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Prof. Atukwei Okai Laid to Rest

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The remains of Professor Atukwei Okai, one of Africa’s literary writers, was laid to rest on Friday, September 14.

The State burial which was held at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) was well attended by friends, well-wishers, and some state officials.

President Akufo-Addo, former President Jerry John Rawlings and wife, former President Mahama, and Speaker of Parliament, Mike Oquaye were all in attendance.

In a tribute, he was described by his five daughters as a “true African” amidst a poetry recital to honor his memory.

The widow, Mrs. Beatrice Okai, also eulogized her late husband for his assistance and achievements whiles he was alive.

“My dear Atukwei, you have indeed fought the good fight with all your might. You led a full life; a genius, lengendary figure. You have left a footprints in the sands of time,” she sorrowfully said.

Prof. Atukwei Okai died at the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital on Friday, July 13, following a short illness.

He died at age 77 and was survived by his wife Mrs. Beatrice Okai, and five daughters.

Until his death, he was a national icon, a former Minister, and Secretary-General of the Pan African Writers Association of Ghana (PAWA).

He won a great number of honors, both locally and internationally, during his illustrious career, and was in June 2007, awarded the national award of Member of the Order of the Volta.

He was buried at the new military cemetery at Burma Camp.

By: Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum

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