[ 2017-10-10 ]
AUCC founder launches book about his life as public servant and private citizen
The founder and first President of the African
University College of Communications (AUCC), Mr.
Kojo Yankah has officially launched his
autobiography titled “Our Motherland – My Life” in
The launch, held at AUCC, is the second of three
scheduled launch events associated with his book.
The book was officially launched in the United
States of America in September.
This riveting book touches mostly on Mr. Yankah’s
life in public service as a communicator and a
politician, as well as his private life as an
entrepreneur in the field of communication and
In his address, Yankah revealed that he was
motivated to write about his life because Africans
in most cases, read about themselves through other
“Clearly, we are miseducated about ourselves and
we continue to miseducate and insult ourselves,
our culture and values as Africans… We don’t find
anything wrong mocking or defaming our leaders and
indigenous practices just because some foreigner
has said so,” he remarked at the launch.
Hon. Kojo Yankah also stated that his
autobiography is his way of contributing towards
the creation of a body knowledge that we need as a
people to inspire the youth in Africa.
“Finally,” he shared, “it is time, even if we
lost our way, for Africans and peoples of African
descent, to stop behaving like cursed people and
think proudly African. The negative notion that
nothing African will work is self-defeating.”
In her welcome address, Dr. Koryoe Anim-Wright,
president of the African University College of
Communications, described the writer as “someone
who is unapologetically himself, driven by
excellence and results, and unable to settle for
She also paid glowing tribute to Hon. Kojo
Yankah’s exceptional effort, which has inspired
members of the University College he founded, to
continue working with great citizens of Ghana to
immortalize their memory through assistance with
the writing of their memoirs.
The Guest of Honour, Mrs Emma Mitchell, who served
along with Hon. Kojo Yankah as a minister in the
same government under former President Jerry John
Rawlings, described the writer as a remarkable
story-teller, with infectious creativity, who also
exhibited an impeccable skill in his
“Kojo weaves his themes and sub-themes with
dexterous humour but with serious effect.
Whether in telling about his childhood or school
day, … he exhibits his intellectual and scholarly
capabilities in clear understandable language,”
she stated, promising patrons of the book
discoveries of lessons that have been glossed over
and taken for granted.
The first two copies of the book, “Our Motherland
– My Life”, were purchased at GHC 25,000 each.
More than 100 books were sold at the launch.
The third and final event will be held in Kumasi,
under the auspices of Asantehene, Otumfour Osei
Source - 3news.com
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