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Fashion Yaa
12th July 2011, 01:03 PM
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTdpiQytGAJR76wHNtDv2yIdCsxvyCV0 YBj80RbO3qHQd635E6iI love history especially when I get schooled by non-Ghanaians about important Ghana men and women. The life of Alex Quason-Sackey is one such historical figure that I got schooled on by my Guayana-British friend. Quason-Sackey was a technocrat for former Ghana president Kwame Nkrumah during his entire administration. Ever the patriot Quason-Sackey served Ghana after the fall of that reign for several decades more. But the most impressive has to be his impact on the United Nations' General Assembly, he has to be considered the predicesor to Kofi Annan in my opinion. Im not sure of the connection but Im willing to bet without Alex Quason-Sackey's reputation we would not have seen Kofi Annan as sec gen during the time that we did.....For lack of better option i have siffoned info from wiki on our cultural treasure.

updated info: Kofi Annan and Alex Quason-Sackey are both "old boys" of Mfanstipim Secondry School according to sources.

food for thought, Accra Academy must have been a very reputable school back in the day cause Alex Quason-Sackey went straight to Oxford University in the UK upon graduation, is such a feat possible today in Ghana?

Ambassador Alex Quaison-Sackey, Prime Minister Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ambassador Diallo Telli and Ralph Bunche at the International House


Dr. Alex Quaison-Sackey (August 9, 1924 – December 21, 1992) was a Ghanaian diplomat who served during the first and third republics. He was the first black African to serve as president of the United Nations General Assembly.

Contents [hide]
1 Early life and education
2 Diplomatic Service
3 Politics
4 Death
5 Family
6 Publications
7 References

[edit] Early life and educationQuaison-Sackey was born at Winneba in the Central Region of Ghana.[1] He received his early education in Ghana at Mfantsipim at Cape Coast in the Central Region and Achimota College near Accra. He then proceeded to the United Kingdom where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Exeter College, Oxford University, graduating with an honours degree. He also studied international relations and international law at the London School of Economics after being appointed one of Ghana's first Foreign Service Officers.[2]

[edit] Diplomatic ServiceHe served as Ghana's sescond ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations from 30 June 1959 to 1965.[3] He served as President of the United Nations General Assembly from 1964 to 1965, becoming the first black African to hold that position. During that time, Quaison-Sackey was also Ghana's ambassador to Cuba from 1961 to 1965 and ambassador to Mexico from 1962 to 1964. In 1965, he became foreign minister of Ghana, but served in that position for only a few months, as he was dismissed when President Nkrumah was overthrown in February 1966. He was again appointed as Ambassador to the United States in 1978 by the Supreme Military Council led by Lt. Gen. Fred Akuffo[1]

[edit] PoliticsQuaison-Sackey was appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs by Kwame Nkrumah in his Convention People's Party government. He was on a trip to Vietnam with Nkrumah when the government was overthrown by a military coup d'état leading to the formation of the National Liberation Council on 24 February 1966 led by Lt. General Joseph Arthur Ankrah.[1]

[edit] DeathQuaison-Sackey died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra following pulmonary embolism on 21 December 1992.[1]

[edit] FamilyQuaison-Sackey's parents were Alex Emmanuel Sackey (1902 - 1972) and Alberta Quaison. He married Elsie Annie Blankson (1927 - 2003).[4] Together, they had six children, Egya, Nana, Awo, Kweku Bondzie and Nenyi (Nii) and Yaaba.

[edit] PublicationsQuaison-Sackey later wrote about his experiences of diplomatic issues in Ghana's early days called Africa Unbound: Reflections of an African Statesman which was published by Praeger in May 1963.[5] In it he describes his concept of "Negritude" - "Acceptance and affirmation of the quality of blackness. It is a psychological gathering together of all black peoples in the spiritual bonds of brotherhood."[6]

Cordes, Paul, Photographer
July 19, 1959
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[edit] References1.^ a b c d "Alex Quaison-Sackey, Ghanaian Official, 68". Obituaries (New York Times). 1992-12-31. http://www.nytimes.com/1992/12/31/obituaries/alex-quaison-sackey-ghanaian-official-68.html?pagewanted=1. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
2.^ "ALEX QUAISON-SACKEY (GHANA) ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE NINETEENTH SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY". Biography on Official Website. United Nations. http://www.un.org/ga/55/president/bio19.htm. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
3.^ "Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations - Past Ambassadors". United Nations. http://www.un.int/ghana/past_ambassadors.html. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
4.^ "Alex Quaison Sackey". Genealogy. Ancestry.com. http://records.ancestry.com/Alex%20Quaison%20Sackey_records.ashx?pid=50760226. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
5.^ Quaison-Sackey, Alex (1963). Africa Unbound: Reflections of an African Statesman. New York: Praeger. pp. 180. http://www.questia.com/library/book/africa-unbound-reflections-of-an-african-statesman-by-alex-quaison-sackey.jsp. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
6.^ Hellman, Geoffery T. (1963-08-03). "The Talk of the Town "Ambassador from Ghana