President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed his eagerness to rename the Ho Technical University (HTU) in the Volta region after Ephraim Amu, the great musicologist who hails from Peki in the Volta Region.
President Akufo-Addo made this announcement at the 50th-anniversary celebration of the university today (August 25).
Ephraim Amu composed ‘Yɛn ara asaase ni’, the Akan version of Ghana’s national anthem.
The renaming was proposed by the University’s Governing Council and is currently before Parliament for approval. If passed, the school will then be called Ephraim Amu Technical University, in honour of the late musicologist.
Speaking at the ongoing 50th-anniversary celebration of the Ho Technical University, President Akufo-Addo said his office would not hesitate to approve the name change to honour the great cultural icon.
“Before I conclude, there is a significant matter I must address, and it relates to the decision taken by the Governing Council of Ho Technical University, in accordance with the Statutes of the University, to rename this institution after Ephraim Amu, the great Ghanaian cultural icon, who asserted that the creative faculty should embrace also the capacity to work with one’s hands,” President Akufo-Addo said at the ceremony.
“This decision is an excellent one, which has received the blessing of the President of the Republic, so that, once the parliamentary process has been completed, this University will, thereafter, be called the Ephraim Amu Technical University, Ho. He added.
Some famous compositions of Ephraim Amu are; Fare thee well, Mawɔ dɔ na Yesu, Nkwagye Dwom, Dwonto, Yetu Osa, Israel Hene, Onipa da wo ho so, Yaanom Abibirimma, Yen Ara Asase Ni, Adawura abo me and Samansuo.
He died on January 2, 1995, at the age of 96.