JB Danquah not my father’s co-equal – Busia’s daughter ‘bites’ Akufo-Addo
Daughter of Prof. K.A. Busia, Ghana’s former Prime Minister, Nana Afua Dream Busia, has asserted that the University of Ghana deserves to be named after her father, adding that Akufo-Addo’s claim that the University of Ghana should be named after Nana Joseph Kwame Kyeretwie Boakye Danquah is fallacious.
She states that her father’s contributions to academia, especially at the University of Ghana puts him well ahead of J.B Danquah who was statesman, pan-Africanist, scholar, lawyer, historian and one of the founding fathers of Ghana.
Afua Busia accuses the President of attempting to pilfer valor and service from Prof Busia so as to elevate Dr Danquah above Prof Busia.
In an open letter to the President, she cites a research work by three professors that concludes that J.B Danquah was not the founder of the University of Ghana.
There has been widespread controversy over the renaming of some public universities after people linked to the New Patriotic Party( NPP). Recently, the University of Energy and Natural Resources was named after Prof Busia to the disapproval of many.
For Afua Busia, it is the University of Ghana that should be named after Prof Busia. She suspects that the President wants to rename the University of Ghana after Danquah so as to put him over and above Prof Busia, who she opines deserves it.
On the tradition of the NPP which is dubbed Danquah-Busia-Dombo tradition, Frema claims that it should have been Busia tradition, and that the addition of Danquah is to deny Prof Busia as the Principal figurehead of the party that has eventually become the NPP.