The ANA board is happy to announce the institution of the ANA Lifetime Achievement Award for Amanfoo who have been worthy Prempeh College ambassadors and have contributed significantly to our alma mater, Ghana and the world at large throughout their careers.
The first recipient will be honored on Saturday September 2nd at the Hilton Springfield in Springfield VA.
Come meet Senior Kofi Bonner, class of 74/76 at the dinner this Labor Day. Kofi Bonner is an architect and entrepreneur of international repute. Senior Kofi Bonner is our guest speaker this year. He is an Amanfoo, and alumnus of UST and UC Berkeley. He is married with 3 kids, and lives in the Bay Area. We're proud of his achievements in corporate America and is a great inspiration to us.
More about Kofi Bonner. He was once an assistant to a flamboyant former mayor of San Francisco named Willie Brown. Kofi handled the infrastructure stuff for the city as an architect. He got a lot of press for the good job he was doing by Willie Brown. He later became the first General Manager of the Cleveland Browns when the franchise started after the original team moved to Baltimore. The owner later had him join his banking empire.
Senior Kwaku Ohene-Frempong was senior prefect in 1965/66. He's a member of the 64/66 class and was in Freeman House. He was an extraordinary athlete who became an integral part of the Ghana Olympic team in 68 and 72. Senior Ras as he was affectionately called left Ghana for the United States to attend Yale University on a US government scholarship.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1970 and was awarded the William Mallory Award for the Best Student Athlete at Yale. After graduating from the Yale School of Medicine in 1975, he trained in Pediatrics at the New York Hospital – Weill-Cornell Medical Center, and in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (1977-80) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Following a 6-year service at Tulane University Medical Center, where he established the Southern Louisiana Sickle Cell Center, he returned to CHOP in 1986. He helped Prempeh College win the National Athletics Championship for three years in a row, was a member of the Ghana National Athletic Team, and held the national high hurdles record for 26 years (1970 to 1996).
Prof. Ohene-Frempong is currently Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, Senior Scientist and Attending Hematologist, and Director Emeritus of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has partially relocated back home and has just secured a $4.5 million dollar grant for The Ghana Sickle Cell Foundation. He is a leading expert in Sickle Cell disease and has over 200 peer reviewed publications to his credit. He was guest of honor at the 2004 Prempeh College Speech and Prize Giving Day. He has been deeply involved in Amanfoo activities for several decades. He was guest speaker at our maiden event last year and gave an inspiring speech.
Senior Kwabena Opoku Mensah Adubofour is a member of the "famous" 1974/76 and is known as OMA by his mates. That has been his nickname for about forever! That nickname can be found in the book he wrote as a Form 2 student at Prempeh College. It was a science fiction book in which the hero was named OMA-LEXA. The book was edited by no other than Snr Professor Tsiri Agbeyenga. It was destined to be a best seller but the printing presses of Adum claimed the book was far too futuristic to be published. Kwabena is not bitter about this experience. He believes that growing up as a member of Freeman House was the best thing that happened to him in those formative years. The Freeman house traits of hardwork, respect for elders and compassion are at play to this day in his life. To wake up at 5 AM in order to fetch hot water for demanding upper class seniors gives one a backbone of solid cement. Active in sports during his Prempeh College days, Snr OMA was a member of the Freeman house soccer, cricket and tennis teams. He remains the best 110 meter hurdler to ever emerge from Freeman House – the best, if you are counting from the bottom up. Instead of heeding the solid advice from Snr Anatoma (Anno-Kwakye) to train for the event, he was busy eating gari and shitoprovided by his cousin snr Kofi Bonner. He blames Snr Kofi Bonner for his failure to represent Ghana at the Olympic games in hurdles.
Dr. Adubofour is the Medical Director of East Main Clinic and Stockton Diabetes Intervention Center in Stockton, California. The clinic is active in the private practice of internal medicine and diabetes care. Dr. Kwabena Adubofour is the founder of Decision Medicine. Decision Medicine is a summer internship program organized by the San Joaquin Medical Society. The program is designed to encourage high school students to become medical doctors. Dr. Adubofour is the current chair of the Decision Medicine Committee of San Joaquin Medical Society. He is the immediate past president and a board member of San Joaquin Medical Society and serves as an alternate delegate to the House of Delegates of the California Medical Association. Snr OMA is the founder and current chair of the technical committee of the San Joaquin County Diabetes Society. The society holds an annual diabetes conference aimed at improving the management of patients with diabetes in San Joaquin County. The annual conference is free to attend for healthcare professionals but participants are required to donate a book for a child up to 5 years of age. To date more than 4,000 books have been donated to the city of Stockton library system in connection with the diabetes conference.
After Prempeh, he entered the University of Ghana Medical School in Accra, Ghana and graduated MBCHB in 1982. He finished his internal medicine residency training at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland where he was also chief medical resident. Senior Adubofour completed a fellowship in clinical pharmacology at the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto. Dr. Adubofour has previously served on the volunteer clinical faculty as a preceptor at the level of Clinical Professor in general internal medicine at the Department of Medicine, UCDavis Medical Center in Sacramento. Another Prempeh College first – Snr OMA is the first ever Ghanaian recipient by examination of the Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in Internal Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology. He is a distinguished Fellow of the West African College of Physicians. At the Medical Block in Korle bu teaching hospital, he is a living legend!
Senior Adubofour is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is the recipient of the 2014 Northern California American College of Physicians Volunteer and Community Service Award. Dr Adubofour is married to another Dr. Adubofour. Josepha is an eye doctor specializing in managing patients with glaucoma. Jo and Kwabena have five amazing and brilliant children. Kwabena enjoys golfing and is busy perfecting his game once a month so that when he grows up he will be better than Tiger Woods. He believes that golfing is not a matter of life or death, and that it is more serious than that. Snr OMA is very supportive of ANA and ANAPEF, and eagerly looks forward to sharing some insight into diabetes at the business meeting on September 2nd. Amanfoo, let's come hang out with Snr OMA this Labor Day weekend.
Senior Yaw Asare-Aboagye, 1974/76, Ramseyer house, will chair this year's fundraising dinner dance. He lives in California as well. He was named executive director, Biometrics at BioMatrin Pharmaceuticals in March 2017. He is highly skilled in multiple professions. He originally trained as a veterinarian and graduated from University of Ibadan with DVM. He is an epidemiologist as well and trained at Tulane.
We are very proud of Snr Asare-Aboagye's achievements. He is very excited about the dinner and would be coming with Mrs Asare-Aboagye.
Our guest of honor for our upcoming Labor Day fundraising dinner dance is no other than our very own Amanfoo, H.E. Senior Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, the Ghana ambassador to the United States. Dr Adjei-Barwuah entered Prempeh in 1956 and is a member of the 1960/62 class. He graduated in 1962 with A levels in geography, economics and government. He was subsequently admitted to the University of Ghana where he graduated with honors in geography with his research on "The Mim Timber Industry and its effect on human geography and the surrounding communities."
Thereafter he earned a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he earned his MS in 1968. As academic as he was, he sought higher laurels and earned a PHD at the University of Indiana University in 1972.
He is an educationist whose career has spanned across academia, industry and government. Up until his nomination and appointment as ambassador by H.E Nana Akufo-Addo, he was co-chair of the Charles Chanan a fast growing human resource company in London, U.K.
We are happy to have our own Snr Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah representing Ghana here in the USA and we are very proud of his achievements. Snr Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah will grace the occasion with his wife, Amanfowaa Dinah Adjei-Barwuah. Come meet the honorable seniormost senior at the Amanfoo North America Endowment Fund Dinner Dance Fundraiser!
Amanfoo North America
Senior Lewis Rowland Roberts is very passionate about Prempeh College and was in charge of the super donor drive at last year's event. He himself was a super donor at the maiden event. He has been key in galvanizing support among his 1974/76 year group, and has been exceptionally supportive of ANAPEF. Indeed, ANA is indebted to Senior Roberts for his exceptional leadership skills. Senior Lewis Roberts was admitted to Prempeh College in 1969. He is a member of the famous 74/76 group, and was in Guggisberg house. He was one of the most brilliant and excelled in all his subjects - except for French! His French was described by the French tutor, Monsieur Adangmah (for those who remember) as "bad; very bad." He left Prempeh in 1976 and entered University of Ghana Medical School, graduating in 1982 with MBChB degree. Senior Roberts earned a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from The University of Iowa. Subsequently, he completed postgraduate residency training in Internal Medicine, and fellowships in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Cancer Genetics at Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Lewis R. Roberts is the endowed Peter and Frances Georgeson Professor in Gastroenterology Cancer Research and a Consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Mayo Clinic, where he is Director of the Hepatobiliary Neoplasia Clinic, Associate Director of Pre-Doctoral Programs in the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, and Director for Research at Mayo Medical School. Professor Roberts maintains a clinical practice focused on liver and bile duct cancers and gastrointestinal endoscopy. His research interests include studies of the molecular mechanisms of liver and biliary carcinogenesis; development of biomarkers and clinical tests to improve the diagnosis and treatment of liver, bile duct and pancreas cancers; and improvements in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis and liver cancer in Africa as well as in immigrant African and Asian communities in the USA. He has authored over 200 articles, book chapters, abstracts and letters.
Senior Roberts is very involved in charitable causes and serves as President of Africa Partners Medical, a non-profit organization focused on improving healthcare delivery in Africa through medical education, practical skills training, and provision of medical equipment and supplies. He has done countless mission trips to Ghana and other African countries. He is a key resource for the Gastroenterology unit of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics at the Korle bu Teaching Hospital. Over the last several years, he has arranged 6-month training observerships at the Mayo Clinic for Ghanaian gastroenterologists from the Korle bu teaching hospital. We are very proud of Senior Roberts' achievements. Come meet Senior Roberts this Labor Day, but don't speak any French to him!
2017 ANNUAL REUNION ATTRACTIONS
Meet Snr Mpare at the Amanfoo North America Reunion on Sept 1-4.
Senior Clifford Mpare is an integral member of the *famous* 1974/76 year group. He entered Prempeh College in 1969 and graduated A' levels in 1976. He will give the *financial well being* talk at the business meeting on Saturday September 2nd, and arrives from Accra a few hours before his presentation. He will also lead the *donation drive* at the fundraising dinner dance later in the evening.
Snr Mpare is Chairman and CEO of Frontline Capital Advisors (FCA) an investment banking firm he founded in Accra, Ghana in 2009. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of African Financial Services Ltd., one of the largest Savings and Loans Companies in Ghana. He is a co-founding member of the African University College of Communications (AUCC) Pension’s Academy in Ghana. Prior to founding FCA, he was Senior Vice President and Director of Research at Piedmont Investment Advisors in Durham North Carolina, USA. Snr Mpare also worked for eleven years as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at NCM Capital Management Group where he developed and implemented strategies for NCM Capital’s $6 billion portfolio. He was the Portfolio Manager for the $2.2 billion Dreyfus Third Century Fund and Dreyfus Socially Responsible from 1994-2000.
Snr Mpare is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and a certified management accountant (CMA). He received Bachelor of commerce degree from St Mary's University and MBA from Dalhousie University in Canada. He spent 30 years working in the United States, mostly in portfolio management. He relocated to Ghana in 2009.
Today, Mpare believes even more in the economic future of African nations. Over the past 8 years, he has lent his expertise to a number of projects throughout the continent by serving as a consultant in the development of innovative financial instruments, implementing policies for financial institutions and capital market reforms.
Snr Mpare is very passionate about Prempeh College and is a strong supporter of ANA and ANAPEF. He is eagerly looking forward to sharing his business experience with fellow Amanfoo this coming Labor Day. We are proud of Snr Mpare's achievement and look forward to his presentations. Seniors, come mix it up with Senior Clifford Mpare this Labor Day weekend!