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A POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS

Singer Adele and Laura DockrillAdele spotted her friend’s postpartum psychosis illness after the birth of her Godson. Postpartum is also a postnatal depression changing the behaviour of the mother after birth so needs help and support of friends and family to recover. This is a serious illness and mothers struggle to look after the baby and themselves. Adele’s best friend says the singer was the first one to spot her postpartum psychosis. Laura Dockrill gave birth to a baby boy, Adele’s Godson in February this year. Recognised it in me, while on the phone FaceTiming her and she was the first one to detect what she had, Laura told Radio 1 Newsbeat. This serious mental illness affects one in one thousand mums and can lead to hallucinations after giving birth. Laura said: “The last six months can only be described as hell, it was the worst time of my life.” She says her symptoms were “insomnia, delusions, suspiciousness and paranoia” and written a blog post to share her experiences with mums who going through same thing. Adele shared Laura’s story, describedas “intimate and heartbreaking.” The singer says she and Laura friends since they were teenagers and her song My Same, from the album 19, is about her. Laura is a poet, author, illustrator and short story writer, and she went to the same school as Adele – the Brit School of Performing Arts in Croydon. In a blog post she talks about a “horrific” labour her doctor believes might have triggered the illness. After coming home with son, Laura describes feeling like “pushed out my personality as well as a baby.”Laura DockrillLaura and Adele are friends since they were teenagers. She says had suicidal thoughts. “I was begging my sister to let me go, I was begging my mum to let me go. “I have never had those thoughts before in my life and no history of mental illness, this completely took me by surprise and threw me against the rocks.” Laura says her skin went pale, she couldn’t eat or drink and she started getting severe anxiety attacks. As things got worse, Laura needed her partner Hugo to send her photos of herself with friends and family to remind her who she was. “Though postnatal depression and psychosis are treatable, even when my doctor said I would 100% recover I remember thinking, ‘Maybe others do but not me, this is me forever.”A mother holds a baby's handSymptoms of postpartum psychosis also includes delusions and hallucinations so Laura was hospitalised and spent two weeks away from her son. She describes herself as recovering more and more each day and is “happy, confident and strong” after getting support from family and a psychiatrist, as well as using medication. But she also says talking about her psychosis has been a “huge” part of her recovery. “I was constantly searching for any stories that offered me hope or salvation in this dark and testing time so that’s why I’ve shared this,” she says. Vivien Waterfield from the charity Home Start praised Laura for speaking up.“It’s very difficult for mums to talk about their difficulties they’re having,” she said. “Anyone in the public eye brave enough to talk about this publicly helps the mums to realise they are not alone.” A few years back, Kathryn Grant’s postpartum psychosis was an inspiration for an EastEnders storyline so Lacey Turner’s character Stacey had condition. She told Newsbeat that she had a horrendous birth and ended up not sleeping for ten nights.James And Kathryn togetherKathryn gave birth to James five years ago. “I knew I needed to go to the A&E because I had a feeling something was about to go terribly wrong. “By the time James was taken from me and cared for by the staff there, I descended into full blown psychosis.” Kathryn says during her psychotic episode she was seeing things that weren’t there and believing things that weren’t true. “I believed was being tortured and punished because I caused an apocalypse and killed most people in the world and the remaining survivors were torturing and trying to cremate me alive,” she said. “The reality was I was in an ambulance being taken from psychiatric hospital to a regular hospital to be treated for sepsis. To get help and support with postpartum psychosis, take a look at the NHS page on the condition.

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  • 14 August 2018

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DOING GREATER MIRACLES?

15407607160971719752558.jpgGod performs GREATER miracles as Jesus said in the Bible today. People do miracles from God as miracles point to Compassion and God’s LOVE for them. If God performs miracles, signs, wonders it is further evidence to reinforce belief in Jesus. God continues to performs HIS amazing powerful miracle for people to reassure them like the Israelites to help them during times of crises. Even when people did not obey HIM, God faithfully used miracles but Israelites constantly disobeyed or rebelled against God. And God’s Mercy and Grace does not depend on mankind’s perfect relationship for a miracle. People saw God parted the Red Sea so God could conquer inhabitants of Promised Land as Caleb and Joshua said and wanted to go at once. This truth is explained in Luke 16:19-31 story of man in hell asking Abraham to send Lazarus from death to warn his brothers. Jesus said Abraham told man, “If they do not listen to Moses, prophets not convinced of Jesus rising from death yet God still shows MERCY. Jesus performs countless miracles but vast majority of people do not believe in Him. God today performs miracles as HE did in the past yet people amazed believe in God for a short time but due to shallow faith soon disappear if something unexpectedly frightening occurs. Faith based on ‘miracles’ is not so mature because God performed the GREATEST Miracle Coming to earth as a Man Jesus Christ to die on the Cross for sin in Romans 5:8 to save. In John 3:16  God performed salvation miracles that goes unnoticed or denied. But miracles proves POWER of God’s salvation Jesus Christ offers to even sceptics. The most important thing FIRST is believe in the salvation by faith in Jesus Christ as the GREATEST MIRACLE, washed by BLOOD of Jesus set free from sin saved from the wrath of God is crucial greatest miracle. 1540760153502-1139989281.jpgMiracles  authenticate the performers in Acts 2:22 as Peter said, “Men of Israel Jesus Christ of Nazareth is accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders, signs God did among you through Lord Jesus you yourselves know.” The same is said of apostles, “to mark apostles with signs, wonders and miracles among you with great perseverance in 2 Corinthians 12 : 12. So gospel in Hebrews 2:4 proclaims God has testified by signs, wonders and the various miracles, gifts of Holy Spirit distributed according to His will. Jesus’ Scripture writings by His apostles builds up faith in God. Faith comes by hearing Words of God through: Moses, Prophets, Jesus and His apostles among all others. Jesus is Cornerstone foundation of faith in Ephesians 2:20 so is the Word of God. Confidence in the Word of God helps to increase faith in God’s miracles today. The Message of Jesus and His apostles accurately recorded in the Scriptures is the LIVING word of God. Sharper than a two-edged sword cutting through bones and marrow and to accomplish what it is sent to do so will not return void in Jesus Name. God still performs miracles because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. God answers prayer and performs miracles according to HIS WILL, PLANS AND PURPOSES. We must not expect miracles as PROOFS of God’s LOVE whether God grants our request for miracles or not like Bible times our faith or belief in God is not negotiable. 15407600090762114001788-1.jpgLazarus and past believers raised from the grave among others died again and their Spirits returned to God in heaven. God gives power to get wealth or riches but is temporary compared to eternal life in the PRESENCE of God. Miracles are like bonus or indispensable lifeline God that decides. To add extra value or has aesthetic value depending on health grounds. Some miracles are not granted for your good if God feels it’s not in your best interest or not good for you. God’s Thoughts are Higher than our thoughts in life, in long run we understand better so thank God for not granting all of past miracles. Christians doing GREATER works than Jesus is due to their extra time of life on earth. In John 14:12 the Bible quotes Jesus’ WORDS, “whoever believes in me will do GREATER things, because Jesus goes to the Father.’ Jesus did amazing, wonderful works so raised dead, walked on water, fed thousands. Truly all who have faith in Jesus Christ do GREATER works through Him. Those who believe in Him do miracle works but not all Christians walk on water or raise dead as His apostles in the book of Acts doing miracles. Peter walked on water and they fed multitudes but Holy Spirit gives different gifts to people in 1 Corinthians 12:4. Not all have same gifts as believer’s gifts vary than others. Jesus said His followers will do His GREATER works than Him not greater IN POWER.15407602525621334526836.jpg Jesus raised Lazarus after four days in tomb in John 11 and dead rose during His Resurrection. Apostles did GREATER works but did not exceed the POWER of Majesty of Jesus’ Miracles. Jesus meant His faithful followers will do GREATER works to GREATER extent. Jesus’ earthly ministry was limited to Galilee, Judea. His disciples extended ministry to the uttermost parts of earth. When Jesus ascended to heaven, His followers were a few hundreds but fifty days after on the day of Pentecost number increased to thousands in Acts 2:41. By end of Acts GOSPEL reached Rome through Jesus’ followers empowered by the Holy Ghost Fire expanded their territory after Jesus returned to heaven. Jesus’ Presence is with them through Holy Spirit causing the GREATER works. “Whoever believes in me will do works; GREATER things than these because I am going to the Father” says John 14:12. Jesus told His disciples gift of Holy Spirit depends on His return back to heaven in John 16:7. Through the Holy Spirit Churches do work of God. Jesus’ links GREATER works in followers due to His Promise to answer prayer. Jesus said: “I will do whatever you ask in My Name so Father God is GLORIFIED in the Son Jesus, ask anything in My Name and I will do it in John 14:13–14. These words of Jesus in John 14 greatly comfort all disciples. 1540760557681-1250642354.jpgJesus assures believers no matter what happens God’s work continues forever in the world as Jesus’ earthly ministry ends His work goes on. The followers of Christ are empowered by the Holy Spirit continue to help, heal people so gospel has GREATER worldwide impact. God’s people pray in Jesus’ Name and answers come because it pleases God to hear and answer prayers. GREATEST miracle is a spiritual transformation of sinful man’s heart by faith in Christ to become Child of God in Christ to the GLORY of God. In addition, Jesus lived and did miracles in the limited time but more generation of believers have more time after Jesus’ return back to heaven to do GREATER works beyond Israel into all the world as instructed by His great commission. More GREATER works does not mean GREATER honour or status than Jesus. There is no other Name given among men by which we are saved for God has HIGHLY Exalted JESUS CHRIST ABOVE ALL names SO AT THE NAME OF JESUS every knee MUST BOW AND EVERY tongue confess THAT JESUS IS LORD TO THE GLORY OF GOD THE FATHER. It is by Grace and Mercy of God counted worthy in Jesus Name as God’s Children. After Armageddon countless Multitudes will be saved more than all the souls combined saved since creation so will be GREATER WORKS enabled by Lord Jesus Christ. Our faith is increased by the confidence of Jesus in His disciples encourages us that the Gospel will not cease because He physically left earth. It reassures believers the Gospel will grow and multiply bearing great fruit globally despite persecutions. In fact challenges strengthen the faith of His loyal faithful elect and remnant to trust Jesus more. 1540760845729-596633470.jpgAs Peter said, Lord only you have the Words of eternal life so where else can we go apart from trusting and following you to the end to be saved. Miracles and prophecies are great but LOVE of God in our hearts shared is Greatest Miracle. It was not miracles that increased Church of Pentecost it was POWER of the Holy Spirit’s Presence that attracted people to go to see why the disciples had fire on the heads and speaking in tongues. Do not seek crowds to follow you to ‘prove’ you are ‘genuine’ pastor. This why the devil deceives ignorant people to seek miracles not God Miracle GIVER. THE NAME OF JESUS IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH PRODUCES AUTOMATIC MIRACLES OR SIGNS WONDERS TO GLORIFY GOD not to prove pastor has big crowds to earn more money. Jesus and desciples fed the crowds freely so did not charge them for miracles. Jesus said if you believe in TRUTH the NAME OF JESUS you will see miracles through HOLY SPIRIT. Do not crave the chance to show off ‘miracles,’ instead do as Jesus said, BELIEVE, trust, and follow God in Christ so get matured pastor mentor to impart the Holy Ghost POWER in you to serve God. Seek first Kingdom of God and all things will be added including power and anointing of the Holy Spirit to work through you in Jesus Name. Do not seek ‘power’ from a herbalists or witchdoctors it’s occult evil power from satan that ruins your life, ministry, business family and finance. 15407612520671381020833.jpgRely on Jesus Christ in God to save, heal and deliver you from all wicked powers contacted in ignorance to be set free in Jesus Name for who Son Jesus Sets FREE is FREE Indeed!!! Bible in Hebrews 10:4 says it is impossible for blood of bulls or goats to take away sin or give ‘power’ to perform miracles in Jesus Name. Such  sacrifices are annual reminder of sins so GOD gave in Romans 8:3 Perfect Sin Offering ULTIMATE SACRIFICE JESUS to redeem the condemned sinful mankind once and for all.” In Hebrews 9:13-10:18 Bible says if the blood of bulls and goats animal sacrifices, heifer ashes sprinkled on unclean sanctifies to purify flesh but the BLOOD of Jesus Christ is ABOVE ALL bloods of animals so it is impossible for blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Romans 11:21-22 says Christ’s SACRIFICE is no match for blood of bulls or goats. Romans 6:10-11 shows death He died for sin is once for all and the life He lives in God means believers set Free through Jesus Name. In Romans 6:14-16 sin has no dominion over you as you are bought by BLOOD OF JESUS. Its impossible the blood of bulls or goats to save you. Hebrews 9:22 does not teach shedding of blood redeems sin eternally so repeated each year. Prior to shedding blood of bulls or goats the old covenant was not active. After Christ’s death, New Covenant assures salvation, forgiveness and anointing by fire of the Holy Ghost. 

GOD’S CHILDREN BEWARE!!!

IMG-20181027-WA0004.jpgWhen in church beware of satan 1 Peter 5:8-9 in Bible says devil goes to Church to use some members for deception in endtime prophecy. Be alert, sober mind your enemy the devil prowls round like a roaring lion looking to devour those to deceive so RESIST the devil to flee from you. Beware satan plans to attack the Church of God to distract their focus to human effort. God’s GREATER POWER is the threat to devil so Beelzebub uses the demons, witches, false teacher’s attack Church of God. Beware of satan’s gospel singers in Church using occult power to seduce. Put on armour of God in Christ to overcome lust, envy, greed, satan’s or baits of gluttony selfish me.me deceit of the whole world. The Church beware of satan false gospel lucifer church sermon revive false religion. Beware shepherds who are manipulated spiritually under witchdoctor spells in charge of God’s flock. Be under God’s care to watch over you not willing to be deceived to pursue dishonest gain. The Bible is God’s Way to live to please God so as Children meet God, satan turns up too in Job 1:6–12 to meet God’s Children. The devil is not an imaginary villain in history but the Bible described devil in Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:12-19 show evil events. People are shocked by the audacity of satan to appear in God’s PRESENCE after being thrown out of heaven to earth. God punished satan so never forgiven for defying God turned against God’s Children in Genesis. IMG-20181027-WA0003.jpgAfter causing division with angels in heaven, God’s Children are under attack since creation God in constant battle with the devil to endure to the end and be saved in Jesus Name. God’s people be compassionate and welcoming but can be vulnerable manipulated seduced unawares. Church people get together to praise and worship God unaware the devil turns up to cause distraction chaos in the House of God. Often target mostly strong devout Christians to try to floor or embarrass Church of God in Christ Jesus. The devil promotes lust, sexual harassment, abuse of power as ultimate pinnacle of status to engage in unlawful sexual behaviour but denies allegations. Fear of consequences makes people to condone bad behaviour, keeping facade of pretence deluding themselves. There are agencies specialised in targeting the naive Christian believer to deceive and lure them from a righteous path of life from Holy Spirit distracting their focus of attention. God’s giants in the Church celebrated can be misguided and misled taken advantage of. A secular program, lucrative projects adapt to conform to world’s ways open door of compromise. Innocent projects, ethically viable have invincible strings attached hidden from obvious outward appearances. A closer look at good causes blesses people but a goal of distraction from direct focus on God is hidden motive. Resources used or time devoted to projects to modernise Church to fit into world’s pattern of evil create selfishness, greed, jealousy, envy, spiritual manipulations, false spiritual Authority to abuse Church members. IMG_20181027_132353.jpgDesire to adapt to upward sophisticated methods can overrule the sacred space of the Church. A megarich Church can cross paths with a secular business venture contract so regulation to keep up with trends, miss God’s plan as originally ordained. These means the Church looks more like Hollywood red carpet events than sacred House of God. The lack of focus opens doors for satan to sneak in to enter sent by the trained agent targeting specific people weak in Church. Websites teach people to pick a person in Church they fancy, sit next to them, talk to them maintain eye contact, invite them after service to socialize and the rest is history. It may seem strange to query friendship in Church but their motive is wrong aiming to lure people to fall into sin. Beware of who befriends you in Church and learn to relate more in public than special privilege private VIP exclusive special treatment by the head or a leader. That is danger signal to find an excuse to leave the Church before things get out of control and you become hurt. Their goal is to target and destroy believers as the agents of satan. Testimonies upon testimonies of saved, delivered people confess their past lives of destructions caused to Church morally or financially. This is not merely an excuse to shift the blame and the responsibility of fallen believers on the devil. It’s the diabolical network of satan entrenched in all parts of the world in effort to attack Church of God in Christ. a-gospel-that-doesnt-include-repentance-is-a-false-gospel-768x768.jpgTheir mission to fulfil the debauchery of recruiting many people as possible into hell with them. God especially designed hell only for satan and demons fallen from heaven but they came to earth to deceive and lure people. Are masters of deception, it is said by Jesus the very elect if not alert and watching can be deceived by them in Matthew 24:24. Jesus worked with a disciple who in Luke 22:3 satan entered into. Judas betrayed Jesus because of an spirit evil that he allowed into his life because of love of money the root of all evil. The devil did not fear Jesus but was angry Jesus came to destroy all works of the devil to deliver them from all their destructions. Jesus healed sick people and restored mad people to sanity and a sound mind. Jesus will return to seat on the throne of David entitled to covenant of Abraham in Israel. God promised in Matthew 4:8-9 and Luke 4:6-7 to give to Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth from satan. Christ Jesus came to destroy devil and fallen angels who rebelled against God. In Luke 10:18, satan falls down like lightning from heaven.” God’s purpose is to use hell to destroy satan, sin and all unsaved to make the perfectly free from sin and evil. So Son of Man Jesus did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them according to Luke 9:56. Jesus will return so the devil will be defeated once and for all. God’s love for mankind also revealed in Revelation 20:10 and Luke 10:17-20 as Daniel’s sealed prophecy of 70 weeks unfold. false-teachers-scriptures-avec-bible-verse-about-faith-kjv-idees-et-beware-of-faith-based-on-feelings-rather-than-gods-word-avec-960x960px-768x768.jpgBiblical account show our Lord and our Saviour Jesus 2000 years ago healed all manner of infirmities or sicknesses that caught His attention so cast out demons from those possessed by evil spirits; liberated those in satanic bondages, and gave solace to the heavy-laden. At His command, Lazarus who was dead for four days came out of grave. After His resurrection the dead came out graves as the greatest miracle ever performed in this universe of dry bones coming to life. Lord Jesus Christ is clearly our God Almighty. At His command the forces of nature was rebuilt and so reconstructed decomposing body of Lazarus including moribund internal organs. He promised His disciples and apostles will continue the good works or even perform greater miracles than He did. Acts of Apostles in Holy Bible says Apostles of Jesus Christ did similar miracles. They healed the sick cast out demons and fed the needy in Church. No sickness and no demon resisted their touch and deliverance. In Acts Chapter, Apostles Peter and John healed a lame man since birth from his mother’s womb. Peter’s words to lame man was: “I have no silver nor gold but what I have I give to you. In the Name of Jesus Christ rise up and walk.” The sick man got up and walked to surprise the public. Numerous signs, miracles or wonders followed Apostles evangelical work ministry today as in the past. IMG-20181027-WA0005.jpgThousands of crowds of believers added by God to the body of Christ. After death of apostles, apostolic faith feat appears to stagger. Years ago Christian Churches started to announce manifestation of Holy Spirit fire power to minister and pray for sick. This golden opportunity showed a restoration of greater world Jesus talked about. God’s awesome majestic power is prevailing through Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ before whom all souls must bow either in life or at death. Expected replication of Apostolic Faith and feat of healing the sick the world encountered turns out to be a colossal controversy. It is a pious faith that believes Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever reminder of history repeating itself as doubters of Jesus accused Him of using Beelzebub. God’s deserved Glory is now credited to ‘angel of light’ performing miracles with evil spirit powers. Why is it now so impossible for evangelical missions to do greater works? Does Jesus’ disciples invested with the awesome power and authority from only Jesus not perform miracles anymore. Intellectual curiosity accuses Christian leaders who embark on healing miracles with signs, wonders as fake pastors, prophets or ministers. IMG-20181027-WA0006.jpgMinistries with the rich church leaders, expensive gold ring chains or diamond bracelets; expensive porshe cars and private jets; fat bank accounts, real estates; expensive suits or apparels seem not to have the same anointing as Jesus for greater works. So Holy Spirit’s crucial component of Jesus’ awesome power and authority said to be traded to gain whole world and lose their soul. Is wealthy journey expensive gold rings, real estates, private jets too worldly for comfort of the Holy Spirit. Is Christian self-denial for the Holy Spirit’s help and comfort mean comfortably rich Church leaders regressed into secular status of no miracle power manifestation? A very important question is whether Church leaders qualify as disciples or apostles of Jesus Christ. Is lack of self-denial and worldly acquisition mean Mark 8 Verse 34, by Lord Jesus Christ mean poverty if any one wants to follow Christ he must deny himself take up his cross to follow Jesus. Did Jesus Christ connote lack deep sense of abnegation or self-denial lack among Christian leaders of new-world. Is acquiring private jets, real estates the reason for not doing greater works? If God prefers poverty why are the poor not doing the greatest miracles? Is John Chapter 17:16 where Lord Jesus Christ said to His disciples “be not of the world does not means isolation but Holiness.Jesus-expulsa-vendilhoes-do-temploPastor speeding pulled over said, “I am a pastor going to church let me off. The officer replied: “Please, leave the pastor thing out of it, if indeed pastor you must have a Bible in your car. Bring it.” The Pastor brought out his Bible to prove his honesty to be freed is told, “please read Matthew 5:25-26,” by officer. The Pastor opened text and it reads: “Settle matters quickly with adversary taking you to court while with him on the way or may hand you over to judge who may hand you over to officer to throw in prison. I tell you the truth; you will not get out until you paid the last penny.” The man of God upon made “offering” of N500 to newfound preacher Officer who told the pastor, “End of the matter. Go quickly in peace and never argue we settle matters quickly and peacefully instead of taking them to court to be thrown in jail as our job.” Apostolic calling Jesus’ disciples is a total life detachment from worldly sin pleasures acquisitions. It is so important Godly ancient apostolic faith feat return to Church of God in world. Prophet not honoured in own country among own people despite work of charity or caring for needy unprecedentedly refreshing. Television costs million of dollars paid by Church or partners. Apostle Paul told members of community he never covet silver, gold, goods but worked with his hands to feed himself and the needy in Church. So apostolic faith must return in believers to express miracle touch of God cast out infirmity by healing power. The legion in demoniac cast out by Jesus by faith in God in Jesus Name. Apostolic prayer intercession by Church members incredible evidence of miracle convince people to repent to accept Jesus. Acts of the Apostles preaching word of God to people to increase their faith to believe. So members of secret societies, occults, idol worshippers surrender evil books and objects for destruction happens in Church as powerful sermon is preached by pastors. God’s Power is greatest than occult grandmasters, invocators witches herbalists, surrendered curious objects and books of invocation for destruction.IMG_20181027_132154.jpg God’s Spirit for evangelical achievement receive little enthusiasm from Christian leaders envious and angry at the height and level of the Holy Spirit’s deep work in others. Attacks against evangelists in Europe, Africa or America come from those not standing on such equal terms. Encouraging awesome power prevailing in everlasting paramount Name of Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ further elevate, invests, honours a celebration by entire world. Inability to think long-term for a development of infrastructure presents problems for future generations creates self-centred short-term way of thinking that needs to change. So people worship wealth so much regardless of source but should instead enjoy remarkable deeds. Recognise to show admiration for those individuals in the society who carry out genuine, sincere remarkable deeds to improve life of others to change society for the better. Recognise, acknowledge or share wisdom regardless of intellect and individual achievements. Important to compare the emerging or developing nations to do better to work together. It is necessary to remember all have the same father God not deal treacherously with each other. Our unique ambitions, competitiveness, drive, resilience, need to achieve individually unfortunately is trait undermining our ability to work together. Christian countries must can take their rightful place alongside other fo this trend to change. Recognising it is duty of care mandatory elite, educated, wealthy class must use their knowledge, experience, wealth, influence to connect sincerely and genuinely to alleviate the circumstance or conditions of fellow country men and women. The lack of opportunity, poverty, lack of healthcare, lack of infrastructure, the inequality in our society is resulting in huge numbers of young people seeking green pastures in other countries in a process enabling re-emergence of a modern day slavery  and dangerous travel conditions. Truth about hell in Luke 16, Jesus Christ gives frightening picture. Matthew 25:41 says, hell is, “prepared for only the devil and his angels.” God did not intend mankind to go to hell but return to Heaven after passing on earth. Heaven and hell are real so decide destination to go, heaven or hell God gives you freewill to choose. Learn reality of heaven and hell, study to show yourself approved by God and know for sure you are saved. Christians can help each other to chat and share the Gospel message with others. Freely you receive so freely give it is not only pastors called to great commission. Start conversation with personal testimony and share goodness if God. Seek first the Kingdom of God all things will be added to you. Do not go looking for a spouse minus God, hopping around people in a Church will give you the right partner. It is God’s idea not to be alone so marry but seek God’s help for your own spouse do not covet any other person’s partner. ABSOLUTELY DO NOT MEDDLE IN ANY one’s marriage no matter promise given you. Remember what goes round comes around and you are their next victim as people find out years later. Do not fear to say no because your FAITH CANNOT BE CRUSHED IF YOU TRULY LOOK UP TO JESUS ALONE!!! GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT POWER WORKS through mankind. THE PERFECT HOLY SPIRIT IS PURE POWER OF GOD SO IS NOT CONTAMINATED by man’s evil actions creates evil gossip.behold-he-is-coming-the-lion-of-the-tribe-of-15304741 So discourages people’s FAITH IN GOD used by devil to target believers tricks them to lose faith in God. GREATEST ANOINTING attracts greatest weakness of the servant of God because the devil wants to create doubt in people to stop listening not to trust in God. Apart from JESUS, GOD AND HOLY SPIRIT nobody is PERFECT so ALL have sinned and fallen short of the GLORY OF GOD. There is no one righteous NO NOT ONE person on earth. You need MERCY, Grace and God’s Forgiveness not to point accusing finger at others. Jesus says, FIRST remove the big log in your own eyes to SEE clearly before removing a little splinter in other people’s eyes. Give Thanks and Glory to God for Grace and Mercy, wo/men come forward in Church to tell elders to warn people to watch out for such evil attacks in Church. Important to reset intimate design of Church so the pastor’s private personal attention not exclusively given at risk of potential seducer. Better work in teams during private counselling not fear spreading Church member’s secrets to meet only privately. This backfires as some women target the pastors to cause their downfall sent by satan to disgrace them. Focus on character or actions of men of God distracts the Church from FOCUS ON JESUS AND GOD’s salvation. IMG_20181027_135748.jpgPeople become offended by behaviour so leave or never trust Christians again. It’s the most effective weapon used by the devil to destroy the Church. So need to SEE THROUGH THIS STRATEGY TO HOLD ONTO GOD, LEAVE THE PASTOR IN GOD’S CAPABLE HANDS TO DEAL WITH THEM. AFTER ALL GOD CALLED PASTOR SO IS ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD. OF COURSE AS FOUNDERS OF THEIR CHURCH SOME ARE TOO BIG IN THEIR BOOTS TO LISTEN TO THOSE PEOPLE THEY EMPLOY. SCANDALS GET WORSE BECAUSE OF FEAR NOBODY DARE TO CHALLENGE THEM OR GET FIRED OR KILLED IN EXTREME CASES. Church is nowhere ready for rapture not at all. He may find few people if He Comes today. Little wonder the Lord Jesus still tarries. The Bible says judgement begins in the House of God so do be lured by secular programs and projects to miss CALL OF GOD TO SAVE SOULS FOR GOD IN JESUS NAME. THANK GOD FOR THE DELAY OF RAPTURE though time is running out as world events show. GOD says there will come a time everyone will KNOW GOD FOR THEMSELVES SO HE WILL TEACH PEOPLE DIRECTLY. And everyone must SEEK GOD THEMSELVES not depend on others like the blind leading the blind if you only to be deceived by the devil. satan-deceives-the-whole-world.jpg

Imagine this Church lady on telephone: Hello Sir, I want to meet & talk to you.’ Man: Do you know me?

Lady: Yes, you are father of my child!
Man stunned, oh my God!!!!
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Are you Amaka?
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Are you Ibiso?
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Are you Queen?
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Are you Queeneth?
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Are you Joyce?
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Are you Confidence?
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Are you Judith?
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Are you Brenda?
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Are you Kate?
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No Sir, I am sunday school teacher of your son you just made my day.🤣🤣🤣

WHEN WILL CLOCK CHANGE

When did the clocks go back?

This year’s clocks go back early hours of Sunday October 28; at 2am, UK reverts to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by goes back one hour, to 1am. This marks the official end of British summertime. A clever way to remember hour-change is “Spring forward, Fall back.” Relish extra 60 minutes in bed so mornings will be lighter for now, at least but the evenings will be darker. The event means making plans for the day despite prevalence of smartphones and other devices to alter time automatically, there is always one person who didn’t get the message.

When infernal darkness ends?

We won’t see lighter nights again until Sunday March 31st 2019, when clocks will wind forward at 1am and British Summer Time begins.

How dark UK gets in winter?

In the UK the maximum 16 hours and 50 minutes of daylight falls on longest day in June known as summer solstice. On shortest day, Thursday December 21, this dwindles to seven hours and 49 minutes when the sun rises at 8:03am and sets at 3:53pm in London.

Daylight Saving Idea Origin?

Edwardian builder William Willett introduced the idea of British Summer Time, also known as Daylight Saving Time, in 1907. Willett is a great-great-grandfather of Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin. A keen supporter of the outdoors, he noticed that during the summer people were still asleep when the sun had risen and wanted to stop Brits from wasting valuable daylight hours. Clocks were set to the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) meaning light by 3am and dark at 9pm midsummer. So Willett published pamphlet called ‘The Waste of Daylight‘ to get people out of bed earlier by changing the nation’s clocks, arguing it will improve health and happiness so save country £2.5 million. He proposed the clocks be advanced by 80 minutes in four incremental steps during April and reversed same way during September. His idea was ridiculed and the Daylight Saving Bill got nowhere in Parliament but introduced in 1909. Willett, was not deterred. He spent the rest of his life trying to convince people his scheme was a good one. Sadly, he died of the flu in 1915 at the age of 58; a year before Germany adopted his clock-changing plan on April 30, 1916 when clocks were put forward at 11pm. Britain followed a month later on May 21 and Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Turkey all followed. William Willett laid outserious proposition for daylight saving scheme. Britain and Germany had been fighting each other in the First World War (1914-18), and a system that could take pressure off economy and conserve fuel worth trying. So Summer Time Act of 1916 was quickly passed by Parliament and the first day of British Summer Time, 21 May 1916, was widely reported in the press. Back then hands on some clocks can’t turn back without breaking mechanism. Owners put the clock forward by 11 hours as Summer Time came to an end on 1 October 1916.

The Home Office put out special posters telling people how to reset their clocks to GMT and national newspapers also gave advice. Willett, died at his home near Bromley in Kent,  commemorated for his efforts by a memorial sundial in nearby Petts Wood, set permanently to Daylight Saving Time. The Daylight Inn in Petts Wood is named in his honour and there’s a road there called Willett Way. Willett wasn’t alone in realising the potential of utilising wasted daylight hours. As far back as 1784, Benjamin Franklin, one of America’s Founding Fathers, wrote a letter to the Journal of Paris making fun of fact people sleeping through daylight and burning candles and fuel for light at night. Franklin even suggested tax on shuttered windows or public alarm clocks to solve problem.

Time changes body clock British Summer Time ends on SundayBritish Summer Time ends Sunday 28th October affects moods: SAD disorder is Seasonal Affective Disorder one of the most depressing days of the year. When clocks go back the British Summer Time ends evenings darker hour earlier. Does it make much difference? From 1968 to 1971, the UK experimented with British Standard Time the permanent summer time was used all year. Trevor Harley, a psychologist, in his book The Psychology of Weather recalls in native Scotland he felt like “it was perpetually dark. Its bad enough when sunrise around 9am, but 10am is grim prospect in winter.” It led to more traffic accidents during darker mornings, but fewer accidents in the evenings. Overall, about 2,500 fewer people were killed due to clock change.

Time difference of one hour?

Today clocks are almost always set one hour back or ahead, but in history there were several variations, half adjustment (30 minutes) or double adjustment (two hours), adjustments of 20 or 40 minutes used. A two-hour adjustment was used in several countries during 1940s and elsewhere at times. A half adjustment is used in New Zealand in the first half of the 20th century. Australia’s Lord Howe Island (UTC+10:30) of DST schedule in which clocks are moved 30 minutes forward to UTC+11, which is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) during DST. In 1940 during the Second World War, the clocks in Britain were not put back by an hour at the end of Summer Time. Years, later clocks continued to be advanced by one hour each spring and put back by an hour each autumn until July 1945. During summers Britain was two hours ahead of GMT and operating on British Double Summer Time (BDST). The clocks were brought back in line with GMT at the end of summer in 1945. In 1947, due to fuel shortages, clocks were advanced by one hour on two occasions during the spring, and put back by one hour on two occasions during the autumn, means that Britain was back on BDST during that summer.

 

Ditching Daylight Saving Time?

Those who want change say it’s not clear if any energy savings are made, while there are also potential health risks. Critics claim the darker mornings are dangerous for children walking to school and the energy saving argument may be invalid if people switch on fans and air-conditioning units during the lighter, warmer evenings. But unlikely to bother people in the UK. In 2011, Tory MP Rebecca Harris floated a bill calling for year-round daylight savings but failed to complete passage through Parliament before the end of the session and was dropped. A YouGov poll same year found 53pc of Britons supported moving clocks an hour permanently while 32pc opposed the change. The proposals were met less warmly by the Scottish population; Alex Salmond called campaign to “plunge Scotland to morning darkness” and SNP colleague MP Angus MacNeil said any change has “massive implications for the safety and wellbeing of everyone living north of Manchester. “It is no secret Tories in the south want to leave Scotland in darkness but fixing clocks to British summertime means the dawn wouldn’t break in Scotland until nearly 9am,” he said. He had a point. Following a 1968 to 1971 trial, BST employed all year round northern Scotland saw a net increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured. The sun wouldn’t rise fully until 10am in parts of Scotland and the country’s 1,000-or-so dairy farmers, who wake up before 5am, would have to work for hours in the dark. Other farmers and construction workers, who need sunlight to perform their jobs, would end up having to work later into the evening. Some folks keen to reach a compromise have suggested the clocks change at Hadrian’s Wall and not at Calais. Philip Broom writing on the National Farmer’s Union website in 2011 said: “A definite no. Combining will not start until midday and then have to go on until 11 o’clock. Our day is long enough now.” ‘A Thomas’ writing on the NFU site, was worried “younger people having loud parties or barbecues in gardens and youths hanging around on streets make itnightmare for people getting up for work early mornings.”

A massive wind-up for some…

Spare a thought for the staff of the Royal Collection. They spend over 50 hours adjusting over 1000 clocks spread across the official residences of The Queen. Following months of planning, staff at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh start work in the early hours of the morning to ensure that the time is set accurately. There are 379 timepieces at Windsor Castle, 500 at Buckingham Palace and 80 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse including organ clocks, astronomical clocks, musical clocks and mechanical clocks. 

Why keep Daylight Saving Time

There have been various trials over the decades from double summer time (GMT + 2 hours) during Second World War to permanent British Summer Time (GMT + 1 hour) during late 1960s but the current system of changing the clocks at the end of March and October has been in place since 1972. Those in favour say that it would reduce traffic accidents, save energy, boost tourism and encourage more people to exercise outdoors. In the 1980s, the golf industry estimated one extra month of daylight savings could generate up to $400 million (£246.6 million) a year in extra sales and fees. Daylight Savings Time “affects everything from terrorism to the attendance at London music halls, voter turnout to street crime, gardening to profits of radio stations,” said David Prerau, author of Saving the Daylight: Why We Put the Clocks Forward. This debate stretches years into the past, and the future of British time is still unclear.

Sandringham Time GMT/30mins

Added complication for Royal servants between the years 1901 to 1936 was the concept of ‘Sandringham Time’ which was introduced in by Albert, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. A keen fan of shooting, he wanted to make the most of winter daylight, so he ordered all clocks on the estate to be set half an hour fast. The tradition was continued by King George V after he acceded to the throne in 1925 but King Edward VIII abolished it in 1936 shortly before his abdication Sandringham House

Coping With The Time Changes

  1. When the clocks first go back, mornings are lighter so ensure bedrooms are kept dark with blinds or curtains.
  2. Alter bedtime by around 10 minutes over a few days beforehand to adjust to the new time.
  3. Maintain bedtime routines. Get ready for bed in the same order e.g pyjamas on, tooth brushing, bedtime story.
  4. Turn off all screens at least an hour before bedtime.
  5. Offer a milky, warm drink to encourage sleepiness and avoid stimulating food and drink just before sleep.
  6. Make sure all the clocks are correct.

OXFORD CHRISTIAN CAMPS

Oxford_skyline_0The students at the University of Oxford voted to ban a Christian group from one of their colleges because it will threaten their “physical and mental safety.” The JCR at Lady Margaret Hall have voted overwhelmingly in favour of banning Christian Concern group from hosting a residential summer camp on the Oxford premises because their values do not align with those of the college. Christian Concern members protested outside the abortion clinics and its founder Andrea Williams believes in the criminalisation of homosexuality. She claimed the earth is only 4,000 years old not the 4.5 billion years by science community. The group wants to host the residential camp for young people, aims to train and equip the invited students on what it means to proclaim Christ in public life, but JCR members vote rejects the residency by a margin of 81 votes to eight, with two absentia. According to student newspaper OxStu, “members of the JCR spoke in the debate recognised Christian Concern as “real threat to the physical and mental safety of students.” One student made point “we’re inviting them into our home and we can’t invite people who stand against our values.” The debate was consultative, but the college’s governing body will make its final decision next week. The move is understood to be driven by the LGBT students who say they wouldn’t feel so welcome if the college gives platform to the Christian camp. There is a perceived threat because of organisation’s history of pro-life choice protests outside the abortion clinics. The camp is supposed to take place next summer, before term starts but no fixed date has been set. Although the vast majority of students will not be at the college, some will be on site doing research projects. Around 60 postgraduates live permanently on site. In a statement to The OxStu, Oxford student newspaper, a JCR spokesperson said: “The JCR met to discuss and pass a motion that they oppose the Christian group coming. But, until a decision is made, it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

World University Rankings top 10

1. Oxford University
2. Cambridge University
3. California Institute of Technology
=3. Stanford University
5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6. Harvard University
7. Princeton University
8. Imperial College London
9: University of Chicago
10. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
10. University of Pennsylvania

DR JAMES KWEGYIR AGGREY

images-James_Emman_Kwegyir_Aggrey_814477910Dr James Emman Kwegir Aggrey is one of the leading figures in the history of education in Africa. And undoubtedly Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey, is more popularly known as “Aggrey of Africa.” He is noted as great sociologist, orator, preacher, far-sighted politician, equally famous for witty epigramatic sayings. Aggrey is apostle of inter-racial co-operation, advocated and helped to cut the path of progress for the African race in many fields, in the direction of Religion, Education, and Agriculture. Is known as “Father of African Education,” “First African Gender Activist,” “Pan-Africanist,” “African Theologian,” “Civil Right Activist,” and “Father of Achimota College.” Type his name on Google and get 11,000 results in 0.30 seconds. Born on Monday, 18th October, 1875, at Anomabo in the Central Region of the Gold Coast, of Princess Abena Anowa of Ajumako, and Okyeame Prince Kodwo Kwegyir, Chief Linguist in the court of King Amonoo V of Anomabu, Aggrey was the seventeenth child of his father and fourth of his mother Abena Anowa, third, last wife of Okyeame Kwegyir. ( Okyeame Kwegyir had 21 children in total; 9 by his first wife, 4 by his second and 8 a third wife Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey’s mother. Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey was born amidst rumours of an Ashanti invasion of Anomabo in the midst of warlike-preparations, time set aside to name the child, since it was eighth day after birth, as tradition demanded. At the naming ceremony and baptism on June 24th, 1883, Aggrey with brother Kodwo Awir, Christian names are James and William, were by custom bestowed on him and his brother respectively. However other fantse names were given to young Aggrey and his full name was James Emman Kodwo Mensa Otsiwadu Humamfunsam Kwegyir Aggrey.

Dr James Kwegyir Aggrey’s family. And James is his baptismal name. The others name explained as Emman, ‘ Great city’ supposed to be “Oman” Fantse language but Cape Coast pronounciation affected it and Aggrey accepted it. Kodwo, ‘male child born on Monday, Mensa, is a ‘third male child’ Otsiwadu, tenth after Otsiwa Humamfunsam, ‘wide-ruling Agyeman’; Kwegyir, father’s name; Aggrey, family name. Kwegyir is a contraction of Kwaw Egyir. Egyir seems original family name anglicised Aggrey. Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey’s father, respected linguist spokesman of a chief or king, a warrior. His mother, a daughter of a medicine man so he was born in traditional family who became Christians and Dr. Aggrey was baptised, as James. Prior to this he was popularly known as Kojo, or Kodwo, Mensa. James recounted when he stated: “My father and my mother, brothers and sisters became Christians through me. I got a taste for this when 8 years old.” Dr Aggrey`s Bust at Achimota School, Accra, Ghana. Shortly before eightieth birthday, entered the Wesleyan School in Cape Coast. Father left with mother to seek employment as “goldtaker’ with Mr. John Sarbah indigene of Anomabu and father of late lawyer John Mensah Sarbah, CMG, prosperous merchant and member of Legislative Council. But after bankruptcy of the Hon. George Kuntu-Blankson, whose firm Kodwo Kwegyir held position several years at Anomabu, fifteen miles east of Cape Coast. Dr. Aggrey’s younger sister his favourite admired him for prowess of learning to recite what he was taught at school like Lord’s Prayer, Apostle’s Creed, ‘Thirty days has September, the multiplication table and so on. A lot is said about how thin he grew but strong and healthy so his mother said he detests ‘fufu.’ But most importantly, from boyhood, Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey diligently pursuing knowledge. He rose early than members of family, shared ‘water-carrying’ and sweeping, puts little boiled maize under his cloth with books, goes to Amanfu at the seashore reads till school time. He is seen everyday walking across Chapel Square, the centre of town, “oblivious of everything but book his eyes were glued to.”Its said he was among the top four (4th) in class.


In Achimota School in 1888, Dr. James Kwegyir Aggrey’s life changed with the arrival of Rev. Dennis Kemp, Wesleyan missionary, who arrived in Cape Coast from Barbados, West Indies. As part of his efforts to curb illiteracy at the time, proposed to take 20 people (all boys) to mission house for training so favoured among them was Dr. James Kwegyir Aggrey. Young Emmanuel distinguished himself in all branches of knowledge, so easily won admiration of Rev. Dennis Kemp. In a spacious mission home, “the most palatial residence in Cape Coast,” Aggrey and twenty three lads received instruction in joinery, blacksmithery, home decoration, painting, in addition to formal literary education, science, logic, etc.  As expected, Aggrey became more engrossed in his books. He was quoted to declare many times, “I want to know everything.”Aggrey had no time for ‘games.’ He lived for books. He would stay up reading long after others were asleep, when weary, tie a soaked towel around his head and sit with his feet in basin of cold water. He loved God as a boy so history books refer to him as ‘a natural Christian.’ Two years later he at 14 years, completed his course at this college, and accepted post of temporary pupil teacher, Abura-Dunkwa, 20 miles east of Cape Coast on monthly salary of 35 shillings. Aggrey was responsible for a class of about 30 boys. Rev. Dennis Kemp appointed to spiritual oversight of the Coast to the Prahso district. And Aggrey and Rev. Dennis Kemp made a two-day journey to this large circuit. At Ekroful, they were handicapped for lack of accommodation, no hotels or lodging houses, slept in the chapel; Rev. Kemp in the pulpit, and Aggrey in one of the pews. By age 15, was in sole control of the school and compelled to show his leadership prowess. He succeeded in raising standard of pupils’ work under his guidance both the day school and Sunday school became the largest in the circuit. In a letter to the school 37 years later, Aggrey recounted, “In 1889 I was in Abura Dunkwa to teach in a village school. I was kindergarten teacher, primary teacher, headmaster and all. He lamented about the poor conditions of teachers but stated, “and yet looking back on my life, if I had chance to live again,  I will gladly do teachin again.

A year afterwards, Aggrey transferred to Cape Coast, now prosperous; several Christian missionaries had arrived and fraternal, literary and social clubs, the Singing Band, Band of Hope, and Chris’t Little Band and Y.M.C.A. all establishing themselves. Trade was prosperous, with speculation in gold mines, machinery increasing; railways introduced in the nearby district. Banks were established, newspapers springing up, and study of English language becoming popular. So
Aggrey joined the staff of the Wesleyan Memorial School, built in 1881, taught for many years. So studying for Aggrey was a lifestyle and not a task. He asked for lessons to prepare for Cambridge Local Examination. Studied Magnetism, Electricity, traded with the missionaries giving lessons in the Fanti language. In return, learnt lessons in French, Latin and Psychology, always ready to share knowledge with pupils. Dr. Aggrey is known for delight in use of long English words. Quoted in a youthful essay, “ In the tropics, nature excels herself in superabundant productiveness.” If he did not find word to suit him creates one quoted as saying, “ the tropician is satisfied on land, the frigidian, ever on the icy waters.”  He coined the title ‘tantabulator’ after the name of music instrument, tanta-ba in fanti, probably because it was the only instrument he could play so well. Dr. Aggrey excelled in everything he ‘touched’ and he was proud of himself. He is quoted to have said, “ when I was being trained for the ministry, I ranked first in Greek, in Latin, in Bible History, in Logic, in Exegesis, yes, first in everything.” He was so good the Wesleyan authorities permitted him to preach at age 16. By the time Dr. Aggrey turned 20, he was Assistant Headmaster at the Wesleyan Centenary Memorial School. Anomabo Etsiwa Posuban Asafo group or military Dr James Kwegyir Aggrey belongs. In 1889, when Rev. J.B. Graham entered ministry, Aggrey a Headmaster of the school at age of 23. He took all the Teachers’ Certificate examinations of Department of Education; and in 1895, stood first among the 119 candidates all over the country. Only one who gained second class certificate of distinction he obtained qualified him without further examination, “to teach in similar school in any British Colony, the world over.” The Legislative Council voted (NC30.00) 15 pounds in his favour for purchase of books in appreciation. His success made Cape Coast Wesleyan School the best school in the Colony. As stated by then Director of Education with 400 enrolled students, Aggrey is a figure of great man in the Gold Coast even at that time.

Dr James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey. From 1895 – 1898, Aggrey is educational giant, a politician and soldier. Aggrey became recording Secretary, Aborigines Rights Protection Society and short time acted as Chief Secretary of Society. He carried about a petition for signatures against notorious Public Lands Bill (1897). On one occasion, performed splendid task of walking, in the course of a single day, 36 miles to Manso to send an important cablegram to London on behalf of the Society. Aggrey contributed articles in a Gold Coast Methodist Times, his friend Rev. Jacob Anaman then editor, helped to get the unpopular Bill withdrawn. As a soldier in Fanti-Ashanti war, Aggrey served his expedition under Colonel Sir Francis Cunningham Scott, a veteran of Gold Coast Constabulary who had on his staff two British princes. Prince Henry of Battenberg and the Prince Christian Victor. Aggrey an interpreter was paid 7/6d. per day attached to Telegraph Unit with Captain R. S. Curtis and Lieutenant McInnes marched from Cape Coast to Kumasi in December, 1896. Saw fighting in Kumasi, the following year returned to Cape Coast unhurt. Afterwards, his father’s people made him the Tufuhene a Field Marshall according to the native custom. Although accepted the honour politely sought to be relieved of office, as it would have stood in the way of his education and other civic programmes. This refusal, was not for lack of interest in African customs, but because he felt he could not fulfil all functions at same time. Dr Aggrey was popular amongst the Gold Coast educated elites whatever he wear they mimic his style. In his own words: “In Gold Coast I was popular if I wore my hat over my right brow all young men wore theirs in the same way. I did not know I knew nothing. From Gold Coast I went to America, to obtain two doctorates. Perceived knew nothing.” For the next twenty-six years, from 10th July, 1898 to October 15th 1924, Aggrey pursued knowledge and education in America. Through the generous offer of Rev. John Bryan Small a native of Barbados, Aggrey proceeded to America to train to join the Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Aggrey left for United States, 10th July, 1898, SS “Accra” reaching America a month later. Aggrey describes life-time student, successfully took examinations every year. Aggrey combined good academic attitude with his diligence and hard work raise funds during long vacation to pay his fees. He recounted an experience seeking a job at publishing firm, “ When I asked for work, they told me they had no work except for a devil. So I begun to black my face more black, easy to do when using the hand machines. In 3 weeks, moved to be journeyman in another 3 weeks, made a proof reader.” For his hard work occasionally asked by editors of Charlotte Daily Observer, publishing firm to contribute articles to the papers. Mr. H.E.C Bryant, through whose hands his contributions passed noted:“ He’s dark as dark, but very few in America can use English as he can. His articles go in without blue-penciling.” In 1902 Kwegyir Aggrey graduated with B.A honours. He won gold medal for English composition and a second gold medal for general scholarly deportment. In the same year, delivered a Latin salutatory at Commencement in American colleges at close of the term. He earlier delivered first Greek oration heard in the college.

In 1912 degree of M.A, conferred on him by Livingstone College. And also a Hood Theological Seminary Doctorate Degree.
Prior to graduating, given assistance to staff of the College. When professor, A.B Johnson fell ill, Aggrey worked for him. Death of A.B Johnson, meant appointed Registrar, Financial Secretary, taught English Language, Literature, Sociology and Economics. He acted as Treasurer of the college athletic association, was superintended of College Sunday School ordained an Elder of the Zion Methodist Church in 1903. Made Pastor at Miller’s Chapel and Sandy Ridge in 1914. After completing course, College authorities pressed him to stay. Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey always conscious of time, was known by students as a ‘stickler for punctuality.’ Students accused him of ‘putting on the clock.’They tried to catch him late, but never succeeded. A fellow student and one-time principal, Dr. W.J. Trent wrote:
“His influence at Livingstone, where he taught for more than 20 years was very precious and had a great deal to do with improvement of moral and spiritual conditions of whole college life” In 1917, position of the President of Livingstone College became vacant passed over, many expected, supported him for the post, Dr. Aggrey remained strong. He stated in a letter: “ I believe the Lord has something else in store for me. I am doing my best, patiently waiting until He gets ready for me to go where He leads I follow. Dr Aggrey obtained Philosophy Degree, Divinities in 1923. He returned home to Achimota College as foundation member of staff in 1924, Assistant Vice-Principal, thanks to Governor Guggisbery, who made the foundation of College possible. In 1924, position of President of Livingstone College vacant again and Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey in Gold Coast was invited to take over as President but declined the offer. Committing himself to work as a staff member of Achimota School in Accra. Despite the big disparity between the income offered or one taken at time.XGltYWdlc1xjb250ZW50XGltMXBndHNmZmFfcGhvdG9fMy5qcGd8NDUwfDEwLzI0LzIwMTg= In a letter to a friend, Dr. Aggrey explained his position: “ In the United States, the Livingstone College stands first in my heart. I love her. And God’s choicest blessing attend her. But in the whole wide world my Africa comes first.” It is Aggrey’s contribution to welfare of the Gold Coast in particular and Africa in general helped in three major fields. He served as only African member on two internationally reputed education commissions for Africa. Phelps-Stokes fund Commission, regarded a key-stone to raising the standard of education in Africa. In will dated 1909, Miss Caroline Phelps-Stokes bequeathed her fortune, amounting to almost a million dollars, to trustees with instruction the income be used, inter alias, “for education of Negroes, in Africa and the United States, North American Indian and needy and deserving white students.” Out of this came two Commissions, which toured countries in Africa for fact-finding, on which Aggrey features prominently. It is during this journey Aggrey made a significant impression and underscored importance of education among people who became important figures in Africa including Hastings Kamuzu Banda, later president of MalawiNnamdi Azikiwe, first president of Nigeria, and Kwame Nkrumah, first president of Ghana. We hear of Aggrey in Sierra Leone, Liberia, September, 1920. Gold Coast, October to November, 1920. Nigeria, Fernando Po November, December 1920. Cameroon, December 1920, Belgian Congo January 1921, Angola January to February 1924, Kenya, February to March 1924, Uganda March 1924, Tanganyika and Zanzibar March, April 1924, Nyasaland Rhodesia in April to June 1924, South Africa again in June 1924, Again Gold Coast October, 1924. In a letter to his wife, wrote about his work on the commission. He said the characteristic of Christian is to do more than he is commanded to do. He added:
“I can bear witness turning the right check wins ultimately. Rightly does
Shakespeare make the critical Iago, Shakespeare’s consummate satan critic of critics, pay sweet-souled Desdemona most excellent tribute: ‘She holds it a vice in her goodness not to do more than is requested.’ … I go forth, Rose, first to serve my God, our God Who has appeared to me by
the side of the mountain and asked me to go lead my people away from Egypt, ignorance and maltreatmet, I go to serve my people.” While visiting Kenya, Commission recommended four separate Education Advisory Committee for racial groups in Kenya: Europeans, Arabs, Indians and Africans. They steer educational development for each race until independence. So recommended rural education and industrial training. The recommendations were adopted in 1925, Jeans School, Kabete opened to train artisans. In South Africa delivered a lecture used, keys of piano as image of racial harmony: “I don’t care what you know; show me what you can do. Many of my people who get educated don’t work, but take to drink. They see white people drink, so they drink too, imitate weakness of white people, but not their greatness. They won’t imitate a white man working hard. If you played only the white notes on a piano you get only sharps; if play only the black keys you get flats; but if you play two together you get harmony and beautiful music”
Dr Aggrey so much impressed the white settlers at public lectures his audience wildly admiringly exclaimed, “Damn his colour, he’s a saint.” His idea of education was “All inclusive” type, “Secular education” was abhorrent to him; education is full development of human personality. “Education,” he said, “Does not mean simply learning. it means training the mind, in morals hand helps to make socially efficient. Not simply three R’s but the three H’s the head, the hand and the heart.” He wanted all-round training for girls and boys “No race or people can rise half slave, half free, surest way to keep a people down is educate men, neglect the  women. If you educate a man you educate an  individual, if you educate a woman you educate family nation.” 
On University education, said it should combine the best of east with best of the west, the best of Africa with the best of Europe, Asia and America. “Encourage original thinking, encourage research, helps add to human knowledge. West Africa proved we get classics, theology, philosophy, masters in jurisprudence and dialectics. The question is, can we turn knowledge more and more into the service of common weal? Can we give back with interest what we received? I believe, we can. University Education is to prove what scientific training can do. University education should aim to give women, training co-education to subdue the earth. Training for character: that is Christian: Christianity not Church going.
In United States, greatly helped needy negroes at the mercy of money lenders by encouraging formation Co-operative Farmers’ Association, Farmers Unions Credit Union Banks, and agricultural enterprises to relieve negro’s financial embarrassment. On return to the Gold Coast, while a staff at Achimota, sought permission of Director of Agriculture and toured length and breadth of Gold Coast, preaching same ideals. The result was output and quality of farmers’ crop in twenties improved radically. As an advocate for inter-racial co-operation, Aggrey contributed to cause of peace. So his ideas based on bi-racial grouping, stood for civic pride, social betterment, taking pride in own race but seeking friendly relationship with all races. This was radical opposite view of ultra-racial group of thinkers of ultra-conservative school of intellectuals of Marcus Garvey described a great champion. Aggrey always urged his people to be proud of their race and colour. He believed they should remain distinct because of their definite particular contribution makes harmony of mankind. Amalgamation of no conflict, but co-operation is Aggrey’s ideal. He expressed example Piano Keys
“You can play a tune of sorts on the black keys, and play a tune of sorts on the white keys, but for harmony you must use both black and the white.”
 “True co-operation “involves certain measure of equality of opportunity, if not actual political status. It means each side has something to contribute more than braun one side, brain on other seek well-being of both.”

Aggrey noted for hundreds conferences attended, acted as president, secretary, leading member, represents university, sometimes church, sometimes Africa in
general. Too numerous to be listed, but a few mentioned: National Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church Foreign Missions Conference of North America, Kennedy School Mission Conference, School of Theology, School of Religious Pedagogy, Congregrational Missionary Society Conference, First Congregation Church of Jersey City Conference, And Eastern Union of Students Volunteers Conference, National Conference of Canadian students and International Convention of the Students Volunteer Movement Conference, and British West Africa Congress. Aggrey did not have everything smooth. He suffered many perils, but did his best to overcome them all. He escaped shipwreck October 17th, 1925, as he and Mrs. Aggrey sailed in SS “Cedric” for America. Earlier, July 1925, he experienced his real baptism of fire while away in Koforidua in Eastern part of Gold Coast during long vacation. “All things stolen including 9 suits, 25 shirts, trunks, brandnew suitcase and 6 pounds 11 shillings in cash. Left one old trunk and visiting cards, lost very heavily and never restored valuables stolen, much less those above value. I determined not to give up but moved on to success.”Big blow to him and his family, Aggrey, recorded the financial troubles, mortgaged house in America and furniture for 500 pounds mortgagor wished it redeemed; further related that to raise funds to redeem it, Aggrey sold his farm together with other property at a considerable loss lost over NC 3,400.00 on the transaction. But a man always in good spirits nothing depressed him and
had unexhaustible fund of wise saying, a few recorded as a matter of interest:
“I am proud of my colour; whoever is not proud of his colour is not fit to live.“Keep your temper and smile,” “that’s what Jesus meant when he told men to turn other cheek. “I have no time for revenge that’s not African “Some white people be transformed to negroes for a few days to feel what we feel and suffer what we suffer.” If I find a man scowling at me, I smile back. He scowls again I smile. I don’t find anyone scowl third time.” Some people go to war; we choose to love; some people hate we sing; some angry we take to laughter; some despair; we hope. Patrol bloodhound wants to get you, can’t run as fast as bloodhounds; what can you do, blacks? In darkest night when everybody despaired, we look and sang, long before our white brothers thought of airplane, ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, coming for to carry me Home. I tell the southern people of America, with whom I lived over twenty years made contribution towards solving race problem and the civilization of Africa. They live side by side with us; know our faith, our loyalty, our honesty, sensitiveness; know things we prize most knowledge used for extension of God’s Kingdom”

“No first class educated African wants to be a White man. Every educated Negro wants to be a first class Negro, not third class European. Superiority complex is a tremendous mischief in Africa. If I am worried I go on my knees talk to God in my own language. Laughing is the way to go through life. It is the positive side of Christ’s law of peaceful resistance.”
I prefer to be a Spokesman for my entire country: Africa, my Africa.”
“You never beat prejudice by frontal attack because mere emotion at the root of it. Always flank it. You catch more flies with molasses than with the vinegar. I receive kicks from both sides – white and black. But all of that is in the day’s work. One needn’t be surprised.”Only the best is good for Africa.” Aggrey was a far-sighted man. Those who doubted his words lived to see the truth therein in the end. He compared Africa to the Sleeping Beauty, and asserted his confidence in her future that she would one day wake up to find herself very important in the comity of nations. This he put in a letter to Dr. Jesse Jones, a highly reputed American minister of religion and a great intellectual, who was Aggrey’s great friend. “It seems to me,” he wrote to Dr. Jones in September, 1919, “this is psychological moment for Africa. and I believe you are destined metaphorically to stoop down and kiss Sleeping Beauty Africa back to life from her centuries of sleep.” Dr. Jones confessed what Aggrey said seemed gross exaggeration to him; “they were fantastic imaginations of an emotional African. I believe in Aggrey, I could not share his forecasts.” But came to see Aggrey was right looking back on the gratifying results that followed the Commission, wrote; “In answer to my own doubts and in acknowledgement of my error, I here record that Aggrey’s dreams have come true with almost miraculous accuracy. Signs of the future indicate that they will continue in their realization until Aggrey’s Africa will take its place amongst the continents of the world.”Aggrey, for all his greatness, was a man of simple life even when the Headmaster of the most outstanding school in his time in 1895. He always washed his own clothes although his younger brother, Awir, “as soon as he began clerkship, employed a laundress.”
While in America as a professor, in spite of illness he preached four times every Sunday.“I did not want to disappoint the public, so I told sickness to hold off for a day, and Monday it returned with a vengeance.” He was a man full of humour, one whose sense of humour captivated and subdued the intentions of his enemies. Once, as Assistant Vice-Principal, at Achimota, he proceeded to Sierra Leone to represent the College at the Centenary Celebrations of Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone. The situation was delicate, but occasion important. Aggrey had many friends in Freetown, but some of these friends, and several others, (rightly) looked askance at Achimota. Fourah Bay College had long
occupied the pre-eminent position on the West Coast, its graduates were to be found everywhere in West Africa, and consequently it stood emphatically for the academic tradition in education, at least in West Africa. It was affiliated to Durham University in Great Britain. On the contrary, Achimota was not first nor second college in Gold Coast looked on as upstart; ideals unlike Fourah Bay ideals. Aggrey was expected to attend a conference at Fourah Bay College as a spokesman of a serious competitor Achimota. It was feared that he would be mobbed and killed. It required the tact, shrewdness, and intelligence, which could be Aggrey’s alone. He got up and started, “My case reminds me of a young girl who returned home from a party and told her father that a young man had kissed her. Her father said, “how many times did he kiss you?” She looked into his face and replied: “Father, I came to confess, not to boast.” He had come, Aggrey continued, “ not to boast of Achimota, but to confess what debt Achimota, Gold Coast, owed to Fourah Bay College. Fourah Bay College stands to the Gold Coast as the symbol of the African’s educational capacity.”  It is recorded that “after the speech every door and every heart was open to him”. Between November 19th and December 4th, he was called upon to deliver twenty-four speeches. Enough said so far of “Aggrey the Great” himself, and something now must be said about his family or private life. Aggrey was married to a young pretty and learned American negress, a Miss Rosebud Douglas of Portsmouth, USA and the wedding took place on November 8th, 1905, at Portsmouth. Within five years of marriage, three children were born to them, namely, Abena Azalea (1907), Kwegyir (1908), and Rosebud (1910). On 24th July, 1926 a fourth child was born, Orson Rudolf Guggisberg. Aggrey was a great lover of children, and took great pains to train his children, advising them on how to be careful in life his end was drawing near. Aggrey, a co-founder of Achimota College, first in many examinations he took; holder of  degrees of Master of Arts (Livingstone College), Doctor of Divinity (Hood Theological Seminary), Master of Arts (Columbia), Doctor of Philosophy (Columbia holder of many diplomas, joined staff of Achimota in July, 1924. He left for America in July, 1926, returned in November that year. Achimota (Gold Coast) his dream, was formally opened on 28th January, 1927, and in May that year he left for England and America once more, only to die on 30th July of pneumococcal meningitis.
His death was a sad but great affair; he was mourned in all the continents. Two thousand mourners, white and black, attended the service in the auditorium of Livingstone College. Bishop W. J. Walls conducted the service, and tributes were paid by many dignatories, including Dr. W.H. Goler, ex-President of the College, Professor Branley of Shaw University, Dr. Jesse Jones, Bishop W.W. Jones, Dr. George E. Davis of the State Department of Public Instruction, and Dr. S. G. Aikins, President of the Teachers’ College at Winston-Salem.

Birth: 1875, Ghana
Death: Jul. 30, 1927
New York, USA

Son of Kodwo Kwegyir Aggrey & Abna Andua, he was born in Anamabu, Ghana, West Africa.Married Rosebud “Rose” Douglass on November 8, 1905Father of: Abna Azalea (Aggrey) Lancaster(1907-1997)
Kwegyir Aggrey (1908-1986)
Rosebud Douglass Aggrey (1910-1990)
Orison Rudolph Aggrey (1926- )

The honorary pall-bearers were all white citizens of Salisbury: Mr. E.C. Gregory the exMayor, A.L. Smoot, Mr. J.M. McCorkle, Mr. A Buerbaum, Mr. W.H. Leonard and Mr. J.C. Kasler. In Europe, Africa, Asia, America and Australia similar ovations and last respects were offered in his honour: and in the Gold Coast (the land of his birth), every town and village observed his death by weeping and mourning.
For that was the physical end of the man everybody loved, the man who apparently never had an enemy, and the man whose talent and virtues were admired by all classes of the society.
The Aggrey Students’ Society, formed in April, 1928, in America and the Gold Coast, and the Aggrey House, Achimota (Ghana), together with millions of Africans and Europeans who admire his noble achievements will always make Aggrey immortal, and inspire those of later generations to further greatness.

Anomabo beach source:

Dr J E Kwegyir Aggrey is Special

By Professor Felix I D Konotey-Ahulu

‘Only the best is good enough for Africa. My people of Africa, we were created in the image of God, but men have made us think we are chickens, and we still think we are, but we are eagles. Stretch forth your wings and fly! Don’t be content with food of chickens’.  Dr J E Kwegyir Aggrey.
When, at dawn, 50 years ago on Independence Day, Kwame Nkrumah uttered the following memorable words, ‘A greater than Aggrey is here!’ few considered that statement a hyperbole. Admittedly, Nkrumah had had some ground prepared for him by yesteryears’ freedom fighters, and by the Big Five who invited him become the Big Sixth, to lead the struggle for Independence, but the way he rallied the population to achieve the seemingly impossible, namely the translation of Colonial Gold Coast into Self Governing Ghana, placed him in the history books. No mean Feat! However, the mere fact that Nkrumah found it necessary to link his achievement to the name of Kwegyir Aggrey, proved Kwame Nkrumah, held Dr Kwegyir Aggrey in greatest esteem.
Mount Everest. Ghanaian see, Kwame Nkrumah considered justifiably Mount Everest, Kwegyir Aggrey is delegated to Second Highest Peak in the Himalayas of national and international esteem. Inspiration-wise, Kwegyir Aggrey has no rivals, for Kwame Nkrumah inspired nations, Aggrey inspired internationals, including Kwame Nkrumah when he was a student at Achimota College. Read and see, New African Survey highly respected London-based international journal, New African, with a worldwide readership of more than 200,000 results of a 12-month long survey regarding who the readers thought were ‘THE 100 GREATEST AFRICANS OF ALL TIME’. The Editor asked readers to state why they voted as they did. Commenting on votes, and attached reasons show why they voted as they did, New African’s brilliant Editor Mr Baffour Ankomah, said ‘The total shows Nelson Mandela is No. 1 Greatest African of all time closely followed by Nkrumah ‘Ankomah says in some respect ‘results disappoint’ (New African August/September 2004, page 14). Readers voted 5 Ghanaians, 2 (Yaa Asantewa & Kwame Nkrumah) late Kofi Annan, Abedi Pele, plus myself in their list, giving their reasons for their choice -reasons published order of merit. As I read list I shared Baffour Ankomah’s disappointment wrote letter to Editor, published in very next issue, October 2004, page 4. Aggrey Of Africa surprised to find my name among “100 Greatest Africans of all time” more surprised Aggrey of Africa not mentioned at all, made me agree totally with comment (New African August/September 2004) ‘in certain respects the results are disappointing.’ I make two pleas: First, my name be replaced by Dr James E K Aggrey to write article for subsequent issue of New African to help the readers world-wide to realise why a great man called ‘Aggrey of Africa’, unknown by many today.  Felix I D Konotey-Ahulu, London, UK On page 50 of same October 2004 issue of the magazine, the Editor published article reproduced around date plaque was unveiled at Anomabo in honour of Dr Kwegyir Aggrey and others who made Ghana proud. The man Dr James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey the title ‘Aggrey of Africa’ but he was an early 20th Century phenomenon. I first heard of his name from my father many decades ago. Aggrey was born a mere 15 miles from Cape Coast, at Anomabo, in Ghana on 18th October 1875. His father was Prince Kodwo Kwegyir, chief linguist in the court of King Amonu V of Anomabo, and mother Abena Andua, was a princess of Ajumako. Aggrey’s father was also an expert goldsmith.
At 22, Aggrey left for the USA to pursue further studies. Racial prejudice, known then as ‘Colour Bar’ at its worst, went to ‘Negro’ Colleges. The Americans were surprised at his knowledge of English. A Mr H E C Bryant was to remark: ‘He is dark as dark, but very few in America can use English as he can.’ Aggrey took Masters in 1912, awarded a Doctorate of Divinity by Hood Theological Seminary. His sermons amazed white and black Americans alike. Married Rose Douglass African American Portsmouth, Virginia, on November 8 1905, and they had two girls and two boys [Abena, Kwegyir, Rosebud, Rudolph]. Orison Rudolph Guggisberg Aggrey, last born became a diplomat in the U S Foreign Service and worked in Senegal, Romania. Phelps-Stokes an American lady, Miss Caroline Phelps-Stokes, in her Will dated 1909, bequeathed $1 m (a huge sum in those days) to Trustees to be used mainly ‘on the education of Negroes, in Africa and United States, North American Indians, needy deserving white students. And so Commissioners appointed to do the groundwork, and Aggrey was included among all-white members. This enabled him to return to tour Africa twice in four years. Wherever he went, Aggrey was in demand to speak, advise, and preach. He found the ‘Colour Bar’ as vicious on his continent as in the USA, but he was remarkably equipped to deal with it. In the Belgian Congo, the governor left him out when he invited the Commission to dinner! In Angola, when Aggrey saw the treatment of the Portuguese masters to labourers in the forced labour gangs, he wept. In South Africa In South Africa alone, Aggrey addressed audiences 120 times. On one occasion when the hall was packed in Cape Town and Aggrey arrived, the white gate keeper refused to let him in. Calmly, and in a dignified voice, Aggrey said: ‘It is me they are all gathered to hear’. Still gate keeper was recalcitrant, while others filed past him into the hall, until the white chairman of meeting, becoming anxious, rushed out to look for Aggrey. He discovered he was being obstructed. Aggrey was given a standing ovation. In Pretoria, when he was trying to board train to lecture, he was pushed out, offered two professorships on the spot; one at Fort Hare, and the other at South Africa College. People listened to him with amazement. USA and Canada
before Phelps-Stokes Commission tour again of Africa, Aggrey lectured in USA and Canada. His ex tempore lectures followed by a series of questions, and once a Dutch South African minister shed tears of shame at the horrors of the race problem. It was during a lecture in Canada that Aggrey made one of his great statements: ‘Only the best is good enough for Africa’. Second Phelps-Stokes Commission In January 1924, Aggrey sailed from New York for England to join the Second Phelps-Stokes Commission to go to the places in Africa where they had not visited before – Abyssinia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika and Zanzibar, Nyasaland, Rhodesia, South Africa again, and the Gold Coast. After hearing him lecture on the second visit to South Africa, a white man exclaimed; ‘Damn his colour, the man is a saint!’ Fraser, Guggisberg, Aggrey Aggrey turned out to be a great educationist, just as he had wished when he was young. By an amazing stroke of fortune, he met two great white men with whom he co-founded Achimota College in Accra, the Rev A G Fraser and Sir Gordon Guggisberg, the colonial governor. Rev Fraser wanted best for Africa, Guggisberg, rare among colonial governors, recognised potential of the black man, and set about building Takoradi Harbour, Korle Bu Hospital, Achimota College School. Rev Fraser was Principal, and Aggrey was Assistant vice-Principal. Apparently the Colonial Office in London objected to making a black man vice-Principal in a college which was originally called Prince of Wales College. Aggrey’s Vision of Co-education It was Aggrey who persuaded Governor Guggisberg that the college should be co-educational. Aggrey said: ‘The surest way to keep people down is to educate men and neglect women. If you educate a man you simply educate an individual but educate a woman, you educate family.’He stressed education to encourage ‘original thinking, research, to help to add to human knowledge. We in West Africa prove we can get classics, theology, and philosophy. We are great masters in jurisprudence and dialectics. The question is turn sknowledge into service of common wealth. Original Thinking & Character Training shows
Aggrey held essential part of education was training the mind, encouraging good character, and being original. Aggrey could think on his feet. He was not a ‘by heart’ man; this was what most amazed his audience, both white and black. Lectures brilliantly given could be thought to have been carefully prepared for the sole aim of making an impression, but come question time after lecture, if he did not know what he would be quizzed on, Aggrey was even more brilliant in the lecture itself. His knowledge encyclopaedic. Co-operation in the right measure Aggrey believed in co-operation which involved equality of opportunity. ‘It means that each side has something to contribute – something more than brawn on one side, brain on the other – to the well being of both’. [Please read that again; I love it!] Hence his famous piano keys illustration on the badge of Achimota School. ‘You can play a tune of sorts on the black keys only, and you can play a tune of sorts on the white keys only, but for perfect harmony, you must use both the black and the white keys’, Aggrey said. The co-operation he was calling for between whites and blacks was not that between an ass and its rider. I always like to think of his piano keys illustration as depicting what he (black key) and Fraser and Guggisberg (white keys) managed to achieve in brings Achimota School about. Aggrey’s humility of the man’s humility too is worth mentioning, he took his fellow Fante, Rev Anaman, by surprise by polishing Anaman’s shoes when he spent the weekend with him. On a sea voyage to South Africa, a ship’s white steward insisted separating Aggrey from the white people by giving him his own table far away from every body, to embarrassment of colleagues, Aggrey later remarked: ‘They thought they were punishing me, but who else had a table all by himself?’ Aggrey’s Ambition for Africa Kwegyir Aggrey’s burning ambition for his continent – described as enigmatic, pointing out its shape on the map as posing a question of burning ambition is demonstrated in the following story he narrated. Read carefully: A certain man went through a forest seeking any bird he might find. He caught a young bird, brought it home, and put it among his fowls and ducks and turkeys, and gave it chicken’s food to eat. Five years later, a naturalist came to visit the man, and noticed the bird. He said to the owner; ‘Look here, this is an eagle, not a chicken.’ The man replied ‘Yes, you may well be right, but I have trained it to be a chicken. It is no longer an eagle; it is a chicken though it is enormous’. Said naturalist: ‘No, it is an eagle, it has the heart of an eagle, and I shall make it soar high to the heavens’. The owner comes back with a retort: ‘No, it is now a chicken, and it will never fly.’ They agreed to test it. The naturalist picked up the bird, held it up, and said loudly: ‘Eagle, thou art an eagle; thou dost belong to the sky and not down here. Stretch out thy wings and fly’, and with that he hurled the bird up. The eagle turned this way and that, and then looking down, saw the chickens eating, and came to join them. The owner said: ‘I told you it is now a chicken’. ‘No’, said the naturalist, ‘This bird is an eagle. I shall come back and prove this to you’. The exercise was repeated three times, with the same result. The bird always came back to feed with the chickens. The naturalist returned yet again, chose a hill, and held the bird aloft, pointing it to the rising sun, and shouted ‘Eagle! Thou art an eagle; thou dost not belong down here. Thou dost belong to the sky; stretch forth thy wings, and fly!’ The eagle looked round, trembled as if new life was filling it, and suddenly it stretched out its wings, and with the screech of an eagle, it mounted higher, and higher, and never returned. It was really an eagle, though it had been kept and tamed as a chicken! ‘My people of Africa’ Aggrey continued ‘were created in image of God, but men make us think we are chickens, and still think we are, but we are eagles. Stretch forth your wings and fly! Don’t be content with food of chickens.’ Opening of Achimota College Final Journey Achimota School was opened in 1927, and Aggrey went to USA lecturing, preaching, completing a book in Columbia University. He fell ill on 30 July 1927 from meningococcal meningitis in New York, and died very quickly. Great lamentation was made on both sides of the Atlantic. Tributes included that of one his best friends, Dr Jesse Jones. The honorary pall bearers who carried his coffin were all white citizens of Salisbury, USA – a real token of Aggrey’s influence in the community in days of ‘Colour Bar’. He is a Source of Immense Inspiration His ability to inspire Africans, especially Ghanaians never abated. There is an Aggrey House in Achimota, Aggrey Memorial Chapel, and the country has an Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg Lecture series. There is an Aggrey Memorial School, a Kwegyyir Aggrey Annual Prize Examination at the University of Cape Coast, linked to the Personal Distinguished Professorship graciously bestowed on me a Professor Samuel K Adjepong, Vice Chancellor. We must never forget Kwegyir Aggrey. Kwame Nkrumah’s statement ‘A greater than Aggrey is here’, history established Nkrumah a great judging not only from blow dealt Colonialism but from way he made Black Diaspora proud. African voters place Kwame Nkrumah second to Nelson Mandela, in their list of ‘ONE HUNDRED GREATEST AFRICANS OF ALL TIME’ indicating he is really great. James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey is rather special, inspiration lengthens with time: Apart from inspiring Nkrumah himself, Kwegyir Aggrey inspired and taught D A Chapman Nyaho, who inspired, taught K B Asante, who inspired and taught me Physics in Achimota School me, who (I’m told) inspired my students, who in turn are inspiring their students. Thus Kwegyir Aggrey’s inspiration chain progresses. His name is yet alive. Just GOOGLE Search the name ‘Kwegyir Aggrey’ on the Internet, and you find man marches on. Anomabo. It is most fitting, as reported by Ghana News Agency on Jan. 8 2007, that ‘Memorial plaques to honour 3 heroes of Anomabo great exemplary contributions made to country, be unveiled on February 24, by President John Agyekum Kufuor as part of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of nationhood. Dr Kwegyir Aggrey, the visionary philosopher and educationist, George Ekem-Ferguson, the celebrated surveyor, credited with the survey of the area that became the Gold Coast, and Nana Amoonoo V, the Anomabo chief, who led other traditional rulers in the Colony to sign the Bond of 1844’. We say ‘Ayekoo!’ to Anomabo Association and Traditional Area, Paramout Chief and other Chiefs for bringing this to pass. Gratitude of Kwegyir Aggrey’s Relatives in USA There are 4 surviving generations of Kwegyir, Rose Aggrey’s relatives living in USA today. Rudolph, the last of the 4 children is yet alive, and has one daughter Roxane Rose Aggrey not married. Middle children Kwegyir, Rosebud Douglass Aggrey no children. Abna Azalea Aggrey Lancaster, eldest of childen of Kwegyir & Rose Aggrey, had three girls Raemi Rosemarie Lancaster Evans, Carol Aggrey Lancaster Meeks, and Harriet Azalea Lancaster Graves [Generation-3 from Kwegyir Aggrey & Rose as Generation-1]. Raemi, married to Fred M Evans, and have a son Fred and daughter Janine [Generation-4] both with 2 children each [Generation-5] – Janine & Guanah Davis’ are Adria Marie & Lauryn Janine, while Fred & Evette Evans’ are called Kristen Maria and Fred Junior. Abna’s middle girl, Carol has a daughter Abigail who is married to Stewart Mitchell II, and they have just had another Generation-5 offspring, Stewart Mitchell III. Now, Harriet is married to Hubert C Graves, and have a daughter called Meredith Patrice Graves. I took note that Carol’s full name is Carol Aggrey Lancaster Meeks. Speaking to her on the telephone across The Atlantic, it was as if I felt the genetic acoustics of Aggrey of Africa percolating down the generations to me. They are all very, very, grateful that we in Ghana are remembering, in Golden Jubilee Year, Y/our beloved beloved James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey’s dearly beloved Rose. So am I.
BY:Felix I D Konotey-Ahulu, Kwegyir Aggrey Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, University of Cape Coast, Ghana