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Choral concert held in memory of Prof. Mills

BY: Arku Jasmine

The late President MillsA choral concert was held yesterday at the National Theatre in Accra as part of activities marking the first anniversary of the death of President John Evans Atta Mills.

The concert which was interspersed with poetry recitals and artistic display by the Ghana Dance Ensemble, was attended by President John Mahama, his vice, Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, members of Parliament, ministers of state, Members of the Council of State and ministers of the Gospel.

Others were the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, chiefs, political party representatives and sympathisers.

Some family members of the late President who were present at the concert were his son, Mr Kofi Mills, and his brother, Dr Cadman Mills.  

Patrons at the concert, which also marked the 69th birthday of the late President Mills, were treated to melodious tunes from singing groups including the Rehoboth Temple Choir, the Dansoman Youth and the Winneba Youth choirs.

President Mills died at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra on July 24, 2012, three days after marking his 68th birthday.

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The programme was set in motion with a prayer by Rev Steve Wengham of the Assemblies of God Church.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Afriyie Ankrah, led the gathering to observe a minute’s prayer for the soul of the late President.

Professor Nii Yartey and Professor Atukwei Okai recited poems amid songs and artistic display against a backdrop of pictures of the late president.

Delivering the sermon, the head pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, Reverend Fred Deegbe, said “you may have all the resources at your disposal, but when the time comes, and the Lord calls you, you have to answer that call whether you are ready or not.

Dwelling his sermon on Acts 13:36 and Ecclesiastics 8:10, he said: “Life is full of choices, and the ones you make, whether good or bad, would be what you would be remembered for.”

By Rebecca Quiacoe-Duho/Ghana