MFANTSIPIM SCHOOL, Ghana’s oldest senior high school has launched its 137th Speech and Prize Giving Day at Cape Coast in the Central Region.

The week-long programme of activities planned to mark this year’s Speech Day would begin from November 2 to 10, 2013 under the theme: “SECONDARY EDUCATION: NEED FOR A NEW MINDSET AND PARADIGM”.

The programme line-up for the week-long celebration include a career guidance and counseling for the students, homecoming, donation to the Lighthouse Children’s Home, fundraising dinner, float through the principal streets of Cape Coast, clean-up exercise of the Technical Block of the School and thanksgiving service on Sunday, 10th November.

The 137th Speech Day which would be climaxed on Saturday, 9th November, 2013 is jointly being organised and sponsored by the School and the Mfantsipim Old Boys Association (MOBA) 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993 and 2003 Year Groups, who would be making cash and kind donations towards amongst others the School’s Integrated Biogas Project.

According to the Official Programme for the event, the Special Guest for the Speech Day is Kwesi Dei-Anang (MOBA 1963), Associate Professor, University of Mainz, Germany; Consultant Neurosurgeon; and Specialist in Painsurgery. He headed the Department of Neurosurgery of the Red Cross Pain Center in Mainz from April 1990 till his retirement in April 2010; and credited with numerous publications in Neurosurgery and Pain Management. Prof. Dei-Anang has worked and visited many renowned Medical Units worldwide, including USA, Brazil and Taiwan; and has served as an examiner for the Rhine-Hesse District Medical Council since November 1996 for Board Examinations for Neurosurgery.

Mr. Moses Baiden, Junior (MOBA 1983) is the Guest Speaker for the 137th Speech Day. Moses is an Entrepreneur, and a Barrister at Law; and currently the Promoter, Chairman and Consultant of the Margins Group of Companies, a multinational African Company built on 4 key platforms and present in 7 countries as leaders of the digital identity and security business. He is also a Director of the Scandinavia Investments APS 2012 and the International Danish Finance Group (IDFG), as well as the Founder & Executive Chairman of the Margins Real Estate Limited. He was also nominated and selected in International Who Is Who of Professionals in 1997 as well as the Founding Director of the Public Safety Institute Ghana, a non-profit organisation.

The launch also announced Dr. Emmanuel Dornu Kitcher (MOBA 1973), a Consultant Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana Medical School. He is the Head of the E.N.T. Unit at the Department of Surgery University of Ghana Medical School from 2002-2013; and the Head of Allied Surgery Department, made up of ENT Unit, Eye Unit and Dental & Maxillofacial Surgery Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital from 2011 to 2013. Emmanuel is also an External Examiner at the School of Medical Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), West African College of Surgeons, and Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Rev. Daniel Ogbarmey Tetteh (MOBA 1983) was finally named as the Guest Preacher for the Sunday, 10th November, 2013 Thanksgiving Service which will be held to bring the curtains down on the event. Daniel is currently the Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of Databank Asset Management Services Limited; and built Databank Research team into a formidable research house supplying economic and equity research to many economic actors, including leading media houses, local and international such as Financial Times, CNN and Bloomberg. Under Rev. Tetteh’s leadership, Databank Research was awarded the prestigious Best Africa Research Team (2007) award at the Africa Investor Ai Index Awards held at the London Stock Exchange in 2007.

Launching the event, the Paramount Chief of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V stressed the need for old boys to always endeavour to be thankful to their alma mater and contribute their quota towards the development and expansion of the School.

Nana Nketsia V stated that it was time for alumnae to shift from “the government will do it”, to “we will do attitude”; and added that the current situation in the education sector would not permit the government alone to provide quality education in the country, hence the need for all to support.

The Omanhen appealed to the Old Boys to take the School as their immediate family and ensure that family values and traditions are maintained as part of the broader Mfantsipim brand.

“The School has played important role towards national development and we will be thankful to the founding fathers for establishing Mfantsipim School with a nationalist mission”, he concluded.

The acting president of the 2013 Sponsoring Year Groups, Mr. Ekow Budu Manuel charged all year groups to take part and continue to contribute significantly towards the celebration of the event to make it a success.

Mr. Koame Miezah, the Headmaster of the School thanked the various sponsoring year groups for their zeal, active participation and support for all activities of the School.