Adisadel College, popularly known as "ADISCO", is an Anglican boys' boarding school in Cape Coast, Ghana. The school was founded in 1910 in a building in Topp Yard near Christ Church School near Cape Coast Castle with only 29 students and has developed into one of the highest and most sought after schools in the country.
It is known that some outstanding personalities have been created who have made Ghana proud in its various areas. Without a doubt, Adisadel College deserves all the hype.
GhanaCelebrities.Com offers you a list of 7 notable personalities who went through the Adisadel system as students.
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1. GENERAL AKWASI AMANKWAA AFRIFA (former head of state)
General Afrifa was a Ghanaian soldier, peasant, traditional ruler and politician. In 1969 he was head of state of Ghana and chairman of the military government and between 1969 and 1970 chairman of the presidential commission.
Afrifa finally got into the military and political spotlight on February 24, 1966, where, together with Lieutenant Colonel Kotoka, he led a joint military exercise in the south and north with the code name "Operation Cold Chop" - a military exercise that ousted the Convention's People's Party led by Nkrumah The Osagyefo was on a peace mission in distant Vietnam.
General AKwasi Amankwa, known to his admirers as Okatakyie, retired from the army and started farming in his hometown in Krobo near Asante Mampong in the Sekyere West District. However, his ongoing passion for politics never waned. He campaigned for the People's Movement for Freedom and Justice, which supports General I.K. Acheampong's Union government project to establish a one-party state.
The former head of state was elected in 1979 but did not sit in the Third Republican Parliament. He was prematurely executed at the age of 43 along with two other former heads of state - Acheampong and Akuffo, whom he had previously warned of the future.
2. OTUMFUOR NANA OPOKU WARE II (15th Asantehene)
Otumfuor Nana Opoku Ware was the 15th Asantehene. He ruled from July 6, 1970 to February 25, 1999.
He was born in 1919 under the name Jacob Matthew Poku in Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti, then known as the Ashanti Protectorate, in the Ashanti royal family when his grandfather Prempeh I was king.
Nana Opoku Ware attended Adisadel College after attending Anglican School.
He moved to the UK to study law in the 1950s and was admitted to the bar in 1962. After returning to his home country, he first worked in the capital Accra and then founded a law firm in Kumasi. Thanks to his success as a lawyer, Poku has gained great respect in Ashanti politics. In 1968, the military government of the National Liberation Council appointed him Commissioner for Communication.
In 1970 he was appointed ambassador to Italy, but shortly afterwards his uncle, the king of Ashanti, Prempeh II died. Due to his legal and political successes, he was chosen to succeed his uncle and was placed on the throne as 15th Asantehene.
He died on February 26, 1999 after 29 years as a king.
3. DR. KWADWO AFARI GYAN (former election commissioner)
Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan gained his popularity as an election commissioner in Ghana, a position he held from 1992 until his retirement in 2015.
Afari-Gyan also worked as a lecturer and professor of political science at the University of Ghana. He has also lectured in the United States and Nigeria. He was a member of the Expert Committee that drafted the fourth Republican constitution for Ghana.
On July 1, 2015, President John Mahama awarded him the Order of the Star of Ghana, the highest national award.
4. ALAN KYEREMATENG (politician)
Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen is a Ghanaian politician, company leader, diplomat and international official who specializes in global trade issues. Kyerematen was an ambassador to the United States and later Secretary of Commerce, Industry, Private Sector Development (PSD), and President's Special Initiatives (PSI) under the NPP government led by President Kufuor.
Kyerematen was a trade advisor to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he coordinated the African Trade Policy Center (ATPC).
Kyerematen attempted to lead the New Patriotic Party in 2007 and received 32.3% of the vote. He was the first runner-up by Nana Akufo-Addo, who received 47.96% of the votes cast. Kyerematen made other attempts to lead the party in 2010 and 2014, but finished second after Akufo-Addo, who won the primaries.
Alan Kyerematen set a record when he entered Adisadel College at the young age of 9.
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5. FREDDIE BLAY (lawyer and politician)
Frederick Worsemao Armah Blay, popularly known as Freddie Blay, is a Ghanaian lawyer and politician. He was a MP in Ghana and served as the first deputy spokesman in the fourth parliament of Ghana. In the parliamentary elections held on December 7, 2008, he lost his seat to Armah Kofi Buah of the NDC.
He was a member of the Convention People's Party (CPP), but resigned to join the New Patriotic Party after being criticized by some CPP officials for failing to promote the CPP standard bearer, Paa Kwesi Nduom, but the presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, was in favor.
He is currently a senior partner at Blay and Associates. He is also the CEO and majority shareholder of Western Publications Limited, editor of the Daily Guide, flagship of the group, Business Guide, News-One and Young Blazers.
He is also the current national leader of the ruling New Patriotic Party.
6. KENNEDY OHENE AGYAPONG (politician and businessman)
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong is a businessman and politician who has been a parliamentarian since 2001.
The legislature is known as a passionate critic who voices his opinion regardless of who is involved. He is also known as a great philanthropist who successfully guided many young people through school.
In 2008, Mr. Agyapong had an unsuccessful attempt to become the flag bearer of the president of his affiliated party, the New Patriotic Party, and lost in the first round.
7. DR. SAM JONAH, KBE (businessman)
Samuel Esson Jonah, KBE, is a Ghanaian businessman and executive chairman of Jonah Capital, an equity fund based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jonah was previously President of AngloGold Ashanti and shared the company's strategic leadership with its CEO Bobby Godsell.
He joined Ashanti Goldfields Corporation in 1979 and held various roles, including underground. At the age of 36, he became chief executive officer and oversaw Ashanti Goldfields' transformation into a multinational mining company, increased gold production from 240,000 ounces a year to over 1.6 million ounces in over ten years, and was the first to monitor the company's operations of an African company on the New York Stock Exchange.