KUMACA PAST STUDENTS: National President’s Christmas and New Year’s Message to Akunini
The year 2020 will go down in history as one of the deadliest years in recent history. It is the year, the whole world came to a standstill, the year many innocent lives were needlessly and suddenly lost, the year many businesses collapsed and many lost their jobs, the year so many strange things happened in the world including Ghana; for reason of a strange and deadly disease called Corona virus. Paradoxically, It was also the year some companies like Zoom etc got windfall sale. Fortunately, for us, we did not hear of the passing of any Akunini due to this strange and fearful disease.
We started this year with many expectations but the saying goes ‘Man proposes but God disposes’ and we dare not question Him because He always knows best.
For us Akunini, it was the year our School broke the jinx by reaching the semi-finals of the National Science and Maths quiz by demolishing great schools that included Mfantsipim along the way until we were beaten at the semi-final stage. But we were proud of our achievements as we really enjoyed ourselves in the comfort of our homes because the image of our alma mater soared in the process. We had done what we had not done before so we were all happy. Our expectations are that we will reach the finals in the next edition of the contest and win the trophy for the first time in 2021, God willing. Preparations have long started after the last contests and on-going.
The year under review also saw the change of baton of the leadership of our School as Rev Sylvester Osei Wusu who was adjudged the best Headmaster for 2020 in Ashanti Region, on reaching the retirement age, handed the mantle over seamlessly to Mr Samuel Kwame Gato who is settling in very quickly. We have already developed good relationship with him and together, we are poised to change the fortunes of the School in terms of academic performance etc.
Some members of the 1981 year group under the initiative of Mr Dominic Nimoh (Koo Nimo) refurbished the frontage of our school to the admiration of all Akunini. Ayekoo 1981 year group.
Also, Snr Paul Wycliff Fordjour (1969) and supported by Snr Anokye Poku(1970) presented some used hospital equipment, piano, microscopes, fridges etc to the school. The import duty of about Ghc12,000 was paid by some members of the 1969-75 year groups. Ayekoo Seniors!
We also want to recognize the following donations by Akunini during the year:
Dr Samuel Tinagyei (2003), donated some PPEs and some quantities of motivational books to the School; Snr E.O. Owusu(1969) donated a 2.5 horse power air-condioner to the Alumni Office; Awal Mohammed (2008) donated a flat screen tv plus a decoder to the School; Hon George Ntim Afoakwa (1988) donated some street lights to the School. The USA Branch also started the construction of a toilet facility for the academic area of the School. This has been roofed. To all these Akunini, I say Ayekoo. Continue to support your alma mater.
In the course of the year, considerable progress were made on our flagship project, the Science Laboratory. We managed to terrazzo the whole floors of the lab and fixed all the tiles for all washrooms numbering twelve in the facility. This was made possible largely by theGhc50,000 donation by the Edusei Foundation owned by Okunini Dr Bawuah Edusei (1974) and other retail donors of Akunini. Our expectations in the coming year are to further inch closer to the completion of the Project and handover to our School. We continue to encourage ourselves to contribute to the Project to help us achieve our development targets. We are still looking forward to organizing a fund raising event, which was put on hold due to the corona virus, in the coming year 2021 to raise enough funds to complete the Project.
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It was not all good news as we lost a very dedicated and loyal former Sports Master of our school who without condescending later joined our Past Student Association(KAPSA-AKUNINI) as if we were co-equals. The Association gave him a fitting send off. May his soul and the souls of all Akunini departed, rest in perfect peace.
As we prepare to celebrate Christmas and and to be ushered into the new year 2021, my prayer to all Akunini, home and abroad, is to ask for God’s continued providence and protection throughout the Christmas season and beyond. We all agree that the year 2020 is gone but we can always bounce back if we have life as the President of Republic of Ghana said in the midst of the Covid pandemic, “We know how to bring the economy back to life, but we don’t know how to bring back human lives, once they are lost”. So, let’s keep ourselves safe from Covid and other diseases for where there is life, there is always hope to accomplish our objectives.
May the new year bring more progress in our personal lives and that of our families and the Akunini family as a whole.
As I end this message, I say “May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious onto you; the Lord turn his face to you, and give you all peace” -Num 6:24-26 in the name of the father, the son and the Holy Ghost, Amen
Akunini, Nimde3. Vouloir C’est Pouvoir – to wish is to be able. We can make it work if we put our hands to the wheel.