It is important to note that Members of the Academy have social obligation to contribute effectively for enhancement and extension of knowledge to promote, preserve and sustain the socio-economic development of the nation. Indeed, it is the objective of the Academy of Arts and Sciences to promote study, extension, and dissemination of knowledge. It provides a platform to harness the competencies in arts and sciences needed for the enrichment of the individual as well as the growth and development of the society. It is an organizational body which is funded by the state to coordinate activities of the knowledge of arts and sciences and the impartation of such competencies.
These assertions were made by Professor Emeritus Francis Nkrumah at the induction ceremony of the Academic of Arts and Sciences during its 52nd lecture series where nine fellows were formally accepted into the council. Prof. Emeritus Nkrumah is the Vice-President of the Academic for the sciences who stepped in the shoes of the President of the Academy, Prof. Francis Allotey, as the Speaker. The function was chaired by Prof. Nana S. K. B. Asante, FGA, Past President of the Academy.
Professor James Hawkins Ephraim, FGA, the Vice-Chancellor of the Catholic University College of Ghana, Fiapre and Sir Dr. Kentinka Kwame Donkoh Fordwor, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University College of Ghana, were among nine fellows inducted into the Academic of Arts and Sciences and awarded certificates of membership at a colourful ceremony at the British Council, Accra on Monday, 21st November, 2011.
The induction of Prof. Ephraim preceded with a citation read by Prof. Ivan Addae-Mensah, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana. Prof. Emeritus Francis Nkrumah administered the oath of induction and Prof. Emeritus Elizabeth Ardayfio-Schandorf, Treasurer and Council member of the Academy (the first female Professor Emeritus in Ghana) decorated the fellows with their medallions.
The Academic recognizes distinguished personalities, in both the academia and professional fields, who have made significant contributions to the body knowledge, its extension, preservation, sustenance and dissemination in building capacity of the individual for the good of the society.
Prof. Ephraim has made his mark in the knowledge building of Ghana and beyond. He has tremendous publications to his credit in the area of pure chemistry, atomic energy, nuclear energy, physical chemistry, etc. in the peer review journals and other international bodies. He is a man of action and very critical of issues concerning mediocrity.
As a Vice-Chancellor of the Catholic University, he has brought his experience in the academia to bear on the success story of the university over the few years in office. He is a man of peace, very affable and modest in character. He is an austere person and very critical of issues. His demeanor attracts him to both students and staff of the University. He is shining brilliantly in his small corner and this has been noticed and rewarded. Just as the scripture puts it in parts, “Let your light shine before men….”
The Staff and students of Catholic University College of Ghana, Fiapre salute you and Sir Dr. Kentinka Kwame Donkoh Fordwor for the shining examples as members of the Board of Trustees of this august Catholic University. We are proud of you and the recognition attained. We are grateful to have you. We wish you well in your days and years ahead. May this award spur you on to do greater and wonderful things with the gifts, talents, knowledge and skills that God has freely endowed you, Amen!
The function was attended by distinquished personalities across the academia and professional fields. Some of them included Archbishop Emeritus Akwasi Sarpong, Prof. Samuel Asante-Antwi, Prof. Ewurama Addy, Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyeman, Prof. Yeboah Amankwah (formerly the Dean of ICST of the Catholic University, Fiapre), His Excellency S.K.B. Asante, (the diplomat) and many others.