Biography of the Late Prof. Stephen Acheampong Kwabena Nyamekye Nkrumah
Professor Stephen Acheampong Nkrumah was born on Tuesday, December 12, 1940 at Akim Akwatia. His father, Opayin Kwasi Acheampong (deceased), a native of Tetrem in the Ashanti Region, belonged to the Oyoko Family. His mother, Eno Martha Asantewaa Sefa (deceased), a native of Nobewam in the Ashanti region, whose ancestors migrated to settle at Akwatia was from the Asona Family. Before baptism, Prof Nkrumah was known and called Kwabena Nyamekye.
He started his formal education at Akwatia Roman Catholic School from 1947 to 1955 when he left to start his secondary school education. He was in St Augustine’s secondary school, Cape Coast, from 1956 to 1962 where he successfully passed his “Ordinary Level” and “Advance Level” School Certificate examinations.
He continued his education at the School of Administration, University of Ghana, Legon from 1964 to 1967 and came out with the Bachelor of Science in Administration (B.Sc Admin.) degree. Between 1968 and 1970, he pursued the Master of Arts in Economics (M.A. Econs) degree at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. From then on, the sky became the limit for Professor. From 1973 to 1977, Kwabena obtained the Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree at the New York University, New York and stayed on at the same University to receive the Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in 1979.
Professor Nkrumah started teaching at the University of Ghana, Legon in September 1970. By dint of hard work, he successfully rose through the ranks and became the Director of the prestigious School of Administration, University of Ghana, Legon now called the School of Business of the University of Ghana, Legon from 1995 to 2002, (a period of 7 years).
As Director of the School of Administration, University of Ghana, he ended the period of decline that characterised university institutions in Ghana and re-energized the School of Administration as Ghana’s foremost centre of management research and education. His achievements include the enhancement of the learning infrastructure with novelties such as Student Self-tuition Centres, and the expansion of computer accessibility to staff and students.
He also developed new courses in the areas of Environmental Management, Export Administration and Project Management and effected the introduction of the first ever fee-paying University Programme in Ghana in the form of the Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Thus, under his directorship, the School of Administration advanced the adoption of the Government’s cost-sharing philosophy in tertiary education.
At the governmental level, he was part of the team that worked on the administrative reform projects in Ghana under the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government, (1981 – 1993) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) government, (1993 – 2000) including the re-writing of the Civil Service Laws, Regulations and Administrative Instructions, Ministerial Re-structuring and Governmental Decentralization, Training Needs Assessment and the Development of Training Strategies, Staff Performance Appraisal and Development Planning at the District Assembly level.
In March 2003, the President of Ghana appointed him to serve on the Decentralization Implementation Advisory Committee of Ghana. He spent the period, June – December 2003, first as Presidential Advisor on Decentralization Reforms to the Government of Sierra Leone and then as European Union (EU), Consultant to design interventions for Decentralization Reforms in Sierra Leone.
In early 2004, he designed courses for Public Sector Management Training in Africa for the African Capacity Building Foundation, to be located at selected universities.
Professor Nkrumah also consulted for the National Accreditation Board of Ghana in processing the accreditation of new universities in Ghana, including the Methodist University, the Central University and Wisconsin University College of Ghana.
Between 1995 to the time of his untimely in 2005, Professor Nkrumah consulted for twenty-two (22) organizations and has thirty-four (32) publications to his credit.
He was the chairman, St Roses Secondary School Board 1989 – date, chairman Akwatia Urban Council, Board member St. Dominic’s Hospital. Ghana Consolidated Designing Ltd. President Akwatia Nkusuo Kuo. Professor joined his ancestors on Monday, December 5, 2005.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Janet Dargye Nkrumah and five children namely;
- Eva A. Edufa Aboagye-Nyame
- Dr. Jacklyn A. Asantewaa Acquaah
- Sefa Acheampong Nkrumah
- Kwame Berko Nkrumah, and
- Miss Gifty A. Asantewah Nkrumah
His death wish was that he should be buried beside his mother’s grave to enable the old lady he loved so much, to have access to him and be sending him on errands when necessary.