Great personalities such as Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President, and his secretary, Dr K B Asante, are hailed as national heroes for their invaluable contribution to national development.
In recognising such personalities, it is also important to acknowledge the contributions by people behind the scenes who supported these celebrated statesmen in various ways.
One such person is 100-year-old Madam Elizabeth Ankrah, who served as the cook of late President Nkrumah during his glory days.
The woman who did everything within her power to ensure that food was put on the table of Osagyefo Dr Nkrumah was honoured at a ceremony at the Adabraka- Ascension Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) in Accra last Sunday.
The ceremony was organised by the Mission Dine Club (MDC), a United Kingdom (UK)-based charity committed to caring for the aged and persons with disability [PWDS] in the society.
This brought together some members of the club, Madam Ankrah and her family members, who joined the congregation to glorify God.
The club presented a citation and a piece of customised ‘kente’ cloth to the retired cook while other aged and family members of Madam Ankrah, including her grand-daughter, were also appreciated.
Madam Ankrah could not hide her joy when she used her faint voice to offer thanks to God.
Ms Nora Adoquaye-Mensah who spoke on behalf of Madam Ankrah lauded the club’s effort for recognising her role in the life of the late President.
The International Director of MDC, Ms Dame Betty Asafu-Adjaye, underscored the need to care for the aged and vulnerable in the society.
She said ageing was inevitable for any living being and, therefore, its characteristics needed to be tolerated by every individual.
Ms Asafu-Adjaye stated that engaging the aged would help them avoid loneliness, which is a major cause of untimely death among the aged and PWDS.
“She has done well and, therefore, needs to be recognised. It is a call on our generation to appreciate whatever our hands find to do while on this earth,” she said.
In his sermon dubbed “Walking according to the spirit: The transformed parent and child”, Reverend J. A. Obodai urged Christians to read God’s words to heal and protect themselves instead of visiting men of God whose beliefs were questionable.
He advised parents, particularly fathers, to be responsible in performing their roles as Jesus Christ taught his followers.
“Teach and inculcate in your children the way of the Lord. This way, it will please the Heavenly Father above,” he stated.