By Naabenyin Joojo Amissah .
The Royal Philharmonic Choir, Ghana, in partnership with Malaika Media Network, has honoured the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and other personalities for their dedicated contributions to the socio-economic development and well-being of Ghana.
In a night of songs ministration performed by the choir on Saturday at the Bread of Life Methodist Church Auditorium Dansoman, Accra, the former Chief Justice, Justice Georgina Theodora Woode, and Nana Prof SKB Asante were also honoured.
The night also recognised the efforts of Rev. Father Andrew Campbell and business magnates Dr Osei Kwame Despite and Dr Ernest Ofori Sarpong, and honoured them for their immense contributions to the development of the nation.
Mrs. Rebecca Akufo Addo, who was honoured for her role in reducing child mortality and her contribution to healthcare in Ghana, was represented by Ms. Ivy Mintah, her Personal Assistant.
Former Chief Justice Madam Georgina Theodora Woode, who is the first female Chief Justice, was honoured for her unique and tremendous contributions in the field of administration of justice during her period in office.
She was also represented by Mrs Peace Atta Panyin Okantey, Acting Secretary to the Council of State, while Nana Prof. S. K. B. Asante, a traditional ruler and statesman, was honoured by the Accra-based choir for his role in helping to shape Ghana’s democracy.
Dr Osei Kwame Despite and Dr Ernest Ofori Sarpong were represented by Nana Adjei Sikapa, Kwabena Antwi Boasiako and Ama Sarpong Kumakuma Gyasi, all of Peace FM and United Television.
Rev. Father Andrew Campbell received an honour for his desire to help the poor and needy, which motivated him to form the Leper’s Aid Committee.
The committee is made up of young people committed to assisting cured lepers by raising funds for their upkeep.
Father Campbell is also a Founding Member and Co-chairman of the Environmental Protection Association (EPA), West Arena, Accra, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded to help people become aware of their responsibility to keep their surroundings clean.
Mr. Richard Sam-Asante, who is the Executive Director of the choir, explained that the event was to recognise the achievements of the distinguished persons in their individual lives, and the country at large.
He expressed the hope that the due recognition given to the aforementioned distinguished patriots would encourage the young ones to emulate them.
Prof. S.K.B Asante, on behalf of the other honourees, expressed gratitude to the Royal Philharmonic Choir.
“In recent times, Ghana is doing well by recognising its heroes and heroines, and that is good for our development,” Prof Asante said.
The programme was well attended by the clergy, politicians, businessmen and people from all walks of life.