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01st November 2007 Mawuli Ladzekpo

Ghanaian President at Exeter

On Monday 29th October, Exeter College welcomed back one of its most celebrated sons, the President of Ghana, John Kufuor.

Mr Kufuor had earlier on in the day given the inaugural lecture for the Black Association of Rhodes Scholars at Rhodes House. With inspirational delivery, he reflected on how his time at Oxford (where he studied PPE) prepared him for 30 years of public service in Ghana and seven years as a Head of State.

Back at Exeter College, Mr Kufuor joined students for an packed reception in the Rector’s Lodgings. The reception was followed by a delightful formal hall dinner.

Before the evening drew to its close, Mr Kufuor invited questions from the students who had dined with him. These covered a variety of topics including his thoughts on African political leadership, the Ghanaian diaspora, and his analysis of some of the challenges facing Africa.

On the night Mr Kufuor also announced the launch of a special College scholarship which will bear his name. No doubt this will go a long way to preserving the special relationship that exists between Exeter College and Ghana.

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