The Ga Language Mistress at Teshie LekMA ‘12’ Junior High School (JHS), and a recipient of Akrᴐ award for her dedication to the teaching of the Ga language, Mrs. Ophelia Asheley Sowah, has appealed to her colleague Ga Language teachers to help ensure that the language does not die off in Greater Accra.
In an interview with The Republic after receiving her award, Mrs. Asheley Sowah, 45, implored her colleague Ga teachers region to come-out with a strategy in teaching the language in their various schools so as to help sustain the advocacy to ensure that no other local language kills the Ga language in the Ga State.
She suggested that Ga chiefs, Municipal and District Assemblies within Accra should institute a scholarship scheme to student in their localities who excel and would want to learn and teach Ga.
Teshie ‘Akrᴐ Excellence Awards’ Night, first of its kind has awarded the hard working Ga language teacher and some selected students and other personalities in the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly (LekMA) in the quest to celebrating heroes and heroines.
According to the Teshie Traditional Council (TTC), the event was organized to identify and recognize the impact and influence of today’s trailblazers – academicians, students, entities, medical doctors, engineers, industrialists and entrepreneurs amongst others within the Ga-Dangme communities as part of the activities to round off the Teshie Homowo.
Two other students from different schools who performed excellently in the Ga language – Dede Ofoe, third year, LekMA ‘7’ Junior High School (JHS) student and Tryphena Naa Atswei Okang from Teshie Presby Senior High School (Teshie PRESEC) received Akrᴐ Excellence Prizes for their sterling performances in the language.
Among other distinguished personalities who also received various awards including, Mrs. Dr. Ernestina Naadu Mills, former first lady, Nii Odartey Lamptey of GTV, and Obonu TV channel manager. A renowned former Dance Hall artist in 1989-90s, Nii Adjetey Sowah received award for his scintillating performance in some years past.
Others were Professor Emmanuel Martey, former Moderator of Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Richard ‘Olele’ Kingston, former Black Stars Goalkeeper, amongst many others. All the award recipients took away a wooden trophy, a certificate and citation.
Source: Delali A. Awuyeh