Yesterday, at the premises of the African University College of communications was lit as the creme dela creme of Ghanaian academia and politics lined up to append their names to the list of attendants at the book launch of renowned former statesman Hon. Kojo Yankah.
The 234 page autobiography is a collection of personal experiences, events and opinions of the author written in very simple diction with the presence of humor and suspense. Also captured in the book are some challenge and memorable moments he faced under the leadership of ex-president Jerry John Rawlings.
The former statesman and Pan Africanist said that it is very necessary that, we as Africans, write our own story, ” I wrote this book because I want to make a contribution” he stated. He continued to caution Africans on the danger of not writing and leaving one’s story to be told for them. He described it as “a compelling responsibility”. He lamented about the false perception that plagued the African continent saying “a negative notion that nothing African will work is self defeating”. He sited the challenges he faced in establishing the African University College of Communications which he grew from 60 students to a current 1500 students as a testimony of African zeal and willpower. His transition from a successful political figure to a private man also echoed that firm and honest principles can indeed provide African political leaders with a life of peace and admiration.
The launch raised over Ghc 60,000.00 in auction revenue that night with other undisclosed amounts adding up to the huge sum. The organizers of the event stated the the accrued funds will be donated to a foundation.
by Jerry Wonder