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President Kufuor Opens Up on “How I Would Want to Be Remembered” Question

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor has opened up on how he would want to be remembered by future generations.

The chairman of the John A. Kufuor Foundation who served as President of Ghana from 2001 to 2009 in response to a question said he wants to be remembered as that individual who lived his life for others.

“I want to be remembered as the person who tried to encourage people to live not only for themselves but for others,” the 82-year-old former president said.

He wants to be remembered as the one who “did well for himself and did well for everybody; and not go in cheating or bullying or taking undue advantage. But rather, sacrificing, and giving to help in whatever way possible for human development.”

The former president was speaking when some Kufuor Scholars and interns from the James Madison University – USA paid a courtesy call on him. Members of the Kufuor Scholars Program class of 2023 and the interns visited the former president as part of their mini – camp.

 

Margaret Nsiah, a novel health science pre-med graduate and Suwaibatu Mohammed, a third-year health science student are the two Ghanaian diaspora students from the USA who had opted to spend their summer vacation in Ghana as interns at the John A. Kufuor Foundation.

The introductory meeting with the former president was the first engagement for the interns at the beginning of their internship. The interns and the scholars had the opportunity to exchange ideas and to learn from one another, as well as gain mentorship and guidance from the former president.

They subsequently took a trip to the Kakum National Park and the Cape Coast Castle which they described as entertaining, educational and enlightening, particularly for the interns who had never visited these sites before. After an exciting walk on the canopies at Kakum under the scorching sun, the dark stories of the living conditions within the castle and the entire slave trade experiences felt revealing and thought provoking. The blend of excitement and reflection set the tone for the minicamp.

 

The Kufuor Scholars Program Minicamp was a momentous event in the internship program. The two interns were immersed in the rigorous three-day camp with all the Kufuor Scholars. Participants had discussions on topics such as “Fear, Corruption and Public Service Ethics” with astute personalities like Dr. Koranteng-Pipim, Prof. Ransford Gyampo, and Prof. Justice N. Bawole speaking to them. The words of wisdom from Prof. Baffour Agyeman-Duah, the C.E.O. of the John A. Kufuor Foundation rounded up the event with a call on the scholars and interns to go out and be transformational change agents in their societies.

After exciting days of touring and camping, the interns have now moved to the working phase of their internship program where they work with the Agriculture and Nutrition Department of the Foundation. As health science students, their interest in nutrition was a major motivating factor in their choice of the institution to intern with.

The virtual and in-person work sessions are curated to provide the interns with an in-depth understanding of nutrition and agriculture. They have also been tasked to come up with a social intervention or business idea to address a problem they have observed in the Ghana, based on what they have learnt and experienced during their time here.

The Foundation has put together a holistic internship program for the interns with the expectation that these two Ghanaian scholars from James Madison University will not just gain work experience, but will appreciate their motherland and be motivated to return to contribute to its development.