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Narrated By: RUPERT FARLEY, KWASI BUSIA AND HUGH QUARSHIE
Release Date: 2022
Publisher: Speak The Word Audio
This Audiobook was recently launched under the auspices of His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana at the commemoration of The Right Honorable Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia, who was Sworn in as Prime-Minister of Ghana on August 29th 1969. Born in Wenchi, on July 11th, 1913 in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana, The Prof (as Busia was affectionately known) met the Reverand William Whittle in 1923 when Whittle was assigned to Ghana from England to pastor the newly formed Wenchi Methodist Church.
Rev. Whittle’s wife, Alice, started a small school under the trees, which, although eager to learn, the 9 year old Busia was not permitted to attend. On enquiring why, Mrs. Alice Whittle was informed that it was because children were caned at school, and Busia was a Royal and Royals could not be caned. Mrs. Whittle therefore assured the Elders that Busia would never be caned. Thus began his schooling and a lifelong friendship with Reverand and Mrs. Whittle. This book of letters between them, tracks their 50 year relationship: Through World War II: Busia becoming the first black student to attend University College, Oxford: Two political exiles: Two military coups: Elected Prime-Minister in a landslide victory unequaled to this day. Then finally, Prof losing his sight and living his last days in blindness in a Cotswold Village in Oxford, England.
Profits from “The Prof: A Heart of Faith” will go to the completion of the Free Blind Hospital in the Mampong Mountains in Ghana. The Hospital will include The Madam Naa Morkor Busia Maternity Wing, in Honour of Busia’s wife, Ghana’s former First Lady, who was amongst the class of first hospital trained Midwives in Ghana. There will also be a Speak The Word Audio Prayer-Chapel at the hospital for the blind and their loved ones, to listen to “Inspiration In Your Ears”.