Prominent Old Boys

Samuel Kwaku Addo Agyeman is an old student of Pope John Secondary
School and completed the University of Ghana where he read
Economics and Statistics. He further took a study tour to Australia
in 2005 where he obtained a certificate in International English
Language Test Systems (IELTS) from the Center for English Language
of the University of South Australia (CELUSA) As a young gentleman
still exploring choices of vocation, Agyemang had fallen in love
with the hottest radio current affairs talk show at the time,
dubbed the “FrontPage”. His interest in the policy issues discussed
on the airwaves moved him to the point of fantasizing about the
journalism profession and subsequently fraternising with the host
of the programme. So a profession was born. Realizing the
significance of research to accurate reportage Samuel began his
career with a research job offered by the Institute of Economic
Affairs (IEA) - Ghana in 2003 as a Research Assistant and continues
to write research based pieces like memoirs on influential
personalities. Following in the same fashion, his undergrad
National Service took him to the Institute for Democratic
Governance (IDEG) where he worked as a Research Assistant under a
Parliamentary Study Programme. He was tasked to access the
performance of Parliament since the 4th Parliament of the 4th
Republic, where he interviewed Parliamentarians and policy makers.
Whiles at the institute he reported on a number of policy issues
and attended seminars which awarded him certificates in local
governance and journalism. These are the strengths he brings to
Metro News where he doubles as Broadcast Journalist and News
Anchor. His deep but soothing baritone voice and charming looks did
earn him a job on the box! Barely few weeks of being screened,
Sammy is already causing a stir with his professional and confident
delivery of the news broadcast. The goal-getting research guru says
though fairly new in the industry his knack for digging for details
and going the extra mile will book his place at the top. He banks
on a rich experience in research, and training in International
English standard reporting to make a remarkable impact!

The Most Rev. Charles G. PALMER-BUCKLE was born on June 15, 1950 at
Axim in the Western Region of Ghana. He has 6 brothers and 5
sisters. He entered Pope John XXIII Secondary School and Minor
Seminary, Effiduase, Koforidua at the age of 13 and upon completion
of secondary education, he was sent in 1971 by the then Bishop of
Accra, Most Rev. Joseph Oliver BOWERS, SVD., DD., JCL., to the
Pontifical Urban College and University, Rome, Italy. He completed
the seminary training with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and
another in Sacred Theology. On his return home to Ghana, he was
ordained to the Holy Priesthood on December 12, 1976 by Most Rev.
Dominic K. ANDOH, DD., JCD., then Bishop of Accra at the Holy
Spirit Cathedral, Accra, Ghana. After three years of priestly
ministry as Diocesan Youth Chaplain and Vocation’s Director as well
as Teacher and Student’s Chaplain of his alma mater, Pope John
XXIII Secondary and Minor Seminary, Father Palmer-Buckle went back
for post-graduate studies at the Pontifical Salesian University,
Rome, Italy. In 1984, he returned home with a Doctorate Degree in
Sacred Theology and was appointed Teacher and Chaplain of St.
Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Accra and Diocesan Laity
Chaplain. In 1985 he was transferred to Achimota Secondary School
as Catholic Chaplain and Teacher, where he remained till 1992.
During the period (1985-1992), he was Acting Editor of the National
Catholic Weekly, “The Standard”, Priest in-charge of St. Thomas
More Catholic Church, Achimota and President of the National Union
of Catholic Diocesan Priests’ Associations (NUGDPA). In November
1992, Fr. Palmer-Buckle was nominated first Bishop of the newly
created Catholic Diocese of Koforidua, carved out of the Catholic
Archdiocese of Accra, and on January 6, 1993, he was ordained to
the Episcopacy in the St. Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican City,
Italy by His Holiness, Pope John Paul II of blessed memory. From
1994 to 2004, the Most Reverend Palmer-Buckle was the
Bishop-Chairman for the Department of Socio-Economic Development of
the Catholic Bishop’s Conference, and from 1995 to 2003 he was for
two terms President of Caritas Africa Region and First Vice
President of Caritas International, a federation of 198
member-organisations in 154 countries all over the world with
headquarters in the Vatican City. In May 2002, he was appointed one
of the 9-member National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) of Ghana
by His Excellency John Agyekum KUFOUR, President of the Republic of
Ghana, to help bring reconciliation and healing of the past to
fellow Ghanaians. He served on this commission till October 2004,
when it concluded the assignment and submitted the report. In
November 2004, Bishop Palmer-Buckle was elected Vice President of
Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and made the Bishop-Chairman of
the Justice and Peace Commission of the Conference. On March 30,
2005, he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra by His
Holiness John Paul II of blessed interview of Buckle

3.MICHAEL KATAHENA Mr. Katahena is the head of sports and sports
journalist. Michael holds a (BA) degree in Fine Arts from the Kwame
Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi. A graphic
artist, he draws, designs, illustrates books and magazines among a
host of other creative abilities. Michael is also a sscriptwriter,
conceptualizes and does voice overs for radio and TV commercials.
One can always identify his voice endorsing lots of ads in this
regard. Another passion of his is passing on his experience to
young talents in oratorical skills and other fields of endeavor
that he exhibits his creativity. He lives in Accra with his family
of a wife and two beautiful kids, a boy and a girl.

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah,host joy fm morning show 4.Kojo Oppong Nkrumah
Born in April 1982, he studied accounting, finance and management
through high school and the University. He holds a Bachelor of
commerce degree with an accounting major from the University of
Cape Coast. The answer to the riddle is Kojo Oppong Nkrumah of Joy
99.7 FM. A keen interest in analysis and debates motivated him to
participate in a national independence debate organised for
Secondary School students in the year 2000, which he won. With a
natural desire to improve the fortunes of every environment in
which he finds himself, Kojo has taken up leadership roles at
various stages in his life. From Senior Prefect of Pope John
Secondary School to becoming the Projects Director of the Students
in Free Enterprise, University of Cape Coast (SIFE-UCC) in 2003 –
during which period he led his team to win the SIFE Ghana Business
competition for Tertiary Students and went on to represent Ghana at
the SIFE World Cup in Barcelona, Spain, later that year. As a young
man with keen interest in exploring new frontiers, he established
his first company at age 23 while in University to publish a local
campus newspaper. The setting up of this company which was born out
of a desire to access and disseminate information culminated in his
journalism training and his current job as Host of the flagship
breakfast show on one of Ghana's leading radio stations JOY 99.7FM
- The Super Morning Show. Prior to this, he worked as a Treasury
Analyst for the British American Tobacco Company Ltd, a
multinational company with high financial compliance standards. He
still works as a Financial Analyst and a Business Development
Consultant for a number of corporate entities in Accra , Ghana . He
additionally serves as Director on the board of a securities
company, as Executive Director of a media content development
company and a board member of the Students in Free Enterprise
(SIFE) Ghana . A Christian, single and full of exuberance, Kojo's
personal passion is to empower people with information that enables
them take control of their own situations and better their lot. He
believes with knowledge people takes better decisions and
eventually become better of. His most fulfilling days are days in
which he learns something new because “knowledge or information is
what empowers us”. He enjoys watching football and spends the best
part of his free moments reading, watching movies and chatting with

DR JOHN AWAH ... Dr. Awah graduated from University of Ghana in
1988. He had a postgraduate training in Internal Medicine in Great
Britain, and then at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Board
certified in 2000 in Internal Medicine, he now has his own Private
Practice, in Chicago. He is on staff in Advocate Trinity Hospital,
Illinois Masonic Hospital and Mt. Sinai Hospital where he is a
Teaching Attending. Dr. Awah is strong advocate for raising
awareness of preventable diseases such as Osteoporosis and Obesity.
He has written many newspaper articles in NoirWoman, Chicago
communicator, to name a few. He is also involved in community
education. He had a program on Chicago Area Network (CAN TV) as
“Doctor in the house”. He has made several TV appearances both in
Ghana and Chicago discussing important health issues. He has also
been on several humanitarian Health Missions with a team of health
professionals from USA to Ghana providing free medical care to
thousands of poor people. He has exceptional skills in cosmetics
laser therapy which aimed at clients who want to look youthful. He
has a great passion for golf.

Franklin Cudjoe He is the founder and Executive Director of IMANI
Center for Policy & Education. Founded in 2004, IMANI is a
non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to fostering
public awareness of important policy issues concerning business,
government and civil society. This year, the Foreign Policy
Magazine named IMANI, the sixth most influential think tank in
Africa. Mr. Cudjoe is also editor of, a joint
Atlas Economic Research Foundation /IMANI project to publish and
syndicate open-society type articles throughout Africa. publishes books, studies and organizes seminars.
Cudjoe is also the Ag. Chief Evangelist of Mpedigree an innovative
technological tool for fighting counterfeit medicines. Mr. Cudjoe
is an Earhart doctoral fellow at Buckingham University in the U.K
focusing on the impact of corporate social investment in West
Africa and donor driven projects. He holds fellowships from a wide
range of organizations including the Mont Pelerin Society, George
Mason University, New School of Athens, Instituto Bruno Leoni,
Evian Group at IMD, Independent Institute, Students in Free
Enterprise (SIFE), International Policy Network, and ATLAS Economic
Research Foundation. He has won two John Templeton Foundation
awards for advancing the institutional foundations of the free and
democratic society in 2006. Mr. Cudjoe was honoured in 2005 by Bill
Gates Snr on his advocacy on health economics in Africa. He has
been cited in the U.K. House of Commons debate on aid and
development in Africa and by South Africa's Supreme Court Judge on
patents and Intellectual property in June 2005 April 2006. He has
shared panel with respected academics such as Deepak Lal and former
Prime Ministers of Malaysia and Estonia. He debated President
Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania on colonialism and globalization in
November 2005. Cudjoe is a frequent commentator in print and
broadcast media about Africa development issues, including
appearances on BBC, CBC, Swiss and Swedish National TV, Austrian
National Radio and varied local Ghanaian media, and has been
published or quoted severally in London's Daily Telegraph, The Wall
Street Journal (all three versions), Bangkok Post, Washington
Times, El Mercurio (Chile), La Republica (Costa Rica),the Ottawa
Citizen, the San Francisco Chronicle, Netzeitung Voice Of Germany
the Ghanaian Daily Graphic, Accra Daily Mail, Ghana Web, My Joy
online, and many others. He speaks to policy makers, students
groups in Ghana and abroad. He is co-author of "The Water
Revolution: Practical Solutions to Water Scarcity" (with forewords
by Hernando de Soto and Sir Ian Byatt)

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