and we all found a piece of you we could identify with. Your influence caused some of us not to be unduly intimidated by others in authority at an early age.
From The Foley, through Legon Hill to the Vice Chancellor’s Lodge was a smooth and remarkable transition … you still remained Uncle Alex. Even when you were far away at the UNU, Dalhousie, the Commonwealth of Learning and a host of others, we always felt you were still near enough.
You insisted on certain things with vehemence …. the need for us to speak proper Twi – not to say “won aba” but “w’aba”, or “yen adidi” but “y’adidi” etc., and good English. I continue to wonder how you would have reacted in these current times if you were still teaching. These days, words have no meaning and anything goes and the listener is left to search for the meaning of words in sentences without meaning ….and it cuts across. I will always recall the precisely meaningful and tersely cogent remarks you always made to describe things, issues, or events.
Breaking the news to “Sisi” – my mother – was the most unpleasant duty I have ever been called upon to do. No more “Daaben na wo beko wo mama ho?”, “wo mama ho te den?” or “mo ko a, me kyia sisi”. The sun went down and the candle stopped burning.
May the Good Lord keep you and offer you a safe resting place."
Doris and I were so sorry to hear the sad news about Alex’s passing and wish to offer you and your family our sincerest sympathy on your heartfelt loss.
I had the pleasure and privilege of working with Alex for many years at the UNU in Tokyo. He contributed greatly to its development. I will not forget the many missions we undertook to Finland, Venezuela, China, his home country Ghana and elsewhere in an effort to extend the reach of the UNU’s research and training centres and programmes.
His inimitable laughter and sense of humour will be long remembered. He was a gracious colleague and a dear friend.
With our love in this time of grief,"
"I was privileged to attend the Opoku Akyeampong Memorial Lecture organised by my alma mata Okuapemman School on 8th February ,2007 as an SS 1 student . Little did I know I was going to work closely with you in one way or the other. I feel so proud as a former JCR president of a hall named after you. I appreciate the warm reception you and your family gave us on that day when we paid you that historic visit. You gave us pieces of advice which is still shaping our lives as future leaders. We cannot mourn but to celebrate your achievements Prof. On behalf of the JCR executives of 2012/2013 Academic Year, we want to express our profound condolence to the family , our fellow students and current executives, and all affiliates of the Alexander Adum Kwapong Hall. We will forever miss you. Rest in Perfect Peace Professor Alexander Adum Kwapong"
"Akora, I learnt many things from you. I appreciate all the time you gave me and your wise counsel. I know a lot more about the University of Ghana today largely as a result of stories we shared on many happy occasions. You took keen interest in my personal development and drew Ellen and me into your family many years ago. The Koforidua orange juice sessions in your cosy living room will never be forgotten. The University of Ghana will never be the same again with you gone. You played a major role in the early development of the University and I speak on behalf of the entire Legon community to say "Thank You". I promise that we will soon publish your great autobiography. May your soul rest in perfect peace!"
"Prof, your immense contribution to make some of us what we are today will never be forgotten and will forever be appreciated. We still cherish your memorable verbal and written interactions with us when we were students in Achimota, Legon and Cambridge, and throughout our careers as lecturers. Ghana, Africa and the world have indeed lost a great scholar and educator.
Damirifa due. May your soul rest in perfect peace.
(Former Vice Chancellor, Legon)"
"Tifam tifam a obi anhunu wo anamon.
Wo to na wotuo to a, Yebo w'abaso.
Me bo w'abaso amu.
Edom ani sa nea oso ntakra kye, Damirifua Due.
Damirifua Due, Anyaado!""
"Becoming the first Ghanaian Vice Chancellor of the Premier University, you re-echoed Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah's statement that the black man is capable of running its own affairs by the way you steered the University during those turbulent times. You are a contributory factor to the achievements the university has and continue to chalk. You will forever be a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come. Your story and success will be told the world over and you will forever remain in our hearts. My deepest condolence goes to both the immediate and the extended families and the university community as a whole. We have indeed lost a great Icon. May the good Lord keep you in his bosom until we meet again. RIP"
"It's nothing new yet irrespective of notice period comes with pain and shock. Denial sets in and a struggle to come to terms with it. But there's consolation. Prof, you loved the Lord and ticked all the boxes, a life well lived. Prof you deserve a rest which you now have an eternal one. The world, nation, family and friends have lost a great one. You will be sorely missed. Sleep on and sleep well."
"As a young girl who attended University Primary school, I remember the Vice Chancellor during our price-giving days. He always had encouraging words for those who won prices and still encouraged those who did not. You made us all proud. Rest in Perfect Peace. Patricia."
"Cousin Alex who knew me as his junior cousin from my childhood, never spoke in English with me. He knew my mother was taught to speak Twi by our common great grand-father and always spoke Akuapem Twi with me, although he saw how I struggled to hold a meaningful conversation with him in Twi. Cousin Alex inspired me so much and always reminded me that a tree standing on a higher ground would be taller than other trees. We praise God for such a life like his. Cousin Alex, wo dzogbann ye oNuntso le mli. Amen !!!"
"Now the labourer’s task is o’er;
Now the battle day is past;
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last.
Father, in Thy gracious keeping
Leave we now Thy servant sleeping.
I had a call on Sunday, 10th August, 2014 around 10.52 a.m. to be precise. I was then at Church and my phone was on ‘silent’ so I did not hear it ring.
After church, I saw the missed call and wondered why Korantema had called at that time, and asked myself whether she did not go to church. I decided to return her call when I got home. But I dashed out again as soon as I got home to attend to other family issues and other activities.
Finally, at about 8.00 p.m. that day, I decided to call and speak to Korantema. To my mind, she was going to tell me Dad was back home because when I saw the missed call that was what came to mind. But alas it was not to be!! I had been told that Prof. had asked of me whilst at the hospital and I knew what he wanted me to do; to come to his residence and go through his memoirs. A day before he was hospitalized, he sat by me whilst I went through the typescript painstakingly, checking for typographical errors, etc. He remarked then that I was breaking his heart and I knew why he said that. I had not been able to go to his residence as often as he had wished. I had been preoccupied with work at the University. Little did I know that, that was the last time I would have been with him!
To me, it was a privilege to have been associated with such a distinguished and erudite scholar. He was a humble man who freely mingled with both young and old, rich or poor. I will miss his sense of humour, laughter, compassion and above all, his intellectual capabilities. Obenfo Alexander Adum Kwapong, you will forever live in my heart.
May the journeying God, who remains the link between life and death, guide you, His faithful servant, across into life eternal. As you break the link with the living, may the death and resurrection of Christ and our faith that He will come again to judge the living and the dead, teach us that death is not the end.
Okunpa, Egyapa, Onuapa, Adanfopa – Nantew yiye.
"In the words of Gen. Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) . "Duty is the sublimest word ... Do your duty in all things... You cannot do more - you should never wish to do less."
Prof Alex Kwapong represented for me DUTY as exemplified by his commitment to excellence, his dignity and decorum. May his life serve as an example for all of us."
"A life well lived, You were a trail blazer, you made us all proud. sleep well, rest peacefully in the bosom of the Lord. You will never be forgotten."
"He was an astute paragon of knowledge who left his golden imprints in the sands of time!
The international academic fraternity is all the more poorer by his passing.
Fare thee well Prof."
"Yours was a life well-lived. Even though I have not met you, I read and heard a lot about your exploits. Most importantly, you stood out to be counted at the time a Ghanaian was needed to head our infant University of Ghana. Rest in perfect peace."
"Forever in our hearts."
"As far back as my siblings and I can reminisce, there has always been an Uncle Alex among our childhood role models. Why? Because my dad not only belonged to the “indomitable” 1945 Akora year group as was Uncle Alex, but they shared a life-long friendship. As children, the sight of a gleaming Opel Admiral sedan in the driveway was a sure sign that Uncle Alex and his “clan” were visiting. His loud and hearty laugh was infectious and his signature piano tunes always announced his arrival. For us too, a visit to the V-C’s residence at Legon was always a treat worthy waiting for. Even as we advanced through school into our career years, Uncle Alex took a keen interest in our progress. Sometimes, he called me "Krushchev"(1960s Soviet Leader) or "...aant it..." following events that he recalls from when I was a tot! Anytime that he visited the Trust Bank Main Branch on business, he always made it a point to look me up and I had the privilege of always seeing him off to the car-park, moreso because he was then the Chairman of the Council of State!! Uncle Alex was indeed special to us all and we will all miss his intellect, presence and wise counsel. Uncle Alex, you have fought and won the race… Nantiw Yiye...Rest in perfect peace in the Lord. Amen"
"With your work in tertiary education, you have uplifted millions around the world who are contributing their quota to humankind; with your contribution to the council of state, you did your best to influence this country's politics; with your kindness, gentleness and tenderness, you have encouraged many to be their best. May your soul rest in peace, and may your dear family remain blessed."
"Where to begin...It has been so many years, yet the memory of the effort you put into being present, into learning and growing, has stayed with me and spurred me on over the years. You spoke a universal language that transcended generations, gender and the vast intellectual gulf that separates the great and good from the rest of us. You brought joy into empty lives, hope into the dead-end tunnel of cultural stagnation, and pride in the sheer potential of being African. What an example you have been. May the Great Universe of our Ancestors embrace you as you return to the infinite and complete knowingness from which you came. Thank you. Rest in Peace."
"Brilliant and distinguished Uncle Alex great grandson of a most distinguished great grandfather, remembered too as the distinguished husband of Auntie Evelyn, brother to Auntie Gladys and Sis Suzy, father, Uncle and cousin to many and for his many years of devoted service to education in Ghana, the Commonwealth and the world ... "Our sorrow is part of the cost of love". Many precious memories of you will remain for our comfort."
"Odupon k3se atutu. Ghana has lost a great man, my parents have lost a dear friend. Uncle rest in peace and God bless your soul. Damirifa due.
My heartfelt condolences to the entire family.."
"May he rest in peace, a life well lived and the epitome of excellence. My condolences to the Kwapong family."
"What a loss! May your soul rest in peace."
"Prof, a life well lived. RIP."
"The Great Oak Tree has fallen. May he rest in peace."
"“The best advice I ever received was.... from my grandmother and my parents; to be honest, work hard and do one's best. Also to realise that if you are doing your best, you will not be very popular with everybody!” Prof. Alexander A. Kwapong
Rest in peace my handsome, dapper, funny and incredibly smart Uncle. You will always be missed."
"Odupon Kees atutu, yefi gya adum. Uncle Kwapong, you always stood out of all people by your high standards for excellence and also you lived a life of integrity. May God in his wisdom and infinite love keep you till we meet again. Damirifa due!"
"Uncle Alex...great patrician. Great life lived. Father of a wonderful family and to us all. Tremendous example of leadership. Gifted. Smile on us all with your great sense of humour and gentleness. Be forever blessed. With love and admiration, F."
Okyerefokwa Bediako Birempong
Abisa nsu a ama nsa,
Obiri komfo a woboo asoman mu pow,
Okese aduamoa a wodii demire ne ayee atidi agoru,
Asunkuru Nana a wode barihyia kum owo,
Obibini Komfo a wokyeree Englesi Broni brofo,
Akomfomu mu Komfo,
Aduruyefo mu Oduruyefo,
Tifam tifam a obi anhu wo namon,
Damirifua Due! Damirifua Due!! Damirifua Due!!!"
"Cousin Kwabena Sei, you inspired me. You made it a point to correct me whenever I called you 'uncle'. We were all very proud of you. Rest in perfect peace"
"Uncle Alex, your passing brings a lot of memories. Who will share the interesting family "tooli" with us now about when you all were growing up at Tafo and Akropong. Thank you for all the loving support you gave us when Mum passed. Give them all our love when you get there. Rest in Perfect Peace."
"Professor Alex Kwapong was an inspiration. He aimed at excellence and he achieved it. I profited much from his Latin lessons in Achimota - tollo, tollere, sustuli, sublatum - and also from his encouragement when he was Vice-Chancellor of University of Ghana. May he rest in peace, and may God Almighty bless his beloved ones left behind."
"Uncle Alex, I remember how you used to call out me "Nana Asabea" whenever you saw me, and your laugh and that would always be followed by some "dosh". You left an amazing legacy. May your soul rest in perfect peace. Condolences to the entire family"
"Dada, I can't believe I typed your name as Adumea!....with your high standards for excellence, I know you would have pointed it out, and I would have made some smart comment, to which you would have said " wo saa OPK yi, woy3 woho fiagyiri papa", and we would have laughed. I would give anything to hear you call me a fiagyiri one last time!!! I miss you!!! Rest in peace!"
"Alexander Adumea Kwapong was a great man! He was a man of superior intellect, had a strong moral compass and was a terrific leader. He had the gift of the gab, and could tell many a wonderful story in exquisite detail. He was a man who dedicated his life to service as an educator and to his country, and served by example with integrity. I don't know a better man than Alex Kwapong. Ghana, Africa and the world has lost great man and a brilliant mind. We have lost a loving father. We are grief-stricken, but we also stand tall and proud! Proud of all he accomplished and grateful to have called him our father. Dada, da yiye. Nantew yiye. Damirifa due. We love you......OPK....xoxoxo"
"In peace their sacred ashes rest, Fulfilled their day’s endeavor;
They blessed the earth, and they are blessed Of God and man forever.
Prof. May the good LORD give you a peaceful rest.. Dayie.."
"A quintessential Renaissance Man of unquestionable erudition. I faintly remember the man as a child attending a dramatic performance with my father, a technical director of the erstwhile University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama.
But the man impacted my destiny more than he probably knew, assuming that he even knew about me, that is. In 1971, my father was the first diplomate (or non-degree) graduate of the present-day Legon School for the Performing Arts to be granted a scholarship to do advanced studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Until then, almost every single one of the study-abroad scholarships went to baccalaureate and master's degree holders. My father had this memorable story to tell about the man, which time does not presently permit me to fully recall. I shall write about it in a fuller tribute very shortly.
Maybe Prof. Kwapong was a stickler for the Greco-Roman tradition of privileging speech over the written word, for most of the people I have met and interacted with who knew the man wistfully hoped that he had written and published more by way of leaving a permanent legacy. I have always been unreservedly proud of the man and the acclamation of his scholarship by all who knew and interacted with him. I suppose he also attended Akropong Salem, where I was the Senior Prefect during the 1975-76 academic year. For I have always felt great kinship with the man. Well, my father was from Kyebi and Prof. Kwapong from Akropong. I think you get the drift of what I am getting at.
Once I gave a copy of my volume of poetry to be given to Prof. Kwapong's immediate younger brother, Mr. Eugene Kwapong, whom I have always equally respected. Prof. Alexander Adum Kwapong will be greatly missed. He was such a fine spirit. His breed of scholar is no longer produced in our part of the world anymore these days. RIP, smart old man!"
"Grandpa,you were such an amazing character. You brought much pride and honor to this family.You will be sorely missed, R.I.P Prof Alex Kwapong. From Nikoi Addison"
"Prof Alex Kwapong was the Vice Chancellor of our days at Legon. We
were proud of him as the first Ghanaian to head the University. Yes,
he was the first of the first, indeed, the first of the first class
graduates at Oxford. We held him in high esteem and he respected us,
especially the Commonwealth Hall Vandals.
In one episode, there was some problem at Legon Hall, and the VC had
to step in. Emissaries were sent from the students of Legon Hall to
Vandal City for help. The Vandals of Vandal City massed up in front of
their gate, ready to march down to Legon Hall in solidarity with our
colony and to defend their rights.
Just before the charge command was given, word filtered through that
Prof Kwapong had gone down to Legon to sort things out. His parting
words thereafter were, "I have dealt with them. If you like, go and
call your Vandals, and I will deal with them too".
Our commanders put their heads together and resolved that if the VC
had recognised and acknowledged the might and suzerainty of Vandals
City, then we will not flaunt it. We withdrew our "forces" to the JCR
to celebrate with free flow bottles of Akuff Beer.
Prof, we still honour, respect and celebrate you. May the soil lie
lightly on you.
Immediate Past President
Old Vandals Association"
"One afternoon in January 2009, guests at one of the OAA tea parties for senior Akoras included Akora Prof Alex Kwapong and some of his peers namely Akora Prof Ben Edoo, Akora Dr. Yaw Asirifi, and Akora Dr. Letitia Obeng. It was an afternoon to remember. Akora Kwapong was at his wittiest best. When asked to pray, he did so in Latin for several minutes leaving us dazed at the end of it. We were amused but dared not show it in case we were ticked off. Akora Kwapong was very chatty and held us spellbound with stories about his life in Achimota College. He did not make it easy for his peers to put in a word. Jokes were abundant as they teased each other, went down memory lane and relived their lives in Achimota College. We simply sat back and enjoyed their company. I will never forget that afternoon. Akora Prof Kwapong, rest in perfect peace!"
"Cousin Kwabena Sei as we knew him was regular at the Ridge Church.Today 10th August, 2014, I looked at the place where he usually sat with his great friends from school. They were not there. I knew the truth and felt sad because I realised that I shall never see him again and say hello to him soon after church.
The time of tributes will come but the little I can say is that he was affable and could connect with almost everybody without losing touch of the great man born to lead. May he Rest in Peace.
ANDREW OFOE AMEGATCHER"
"GrandPa, most of us did not get to spend so much time with you due to one reason or another, but anyone who has ever dealt with you, and is either here or absent would surely exclaim that you were an amazing person.May your sleep be peaceful. From Effua Hayford"
"The highly acclaimed Professor was a trail blazer for a whole generation. Rest In Peace, Uncle Alex!"
"Uncle Alex, you have left a wide void. You will forever be missed. May the good lord keep you till we meet again. Rest in perfect peace. From Kwame Akoto."
"You were indeed one of the greatest star of the Adum Kwapong clan. You came and fulfilled your purpose and destiny. May you rest in the bosom of your maker! You will be missed by all.
Your niece Comfort"
""I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze, and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to meet and mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: “ There! She's gone!” Gone where? Gone from my slght—that is all. She is just as large in mast and bull and spar as she was when she left my side, and just as able to hear her load of living freight to the place of her destination. Her diminished size is in me. and not in her."
And just at that moment when someone at my side says: " There! She's gone!” there are other eyes that are watching for her coming; and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “ There she comes!"
And that is—" dying."
Korantema and family, stay strong. We will remember you in our prayers.
Offei and Jane."
"Uncle Alex the whole family was proud of your contribution to the development of mother Ghana in whichever capacity you found yourself.May you find eternal rest in the bosom of the good Lord. Prof. Rest in perfect peace! Ken Nii Addy."
"My dearest Uncle, you have fought a good fight. Onyame mfa wo nsie dwodwoo. I love you so much and will forever miss you. God be with you till we meet again my Hero."
"Uncle Alex. .you have certainly left your footprints in the sands of time
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace...You will forever be missed! !!"
"Odupon kese atutu, onipa kese adan n'ani akyere dan. Agyapa da yiye. My dear father, Rest In Peace. From Korantema,"
"Barima damirifa due. You made us all proud and we would endeavour to live up to your ideals."
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