Exciting Pictures: The Boss Publisher, Bashorun Dele Momodu bags Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ghana

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Bashorun Dele Exchanging Handshake with President John Dramani Mahama

By Adekoya Adegbite (in Accra)

The Publisher of The Boss Newspapers and Chairman, Ovation Media Group, Bashorun Dele Momodu, on Saturday July 30, 2016 bagged an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) from the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA).

The event, graced by His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana, took place at the university’s campus in Accra. The occasion also marked the commemoration of the institution’s 8th Congregation.

The university management said it selected Momodu in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the world of business, politics, literature and the media industry as well as his dogged commitment towards projecting the best of Africa to the world.

Bashorun Dele Momodu receiving his Honorary Doctorate Degree
Bashorun Dele Momodu receiving his Honorary Doctorate Degree

Delivering a speech after he was decorated by the University’s Pro-Chancellor, HRM Drolor Bosso Adamtey I, Momodu who was the sole honoree for the year 2016 and the first non-Ghanaian, thanked the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joshua Alabi and the Governing Council of UPSA for singling him out for such a great honour. He recalled with nostalgia, his first contact with Ghana exactly twenty-one years ago when he fled Nigeria under the brutal dictatorship of the late General Sani Abacha for exile in the United Kingdom.

“I succeeded in crossing through a smugglers’ route into Cotonou, Benin Republic. I was too scared to stay too long in Cotonou and so decided to meander my way to Lome, Togo. Since I couldn’t speak any smattering of French, my best and ultimate destination was Ghana. I crossed the border at Aflao and waltzed my way to Accra that evening… I departed Ghana on the night of July 28, 1995, and landed at London Gatwick on July 29. Ghana remained permanently etched in my mind. I dreamt of a day I would be able to return to the tranquility of Accra.”

In his speech at the event, President Mahama cited three reasons for deciding to attend the 8th Congregation Ceremony of UPSA. The first was to salute the good work done by the University, the second was to commend Professor Joshua Alabi, the Vice Chancellor who was rounding off his stint at the University after eight fantastic years, and “My third reason for being here this morning is to honour a great journalist and a respected African personality in the person of Chief Dele Momodu. I do this for his outstanding contribution to both national and international discourse, his strong personality, his vision, his perseverance and his strength in the face of adversity.”  the President noted.

The University of Professional Studies (formerly known as Institute of Professional Studies) was founded in 1965 as a private professional business education tuition provider. The university was the first and is still the only public institution with the mandate to offer both academic degrees and provide training for higher professional education in Ghana.

Later that evening, Professor Alabi and his wonderful wife, Prof. (Mrs.) Goski Alabi hosted a wonderful dinner party at their Accra, Ghana home to round off what was a most glorious occasion.

President John Dramani Mahama arriving the ceremony
President John Dramani Mahama arriving the ceremony
President John Dramani Mahama Launch Cutting the tape To Open the New University Library
President John Dramani Mahama  Cutting the tape To Open the New University Library
President John Dramani Mahama & Prof. Joshua Alabi (Vice Chancellor)
President John Dramani Mahama & Prof. Joshua Alabi (Vice Chancellor)
Prof. Joshua Alabi Receiving His Honorary
Prof. Joshua Alabi Receiving His Honorary
HRM. Drolor Bosso Adamtey , President John Dramani Mahama & Prof. Joshua Alabi
HRM. Drolor Bosso Adamtey , President John Dramani Mahama & Prof. Joshua Alabi
Prof. (Mrs.) Goski Afolabi , Prof. Abednego F. Okoe  Armantey (Pro. Vice Chancellor) & HRM. Drolor Bosso Adamtey (Chancellor)
Prof. (Mrs.) Goski Afolabi , Prof. Abednego F. Okoe Armantey (Pro. Vice Chancellor) & HRM. Drolor Bosso Adamtey (Chancellor)
 Mrs .Bolaji Momodu , Bashorun Dele Momodu & Prince Damola Aderemi
Mrs .Bolaji Momodu , Bashorun Dele Momodu & Prince Damola Aderemi
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Bankole Omisore , Alh. Rasaq , HRM. Ohemaa Nana Asaa Safoa 11, Mr. Micheal Effiong ,Prof. Ehile Etienne & Prof. Micheal Fagborode
Graduating Students
Graduating Students
Mrs. Bolaji Momodu , Bashorun Dele Momodu , Prince Damola & Micheal Effiong
Mrs. Bolaji Momodu , Bashorun Dele Momodu , Prince Damola Aderemi & Micheal Effiong
(R-L) Prince Damola Aderemi & Bashorun Dele Momodu
(R-L) Prince Damola Aderemi & Bashorun Dele Momodu
Bashorun Dele Momodu
Bashorun Dele Momodu

 

President John Dramani Mahama

Prof. (Mrs.) Goski Alabi , Mr.& Mrs. Okoli , Bashorun Dele Momodu & Bolaji Momodu
Prof. (Mrs.) Goski Alabi ,Mr. Isaac Shodewo, Mr.& Mrs. Okoli , Bashorun Dele Momodu & Bolaji Momodu
Chief Osigwe O. Micheal , HRM. Ohemaa Nana Asaa Safoa , Bashorun Dele Momodu & Korewa Momodu
Chief Osigwe O. Micheal , HRM. Ohemaa Nana Asaa Safoa , Bashorun Dele Momodu & Korewa Momodu

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Prof. Goski Alabi, Prof. Abadenego  F. Okoee
Prof. Goski Alabi, Prof.  , Prof. Joshua Alabi , HRM. Drolor Bosso Adamtey ,Bashorun Dele Momodu & Prof. Abednego F. Okoe
Mr. Ralph Lewu & Ohimai
Mr. Ralph Lewu & Ohimai
Chief Osigwe O Micheal, Bashorun Dele Momodu , Prof. Joshua Alabi & Prof. (Mrs.) Goski Alabi
Chief Osigwe O Micheal, Bashorun Dele Momodu , Prof. Joshua Alabi & Prof. (Mrs.) Goski Alabi
Nana Akua Afriyie , Juliet Fifa Attipoe & Sonia Sika Agbesi
Nana Akua Afriyie , Juliet Fifa Attipoe & Sonia Sika Agbesi
Agatha , Barbara &  Joyce
Agatha , Barbara & Joyce
(Middle) Bashorun Dele Momodu , Mr.& Mrs. Okoli
(Middle) Bashorun Dele Momodu , Mr.& Mrs. Okoli
Austin Ofolize , Sunny Umelu & Jameson Side
Austin Ofolize , Sunny Umelu & Jameson Side
Serwaa Sika & K athy Alwa
Serwaa Sika & K athy Alwa
Mame Boatemaa
Mame Boatemaa
Mrs. Vivianne Ombroy, Chief George Ezuma , Bashorun Dele Momodu & Alh. Rasaq
Mrs. Vivianne Ombroy, Chief George Ezuma , Bashorun Dele Momodu & Alh. Rash Animashaun
Mr.& Mrs. Ekow Agrefyman
Mr.& Mrs. Ekow Agrefyman

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(R-L) Bankole Omisore , Ohimai , Micheal Effiong & Dr. Kwaku Mensal
(R-L) Bankole Omisore , Ohimai , Micheal Effiong & Dr. Kwaku Mensal
Mrs. Mona Issahaku & Mrs Vivianne Ombroy
Mrs. Mona Issahaku & Mrs Vivianne Ombroy
Mr. & Mrs. Ombroy
Mr. & Mrs. Ombroy
Monica Jalluh , Daniel Bukari , Prof. Goski Alabi & Margaret
Monica Jalluh , Daniel Bukari , Prof. Goski Alabi & Margaret
Bashorun Dele Momodu
Bashorun Dele Momodu

 

 

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