President Akufo-Addo paid his last tribute to Professor Emeritus Joseph Hansen Kwabena Nketia, a renowned Ethnomusicology and Writer whose mortal remains were interred at the Military Cemetery, Burma Camp last Saturday.
The president said Prof JH Nketia left Ghana a legacy of formidable cultural capital, to fortify her unique African identify.
During the final funeral rites for Prof. J.H. Nketia at the forecourt of the State House, President Akufo-Addo said: “His life’s achievement is a salutary message for the youth, that the sky is the limit for anyone who wants to work hard. Indeed his life experiences point to the crucial significance of education.”
The President noted that the late Professor who was accorded a state burial advocated for a Ghana where holistic cultures and identities played key roles in how to navigate the challenges posed by globalization.
The pre-burial service for Prof. Kwabena Nketiah, born on 22nd June, 1921, was characterized by rich cultural displays amidst the performance of some of his works, which included music and recitals.
The well attended funeral had high profile persons such as the former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, ministers of states, members of Parliament, members of academia, and prominent people in society.
Various tributes were read including ones by Reverend Dr. Priscilla Naana Nketia, the daughter of the late Prof and the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, read by Dr Vladimir Antwi Danso, an International Relations Expert.