The Ghana National College, an institution founded by Osageyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah from his own private funds, was established on Friday, July 16, 1948 in Cape Coast during the period of agitation for self-government in the-then Gold Coast.
Ironically, it was christened the Ghana National College, nine years before the Gold Coast attained independence in 1957, and the country was named Ghana.
The school celebrates its 66th anniversary this year with the inaugural annual homecoming ball and awards night; initiated by the North America chapter of the Alumni Association with the support of the school and alumni worldwide.
This annual black tie event is to honour outstanding men and women who have dedicated their lives to keep the school running and outstanding SSSCE graduates who came out with flying colours to lift the name of the school high. It is also the only event that brings together faculty, staff and alumni to nurture future graduates of the institution.
Inaugural and homecoming
The inaugural event is from July 25 to 27, 2014 with activities for all affiliates of Ghanacoll. On Friday evening, July 25, there will be an alumni inter-dorm indoor game competition and comedy night at the Pempamsie Hotel.
One of the highlights would be a career workshop that would have Professor Francis Kofi Allottey, a world-renowned scientist known for inventing the Allotey Spectrum as the main speaker.
Prof. Allotey was one of the first students to enrol in the Ghana National College. Other facilitators would be Sir Prof. Anthony Annan-Prah, Equestrian Knight of St Gregory the Great; Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba, and Ambassador Koby Koomson, former Ghana Ambassador to U.S.A., all proud graduates of the Ghana National College.
The first Annual Homecoming Ball would be hosted by Mr Emmanuel Ansah-Amprofi (1999 year group) supported by Nana Edmund Dwamena (2003 year group).
The awards ceremony will be hosted by Mr Adjetey Anang, aka ‘PUSHER,’ renowned multi-award-winning actor.
Hall of fame
The climax will, be the induction into the Hall of fame with the first inductees being Professor Francis Ampenyin Allotey, Sir Prof. Anthony Annan- Prah, Ambassador Koby Koomson, Professor Jophus Anamuah Mensah, Professor Sefa-Dedeh, Mr Lee Tandoh Ocran and Dr David Taylor.
Miss Marian Harrison and Miss Bevelyn Twuimasie, outstanding 2013 S.S.S.C.E. graduates, who demonstrated academic excellence in their W.A.E.C exams, will also be honoured and awarded.
A special tribute will be given in honour of Lt Col (rtd.) H.W.A.K Sackeyfio, the only surviving founding member of Ghana National College, who taught at the school until 1952 before joining the Ghana Army.
On Sunday, July 26, alumni and friends of Ghanacoll will meet one more time for a thanksgiving service followed by a Farewell Beach Picnic.
Alumni will brainstorm at this event on how they can partner to move Ghana National College forward.
We look forward to celebrating with Nananom. All generations look to thee.