Dr Emmanuel Evans-Anfom Celebrates his birthday as he turns 101 years

Dr Emmanuel Evans-Anfom Celebrates life at 101 years

101 Year old Dr. Emmanuel Evans-Anfom is a Ghanaian physician, scholar, university administrator and public servant who served as the second Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) from 1967 to 1973.

At KNUST, Anfom first introduced the ceremony commonly known as “Matriculation” into the university entry ceremonies.

He has chaired a myriad of committees, boards and missions, both locally and on the international scene in Africa, Europe and North America.

Dr. Evans-Anfom is a Ga-Dangme who was born on 7th October 1919 at the Evans family house, High Street, Accra.

His father, William Quarshie Anfom, was of Shai and Nzema origin.

His mother, Mary Evans, was the daughter of William Timothy Evans, a teacher-catechist of the Basel Mission Middle School or the Salem School at Osu.

The Evans family was a well-known Euro-African Ga family on the Gold Coast.

In 1925, he enrolled at the Government Boys School in Jamestown.

He attended the Presbyterian middle boarding school, the Salem School at Osu where the principal at the time, Carl Henry Clerk encouraged him to apply for a Cadbury Scholarship for study at Achimota School instead of going the normal teacher-training route at the Basel Mission-founded Presbyterian teacher training seminary at Akropong, now known as the Presbyterian College of Education, Akropong.

He was elected the School Prefect of Achimota School. In January 1939, he enrolled in the inter-preliminary medical course of Science at Achimota.

In that course, he received advanced training in physics, chemistry, botany and zoology.

At Achimota, he won a Gold Coast medical scholarship in 1941 to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1947.

He also studied in a postgraduate diploma course in tropical medicine (DTM&H), completing in 1950.

Dr. Evans-Anfom has four children with his first wife Leonora Evans, a West Indian American who died in 1980. In 1984, he married Elise Henkel.

He became a Founding President of the Gold Coast Hockey Association in 1950.

He has served as a Presbyter of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Osu, where he is a congregant.

Evans-Anfom served as the Commissioner of Education under the military governments of Fred Akuffo of the Supreme Military Council and later, Jerry John Rawlings led Provisional National Defence Council in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

He was a member of the Council of State in the Hilla Limann government from 1979 to 1981.

Emmanuel Evans-Anfom was also a Chairman of the National Council for Higher Education (now National Council for Tertiary Education), the Chairman of the Education Commission, President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (1987–90) and Chairman of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

On 26th August 2020, Professor Rita Dickson, the 11th Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, paid a courtesy call on the venerable aged physician.

“If Ghana is to be built, it should be built by Ghanaians. We build Ghana as Ghanaians in Ghana” – Dr. Emmanuel Evans-Anfom

Source: The African Media

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