A 15- minute drive off the Tema Motorway on the Tema Community Nine Hospital Road, is a modest blue and white-painted school that shows no indication of being an institution that grooms eminent personalities of any sort.
Established to absorb the ever- increasing products of elementary schools in the Tema metropolis and its surroundings, Ghana’s entertainment industry now has the Tema Methodist Day Senior High School (Great MEDASS), to thank for the prominent showbiz assets it has produced.
MEDASS has over the years, churned out performers like Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Eno, Stay Jay, Yaw Siki and rapper Piesie.
Also in the fold of its past students are recording engineers Mix Master Garzy and Bossu. Miss Maliaka 2015 second runner-up, Afriwa, also attended the school.
Showbiz visited the school last Monday to find out what is special about MEDASS that quite a number of its former students have taken over the industry.
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Mrs Ellen Asare-Peprah
In a chat with Mrs Ellen Asare-Peprah, the current headmistress of the school she said “ there is nothing special. MEDASS is God’s school and it is run by God.
“ I have been here for let us say four years and I must say, I am very happy that past students from this school are raising the flag of Ghana high. I feel over the moon.
“The school gives students a holistic training which involves harnessing talents so it is not surprising at all and I am glad to continue the legacy.
“Once in a while, we organise funfair programmes that students with talents come to showcase what they have and those that need guidance, we do that. We don’t restrict our students to just classroom work, sometimes a little extra curriculum activity,” she said.
Asked if she is pressured to churn out stars like her predecessors, Mrs Asare-Peprah said “I am not under any pressure at all. Every generation and what they bring out so we will do our best to give them the best in education and grooming and God will handle the rest,” she said.
Of all the stars that the school has brought forth, Mrs Asare-Peprah gave thumbs up to Stonebwoy for his visits and donations.
“Among all the people we know, it is only Stonebwoy who has been here, he comes around to visit and mak donations. As for us, our doors are always opened if the rest want to swing by. We will be celebrating our 35th anniversary next year and we hope to bring to bring them together,” she said.
“Generally, the school’s academic life has been very positive. We have turned up many graduates for the universities and other tertiary and professional institutions, who are playing their roles effectively in the development of the nation,” she added.
Having taught in the school for five years, Paa Kwesi Ghansah, the current entertainment Master of the MEDASS, expressed gratitude and excitement.
“I have been here for five years I must say there are lots of talents here. We used to have music some years back but it was just something done leisurely until recently, like about three years ago, we added it the course as an elective subject.
Some of the students Showbiz spoke to expressed their joy that these celebs went through their school. The girl’s prefect, Shaidah Gifty Buekie, a form two student offering business said she is always eager to tell people that they were her seniors.
“I feel proud that my school has produced people like that. It is a good thing and anytime I am with my friends or I hear their music being played, I tell my friends we attended the same school.
“Though I am studying business in school, I want to grow to become an actress may be, I will also make my school proud in that field,” she said.
Godfrey Sam, the boy’s prefect noted that, that bragging right is the only thing to shut his mates from other schools up.
“Sometimes when I meet with my friends on holidays, I wait for them to talk about their school’s achievements and then I come in with mine. As soon as I drop mine, the conversation changes.
“I feel good and motivated to do more so that I can also make my school proud,” he said.